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About KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
KIPP is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools across the country educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice-filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, and for us all.
There are currently 15 KIPP schools across the Bay Area educating nearly 6,000 students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City and supporting over 3,000 alumni around the country.
Under the supervision of the Lead Occupational Therapist, the Occupational Therapist will conduct assessments, provide recommendations, organize and implement services for the students of KIPP Bay Area Public Schools. The therapist will work with KIPP schools in the San Jose area. This position is part-time (0.6 FTE) and is eligible for benefits. There is potential for this position to expand to full-time as our KIPP schools grow in this area. The position is based on the 10-month teacher calendar.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Individual Education Program Process
- Appraise the occupational therapy needs of students to design and implement appropriate remediation, instructional plans, and strategies.
- Analyze assessment results to drive and inform instruction and Individual Education Program development.
- Attend and serve as a member of the IEP team to determine the eligibility of students.
- Use appropriate and current standardized measures to assess skills and function of the students
- Prepare thorough, accurate and legally defensible reports in a timely manner.
- Explain nature, purpose, and results of the assessment in an understandable manner to IEP team members.
- Assist teams in the development of IEPs that address physical and functional needs of students.
- Develop a variety of evidence-based instructional activities to meet the student’s individual occupational therapy goals/objectives.
- Ensure student achievement and progress towards IEP goals and adjust intervention strategies based on student performance.
- Monitor student progress and complete progress reports in accordance with KIPP Bay Area Public Schools and school-specific guidelines.
- Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to support students in general education classes, interpreting the abilities and disabilities of these students to the entire staff, and assisting the student’s core curriculum instructional needs.
- Be willing to provide in the classroom support as needed.
- Consult with special education and general education teachers, other KIPP personnel and parents to recommend intervention strategies to facilitate student physical development and achievement and to model scaffolding strategies.
- Develop and implement training opportunities for classroom staff and parents on the role of occupational therapy, normal sensory-motor development, and other topics as required.
- Monitor and evaluate equipment and assistive technology needs for students.
- Support and facilitate professional development activities and objectives for general education staff and school administrators as needed.
- Develop parent education programs to assist parents in the understanding and remediation of physical needs when appropriate.
Interpersonal and Agency Relations / Communications
- Consult with community agencies, medical personnel, parents, and other professionals, and acts as a liaison among these groups for children with physical disabilities.
- Keep attendance records, computerized IEP records and all other records pertinent to the special education program for the state reports and program accountability.
- Participate in KIPP Bay Area Public Schools’ SLP Community of Practice.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Desired Characteristics
- Certification through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and a current license to practice Occupational Therapy through the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT)
- Degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited institution. Minimum of 3 years experience providing occupational therapy services.
- Minimum of 1-year experience providing occupational therapy services to children in school settings.
- Knowledge of federal and state special education law and best practices for special education.
- Bilingual (Spanish or Vietnamese) preferred.
- Demonstrated desire and success in working with students from educationally underserved areas.
- Excellent organizational, planning, and implementation skills.
- Ability to work independently in school settings
- A desire to be creative and inventive with therapeutic process, activities, and programs.
- Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment.
- Ability to communicate and interact effectively with multiple constituencies (students, teachers, school administration, parents, co-workers)
- Detail-oriented team player willing to roll up sleeves and get the job done.
- Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Bay Area Schools and our students.
- Ability to travel within the SF Bay Area with own transportation (mileage reimbursed beyond usual commute). The position will be based out of San Jose but the therapist will be expected to travel 1-2 times per month to other cities within the Bay Area.
Minimum Education Required