Mount Helena

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Job Description

With our holistic, integrated services and relationship based approach, we help families create and sustain nurturing, healthy environments where children can thrive and grow. Intermountain is a non-profit agency that has been impacting the lives of children and families for over 100 years.  Intermountain offers a range of services from outpatient to inpatient.  Our organization is located in the state capital of Montana which offers year round recreational opportunities supporting a balance of professional and personal life.

Intermountain is growing our outpatient occupational therapy clinic working with children age 0-21 years of age with a variety of pediatric/developmental disabilities.  A diverse caseload offers an OT opportunities to use a variety of treatment approaches with professional growth encouraged and supported to develop different types of services needed in our community.  We are recruiting for a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

Our occupational therapists evaluate each child’s skills for playing, school performance and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.  We may work with your child on fine motor skills so he or she can grasp and release toys and develop good handwriting skills, address hand-eye coordination to improve play and school skills, help a child with behavioral disorders maintain positive behaviors (e.g., instead of hitting others or acting out, using positive ways to deal with anger), or work with on sensory and attentional issues to improve focus and social skills.

The COTA treats children who need assistance with activities such as feeding, dressing, playing, bathing, and other age appropriate activities. The COTA may also develop skills in upper body strength, fine motor coordination, sensory processing skills, visual processing skills, self-care skills, and handwriting. The COTA centers treatment around giving a child the opportunity to reach his or her highest level of development.

The COTA receives direction from the Occupational Therapy Supervisor. This role also receives direction from the Chief Business Officer through strategic planning goals. The COTA is supervised by the Occupational Therapist to follow through with established treatment plans and necessary revisions as need be.

Some responsibilities are:

  • Implements treatment plan to meet identified goals.
  • Plans and manages programs, all of which may include:

                      a. Self-Help and Independence

                      b. Motor Skill Development

                      c. Functional Mobility

                      d. Visual Processing and Perceptual Skills

                      e. Sensory Processing Skills

                      f. Environmental Adaptations/Adaptive Equipment

                      g. Pre-vocational and Vocational Skills

  • Provides training to child, family, educational team, and other support persons involved.
  • Functions as a team member of child’s family, education, and medical support system.
  • Schedules clients for treatment as necessary; maintains calendar in EMR to assist others in scheduling clients.

Maintains all records in accordance with agency and professional standards.

The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through the completion of accredited Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Must have and maintain certification by National Registration Exam. Must possess License from the State of Montana to practice Occupational Therapy. Must have and maintain current valid Montana Driver’s License

Position is full-time, salary commensurate with experience.  Sign on bonus of $2000 and relocation expenses negotiable.  Intermountain qualifies as a federal loan repayment site. Intermountain offers excellent benefits, including health insurance, pension, generous personal leave, and holidays.

Montana is an explorer’s paradise brimming with wilderness, solitude, beauty and wonder. Some of the most incredible recreational opportunities are right out your back door: hiking, camping, white water rafting, skiing, snowmobiling, or any other form of recreation is easily accessible. Living in Montana gives residents access to some of the best trout fishing in the country, massive mountains and wide open prairies. Other benefits include a lower cost of living, no sales tax, and no traffic! Montana is a place to experience a true quality of life.

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