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Occupational Therapist Assistant

Date: Apr 6, 2021

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

Below is specific information for you to consider about this position.

Job Title: Occupational Therapist Assistant  and Requisition ID number: 72886

Close Date:  No established closing date;  open until filled

Organizational Unit:  Occupational, Physical Therapists (10000603) 

Site:  Davis Center (0001) 

FTE 70.0 FTE; 4 days/week; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  ESP(28) 

Functional Area:  Paraprofessional 

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.



Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant-  (7 hours/day; 4 days/week)



Under general supervision of an Occupational Therapist, provides occupational therapy treatments and procedures for special education students at MPS facilities.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- 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:


  • Provides occupational therapy treatments and procedures for special education students according to the Individualized Education Program (IEP).
  • Selects, adapts and implements interventions and adaptive equipment for treatment of students, using a variety of appropriate modalities.
  • Observes and manages physical condition and behavior in treatment area and in classrooms; reports student’s abilities, needs and significant issues to supervisor.
  • Provides training on occupational therapy issues for teachers, caretakers and families of students.
  • Documents treatment sessions, procedures, and results; maintains patient records and database.
  • Maintains equipment, treatment area and supply inventory.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment 
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.




Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Associate’s Degree in OTA; AND one (1) year of COTA experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources. 


Knowledge of:
  • Rules and regulations of the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • Principles and practices of patient assessment.
  • Public health and safety protocols and health maintenance issues for children and young adults.
  • COTA techniques and procedures, and professional rules of conduct.
  • Principles of record keeping and confidential records and file management.


Skill in:

  • Providing treatments and procedures.
  • Observing and recording behaviors and conditions.
  • Clearly and legibly documenting case notes.
  • Providing assistance and training to students and families.
  • Inspecting, repairing, adapting and maintaining adaptive equipment and assistive technology.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.




A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required. 

Must possess and maintain valid Occupational Therapist Assistant Certification from the Minnesota Department of Health.



Work is performed in Health Clinic and office settings; full manual dexterity and visual acuity are required; vision to read computer screens and case files; hearing to communicate in person and over the telephone; strength and agility to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds.




Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.  Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.
Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | [No Established Closing Date]  | Occupational, Physical Therapists (10000603)  | Davis Center (0001)  | Paraprofessional

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