Occupational Therapist

Monterey County Human Resources
June 9, 2021
Salinas, CA
Job Type


Position Description
Final Filing Date: July 2, 2021

Summary of Position
Monterey County Health Department's Behavioral Health Bureau, Children's System of Care, has an opening for an Occupational Therapist for services to the Early Childhood Services Team. The Occupational Therapist delivers a full range of occupational therapy services to children with functional impairments in conjunction with mental health conditions including evaluation, planning and providing OT treatment to children.

The Occupational Therapist works collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team, including psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health clinicians and interacts with other agencies such as educational entities and community agencies who may be part of the treatment team. The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding of sensory integration issues and the impacts of inutero exposure to drugs and alcohol as well as early childhood trauma on the child's sensory integration and motor development capacities. The Occupational Therapist is part of a mental health team and provides services to maximize reduction in mental health related difficulties in young children in a family treatment setting.

A list of eligible candidates resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future full-time or temporary vacancies as they arise.

Examples of Duties THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities :

Knowledge of:

  • Theory and practice of Occupational Therapy skills related to mental and physical illness or disability
  • Therapeutic techniques, including prevocational exploration and self-care activities commonly used in occupational therapy
  • The basic pathology involved in diseases and injuries resulting in physical and mental handicaps
  • Child growth and development
  • Various physical disabilities and mental health disabilities.
  • Construction and use of special equipment

Skill and Ability to:

  • Evaluate and assess functional status of patients
  • Administer occupational therapy treatment to patients in accordance with approved treatment plans.
  • Care for and maintain equipment and supplies.
  • Follow oral and written directions
  • Be flexible and competent in working with a variety of diagnosis and changes.
  • Work in a dynamic environment
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of people in one to one and group situation.
  • Ability to interpret occupational therapy treatments to staff, relatives, patients and others
  • Follow safety procedures and practices.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of audiences
  • Proficient in the use of technology
  • Provide excellent and courteous customer service
  • Work well in a team-oriented environment

Conditions of Employment :

  • Pursuant to Section 51203.1 of Title 22 of the State of California Administrative Code, possession of a valid registration issued by the American Occupational Therapy Association is required for positions in this classification
  • As a condition of employment you may be required to work with and in exposure to, potentially infectious and disorderly patients
  • Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License
  • Due to the sensitive nature of these positions, the Health Department reserves the right to fingerprint and conduct police background checks of appointees for some positions

Examples of Experience/Education/Training EXAMPLES OF EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION/TRAINING
The knowledge, skills and abilities listed above may be acquired through various types of experience, education or training, typically:

  • Two years of work experience as a registered occupational therapist


  • Graduation from an occupational therapy curriculum accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, the World Federation of Occupation Therapy or another nationally recognized occupational therapy association

For complete information see the class specification/job description on our website at:

Submit the following application materials to the Monterey County Health Department, Human Resources
Division, 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906

Final Filing Date: July 2, 2021

  • Monterey County Employment Application
  • Response to the Supplemental Questions
  • A copy of your registration must be submitted with your application

Please be aware if the application form, responses to supplemental questions, and copies of registration are not submitted timely with other required application materials, the application will be removed from further consideration.

Or apply on-line at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/montereycounty/default.cfm
Application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants who are determined to be most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the process. To further assess applicant's possession of required qualifications, this examination may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercise, performance exercise, performance exam, and/or written examination. For more information or to receive application materials, contact the Health Department Human Resources Division at 831-755-4502.


  • If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodations, please call the Health Department Human Resources Office at 831-755-4502.
  • Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the United States.
  • If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your salary will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed below.

The County of Monterey offers an excellent benefits package (H Unit)
The County of Monterey offers a premium benefit package. A summary of benefits for this position can be viewed on the County website. This information is intended to provide you with a general summary of benefits available and is not legally binding. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies & Practices Resolution or "H" MOU prevails over this listing.

See https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showpublisheddocument/99628/637490872740300000 for more information (H Bargaining Unit Benefit Summary Sheet.)

An Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 755-4502.
Closing Date/Time: 7/2/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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