Occupational Therapist Consultant

Barrier Free Living (BFL) is dedicated to helping New Yorkers with disabilities live independently in the community. Through its various programs, BFL provides a broad range of residential, supportive housing and non-residential services to disabled survivors of domestic violence, and support to physically disabled individuals with mental health and/or chemical addiction issues.

BFL is currently seeking a dynamic, experienced and highly-motivated Occupational Therapist Consultant to provide direct services and to manage our Occupational Therapy Internship Program. The position requires travel between three sites within two boroughs Manhattan and The South Bronx. There are two programs which are at confidential location due to nature of the program and services.

Occupational Therapy (OT) Program- Manager provides all occupational therapy services at Freedom House (domestic violence crisis shelter), BFL Apartments (supportive housing) Secret Garden (Community based domestic violence program a roster of Occupational Therapy Interns in training.  OT Manager provides weekly direct supervision to all OT personnel within Barrier Free Living. The position requires direct OT service provision in both group and 1:1 treatment sessions as well as collaborating with OT schools, scheduling a rotation of OT interns and providing them direct supervision. This position reports to Program Directors of Freedom House, BFL Apartments and the Secret Garden.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates OT intern program by developing internship contracts with accredited institutions.
  • Organizes ongoing intern rotation/schedule with academic institutions.
  • Conducts interviews, screens and assigns interns for the various OT programs within BFL.
  • Provides weekly group and individual supervision to interns that meet AOTA standards (8 direct hours per week for 10-12 weeks).
  • Guides and supervises a team of OT interns in all OT treatment provided at site.
  • Attends and conducts weekly OT team meetings to discuss administrative, scheduling, procedural topics or conduct in-services.
  • Participates in scheduled program related meetings, trainings and case consultations.
  • Maintains and keeps inventory of all OT supplies and equipment needed at each site.
  • Communicates and collaborates with support staff re: all OT intern related issues.
  • Generate monthly reporting/statistics of OT services provided at each site.
  • Co-signs all legal documentation found in client/resident/tenant charts produced by interns
  • Collaborates with academic fieldwork coordinators regularly regarding intern progress/lack of progress.
  • Maintains all intern related paperwork i.e. student manual, med clearance, info sheets, school contracts, performance evaluations.
  • Conducts timely midterm and final evaluations meeting AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) standards.
  • Provides an array of OT resources to interns for professional development via journals, in service announcements, textbooks, publications and web resources.
  • Entertains regular site visits conducted by fieldwork coordinators from various academic institutions
  • Demonstrates assessments, screenings, intakes and facilitates groups with OT interns at assigned sites.
  • Promotes BFL OT internship programs via lectures and related conferences.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience working in Community Mental Health and direct OT student supervision.
  • Trauma-informed Awareness provision of services and sensitivity to cultural and socio-economic characteristics of the populations served.
  • Strong leadership skills, a good ability to work collaboratively with professionals,
  • Ability to set appropriate limits with clients/tenants/residents and co-workers,
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Computer Proficiency (Awards/FamCare).
  • Must have strong ability to work independently
  • Bi-Lingual (Spanish/ASL) Preferred.
  • Provide Worker Compensation Liability Insurance required

Start Date: ASAP

Hourly Rate: $75.00 

Hours per week: 21:00 per week

Public Assistant Recipient are encouraged to apply.

 

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