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Occupational Therapist, Salinas, CA

Organization: Monterey County Health Department
Category: Occupational Therapist
Location: Salinas, CA
Date Job Posted: December 29, 2021
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Monterey County Health Department
Salinas, CA 93906

Occupational Therapist
Salary: $7,375.00 - $10,073.00 Monthly
Final Filing Date: January 16, 2022
Exam # 21/50F20/12KK

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:

  • Evaluates and assesses client’s functional status using a variety of evaluation strategies such as observation, tests and questionnaires.
  • Develops occupational therapy treatment goals in conjunction with the mental health therapist and client’s caregiver to address client’s mental health impairments which are exacerbated by functional impairments in motor/sensory functioning.
  • Implements client’s approved treatment plans utilizing recognized therapeutic techniques. Instructs client’s parents and mental health clinicians on ways to help client practice skills outside of direct occupational therapy to ensure maximum benefit of therapeutic interventions. Observes, assesses and reports on client’s status in relation to goals on an ongoing basis. Documents treatment and progress in client’s chart. Adheres to sustainability and documentation standards as are required by County protocols.
  • Consults with mental health clinicians, psychiatrists, physicians, community agencies and educational institutions as needed to gather appropriate information and advocate for supportive strategy implementation to assist client in having motor and sensory integration needs met to decrease functional impairments.
  • Attends and participates in a variety of meetings, including team meetings, discharge planning meetings, all staff meetings and client specific meetings.
  • Keeps license current through attending trainings that address current developments in the field and remaining in good standing with the licensing Board.

To view the complete job description, please visit the Monterey County website:


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


The skills necessary may be acquired through various types of education, training, and/or experience, typically:


Two years of work experience as a registered Occupational Therapist


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


  • The Health Department will conduct a thorough background and reference check process which includes a Department of Justice fingerprint check.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record or ability to provide suitable transportation approved by the appointing authority.
  • 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.


As a condition of employment, prospective employees may be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of any criminal convictions. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary


Apply on-line at by the final filing date of January 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM (PST)


Hard copy applications may be obtained from and submitted during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by contacting: Monterey County Health Department, Attn: Human Resources Division, 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906.

The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:

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

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the final filing deadline will not be considered.] Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.


On July 30, 2021 the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires. The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link. Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated. However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date. Medical /Religion.


Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the H Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website

This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.


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 is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Ken Keir, Human Resources Analyst, at (831) 755-4502 or

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