Equity Education
  • Detroit, MI, USA
  • Full Time


JOB TITLE: School Occupational Therapist

DEPARTMENT: Student Support Services

REPORTS TO: Principal/Director of Student Support Services



EQUITY Public Schools

Detroit Leadership Academy Elementary K-5 www.dlachampion.org

Detroit Leadership Academy Middle/High School 6-12  www.dlachampion.org

Detroit Innovation Academy K-8 www.diachampion.org

Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy 9-12 www.detroitdeltaprep.org/

Detroit Collegiate High School 9-12 www.detroitcollegiate.org


Why Join EQ?

At EQUITY, we believe that creating and sustaining excellent and equitable schools for all children is the most critical issue today and that high-quality education is the only way to change the life trajectory and outcomes for kids. We are relentless in our pursuit and refuse to accept anything less than remarkable schools for our kids, regardless of their zip code.

We know the most effective way to make lasting change in schools is by recruiting, developing, and retaining strong people who are committed to their own development and to our belief that all students have the potential to be remarkable. As a values-driven organization, we seek talent whose values align with ours: empathy, relentless pursuit of quality, embracing the unconventional, taking initiative, tenacity, and commitment to teamwork.

The mission of EQUITY Education is to build a system of remarkable neighborhood schools for traditionally underserved students by manifesting potential.

EQUITY believes that access to a remarkable education is the most fundamental social justice issue today. As an organization, we aim to ensure access to the type of high quality education that grants students success in college and life as we work to dismantle systemic educational inequities.

EQUITY is a steadily growing organization. Student enrollment has increased from 900 students in 2014 to over 1,400 students in 2018. Because of our rapid growth, we need YOU!

We offer one of the most comprehensive compensation and benefits packages in the city of Detroit. EQUITY employees earn competitive salaries and a robust benefits package, including:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthcare PPO including vision and dental with employer covering 80%
  • 401K with match options
  • Free Short- and Long-Term Disability
  • Free Basic Life Insurance
  • Free Basic AD&D
  • Supplemental insurance plans available
  • Wellness benefits
  • Free State Continuing Education Clock Hours offered
  • Paid time off, varying by role
  • Career development opportunities
  • Performance Bonuses

SALARY: Salary is based on educational level, certification(s), and years of experience. Employees will be contracted yearly. Contracts will be renewed according to evaluations and staff interest.


Who are we looking for?

We are seeking education professionals who operate with empathy and will settle for nothing less than what is best for their students. Professionals with a passion for urban education and the city of Detroit that align best with our needs and goals. Our top performers are focused on building positive relationships with students and families and are driven by data and student outcomes.


What are the major job responsibilities?

Provides quality school-based occupation therapy services, which includes but is not limited to assessment/evaluation, intervention/treatment, IEP planning and implementation, discharge planning, related documentation, and communication between teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers, and families. A full-time position (10 month) working with students in the self-contained non-categorical classrooms and general education inclusion classrooms.


  • Knowledge of occupational therapy theories, models of practice, principles, and evidence based practice
  • Preferred knowledge in Sensory Integration theory and practices
  • Knowledge of human development throughout the life span
  • Ability to articulate the role of the occupational therapy in the evaluation, intervention planning, and intervention process
  • Ability to analyze tasks relative to areas of occupation, performance skills, activity demands, contexts, and student factors to implement the intervention plan
  • Ability to recognize occupational performance deficits in the areas of personal care, student role/interactive skills, processing skills, play, community integration, and written communication
  • Skill in gathering screening and evaluation data, completing checklists, histories, and interviews
  • Ability to select, adapt, and sequence relevant occupations and purposeful activities that support intervention goals
  • Skill in effective oral and written communication
  • Ability to maintain safe environments, equipment, and materials
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records and progress notes
  • Willingness to be educated and trained for specific program implementation
  • Initiative, strong work ethic, and the ability to positively interact and collaborate in a team environment
  • Complete thorough evaluation, including muscle tone, range of motion/mobility, orthopedic needs, movement analysis, perceptive/fine motor skills, sensory motor processing and functional activities of daily living.
  • Educate and demonstrate (verbally or written) therapy techniques to parents that can be incorporated into the home
  • Develop and implement IEPs to meet the individual needs of the child.
  • Attend staff meetings, in-service training, and continuing education courses as appropriate or required.
  • Assess and make recommendations regarding the use of adaptive equipment as needed and provide written justification.
  • Responsible for timely documentation of evaluation results, progress reports, discharge reports, daily notes, service tracker notes.
  • Maintain professional clinical competency by attending certified CEU in-services and workshops.
  • Other duties as assigned.


What are the required qualifications?


  • Successful completion and graduation from an accredited Occupational Therapy program recognized by NBCOT and completion of all fieldwork requirements.
  • 1-2 years of experience as an occupational therapist in an urban school setting with preschoolers and elementary aged children.
  • Certification as an occupational therapist by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
  • Current State of Michigan license as a certified occupational therapist.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of strategies for students with, developmental delay, specific learning disabilities, and behavior disorders.
  • Be a strong classroom support.
  • Demonstrate strong skills in partnering with families.
  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of colleagues, parents, families, and community members.
  • Be committed to meeting the needs of a diverse student population.
  • Have a track record of being a team player and community minded.
  • Be committed to their own learning.
  • Have excellent time-management skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently.
  • Have a passion for urban public schools.
  • Adhere to a high level of professional and ethical standards.



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