Easterseals Southern California

  • Lead Occupational Therapist

    Job Locations US-CA-Santa Fe Springs
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  • Overview

    Under the direction of the Therapy Supervisor, leads the Occupational Therapist (OTs) at the clinic through case consultation, report review, weekly staff meetings, and annual job performance appraisals. Assists Therapy Supervisor in ongoing program evaluation and development. Supervises Occupational Therapists/Assistants, and OT Interns; serves as the point person for Interns in the office and/or region as needed. Implements discipline-specific treatment for children diagnosed with autism and other special needs. This includes, but is not limited to: evaluations, planning, documentation and professional communication.


    • Conducts and interprets occupational therapy screenings and/or evaluations; develops, implements and follows documented treatment plans or protocols; provides direct treatment to patients. Completes re-evaluations, progress reports and discharge summaries; completes daily intervention reports and calendar updates, while meeting required deadlines. Sets goals and modifies the plan throughout the intervention process in collaboration with clients and family/caregiver(s)/legal guardian(s). Remains current with new research and upto-date trends in autism treatment/evidence-based practice. Collaborates and consults with other service providers as necessary. Maintains 50% productivity goal each week/month by completing all scheduled therapy sessions; provides make-up sessions as available.
    • Provides clinical supervision of OTs & OTAs, up to the maximum allowed by AOTA and the CA licensing board, in order to maintain clinical standards of practice. This includes periodic review of daily documentation, review of all semi-annual progress reports and re-evaluation reports, ensuring accurate administration and interpretation of assessments. Conducts orientation of new OT staff. Assigns supervision for OTAs when needed. Promotes best practices and ensures patients and families receive the highest quality of therapy.
    • Performs clinical portion of annual performance appraisals for OT staff. Assists Therapy Supervisor in presenting clinical portion of performance appraisals. Assists in developing and implementing clinical performance improvement plans for OT staff when necessary.
    • Assists Therapy Supervisor in on-going program evaluation, budgeting, ordering supplies, attending meetings, ensuring authorizations are received promptly, interviewing prospective staff members, and in making hiring decisions. Assists in planning clinical education meetings for staff. Keeps staff abreast of state and national speech news and events. Provides in-servicing when needed. Evaluates use for, designs, checks, and maintains relevant equipment.
    • Serves as the point person for OT student interns in office and/or region.
    • Performs other duties as assigned


    • Master’s degree in occupational therapy from an AOTA Accredited program. Must possess a current occupational therapy license issued by the state of California.
    • Typically requires 3-5 years’ experience working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders, in either a clinical or educational program.
    • Knowledgeable of evidence-based practices found to benefit children with Autism.
    • Demonstrated knowledge in occupational therapy, interdisciplinary early intervention theories, and rehabilitation principles and practices.
    • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Applications (Outlook, Word, Excel) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR).
    • Ability to communicate effectively through oral and written communication skills with associates at all levels, both internal and external to the organization.
    • Ability to pass a post-offer physical examination and a TB test. Ability to provide proof of required vaccinations or positive titer showing immunity. A signed declination may be acceptable for certain vaccinations.
    • Ability to obtain and maintain a criminal record/fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation per Easterseals of Southern California and/or program requirements.
    • Ability to travel locally; maintain driving record in compliance with Transportation Safety Standards; maintain auto insurance and vehicle registration.
    • Ability to stand for extended periods. Ability to lift 40 pounds continuously. Ability to reach, bend, stoop and squat. Possess fine manual dexterity; able to push, pull.


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