Occupational Therapist I - Children's Therapy Program
Join the Medical Therapy Program (MTP) team in the Department of Health Services (DHS).
Starting salary up to $49.12*/Hour plus a cash allowance of $3.45/Hour, and a competitive total compensation package!*
What Makes Sonoma County a Great Choice
- Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
- Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
- County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
- An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $425 and ongoing education/training opportunities
- County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
- Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
- May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
About the Position
This position provides skilled and professional occupational therapy services to children from birth to age 21, who have physical impairments that require a thorough evaluation and treatment plan to address functional limitations and who qualify for Medical Therapy Program services.
During a typical workday, the OT will provide direct or telehealth therapy services consisting of fine motor, visual perceptual motor, functional mobility, upper extremity functional training, durable medical equipment and bracing/orthoses evaluation and training, caregiver and client education, strength and range of motion training, and analysis of client's physical function, and consultation with community partners who share in the care of each child.
Duties of the OT include:
- Planning, implementing, and supervising occupational therapy programs for individual and group treatments
- Providing timely and skilled consultation services to caregivers and community partners to promote client’s increased independence and physical and emotional well-being
- Teaching self-care activities with emphasis on such areas as communications, feeding, dressing, personal hygiene, and other activities of daily living
- Evaluating the home setting and appropriate community settings for safety and access- including training client and caregivers in the use of equipment and/or home therapy program
- Establishing and monitoring therapeutic exercise programs including client and caregiver instruction
- Establishing measurable therapy goals and objectives
- Evaluating clients' needs for equipment and/or splinting
- Maintaining medical records and documentation per State guidelines
- Engaging in timely and accurate billing for services rendered
- Remaining current on trends and new developments in the field of occupational therapy
The ideal candidate for this position will possess:
- Two or more years of experience working in an outpatient or acute care setting with children who have complex physical disabilities and chronic health conditions
- The ability to work in a fast-paced work environment that values collaborative problem-solving and treatment planning with other medical professionals
- Flexibility to work in a variety of locations
- Strong knowledge of principles and practices of neurodevelopmental therapies and the World Health Organizations framework for measuring health and disability via the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word and experience working with electronic health records and associated workflows
- A cooperative approach when working with different personalities and the ability to shift their focus when unexpected issues arise
- Patience, compassion, and resiliency when faced with difficult situations
The employment list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill future part-time and extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
- Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
- You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should 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, list out each position separately.
- Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.