Minneapolis Public Schools invites applications for the following position(s)
2017-18 Occupational & Physical Therapist Candidate Pool
Site: Locations may vary on a routine basis.
This position is a candidate pool and not a specific position at a school or department. This position may require an initial screening interview before being placed into the Candidate Pool. There may not be an available position(s) at the time of application but positions can become available at any time. The candidate pool is used to refer qualified applicants to the site/department with the open position. Human Resources will process your application, and once approved, your name will be sent to the Site(s) and or Department(s) with available positions.
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First, submit your application; if you meet minimum qualifications, you will receive an invitation to participate in a screening interview. Candidates who pass screening will have an opportunity to apply for open positions at specific MPS schools as they become available this spring and summer. To learn more about the hiring process for teaching positions, visit http://bit.ly/TeachMPS or call the Office of Human Capital at 612-668-0500.
WHO WE ARE
We are a diverse and dedicated team, proud to be tasked with educating more than 35,000 Minneapolis kids every year. We believe in the achievement of every student in every classroom. We are building a workforce that is equipped to provide our students with the education and resources they need to succeed by consistently investing in the growth of our employees and doing what it takes to keep and grow our talented staff.
WHAT WE DO
At MPS, we work collaboratively to find innovative ways to connect with every single one of our students ó no matter which languages they speak, or which corner of the city or the world they come from. We celebrate the diversity of our students and staff and the unique perspective each person brings to our learning community by supporting the individual needs of each student Ė and by caring for and supporting one another as we take on new challenges every day.
When you teach at MPS, leading effective lessons in class is just the beginning. Youíll collaborate with other passionate educators, customize your instruction to engage students of all different abilities, find ways to both challenge and encourage young minds, and create an environment where children feel safe and respected.
Occupational Therapists (O.T.s) in the educational setting are responsible for providing appropriate occupational therapy intervention services designed to enhance the studentís potential for learning. They assist the student in acquiring those functional performance skills needed to participate in, and benefit from, the educational environment, and to help the student function independently. Occupational therapists work to improve develops, restore, or maintain a childís active participation, self-maintenance, work, and leisure and play in educational environments. Their role includes assessment and planning, goal development, implementation, and monitoring for students receiving special education. Occupational therapists are considered related service personnel as is consistent with state and federal law.
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Conduct appropriate evaluation procedures for students with special needs and communicate the results and recommendations to educational staff and families through written reports and verbal communication.
Provide re-evaluation of students focusing on areas of need at intervals determined to be educationally relevant.
Participate in meetings as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
Participate in the development of Individual Education Plans, Individual Family Service Plans, or Individual Interagency Intervention Plans for children found to have special education needs.
Complete documentation that is professional, efficient, and accountable and conforms to state and district policy.
Provide direct and indirect occupational therapy to children with educational needs in educational environments.
The focus of these services may include but are not limited to a childís
Activities of daily living
Classroom work and productive activities
Accommodations and/or adaptations
Play or leisure activities
Sensorimotor components of performance
Cognitive integration and cognitive components of performance
Psychosocial skills and psychological components of performance
Supervise Occupational Therapist Assistants.
Train and monitor educational staff that carry out indirect therapy programs.
Provide consultation to the educational system regarding student needs, professional needs, and system needs in order that the district may achieve its goals and objectives.
Collaborate with other school personnel and families regarding occupational therapy and childrenís needs.
Promote occupational therapy in the larger community.
Travel to and among schools or community sites to provide services.
Lift, transfer and position children and equipment as necessary to provide occupational therapy.
Work within case manager systems where relevant.
Maintain and be accountable for the therapy inventory and equipment used with students.
Participate in professional growth activities and continuing education opportunities.
Participate in Third Party billing for those students who are eligible.
Acquire knowledge of the goals of the Minneapolis Public School District Improvement Agenda and site/school goals. Work to support and achieve those goals.
Establish developmentally appropriate instructional and behavioral expectations for students and for self and communicate those to students and their families.
Facilitate positive interactions between students and teacher, student and peers and student and other adults.
Model learning and behavior consistent with the expectations for students.
Participate in ongoing and regular staff, team and individual professional development.
Collaborate with peers to develop, plan and implement best practices based on the needs/abilities of the students.
Participate in site-based management and shared decision-making.
Always keep the studentsí needs and rights first and foremost in any educational decision-making.
Have a working knowledge of and implement the Minnesota State Standards and the District Graduation Requirements.
Education, Training, and Experience Guidelines
Bachelorís, Masterís or Doctorate in occupational therapy from a school accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Minnesota State Licensure as an Occupational Therapist.
Certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
Previous work experience with children or in a school setting is beneficial.
Prior successful experience in urban, multicultural education desirable.
Demonstrates continued professional development through course work, research, peer collaboration and/or job-embedded staff development.
Working knowledge of the subject matter, classroom management techniques, current researched best practices and strategies, as well as studentsí learning styles and needs, both academic and affective.
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