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Organization Education for Change Public Schools (view profile)
Location Oakland
Classification Special Education
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 8/7/17
County Alameda

Description

Position Summary
Education for Change is looking for a dynamic and visionary Occupational Therapists who will engage students, families, and other members of our learning community to ensure high student achievement. The Occupational Therapist (OT) observes and evaluates the need for school-based occupational therapy services for students who meet eligibility criteria, and provides quality services to students and their families at various school sites. S/he will know how to successfully work in an urban elementary school with a high English Learner and low-income population, including traumatized students.

About our Approach
EFC is committed to serving ALL students, regardless of need. Our approach addresses the diverse needs of our students by offering a myriad of program designs to meet individual need.  We offer inclusion, resource instruction, combined programs that include both inclusive and small group instruction, and specialized programs for students with autism, those in need of emotional supports, and students with more moderate needs. Utilizing a Multi-Tiered System of Supports, our multidisciplinary team works collaboratively to analyze and problem solve around student and staff needs. We employ a whole child approach that not only meets the basic needs of our students, but also takes into consideration their socio-emotional, academic and behavioral needs.

About Education for Change Public Schools
Education for Change Public Schools (EFCPS) believes it is the right for every child to have access to a high-quality, 21st century education. Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children by creating a system of schools that focuses relentlessly on our student’s academic achievement. EFCPS is a charter management organization that manages a diverse portfolio of K-8 schools, growing to a portfolio of preK-12 schools in the Fruitvale and Elmhurst neighborhoods of Oakland, currently serving 3,000 children.  Additional information about Education for Change can be found at www.efcps.org.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Provides direct, individual, or small group instruction to identified pupils on a regularly scheduled basis, as required in the Individual Education Plan (IEP)
• Participates in the multidisciplinary team process regarding eligibility issues, IEP development, consultation services, and service delivery models
• Participates in developing, monitoring, and implementing IEPs for students who qualify for occupational therapy
• Prepares written evaluations and maintains records which clearly and succinctly document services provided, student progress and discharge from therapy
• Provides occupational therapy services to students in support of their needs and treatment goals
• Works with students to develop their gross and fine motor skills, sensory motor regulations, as well as their posture and movement
• Works collaboratively with other EFC staff members including, Special Education Teachers, School Psychologists, Clinicians, and Paraprofessionals
• Develops instructional materials and strategies for students in the mainstream classroom  
• Provide in-depth occupational therapy consultation for teachers, providing professional insights for early OT interventions for their students
• Conducts thorough initial, triennial assessments, and assist in providing in-service training in gross and fine motor skills, sensory motor regulations, as well as posture and movement to parents, teachers, administrators and other professionals and paraprofessionals regarding occupational therapy
• Assists in coordinating, communicating and seeking consultation with community agencies as appropriate
• Travels to multiple school sites to provide services
• Perform other related duties as required and assigned
• Transport students, as necessary
• Attend mandatory new hire professional development
• Maintain strict student and parent confidentiality
• Support the mission, vision, and core values of Education for Change

Required Qualifications:
• Current license by the California Board of Occupational Therapy
• Proof of liability insurance
• Experience with language techniques, sensory motor integration, and physical restoration
• Clearance of TB test, fingerprinting, and any other State/Federal requirements
• Own vehicle, valid California Driver’s License and insurance
• Experience in performance assessment
• Must possess a growth mindset and be able to use feedback to refine practice
• Successful experience working in a collaborative environment
• Experience working with diverse communities

Desired Qualifications:
• Bilingual
• Experience working with English Language Learners
• Outstanding communication and organization skills

EFC Core Values - required by all EFC staff
We collaborate. We are a team. We plan together, observe and analyze each other’s work, collaborate with our coaches and site leaders, partner with our families, and together make decisions about our programming.
We are a learning organization. We approach or practice with an inquiry stance and a growth mindset; we analyze, innovate, and iterate every single day so that we continually improve. We believe in coaching and developing people at every level of experience, at every level of the organization.
We are solutions-oriented. We approach every challenge with a problem-solving orientation. We listen to and encourage each other. We are resilient in the face of adversity.
We are accountable. Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children. We assume personal accountability for student growth; we analyze multiple forms of data, and that analysis drives our instruction.
We are student-focused. We form close relationships, utilize personalized learning, differentiate instruction, make learning culturally relevant, engage families, and provide individualized interventions to meet the needs of every child.
We listen. We are a small, responsive organization that values students, family, and employee voice and input.
We are rooted in community. Ours is a place-based strategy that works deeply with neighborhood leaders and partners to serve our children. We understand that the cultures, values, traditions, and assets that our families bring must be leveraged and honored to reach and teach our children.

Compensation & Benefits
EFCPS offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. For details, go to www.efcps.org/careers.

Application Process
Apply online at www.efcps.org/immediate-openings.