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Licensed Occupational Therapist

Date Posted: Aug 9, 2020

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Licensed Occupational Therapist                            

Location: Various school locations                  

Salary: DFT

Reports to: ESE Lead Administrator

Bargaining Unit: DFT

Benefits Eligible: Yes


In accordance with the Agreement between Detroit Federation of Teachers and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, the following vacancy is announced.

Position Summary:

Occupational therapists lead the process in development, implementation, and coordination of the occupational therapy process. Screening, evaluation, educational program, transition planning, therapeutic intervention, and exit planning is provided for students identified with or suspected of having disabilities that interfere with their ability to perform daily life activities and participate in the school environment. Primary responsibility shall include but not limited to student safety and appropriate collaboration and attention to each student’s readiness to learn including needed guidance, discipline, and welfare. Occupational therapist is expected to independently review outcomes and modify intervention programs.  Employee may work in a variety of elementary and/or secondary educational, individual or team settings.  Employee may rotate among several schools. The employee works with a high level of independence and professional discretion.  Professional judgment and clinical knowledge are used to develop individualized programming based on occupational performance deficits in the areas of personal care, student role, interaction skills, process skills, play, community integration/work, and graphic communication.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possession of a Bachelor or Master of Occupational Therapy from an accredited college or university. 
  • The State of Michigan requires a license for this occupation.  MUST HAVE CURRENT LICENSE. 

Essential Functions

  1. Test and evaluate students' physical and mental abilities.
  2. Select manual arts, crafts, homemaking, daily living skills, recreation, pre-vocational and neuro-developmental activities to fit students' needs and capabilities.
  3. Consult with other members of the team to confirm that the programs are suitable.
  4. Teach skills and techniques needed to do the activities.
  5. Prepare materials for student use.
  6. Evaluate student progress, attitudes, and behavior.
  7. Prepare/complete student progress reports.
  8. Complete all paperwork necessary to secure occupational therapy services.
  9. Lecture to various professionals, students, and community groups on occupational therapy.
  10. Ability to infuse assistive technology into the classroom to improve academic learning


Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.


External Applicants

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.


Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or

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