Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Recruitment #13-5850-01




This is a continuous filing exam with screening cut-offs the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:00 pm.

(Be advised that the cut-off date may change depending on the number of applications received.)


Alameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes the following program areas: Behavioral Health Care, Public Health, Environmental Health, and Agency Administration/Indigent Health. The ultimate mission of the Health Care Services Agency is to provide fully integrated health care services through a comprehensive network of public and private partnerships that ensure optimal health and well-being and respect the diversity of all residents. Health Care Services Agency currently has multiple career opportunities for experienced professionals to become part of a service delivery team dedicated to the optimal health and well being of Alameda County residents. 


The Public Health Department has an array of programs and services designed to protect the health and safety of County residents. The backbone of Public Health includes assessments of the health status of residents, disease prevention and control, community mobilization and outreach, policy development, education, and assurance of access to quality medical and health care services.  The following 10 essential services are provided by the Public Health Department to the residents of Alameda County.

  1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems.
  2. Diagnose & investigate health problems and hazards.
  3. Inform, educate and empower residents about health issues.
  4. Mobilize community partnerships.
  5. Develop policies that support individual and community health.
  6. Assure a competent public health workforce.
  7. Enforce health and safety laws.
  8. Assure provision of health care when otherwise not available.
  9. Evaluate the effectiveness, accessibility, quality of personal and population-based services.
  10. Research innovative solutions to health problems.

For more information about the Health Care Services Agency, please visit the Agency's website and/or Annual Budget Document found on



Under direction, Pediatric Occupational Therapists provide occupational therapy services in public schools for the treatment of children with physical disabilities; advise parents or caregivers on home treatment and care; and perform related work as required.


The Medical Therapy Program involves the long-term treatment of children with physical disabilities under 21 years of age and, therefore, requires the therapist to continually adapt and change the therapeutic regimen to the maturational development of the client, as well as his progress. This requires knowledge of child development and growth, especially in children with physical disabilities, in order to plan an appropriate program and properly evaluate what progress in the child was due to growth and development and what was due to therapy.

Therapists in the Medical Therapy Program work under medical direction and receive supervision from a supervising therapist in terms of assignment, consultation and evaluation of work. They generally work in school settings and coordinate their activity with the school program.

For a detailed listing of the duties and essential competency requirements for this position, please see the complete job description for Pediatric Occupational Therapist


These are minimum professional requirements for the position of Pediatric Occupational Therapist:

Education: Completion of an accredited course in Occupational Therapy.

Certification: Eligibility for or possession of a valid certificate to practice as a licensed Occupational Therapists from the California Board of Occupational Therapy.

Completion of Criminal History Form:  A Conviction History Form (CHF) must be completed by ALL applicants for this position. DO NOT attach to your application. Return the form via mail or hand deliver to Human Resources Services Department, ATTN: Evaluation Unit, 1405 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612. The form must be received within three (3) business days from the date you apply, otherwise the application will not be processed. Click here to access the CHF.  


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, methods, equipment and the basic theory of physical rehabilitation involved in the modern practice of occupational therapy, especially as applied to children with physical disabilities.
  • Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, neural and other structures and the pathologies and injuries which result in physical disabilities.
  • Equipment and methods used to evaluate and mitigate physical disabilities.
  • Principles of psychology and abnormal psychology, especially as they related to the application of occupational therapy in Medical Therapy Program.
  • Arts and crafts, recreational activities, physical training, therapeutic devices and other means which are used to effect rehabilitation through a program of occupational therapy.
  • Growth and development of children in general and children with physical disabilities in particular.

Ability to:

  • Understand and follow physician's prescriptions and other technical instructions.
  • Instruct and gain the confidence and cooperation of clients and their families in the program.
  • Explain the procedures used to personnel of other departments, to relatives and to others as may be required to achieve cooperation and coordination of the rehabilitation effort.
  • Devise, improve and develop equipment and techniques as required.
  • Keep accurate records, case histories and make complete meaningful reports.
  • Instruct parents/caregivers and school personnel in home/school programs.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the "What You Need To Know" section of our website:


Selection Plan

THIS IS A CONTINUOUS, ACCELERATED EXAMINATION:  The examination consists of an on-going review of candidates’ applications and supplemental questionnaires to verify possession of minimum qualifications.  Those candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the class will be placed on the eligible list based on an evaluation of education, training, and experience. The eligible list resulting from this recruitment and selection process may be used to fill future vacancies which may arise within the next year for this and other County Departments; this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.  This examination may be reopened as necessary and the names of additional candidates merged onto the existing list according to examination score.  



This is a continuous filing exam with screening cut-offs the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:00 pm.

(Be advised that the cut-off date may change depending on the number of applications received.)  

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statues.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

**Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.  

Cherilyn Aranzamendez

Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda