Occupational Therapist, San Jose

Student Services San Jose, CA


Position Summary

We are a small, dynamic team within the Special Education department that is committed to facilitating educational outcomes for students that reflect their interests, abilities, and potential. We divide schools geographically among our team, enjoy each other as co-workers, and appreciate the unique role we play in serving the students of KIPP Public Schools. The caseloads are very manageable and we have planned for growth in each of these positions.

The available therapist position will work with 3-4 of our KIPP schools in the San Jose area but may be asked to support infrequently with other schools in the Bay Area. 

Required Qualifications

  • 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)

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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 
  • Knowledge of federal and state special education law and best practices for special education.
  • Bilingual (Spanish or Vietnamese) is 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 the San Jose area. 

Physical, Mental, and Environmental Demands

Physical: Ability to navigate office and school campuses, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the day involves sitting and walking as well as playing activities with students. Ability to access and utilize technology. Occasional lifting/carrying of equipment 1-20 lbs. Infrequent driving to different locations throughout the Bay Area.

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

Environmental: Office and/or classroom environments are subject to constant interruptions and distractions.  Occasional classroom/school environment and travel. In an emergency context (e.g., a pandemic), work may be conducted virtually fully or partially for extended periods of time or longer, and the expectation is that the individual will establish a productive, remote work environment (e.g., ability to stay connected through different technology means). It may require remote work as current public health guidelines warrant. Adhere to KIPP’s health and safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC, CDE, and public health agencies’ recommendations.


Exempt, full time position based on the Regional Support Office calendar and time-off policy.

About KIPP Public Schools Northern California

We are a thriving nonprofit network of 21 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 7,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, Redwood City, and Stockton. 79% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, 23% are multilingual learners, and 10% have special needs. We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.


We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary and extends a  comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits to eligible employees. 

We benchmark annually against comparably-sized non-profit organizations in the regions where we operate, to offer competitive salaries. The Full-time salary range for this position ranges from $91,000 for recent graduates to $124,000 for those with 10+ years of relevant experience.

How to Apply

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