State of Massachusetts TEMPORARY- Occupational Therapist I in Worcester, Massachusetts

This is a temporary position (SL) to cover an individual on a leave of absence.

The Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is seeking a creative, dynamic and committed Occupational Therapist to fill the Temporary Occupational Therapist I position. The Occupational Therapist will provide occupational therapy rehabilitative service, by delivering: Evidence-based and best practice evaluations and treatments. The Occupational Therapist will evaluate both psycho-social and daily functioning through informed evaluations, recommending and providing evidence-based interventions. They must work collaboratively with both the rehabilitation team, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

*Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all-inclusive) *

*Under the direction of the Director of Rehabilitation (OT III), their direct Occupational Therapist Supervisor, as well as in collaboration of other Rehabilitation Supervisors the Occupational Therapist will: *


a.) Evaluates clients’ needs for Occupational Therapy through interview, observation, record review and by conducting diagnostic tests to establish and/or modify client treatment plans.

b) Develops and implements treatment plans for clients by selecting therapeutic activities, including manual arts and crafts, prevocational, vocational and homemaking skills, activities of daily living, etc. designed to achieve objectives.

c) Conducts individual and group Occupational Therapy treatment activities with various other disciplines through meetings and reports to ensure effectiveness of clients overall treatment programs.

d) Participates in documentation in treatment plans, client progress and evaluation results to provide information concerning the content and effectiveness of Occupational Therapy treatment.

e) Performs related duties such as maintaining records; ordering equipment, materials, supplies.

f) Provides technical advice to others.

g) Attends meetings and in-service training programs.

h) Refers clients to other sources of care.

i) Provides on-the-job training to staff/students keeping apprised of the latest developments in the field.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE (List The Knowledges, Skills, Abilities)

  1. Knowledge of Occupational Therapy theory, principles, practices, terminology, treatment, methods, techniques, and procedures.

  2. Knowledge of the types and uses of equipment/materials used in providing Occupational Therapy.

  3. Knowledge of the techniques and methods of diagnostic and prognostic testing relative to Occupational Therapy.

  4. Knowledge of the principles of orthopedics, human anatomy, physiology, human growth and development as applied to Occupational Therapy.

  5. Knowledge of the types and uses of orthopedic and prosthetic devices.

  6. Knowledge of calibration and/or adjustment techniques as applied to equipment used for providing Occupational Therapy.

  7. Knowledge of factors, trends, problems in providing Occupational Therapy.

  8. Knowledge of the social, psychological and educational problems of physically, emotionally handicapped and the mentally ill.

  9. Knowledge of the methods and procedures followed in various craft activities.

  10. Knowledge of methods of general report writing.

  11. Ability to understand, explain and apply the policies, procedures, specifications, standards, and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.

  12. Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of Occupational Therapy data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.

  13. Ability to gather information through observing individuals’ ability to communicate effectively in oral expression.

  14. Ability to motivate clients.

  15. Ability to interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress.

  16. Ability to establish rapport with others and to maintain harmonious relationships with others.

  17. Ability to exercise sound judgment, and to maintain a calm manner in stressful and emergency situations.

  18. Ability to give precise, understandable written and oral instructions, and to follow written and oral instructions.

  19. Ability to prepare general reports and to maintain accurate records.

  20. Ability to assemble information in accordance with established procedures and to conduct training or instruction in Occupational Therapy.

  21. Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

This position is TEMPORARY full-time 40 hours per week, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Days off are Saturday and Sunday..

Bilingual or multilingual fluency. Candidates must be able to read, write and otherwise communicate in English. ASL preferred.

As applicable, preference for this position will be given to those candidates who are eligible for Civil Service/ConTest Reinstatement/Reemployment or to those candidates who have passed the civil service examination for this job title, and who respond to the job certification that was recently issued for this location, and/or to employees laid off or bumped from this title who are eligible for recall, and in accordance with Article 14 or applicable Collective bargaining requirements.

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate (s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

WRCH provides inpatient services to 260 inpatient adults, inclusive of a Deaf Inpatient Mental Health Service; 30 inpatient adolescents and 30 residential adolescents, in either an Intensive Residential Treatment Program (IRTP) or a Behavioral Intensive Residential Treatment Program (BIRT).

Located on over 100 acres in Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) is part of an integrated network of effective, efficient and culturally competent mental health services. It provides intermediate and long-term inpatient care for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who live in Massachusetts, as well as individuals requiring specialized court ordered evaluations.

For additional information, please call Melissa Herron in Human Resources at (508) 368-3379.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements: None

Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Occupational Therapist license issued by the Board of Allied Health Professions in accordance with Chapter 667 of the Acts of 1982.

Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.*

Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Department of Mental Health

Title: TEMPORARY- Occupational Therapist I

Location: Massachusetts-Worcester - 309 Belmont Street

Requisition ID: 180008G4