Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist 

Children’s Learning Center- Helen Keller Services for the Blind 

Established in 1893, Helen Keller Services mission is to enable individuals who are blind or have vision loss to live, work and thrive in their communities of choice. We are a pioneer in the field of blindness rehabilitation and education and now we are expanding into services for preschool children on the Autistic Spectrum.  Serving children from birth to age 5, the Children’s Learning Center is the only center in New York City that specializes in serving children who are visually impaired, blind and/or have multiple disabilities and now we are opening classrooms for children on the Spectrum.

This is an exciting time to join our team here at Helen Keller Services. We have opened a new school that we designed from the ground up. The new classrooms are large and well furnished with lots of adaptive toys and equipment. The classrooms have 8 children, 1 teacher and 2 assistant teachers in them. The teaching staff is encouraged to be creative in their lesson planning and learning materials are plentiful. We are centrally located at 180 Livingston Street which is accessible by the B, D, F, A, C, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains. This is a full-time staff positions with full benefits including a 403B retirement plan and a tuition reimbursement program. We follow the New York City Department of Education calendar plus a 6-week summer session.

The Occupational Therapist at the Children’s Learning Center is responsible for the execution of HKSB’s Mission, goals and objectives by providing physical therapy session with preschool and early intervention children.  This entails direct contact therapy, conducting evaluations and consulting with both HKSB staff and parents. . Maintaining positive communication with parents, other staff members and professionals outside of HKSB is critical to success.   Must demonstrate a sincere commitment to HKSB’s Mission and Values and conduct him/herself at a high professional level at all times and project a positive image of HKSB internally and externally.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Mission Execution:

Responsible for the development and execution of function/program within his/her span of control in accordance with HKSB’ Mission and Strategic Objectives. This is a twelve-month, full-time position working 8:30am – 3:30pm.  Responsible for other duties as may be assigned or requested by the school principal, the managing director of rehabilitation services and/or any senior management

  • Reports to Principal.  Principal prepares annual review
  • Conducts evaluations for early intervention and preschool age children within their discipline.  Prepares evaluation reports including recommendations for service and required components such as goals and objectives for service and education plans.
  • Provides services as mandated in IFSP and IEP’s in a professional and skilled manner using techniques that are up to date and professionally accepted.  
  • Complete session notes, progress notes, report cards, and annual updates in a comprehensive and timely manner that adhere to Early Intervention and Committee on Preschool Special Education Regulations.  
  • Attend IFSP and IEP meetings as needed and requested.  
  • Recommend, order, and maintain adaptive equipment for students as needed.  
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with families to assist them with medical follow up and the implementation of strategies in the home and community environments.  
  • Seek out and participate in professional development activities that relate to the education and development of children who are blind and visually impaired with and without multiple disabilities, and for children with multiple disabilities.  
  • Assist classroom staff in incorporating therapeutic strategies with students and within class routines.  
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Address sensory and fine motor issues that allow the child to function better in the class and school-wide environments
    • Support children’s development of play skills and the exploration of toys and other learning materials
    • Help children increase their independence through the development of self-help skills such as eating and dressing

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Occupational Therapy

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Valid New York State License as an Occupational Therapist and 

National Registration as an OTR / Registered Occupational Therapist

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to hkncrecruitment@hknc.org

Please Send Resume and Cover Letter to: hkncrecruitment@hknc.org