Date Posted: July 12, 2022

Position Title: Occupational Therapist, Special Education

Assignment Location: Alliance Education Center, Rosemount,  MN in the Customized Alternative Solutions for Education (CASE) Program

Hours per Day: 8.0

Schedule: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, following school calendar as assigned

Anticipated Start Date: August 23, 2022

Contract Length: 2022 – 2023 school year, continuing contract

Salary: Placement per the teacher contract, based on education and experience


Under the general supervision of the assistant director/principal, our occupational therapists provide therapy to identified students in their assigned schools within Dakota County. OTs provide advanced human support work by evaluating the needs of students, designing and implementing appropriate therapies, preparing and maintaining accurate records, and performing related work as apparent or assigned. Professionalism, empathy, and a non-judgmental approach are essential when working with students receiving special education services to ensure their safety and growth and in order to help them understand and exhibit appropriate behaviors at school and in the community. An occupational therapist is part of a team environment, where collaboration, communication, and adaptability are key to the success of the team and the success of the students. The occupational therapist role is performed following District policy and State/Federal Laws.


  • Provide direct and indirect occupational therapy (OT) to identified students in member district schools and in ISD 917’s Setting IV Special Education programs.
  • Train paraprofessionals, special and general education teachers, and other team members on specific interventions.
  • Observe students in various educational environments and provide recommendations; adapt and/or modify materials; collect data to evaluate student progress.
  • Recommend and train staff and/or students on equipment; orders equipment for department and district program.
  • Maintain and complete progress notes, consultation notes, and/or letters.
  • Maintain documentation related to third party billing.
  • Complete re-evaluations including writing evaluation reports.
  • Assist with developing student Individualized Education Plan (IEP); assists case manager in establishing students’ goals and objectives; completes appropriate components of a student’s IEP.
  • Responds to questions and inquiries.
  • Help to maintain safety of all students and the environment.
  • Collaborate with related service personnel, teachers, fellow assistants, and other program/school staff in order to meet the needs of students and maintain a positive work environment for all.
  • Attend various meetings and committees; participate in training/in-service as assigned, in accordance to the contract.
  • Performs other job-related duties, as assigned.


  1. Must be a Minnesota State Department of Health certified Occupational Therapist with a graduate degree in occupational therapy with moderate experience as an occupational therapist for pediatric clients, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Valid driver’s license in the State of Minnesota.
  3. Willingness and ability to work with students receiving a high-level of special education services.
  4. Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of specialty area; thorough knowledge of the principles and methodology of providing effective therapy for students with special needs; thorough knowledge of school rules, regulations and procedures.
  5. General skill using standard tools of the trade.
  6. Ability to make arithmetic computations using whole numbers, fractions and decimals; ability to compute rates, ratios and percentages.
  7. Ability to maintain resiliency and organization.
  8. Ability to understand and demonstrate an understanding of body mechanics.
  9. Ability to demonstrate non-violent crisis intervention techniques.
  10. Ability to establish and maintain standards of behavior.
  11. Ability to deliver articulate oral presentations and written reports.
  12. Ability to work as an effective member of a team with staff, parents, and the community through the building and maintaining of collaborative and positive relationships.
  13. Good oral, written, and interpersonal communication that is maintained during high-stress and crisis situations.
  14. General skill operating standard office equipment and applicable hardware and software.


  1. Ability occasionally exert up to 25 pounds of force.
  2. Work regularly requires speaking, hearing, and using hands to finger.
  3. Work has standard vision requirements; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts.
  4. Frequently requires standing, walking, sitting, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, and reaching with hands and arms.
  5. Occasionally requires climbing or balancing, pushing or pulling, tasting or smelling, lifting and repetitive motions.
  6. Work requires assembly or fabrication of parts within arm’s length, operating machines, and operating motor vehicles and/or equipment.
  7. Ability to tolerate sudden jarring movement; exposure to aggressive or impulsive acts.
  8. Work occasionally requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions, exposure to vibrations, and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may require wearing of personal protective equipment.
  9. Locations are generally moderately noisy.



Intermediate School District 917 serves the low incidence needs of students receiving special education services from our member school districts in the southeastern metropolitan area.  Students are referred to us by member school districts. Our programs and services include comprehensive options and efficient special education services that expand on what member districts may be able to offer students in their own schools. Programs provide special education and related service support to students from early childhood through age 21 in a variety of different, specialized settings for students with emotional/behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorders, developmental and cognitive disabilities, mental health needs, those who are deaf and hard of hearing, and learning disabilities.

In our highly-structured and specialized educational environments, you will encounter:

  • Classrooms of 4-8 students supported by a teacher and 3-6 trained paraprofessionals.
  • Behavior support teams, including board certified behavior analysts.
  • Lead teachers to support due process and curriculum development.
  • Collaborative teams, which can include: audiologists, interveners, interpreters, teachers, paraprofessionals, developmental adaptive physical education teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school psychologists, school nurses, health associates, school social workers, and speech language pathologists.
  • Functional spaces, which can include: individualized work spaces for each student, group instruction areas, sensory spaces, break spaces, playground/gym/area for gross motor movement, and safety features for staff and students.

District 917 also provides students from member districts a secondary education program, including Dakota County Area Learning Schools, which provide alternative learning programming both in-person and online to students in need of a positive, safe, and structured learning environment outside their resident high school, and Dakota County Secondary Technical Center, which provides technical education for high school students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.

Application Procedure: Can be completed at

District 917’s Website:

Intermediate School District 917 is an equal opportunity employer