2020-21 Part-time Occupational Therapist, San Jose

Student Services San Jose, California San Jose, CA San Jose, California San Jose, California


We are a Small team part of a big change.  Come be a part of the Change!  The Occupational Team is a three OT team and we cover the SF Bay Area for KIPP Bay Area Public Schools. We are planning to grow to a four OT team for the school year 2019-2020. All of our positions are part-time. The caseloads are very manageable and we have planned for growth in each of these positions.   We consider ourselves a small but mighty team who enjoy each other and the unique role we play in serving the students of KIPP Bay Area Public Schools.

This therapist position will work with KIPP schools in the San Jose area.  This position is part-time (0.6 FTE/24 hours/week) and is eligible for benefits. There is potential for this position to expand to full-time as our KIPP schools grow in this area.  The position is based on the 10-month teacher calendar.

Position Overview

Under the supervision of the Lead Occupational Therapist, the Occupational Therapist will conduct screenings, assessments, provide recommendations, organize and implement services for the students of KIPP Bay Area Public Schools. The OT is also a part of the mission of growth for the Specialized Teaching Programs (STP) serving students with autism and/or intellectual disabilities and can serve as a member of the MTSS teams at each school.  This is for a part-time (0.6 or 24 hours/week) position which allows for full-benefits and has the potential for growth. It is based on the 10-month teacher calendar and there are opportunities for Extended School Year (ESY) work if desired.  


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited institution. 
  • Current certification through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) 
  • Current license to practice Occupational Therapy through the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT)
  • Prefer a minimum of 3 years of experience providing occupational therapy services (but not required)
  • Prefer a minimum of 1-year experience providing occupational therapy services to children in school settings (but not required)
  • Knowledge of federal and state special education law and best practices for special education.
  • Bilingual (Spanish or Vietnamese) beneficial but not required.
  • Demonstrated desire and success in working with students and families from educationally underserved areas.
  • Familiarity with SEIS and PowerSchool data systems helpful
  • Ability to work independently in school settings
  • Ability to travel within the SF Bay Area with own transportation (mileage reimbursed between schools). The position will be based out of San Jose but the therapist may be expected to travel 1-2 times per month to other cities within the Bay Area.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Individual Education Program Process

  • Appraise the occupational therapy needs of students to design and implement appropriate remediation, instructional plans, and strategies.
  • Analyze assessment results to drive and inform instruction and Individual Education Program development.
  • Attend and serve as a member of the IEP team to determine the eligibility of students.
  • Use appropriate and current standardized measures to assess skills and function of the students
  • Prepare thorough, accurate, and legally defensible reports in a timely manner.
  • Explain the nature, purpose, and results of the assessment in an understandable manner to IEP team members.
  • Assist teams in the development of IEPs that address the physical and functional needs of students.
  • Develop a variety of evidence-based instructional activities to meet the student’s individual occupational therapy goals/objectives.
  • Ensure student achievement and progress towards IEP goals and adjust intervention strategies based on student performance.
  • Monitor student progress and complete progress reports in accordance with KIPP Bay Area Public Schools and school-specific guidelines. 


  • Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to support students in general education classes, interpreting the abilities and disabilities of these students to the entire staff, and assisting the student’s core curriculum instructional needs.
  • Be willing to provide in the classroom support as needed.
  • Consult with special education and general education teachers, other KIPP personnel, and parents to recommend intervention strategies to facilitate student physical development and achievement and to model scaffolding strategies.
  • Participate in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) teams at each school 
  • Participate in the growth and development of the Specialized Teaching Programs (STP) at the schools where they exist and in potential future school programs. 
  • Develop and implement training opportunities for classroom staff and parents on the role of occupational therapy, typical sensory-motor and fine motor development topics as required.
  • Monitor and evaluate equipment and assistive technology needs for students.
  • Support and facilitate professional development activities and objectives for general education staff and school administrators as needed.
  • Develop parent education programs to assist parents in the understanding and remediation of physical needs when appropriate.

Interpersonal and Agency Relations / Communications

  • Consult with community agencies, medical personnel, parents, and other professionals, and acts as a liaison among these groups for children with physical disabilities.
  • Keep attendance records, computerized IEP records, and all other records pertinent to the special education program for the state reports and program accountability.
  • Participate in KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Special Education Community of Practice.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands
Sitting, walking, reaching, bending, use of both legs; use of both hands, wrist/arm motion, grasping/holding, use of all fingers; lift, carry/push objects 1-20 lbs.; use of both eyes, color vision, near-vision; a sense of smell, normal hearing, distinguish sounds in transmission, speaking.

The stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and general alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math problems, memorize and recall objects and people.

Office environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions.  Occasional classroom/school environment and travel.

Desired Characteristics and Mindsets

  • Results and detail-oriented team player who is dedicated to getting the job done as well as growing our team.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and implementation skills.
  • Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work well with others and to build relationships with multiple constituencies. 
  • A deep passion for social justice and equity for all children; belief that all students can achieve at the highest levels, regardless of demography.
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Bay Area Public Schools’ mission and values.
  • A desire to be creative and inventive with the therapeutic process, activities, and programs. 

About KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
We are a thriving nonprofit network of 15 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. 

 Our student community consists of over 6,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City. 79% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, 23% are English language learners, and 10% have special needs.  We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.

Salary & Benefits
KIPP Bay Area Occupational Therapy salaries have recently been updated and are considered to be highly competitive with current salaries in the geographic area. We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits.  Part-time employees (at least 0.5 FTE) are eligible for benefits.

To Apply
Please become thoroughly familiar with www.kippbayarea.org before applying. Submit your application online at by clicking apply on this page 

Questions? Email careers@kippbayarea.org

KIPP Bay Area Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ancestry, cultural background, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital/registered domestic partner status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, primary language, citizenship or immigration status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.