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20 Apr 2023

Full-Time Occupational Therapist

MMFS – Posted by Mary McDowell Friends School New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Mary McDowell Friends School is a K-12 college preparatory program dedicated to the success of students with learning disabilities. Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, we cultivate a diverse community where all students can reach their full potential. Our specialized teaching methodologies and challenging curricula empower students to become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society.

Mary McDowell Friends School (MMFS) invites applications for a full-time Occupational Therapist beginning in August 2020. 

Position Overview

The Occupational Therapist will support the school’s mission by evaluating and providing therapeutic intervention for our students.

The essential duties of an Occupational Therapist include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide therapy and evaluate students during school year programming and summer extended school year program (if deemed necessary)
  • Collaborate with school administrators for effective planning, coordination, and implementation of speech/language pathology programs into the total educational system, including services provided during the traditional school year and/or summer extended school year programs.
  • Adapts and modifies the environment, including assistive technology and training instructional staff to meet individual needs and help students function independently.
  • Keep abreast of best practices in occupational therapy. Investigate and apply new strategies to deliver student services by conducting or participating in continuing education/staff development.
  • Coordinate and schedule services to meet the student’s needs best.
  • Complete treatment notes and progress reports promptly and according to school policy. Document all aspects of work with students according to school, state, and national guidelines
  • Participate fully in the life of the school, including professional development, MMFS committees, weekly faculty meetings, regular supervisory meetings, and all school silence and staff meetings.
  • Supervise student activities, including study hall, student trips (including overnight trips), advisory, student clubs, etc.

Diversity and Equity Commitments:

  • Understand and participate in all school-wide diversity and equity initiatives
  • Examine teaching practice through the lens of race, identity, equity, and privilege.
  • Develop a curriculum that provides students with an opportunity to recognize their many identities

Staff and reporting relationships

Occupational therapists report to the Division Directors. They also work collaboratively with the faculty, speech and language therapists, school counselors, social workers, and school psychologists regularly.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, this position’s annual base salary range is $70,000-$75,000. Mary McDowell Friends School considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, essential skills, internal peer equity, and market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

  • MA required; special education experience a plus
  • OTR/L required
  • 0-3 years of experience; independent or charter school experience a plus
  • Strong oral and written communication with parents, children, and colleagues
  • Commitment to equity and justice, including knowledge and skills related to cultural competencies
  • The ability to create a classroom environment where students feel safe, supported, and challenged
  • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Growth mindset and ability to use feedback to improve practice
  • Familiarity with new technologies; GSuite and Veracross a plus
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How to Apply

To apply, please upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references as a .pdf (preferable) or word document to our employee portal. If your background and experience are appropriate for the position, you will be contacted directly by a member of our search committee. We offer a rewarding work experience in downtown Brooklyn, NY, where we encourage employees to bring their whole selves to work. We recognize, appreciate, celebrate, and honor our diverse community as we build an awareness of who each individual is and who we are collectively. Applicants who enhance the diversity of the school's faculty and administration are strongly encouraged to apply. Please visit our website for more information on our school and a full list of vacancies.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: disabilities, learning, occupational therapy, and special education. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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