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Great Prairie Area Education Agency Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - short term in Ottumwa, Iowa

Great Prairie Area Education Agency has an opening for a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant from August to October 2024.

Hourly Rate: Dependent on Experience

Region 2: Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont, Keota, North Mahaska, Oskaloosa, Oskaloosa Christian, Pekin, Sigourney, Tri-County.

Region 3: Cardinal, Davis County, Moulton-Udell, Ottumwa, Ottumwa Christian and Seton Catholic.

Region 4: Fairfield, Maharishi, Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, WACO, Wapello and Winfield-Mt. Union.

Position Overview:

The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), under the direction of a licensed occupational therapist, assists in providing therapy with students who have physical and perceptual difficulties. These services include contribution and participation in the assessment, intervention and documentation process as well as collaboration with AEA, LEA and parents.

Qualifications :

The COTA must be accredited by an approved Associate Degree course for Occupational Therapy Assistants and licensed by the state of Iowa. The candidate must have the experience or capacity to demonstrate positive interpersonal skills, cooperative teamwork, multiagency coordination, and excellent written and verbal communication.

Responsibilities :

  • Maintain communication with the Occupational Therapist (OT).

  • Collaborate with local district staff, AEA staff and parents.

  • Assist the OT with assessments and therapy interventions.

  • Maintain records of the COTA therapy interventions and reports progress toward goals as required by AEA and local school district (LEA).

  • Assist OT with maintenance of materials and equipment.

  • Participate in staff development/professional growth activities.

  • Maintain a current knowledge of occupational therapy practices and related areas of special education.

  • Attend team meetings, discipline meetings, school meetings, and AEA meetings as assigned.

  • Maintain confidentiality of all student information.

  • Comply with State and Federal rules and regulations and AEA policies and procedures.

  • Maintain data required for use in LEA, AEA, state, and federal reporting.

  • Assume other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Regional Director.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the Agency’s mission, goals and priorities.

  • Demonstrates self-discipline and initiative to produce high quality, organized and dependable results.

  • Conveys a positive and professional image to staff and public.

  • Handles information in a confidential manner in accordance with established policies and legal requirements (FERPA, HIPAA, etc.)

  • Pursues professional growth opportunities and relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.

  • Communicates effectively and maintains effective working relationships.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to travel between school and homes served.

  • Ability to perform normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking; and may also involve above-average levels of physical activity at times that cannot always be anticipated.

Primary Location Ottumwa Office

Salary Range Per Hour

Shift Type Substitute