The County of Sonoma is seeking qualified candidates to fill one part-time (20 hours per week) vacancy as an Occupational Therapist II (OT) in the Children's Therapy Program (CTP) of the Department of Health Services. This employment list may also be used to fill future part-time or extra-help (temporary) vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list.
The current vacancy will be filled at either the OT I or OT II level. NOTE: If you are interested in applying at the I level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted for that classification.
The Occupational Therapist II - CTP provides professional occupational therapy services to children with physically handicapping conditions including evaluating, planning, and providing occupational therapy treatments. The Occupational Therapist II is expected to take initiative to establish, implement and evaluate patient treatment plans. Most work is performed independently with limited supervision from the Chief Therapist-Children’s Therapy Program. Also, the Occupational Therapist II assists in providing training and supervision to less experienced therapists and non-professional personnel.
Specific roles and responsibilities of the OT will include:
Typical work hours are flexible, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., depending on availability of children and the therapist. Most part-time therapists work 3 to 4 days on a weekly basis.
- Establishing measurable therapy goals and objectives dealing with various orthopedic and neuromuscular disorders.
- Establishing and monitoring therapeutic exercise programs in conjunction with instruction to parents/care providers or classroom staff.
- Teaching self-care activities with emphasis on such areas as communications, feeding, dressing, personal hygiene and other activities of daily living.
- Maintaining medical records to provide ongoing assessment and documentation of response to treatment in accordance with State guidelines.
- Evaluating the home setting, appropriate school or community site, and training appropriate adults in the use of equipment or home therapy program.
- Participating in medical conferences or educational meetings.
- Providing evaluation for needed equipment and splinting.
- Keeping informed of current trends and developments in therapy techniques for children.
Additionally, there are occasional mandatory staff meetings which usually are scheduled on a Thursday. Worksite locations could vary depending on program needs. Also, home and/or school visits are required.
Application submissions require the supplemental questionnaire be completed.
Education : Graduation from an accredited Occupational Therapy Program that is approved by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
Experience : Any combination of training and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities. Normally, two years of experience as an Occupational Therapist would provide such opportunity. Experience in providing therapy to physically handicapped children or in a pediatric program is desirable. Advanced certification in oral, motor, hand therapy, and modalities is highly desirable.
License(s): Possession of a valid California license as an Occupational Therapist issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy.
Possession of a valid driver’s license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Considerable Knowledge Of : normal and abnormal child development, neurodevelopmental sequencing and various therapeutic techniques; splinting techniques, assistive devices, durable medical equipment and training of their use; skeletal anatomy, kinesiology and the objectives of occupational therapy treatment; pathology and injuries which result in physical impairment and treatment approaches; physical and psychological rehabilitation and problems of disabled patients and their affects on the family; and standardized evaluation tools and interpretation of results.
Knowledge Of : the principles of training and supervision.
Ability To : understand and interpret physicians’ orders; adapt treatment programs to individual circumstances; exercise tact and good judgment in dealing with patients, staff, parents, school personnel and the public; keep clinical case records; prepare and present oral and written reports; comply with common public health safety practices and procedures; cope with working with handicapped children and their families; to move children utilizing appropriate transfer techniques; complete computer reports as required by the occupational therapy program; and meet physical demands of standing, twisting, kneeling, bending, squatting, stooping, grasping, and lifting.
The information contained in the application and responses to the supplemental questions will be evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the employment process. Applicants should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
For more detailed information about examination steps and the hiring process, you are encouraged to go to http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1464 and review the Hiring Process Overview.
Application submissions require the supplemental questionnaire be completed.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:
An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass), and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination . Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.
- Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.
Additionally, a pre-employment medical examination, physical abilities examination, and a drug screening will be required prior to employment.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are accepted on-line at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma is committed to a policy and actively pursues a program of equal employment and non-discrimination. More information can be found at: