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TENTATIVE

 

Occ. Code 5901200

 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, GRADE 16

5901200

SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, GRADE 18

5901300

HEAD OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, GRADE 20

5901600

CHIEF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, GRADE 23

5901700

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

Occupational Therapists are licensed rehabilitation care professionals who provide a variety of occupational therapy services to individuals* in accordance with Article 156 of the Education Law.  Incumbents evaluate individuals’ functional capabilities and needs; and plan, develop, and implement individual and group occupational therapy programs to assist individuals restore, develop, or maintain adaptive skills, performance abilities, and/or physical, cognitive, and mental functioning in performing tasks and activities of daily living.   

Positions are classified in various State agencies.

*Individual refers to a person who is being treated or cared for, and is used in place of patient, client, or other nomenclature specific to an agency. 

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

          OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: entry-level; under the supervision of a Senior Occupational Therapist or higher-level clinician, provides a variety of occupational therapy treatment services to assigned individuals in accordance with Article 156 of the Education Law.

 

SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: full-performance level; under the general direction of a Head or Chief Occupational Therapist or higher-level clinician, independently provides a variety of occupational therapy treatment services to assigned individuals in accordance with Article 156 of the Education Law; and may provide clinical supervision to Occupational Therapists and/or Occupational Therapy Assistants.

 

HEAD OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: supervisory level; oversees and supervises an occupational therapy program or department with six or more occupational therapy staff; plans, develops, implements, and evaluates occupational therapy programs and services; and may function as the assistant to a Chief Occupational Therapist.  

 

CHIEF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: supervisory level; oversees and supervises an occupational therapy program or department with 20 or more occupational therapy staff; and plans, develops, implements, and evaluates occupational therapy programs and services.

 

RELATED CLASSES

Occupational Therapy Assistants are licensed occupational therapy support practitioners who assist in the delivery of occupational therapy treatment programs to individuals under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist in accordance with Article 156 of the Education Law.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

          OCCUPATIONAL AND SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Provides a variety of occupational therapy treatment services to assigned individuals. 

·       Obtains and reviews individuals’ information, such as health and family histories.

·       Conducts functional evaluations, screenings, and assessments to determine individuals’ capabilities and needs in areas such as strength and endurance, balance and coordination, functional mobility, judgement and problem-solving abilities, activities of daily living, and self-care skills. 

·       Develops and implements individual treatment plans, including treatment strategies, goals, and anticipated outcomes.

·       Selects treatment interventions, which may include the use of adaptive techniques and equipment; and conducts and supervises individual and group occupational therapy activities and programs to assist individuals in attaining therapeutic goals.

Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team; attends individual case reviews and team meetings as the occupational therapy representative; and coordinates occupational therapy activities with the activities of other disciplines or therapy programs. 

Participates in the development and implementation of occupational therapy policies and procedures.

HEAD AND CHIEF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

In addition to performing any of the above duties, Head and Chief Occupational Therapists perform the full range of supervisory duties for subordinate occupational therapy staff and are responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating occupational therapy programs and services.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Open Competitive: possession of a license and current registration as an Occupational Therapist in New York State.

SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Promotion: one year of service as an Occupational Therapist, and possession of a license and current registration as an Occupational Therapist in New York State.

Open Competitive: possession of a license and current registration as an Occupational Therapist in New York State and one year of post-licensure experience.

          HEAD OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Promotion: one year of service as a Senior Occupational Therapist, and possession of a license and current registration as an Occupational Therapist in New York State.

          CHIEF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Promotion: one year of service as a Head Occupational Therapist, and possession of a license and current registration as an Occupational Therapist in New York State.

Revised:  12/18

 

 

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent, and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.