Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA) PositionCOTA


COTA Job Responsibilities: The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) is essential to the delivery of high-quality occupational therapy services and are responsible for providing occupational therapy services and support to students at AAED in the school setting under the supervision of a licensed and registered occupational therapist (OTR/L). COTAs play an important role in the therapy team by providing valuable support to their supervising OT and students.

  • Providing occupational therapy services to assigned student caseload as directed by the supervising OT and outlined within the IEP (both small group & whole group).
  • Assist the OT in devising strategies for reinforcing learning materials and skills based on a sympathetic understanding of individual students, their needs, interests, and abilities.
  • Paperwork requirements include but are not limited to data tracking, logging when students have received therapy, creating & maintaining a therapy schedule, creating weekly therapy lesson plans, completing IEP input forms for your supervisor and completing quarterly progress reports.
  • Participate in initial and ongoing training and/or shadowing from supervisors, parents, and other therapy team members as appropriate, including demonstration of current programs.
  • Maintain a positive environment to encourage the personal, social, and academic growth of all students.
  • Maintain professional conduct and appearance.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior and confidentiality of information pertaining to students within the school environment and community.
  • Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with co-workers, families, businesses, and the public at large using exemplary written, verbal, and listening skills.
  • Demonstrate conflict management skills by actively listening, finding solutions to problems, and working well with difficult people.


Qualifications & Requirements

  • Associate Degree or higher in Occupational Therapy from an accredited college or university program.
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant License issued from Arizona Department of Health Services.
  • Valid Level 1 IVP Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers.
  • Experience with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices (preferred).



  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401k (4%) matching after 1 year
  • PTO
  • Paid Sick Time
  • 9 weeks of Paid Time Off During the school schedule
  • Employee Assistance Program


Pay Range:

Salary: $43,000-$64,000

Hourly: $28-$43


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