CWC 2023-24: Occupational Therapist (OT)
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Organization Overview

The mission of Citizens of the World Los Angeles (CWC LA) is to provide a socio-economically, culturally, and racially diverse community of students in Los Angeles with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each student's confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world. CWC schools:

  • Service a socioeconomically, culturally, and racially diverse community;
  • Develop students’ social and emotional skills to prepare them to become citizens of the world in an ever-changing future; and
  • Promote academic rigor through a constructivist, project-based learning approach, to support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity 

CWC LA has a Regional Support Office that supports all CWC LA schools. We work with our network partners at Citizens of the World Charter Schools, linking the schools in Los Angeles to CWC schools in other parts of the country.


Our core values are embraced by the entire community:

  • Excellence: we demand lasting quality
  • Diversity: we are better and stronger because of our differences
  • Authenticity: we are our true selves in this work, and we are candid
  • Community: we care deeply about people. We share and build partnerships. We celebrate, laugh, and seek joy, even in the tough times
  • Change: we welcome the unknown, embracing the unexpected and new. We adapt to meet the ever-changing times. We find new ways


Position Description

The Occupational Therapist (OT) will assess and provide occupational therapy for studets in grades TK-8. They will focus on developing students' skills in this area to support their ability to access their educational program. 

The Occupational Therapist’s responsibilities include:

  • Appraise the occupational therapy needs of students to design and implement appropriate remediation, instructional plans and strategies; 
  • Assist teams in the development of IEPs that address physical and functional needs of students; 
  • Develop a variety of evidence-based instructional activities to meet the student’s individual occupational therapy goals/objectives; 
  • Conduct occupational therapy screenings; 
  • Follow and implement treatment plans; 
  • Track service delivery in Welligent weekly;
  • Document student progress towards meeting established goals and objectives; 
  • Conduct formal assessments; 
  • Participate in IEP meetings of students on assigned caseload; 
  • Collaborate with teachers to ensure that students meet the goals outlined in their IEPs; 
  • Develop and implement training opportunities for classroom staff and parents on the role of occupational therapy, normal sensory motor development, and other topics as required;
  • Monitor and evaluate equipment and assistive technology needs for students; 
  • Communicate with families of students on assigned caseload regarding progress toward IEP goals;
  • As aligned to our educational model, helping to collect, manage and analyze academic data to track school performance and student achievement;
  • Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment; 
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with multiple constituents

The candidate must have:

  • Experience providing occupational therapy services to children in school settings; 
  • Certification through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) â€¨and a current license to practice Occupational Therapy through the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT); 
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience working with students in a school setting;
  • Demonstrated results working with students; 
  • Knowledge of IEP present levels and goal-writing; 
  • Knowledge of formal assessments; 
  • Knowledge of LAUSD procedures preferred; 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight; 
  • Flexible and able to adapt to different school settings, procedures, and staffs; 
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills; 
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including English learners, special education and accelerated students;
  • Experience with a positive discipline approach; 
  • Initiative, tenacity, flexibility, humility, strong work ethic, professional demeanor, sense of humor, and a can-do attitude

 Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary Range: $75,000-$90,000
  • Generous time off
  • 403b retirement plan and CalSTRS for CalSTRS-eligible positions
  • Generous employer contributions toward healthcare premiums for employees and dependents
  • A variety of medical HMO and PPO plan options (Anthem, HealthNet, Kaiser, United Healthcare)
  • $50,000 employer-paid life insurance policy
  • Voluntary life, accident, and critical illness insurances
  • Voluntary health and dependent care flex spending accounts (FSA)


COVID-19 Vaccination Policy 

Vaccination is a vital tool to reduce the presence and severity of COVID-19 cases in the workplace and communities. Citizens of the World Los Angeles has adopted this policy on mandatory vaccination to safeguard the health of our employees from the hazard of COVID-19. All employees covered by this policy are required to be fully vaccinated as a term and condition of employment at Citizens of the World Los Angeles. CWC employees/ prospective employees may apply for medical or religious exemptions from this requirement. Exemptions are granted in very rare circumstances as CWC LA schools are co-located with traditional LAUSD schools, and on LAUSD sites, no employee can access campus without being vaccinated. We are required to follow LAUSD policy for those sites.

Employees will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. An employee will be considered partially vaccinated if they have received only one dose of a two-dose vaccine.  Potential candidates for employment will be notified by CWC HR Dept. during onboarding on how to submit proper verification of COVID-19 vaccination prior to the start of employment. 


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and, as an organization serving a diverse group of students, we work to reflect this diversity in our staff as well. 


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