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Requisition Number 17-0007
Post Date 2/17/2017
Title OT/COTA-Community Services
City Rochester
Description The position's primary responsibility is to assure that Mary Cariola Children's Center residents and Waiver Program participants have the necessary sensory motor programming and provide appropriate consultative services in the areas of sensory motor skills to Mary Cariola Children's Center Community Services staff members.

Assesses, develops and maintains sensory, gross, and fine motor programming for the residents and Waiver Program participants as determined by their individual needs and as per OPWDD regulations.

Assesses the positioning needs of the residents; focusing on posture, body alignment, and musclo-skeletal, health, and including specific assessment of safety factors related to bed positioning.

Actively participates on an Interdisciplinary Treatment Team to establish, implement, and maintain appropriate, integrated therapeutic programming. Specifically, collaborating with the Behavior Intervention Specialist for behavior support plan development as determined by the needs of the residents and Waiver Program participants.

Assesses, develops, and recommends programming in the areas of ADLs and IADLs. Specifically including individual participation and the need for adaptive equipment.

Completes initial and as needed sensory assessments for individuals served residentially and in Waiver Programs.

Completes annually and as needed reviews of all sensory equipment. Responsible for ensuring staff have directives for the use of all equipment including sensory equipment.

Coordinates maintenance of all wheelchairs, adaptive seating, and other specialized equipment including the ordering of new equipment and required insurance documentation. Collaborates with assigned day program Therapist as needed.

Attends staff meetings and provides training to Community Services staff in the areas of range of motion, lifting and positioning, sensory integration, and other areas as needed.

Provides on-going consultation, support, and training for Community Services staff in implementing therapeutic programming. Performs quarterly observations of staff to ensure consistent implementation; documents findings and shares with Residence Manager and Operations Manager.

Establishes and maintains contact with assigned day program Therapists to coordinate and maintain integration between programs.

Duties specific to ICF (Intermediate Care Facilities): Collaborates with the Speech and Language Pathologist to evaluate and determine resident specific oral and feeding needs and the appropriate equipment. Attends all case reviews and maintains accurate and current data on each child, reporting on-going progress and needs to the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team. Works cooperatively with the QIDP responsible for coordinating and implementing the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team objectives and recommendations for each child.

Duties specific to IRA (Individualized Residential Alternative): Provides OT input for case reviews, reports on-going progress and needs to the team.

Participates as requested in school/day program meetings to facilitate and monitor integration.

Is available for various discipline related meetings and in-service sessions as are deemed necessary.

Participates in Agency functions and community meetings as required.
Requirements COTA: Associate’s degree (A.S.) from a college or university in Occupational Therapy. Certified by New York State Licensure in Occupational Therapy. One to two years related experience and/or training is preferred. Experience with individuals with developmental disabilities is desired.

OT: Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from a four year college or university in Occupational Therapy. Certified by New York State Licensure in Occupational Therapy. One to two years related experience and/or training is preferred. Experience with individuals with developmental disabilities is desired.

Must maintain New York State Licensure in Occupational Therapy, Agency-Approved Driver status, certification
in CPR, First Aid, SCIP-r and all other training mandated by OPWDD regulations.

Must have the ability and temperament to work effectively with youth and young adults who have developmental disabilities. Must be able to work alone and in a team oriented environment, possess strong communication skills including communicating effectively amongst staff, exhibit patience, be an effective trainer, etc.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, policy and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to speak effectively before groups of people. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
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