Washington State DSHS Occupational Therapist 1 in Steilacoom, Washington


DSHS Occupational Therapist 1

Here's your chance to put your Occupational Therapist education to work! Join the Special Commitment Center and help residents restore their abilities to perform basic life skills. You'll be part of an extended care team aiding long-term clients, which allows you the opportunity to grow your own career. You'll also assess your client, create a plan, and work towards helping that client meet certain goals. Goals can include operating a computer, maintaining a budget, and developing a healthy occupation. This is an opportunity to make a difference to people's lives!

Some of what you'll do:

  • Evaluate and assess resident's motor, sensory and ADL skills
  • Development of Occupational Therapy (OT) plans and treatment goals for individuals and groups
  • Facilitate group Occupational Therapy service on a daily basis
  • Provide occupational therapy treatment to clients with complex problems in the areas of activities of daily living, gross and fine motor, sensory motor, cognitive and psychosocial skill Who should apply? Professionals who have graduated from an accredited Occupational Therapy program, and have successfully completed the National Board Certification (NBC) of Occupational Therapy certification examination, and a current Washington State license to practice as an Occupational Therapist. Our ideal candidate will also have the following:

  • Experience observing and analyzing behavioral patterns and function

  • In-depth working knowledge of group behavior and dynamics
  • Working knowledge of local, State and Federal laws related to the facility
  • Knowledge of mental illness and recovery principles
  • Experience working with difficult or angry clients in a therapeutic, non-threatening manner
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbally and in writing with external and internal stakeholders, including clients and public.

Questions? Contact Josh Shawhan at joshua.shawhan@dshs.wa.gov

Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.


Salary: $3,541.00 - $4,644.00 Monthly

Location: Pierce County – Steilacoom, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-10190 YX74

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov