Occupational Therapist (Immediate Hire)
ABOUT US The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. The Primary School was founded in 2015, and we received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.Our approach has three defining characteristics:We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development. We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children. We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs. In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve nearly 300 children and their families via a 0-3 parent/child program, a preschool and elementary school.Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. We are currently expanding our student and family population in East Palo Alto and opening to our next site in Hayward, California. It’s an exciting time to join the team! ABOUT THE ROLE At The Primary School we are committed to supporting all children in being able to learn and thrive in the classroom. We are looking for someone to join our team who is excited to build a program that creatively serves all children in achieving goals around sensory and motor development, particularly in the areas of fine and gross motor skills, sensory-motor integration, self- care, and activities of daily living. This includes ongoing collaboration with teachers and families to build environments that cultivate sensory and motor development through learning and play.The Occupational Therapist reports to the Special Education Manager and is responsible for delivering direct and indirect services to students with identified needs and collaborates with teachers and support staff on integrated support plans. The Occupational Therapist will provide small group and individual services both in the classroom and outside the classroom while also collaborating with teachers on in-class supports.In the 2020-2021 school year we will be expanding and strengthening The Primary School’s Special Education program, meaning that this role is an opportunity for someone looking to be engaged both in direct service and program design and innovation. ResponsibilitiesThe Occupational Therapist will be part of our Integrated Supports team, helping ensure that all children at The Primary School receive the support they need to be successful at school.Provide direct services for students identified with occupational therapy needs. Support the school team in formal and informal screening and assessment of children with specific occupational therapy needs or concerns. Build capacity of staff and parents by modeling best practices, and creating plans to help generalize the work done in occupational therapy to the classroom and other environments. Work with school district partners to recommend goals for students with identified occupational therapy needs. Design and monitor curriculum modifications. Utilize online systems for goal tracking, collaboration and family communication. Work with parents to ensure understanding of student’s needs and progress, and provide tools to support children at home. Work with a team of service providers and program designers to create and implement professional development and coaching to support teachers and parents in building environments that are responsive to student language needs. QUALIFICATIONS Certification as an occupational therapist by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), and at least 3 years working in the field. Current California license in occupational therapy. Knowledge of human development throughout the life-span Ability to articulate the role of occupational therapy in the evaluation, intervention planning, and intervention process Ability to analyze tasks relative to areas of occupation, performance skills, activity demands, contexts, and student factors to implement the intervention plan Ability to recognize occupational performance deficits in the areas of personal care, student role/interactive skills, processing skills, play, community integration, and written communication Skill in gathering screening and evaluation data, completing checklists, histories, and interviews Ability to select, adapt, and sequence relevant occupations and purposeful activities that support intervention goals Skill in effective oral and written communication Ability to maintain safe environments, equipment, and materials A strong commitment to supporting the highest need students in succeeding both socially and academically. A background working with young children (aged 3 - 9), English Language Learners, and supporting both teachers and families. A plus if you have experience in providing early intervention services and supports to children under the age of 3. A drive to work in a high energy start-up environment. A flexible mindset and desire to jump in across programming wherever support is needed. A Plus If You are bilingual (Spanish speaking) and have worked with a diverse population of kids and families. You have deep knowledge in Sensory Integration theory and practices. Compensation Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.