Occupational Therapy Assistant Jobs

The Watson Institute is hiring full-time Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) at our special education schools: Friendship Academy, in Pittsburgh, and the Education Center South, in Bridgeville, PA. The Friendship position will work Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and the Education Center position will work Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Both locations follow their program’s school calendar.

Please note: we are seeking applicants now for this 2024-2025 school-year position.

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Employment Type: Full-time

Job Responsibilities:

  • Partner with occupational therapy team to provide individualized therapy to students with disabilities in various school settings.
  • Assist with assessments and evaluations of students’ fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing, and self-care abilities.
  • Implement treatment plans and activities under the supervision of a licensed OT, focusing on daily living skills, self-regulation, and functional movement.
  • Assist with documentation for IEPs, RRs, Letters of Medical Necessity, as well as treatment sessions, and communication with classroom team, parents, and outside agencies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements: 

  • Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy Assisting from an accredited program
  • Current PA COTA License
  • School-based experience preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with students, teachers, and parents
  • Supervise students during emergency drills, classroom activities; the ability to keep up with running children and/or to lift, position, or assist with lifting students is essential to perform this task
  • The essential functions of the job described herein require the ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, and brisk walking, which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and material of moderate weight (40 pounds)
  • Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others
  • Current Act 34, 114, and 151 clearances required
  • Pre-employment medical examination, including a tuberculosis test, required

Job Benefits:

  • Access to Tuition Reimbursement to pursue further education and advanced degrees.
  • Qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program
  • Ongoing professional development through continued education opportunities, training, and direct staff support
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage, and additional voluntary benefits
  • 403b retirement plan with employer contributions and match after 1 year of employment
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