Occupational Therapy Assistant #2020-42

Vacancy Number:



Occupational Therapy Assistant


Special Education - Westmere Elementary (.40 FTE) & Menands School District (.60 FTE)

Basic Function:

This is a skilled paraprofessional position involving responsibility for the application of treatment procedures to residents to remedy or maintain the ability to cope with their environment. The work is performed under the general  supervision of the Director  who evaluates the resident, develops the treatment plan, and designates treatment procedures to be followed. Progress and observations are reported to the Director who modifies the treatment to promote maximum rehabilitative and restorative measures. Does related work as required.



A.      Candidate must possess a New York State Department of Education certification to practice as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, and

B.      Be eligible to participate in the examination for national certification.

Vacancies are filled by certified list provided by Albany County Civil Service. Should no certified list be available, candidates appointed to this position will be serving in a provisional appointment in accordance with New York State Civil Service Law. The candidate must successfully complete a competitive examination and be eligible for appointment in accordance with Civil Service Law and the Civil Service Rules for Albany County to obtain a permanent appointment.


1.      Carries out occupational therapy procedures by working with residents individually or in groups to provide treatment of an illness or disability and training in the activities of daily living.

2.      Confers periodically with an Occupational Therapist regarding all facets of resident care and related activities.

3.      May fabricate and apply splints and other supportive devices, trains residents in self-care activities, and uses varied media to improve their physical or mental functioning.

4.      Prepares and sets up occupational therapy treatment apparatus.

5.      Participates with other facility personnel in the formulation of residents’ total health care plans.

6.      Observes, records and reports residents’ reactions to occupational therapy treatments and programs.

7.      Prepares and maintains records of treatment.

8.      Provides for and observes safety precautions during all phases of therapy.

9.      Inventories, cleans, stores and maintains supplies and equipment.

10.    Attends meetings as directed.

11.    Working knowledge of the principles, techniques and terminology of occupational therapy treatment procedures.

12.    Working knowledge of occupational therapy materials and equipment and their appropriate application to a variety of resident disabilities.

13.    Ability to observe, record and report residents’ responses to treatment.

14.    Ability to work effectively with the aged, ill and disabled.

15.    Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Start Date:

September 4, 2019 (anticipated start date)

Application Deadline:

August 20, 2019

Starting Salary:

$28,975 – $30,735 (10M position) prorated to the amount of service rendered.

The selected applicant will be subject to a fingerprint supported criminal history background check in accordance with SAVE Legislation effective July 1, 2001.

Apply To:


with letter of interest and resume

Further Information Contact:

Capital Region BOCES

900 Watervliet-Shaker Rd.

Albany, NY 12205


August 2, 2019