Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
Job Details
Program Services - Orlando, FL
Full Time
Bachelors Degree - 4 Years
Education - Instructional
Basic Functions

Lighthouse Central Florida is a mission-driven, values based organization providing optimal blend of rehabilitation training services and real world application to help individuals of all ages, who live with any degree of vision loss to adjust to their reality with grace and confidence so they can remain active, productive members of our community.


We are seeking a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA) who will work under the direction of appropriately credentialed staff to implement a broad range of therapeutic services for each assigned client in accordance with his/her Individualized Service Plan (ISP) and/or doctors’ orders for OT.  The COTA will provide both Occupational Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation Instructional Services to help each child or teenager achieve her/his goals for independence and self-confidence and assist in ensuring that all Vision Rehabilitation Instruction meets or exceeds contract obligations and professional standards.


Essential Job Requirements:


Direct Service

  • Provide instruction/therapies relevant to the needs of each individual client.  Instruct clients in the use of an array of adaptive tools and techniques that allow for optimal success in activities of daily living with vision loss
  • Promote independence in activities of daily living (including dressing, feeding, feeding, grooming, money identification/management, pre-cane mobility, cooking, and laundry) through problem-solving, suggesting adaptations and observation of the student (children and teens)
  • Conduct comprehensive functional vision rehabilitation assessments to identify existing skills, goals, and appropriate adaptive devices needed.
  • Review assessment recommendations with the clients.  Develop Individualized Service Plans and implement training plans.
  • Collaborate with clients, family members and colleagues to share information and expertise in order to plan and implement effective instruction.
  • Provide center-based, community-based and virtual instructional services appropriate to the assessed needs and goals of the clients
  • Assist in the adjustment counseling of clients as necessary; evaluate client progress towards individual goals; mediate problems between clients and assigned program staff. 
  • Teach and model high standards of advocacy/self-advocacy




  • Reflect Lighthouse Central Florida’s mission, vision, and core values in daily interactions with clients, staff, and all external and internal constituencies
  • Be a standard-bearer for the Interdisciplinary Model (IM) LCF is building.  Actively participate in efforts to demonstrate the synergies between Occupational Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy. 
  • Actively participate in agency and team meetings to ensure effective communication, service quality, and teamwork  
  • Comply with agency policies and procedures including the completion of required documentation and reports (timesheets, certificates of absence, etc.)
  • Identify and actively support appropriate involvement of volunteers in program functions to extend and enhance team effectiveness and efficiency.  Serve as the primary staff contact for volunteers who are assisting with aspects of assigned work
  • Actively participate in building relationships between LCF and community partners, particularly in OT, higher education, optometry, and ophthalmology.



  • Assigned to Youth Services to be shared among Children’s Program and Transition Program Services and planning
  • Actively assist when opportunities present for OT and COTA level 1 and level 2 rotations that occur frequently at LCF.
  • Collaborate with Youth Services, Client Care, and Marketing/ Development to provide staffing support needed to ensure successful achievement of contract and grant deliverables.



Planning and Service Development

  • Participate in the development of engaging and creative curricula, lesson plans, and therapies to meet client needs and training demands.  Implement relevant therapies.



Case Management and Reporting:

  • Efficiently navigate the agency’s Apricot database software to maintain complete, accurate, and timely documentation and reports as assigned, to meet agency and contractual requirements.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of program participants in accordance with professional ethics and State and Federal regulations
  • Communicate as needed with Client Care Coordinators and other staff to expedite each client's movement through service delivery.
  • Facilitate the request, receipt, and distribution of procurement requests



Community Education:

  • Support and assist in collaborative activities with community partners as assigned.
  • Participate in community education and public awareness activities to develop collaboration with other agencies, municipalities, civic organizations, and schools to ensure that vision rehabilitation services are recognized as an important resource to the community and known to individuals who can benefit from services.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of educational programs/activities to inform the medical community, educators, parents, elected officials, and/or the community at large about the scope, variety, and effectiveness of LCF services to achieve inclusion and self-actualization


Professional Development:

  • Actively engage in efforts to cross-train and minimize reluctance to move the organization to the Interdisciplinary Model. 
  • Participate in available continuing education and staff development opportunities.
  • Participate in general agency community education and fund development activities/ events.
  • Participate in agency and department meetings to ensure communication and teamwork
  • Participate as a member of the Rehabilitation Services team and support all aspects of Lighthouse Central Florida’s Services
  • Perform other duties as required 


Essential Job Requirements


Bachelor’s Degree preferred or Associate’s Degrees from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program


License and/or Certification:

OTR/L or COTA credential



Minimum of one (1) year professional practice experience in a professional work environment with people disabilities.  Experience with visual impairments helpful but not required.


Demonstrated Knowledge and Skills:

  • Possess excellent skills in the delivery of ADL and other self-help skills with people of a variety of ages
  • Ability to effectively convey skills and techniques for daily living to a wide variety of clients, adapting teaching methods as needed to accommodate a variety of learning styles
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Possess a working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet
  • Possess an ability to utilize the LCF database for client demographics, documentation and agency reports
  • Professional maturity, judgment and objectivity
  • Capable of working with a variety of personalities and leadership styles
  • Possess effective organizational and time management skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, management, business professionals, civic organizations, and the general public
  • Ability to work as an effective member of the team
  • Ability to project a positive, compassionate image to clients, co-workers and the public
  • Ability to adapt to and support change
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.


Physical Demands:

  • Ability to move about independently within the facility and in the community we serve 
  • Moderate ability to move and lift items usually ranging up to 25 lbs.
  • Prolonged standing upon occasion
  • Prolonged sitting at workstation



  • Pass Level II background checks
  • Possess reliable transportation
  • Eligible to work in the United States


The employment policy of Lighthouse Central Florida and Lighthouse Works is to provide equal opportunity to all persons. Our company, therefore, has made a commitment to equal employment opportunity through a positive and continuing affirmative action program. Lighthouse Central Florida and Lighthouse Works will recruit, hire, train, and promote qualified individuals in all job titles, and ensure that all other personnel actions are administered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, and/or veteran status, or disability.


All descriptions have been reviewed to ensure that only essential functions and basic duties have been included. Requirements, skills, and abilities included have been determined to be the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements delineated be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the organization.