Occupational Therapist (Part-time)
Job Details
Experienced
Los Angeles Street - Los Angeles, CA
Part-Time
Bachelor's
$40.00 - $40.00 Hourly
None
Day Shift
Nonprofit - Social Services
Description

Summary
DWC is looking for a Part Time Occupational Therapist (OT) to contribute directly to breaking the cycle of homelessness for women. Following a permanent supportive housing model, the OT provides individualized services through an Occupational Therapy lens, to women residing in DWCs Los Angeles Street and San Pedro Street Residence. As 95% of DWC residents do not return to homelessness, the Resident OT upholds high standards of quality for supportive services, and works closely with an interdisciplinary direct-service team to empower residents and build a safe, welcoming community that promotes stabilization and housing retention. The ideal candidate uses best practices like Trauma-Informed Care, Housing First, and Motivational Interviewing to pro-actively work with residents and supportive services staff to support tenants in maintaining their housing.

Essential Functions

  • Assess individuals for ability challenges that may threaten their ability to safely age in place, and connect to appropriate resources
  • Supervise Occupational Therapy Interns
  • Provide treatment via group or individual intervention with a focus on increasing social, cognitive and functional living skills to support housing retention
  • Approach residents and peers with a trauma informed lens
  • Conduct and coordinate regularly scheduled OT support group workshops
  • Collaborate with residents to complete OT assessments and individual service plans; identify resources and determine appropriate OT treatment goals
  • Participate in weekly case consultation and provide feedback on the cases reviewed
  • Work closely with an interdisciplinary direct-service team to build a welcoming community that promotes stabilization and housing retention
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of activities, progress notes, and other services provided to each resident
  • Build up infrastructure of OT assessments and/or policies
  • Track service utilization of residents
  • Input resident data and progress notes into various tracking systems
  • Provide monthly written reports to the Permanent Supportive Housing Manager
  • Additional duties as assigned

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Competencies (I.e. Flexibility, Communication Proficiency, Budget Management, Relationship Management)

  1. Problem Solving and critical thinking ability
  2. Communication Proficiency
  3. Active Listening
  4. Flexibility
  5. Client centered
  6. Team work
  7. Conflict management
  8. Professional boundaries and self-awareness
  9. Time Management and ability to prioritize tasks

Required Education and Experience

  1. Bachelors or Masters degree in Occupational Therapy required
  2. Willingness to work a flexible schedule
  3. Ability to explain treatments and conditions to women of all ages
  4. Working knowledge of Occupational Therapy laws and regulations
  5. Experience working with women experiencing homelessness and knowledge of community resources preferred
  6. Excellent bedside manner and communication skills
  7. Experience working with aging population preferred

Required Knowledge/Skills/Position Qualifications

  1. Familiarity with supportive housing or other residential or shelter facilities in Los Angeles strongly preferred
  2. Knowledge of issues related to womens homelessness, mental illness, chronic health issues, and older adults preferred
  3. Ability to exercise and model good judgment, active listening and crisis intervention skills
  4. Strong written and oral communication skills required; proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences
  5. Strong multi-tasking skills and proficiency in balancing direct service responsibilities with data management responsibilities
  6. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with a diverse group of staff, interns and volunteers
  7. Detail-oriented, highly organized, able to manage multiple tasks and priorities, and set and meet goals and deadlines
  8. Familiarity with permanent supportive housing model or other residential or shelter facilities in Los Angeles preferred
  9. Ability to be flexible with hours when needed
  10. HMIS experience and/or knowledge of data collection tools to track client progress

Supervisory Responsibility
This position will supervise Occupational Therapy Interns.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  1. Criminal background check required
  2. Current valid California state drivers license, insurance, with good driving record preferred
  3. Oral and written fluency in Spanish and English a plus

Downtown Women's Center actively seeks candidates who reflect the rich diversity of the communities that we serve. We are committed to a work environment that embraces and promotes individuality and inclusion. We believe that diversity and inclusion of varied perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences is essential to our organizations effectiveness, and allows us to serve our clients in the respectful, responsive, and understanding way that they deserve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status and other unique attributes that make us who we are.

Qualifications

Required Education and Experience 

  1. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy required
  2. Willingness to work a flexible schedule
  3. Ability to explain treatments and conditions to women of all ages
  4. Working knowledge of Occupational Therapy laws and regulations
  5. Experience working with women experiencing homelessness and knowledge of community resources preferred
  6. Excellent bedside manner and communication skills
  7. Experience working with aging population preferred

Required Knowledge/Skills/Position Qualifications

  1. Familiarity with supportive housing or other residential or shelter facilities in Los Angeles strongly preferred
  2. Knowledge of issues related to women’s homelessness, mental illness, chronic health issues, and older adults preferred
  3. Ability to exercise and model good judgment, active listening and crisis intervention skills
  4. Strong written and oral communication skills required; proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences
  5. Strong multi-tasking skills and proficiency in balancing direct service responsibilities with data management responsibilities
  6. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with a diverse group of staff, interns and volunteers
  7. Detail-oriented, highly organized, able to manage multiple tasks and priorities, and set and meet goals and deadlines
  8. Familiarity with permanent supportive housing model or other residential or shelter facilities in Los Angeles preferred
  9. Ability to be flexible with hours when needed
  10. HMIS experience and/or knowledge of data collection tools to track client progress

Supervisory Responsibility
This position will supervise Occupational Therapy Interns.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  1. Criminal background check required
  2. Current valid California state driver’s license, insurance, with good driving record preferred
  3. Oral and written fluency in Spanish and English a plus

Downtown Women's Center actively seeks candidates who reflect the rich diversity of the communities that we serve. We are committed to a work environment that embraces and promotes individuality and inclusion. We believe that diversity and inclusion of varied perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences is essential to our organization’s effectiveness, and allows us to serve our clients in the respectful, responsive, and understanding way that they deserve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status and other unique attributes that make us who we are.

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