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Occupational Therapist for Growing in Beauty Partnership Program

Northern Arizona University
Inst. for Human Development

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Job Title: Occupational Therapist for Growing in Beauty Partnership Program
Location: Inst. for Human Development
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 605608
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Special Information

This is a 30 hour/week, 12 month benefit eligible service professional position.This position is grant funded and contingent on the availability of funding. An occupational therapist is needed for the Growing In Beauty Partnership Program (GIBPP). GIBPP operates under a contract with the Navajo Nation to provide home-based early intervention services for infants and toddlers who have or are at risk for having developmental disabilities. Must be available to travel to rural, northern Arizona including Native American tribal communities. Some overnight travel may be required.

AZ Occupational Therapy state licensure or eligibilty required. NBCOT Certification also required. Valid Arizona Driver's license also required.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description
  • Responds to the training and technical assistance needs of families and community-based service providers and programs as it applies to engaging community members in referral and service delivery for children birth to three and their families.
  • Works with the tribal, local and state Part C (AzEIP) programs to provide eligibility evaluations, program planning, and IFSP development and consultation to families with children ages birth to two years, 11 months.
  • As part of evaluation team, diagnoses movement, feeding, and sensory dysfunction in infants and toddlers birth through 2 years, 11 months.
  • Administers and scores standardized tests related to development, feeding, sensory, and motor skills to assist with eligibility determination for infants and toddlers with known or suspected developmental delays or disabilities.
  • Writes professional quality and timely evaluation reports, session notes, project updates, and miscellaneous correspondence in compliance with Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) procedures and AZ Occupational Therapist licensure regulations.
  • Works with families to develop goals for their children that that promote engaged participation in family and community routines and events.
  • Develops plans of care and provides evidence-based interventions under a transdisciplinary coaching model for children eligible for AzEIP services, particularly as related to infant motor development training, postural control, fine motor control, sensory processing, feeding, dressing, and other developmentally appropriate self-care and play skills, environmental and adaptive equipment recommendations and training, and caregiver training related to these interventions, to effect progress toward IFSP outcomes; consults with and coaches providers in developing individual plans of care.
  • Promotes dialogue and practices that supports positive and collaborative relationships with Part C team members and community-based partners.
  • Engages in relevant, and as available, evidence-based professional development both as a recipient and as a provider of training and Technical Assistance (TA) to the early intervention team.
  • Complies with HIPAA/FERPA regulations. Demonstrates confidentiality, sensitivity and concern during all client/family interactions.
  • Travels to family homes or meeting locations and/or provides virtual tele-practice services as an alternative to in-home services when necessary and feasible.
  • Promotes Access, Attitude, and Inclusion for persons with disabilities.
  • Maintains current Arizona Occupational Therapy licensure and certifications.
  • Works collaboratively with other IHD projects as appropriate to maintain and develop innovative, evidence-based practices.
  • Assists in addressing the mission and objectives of the IHD and NAU which may include grant writing relevant to the project.
  • Assists with university student training by mentoring students involved in IHD training activities; when applicable instructs and supervises occupational therapy interns, practicum students, etc.; trains on proper client care, assessment, use of equipment, and occupational therapy techniques and objectives; follows legal and ethical requirements for direction and supervision.
  • Responsible for maintaining standards of professional and ethical practice according to AOTA guidelines in the full scope of occupational therapy services.
  • This position reports to the Growing in Beauty Partnership Program Director.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Occupational Therapy OR;
  • Bachelors in Occupational Therapy with a Relevant Master's degree AND;
  • Must have or be eligible for Arizona Occupational Therapy licensure and NBCOT Certification AND;
  • At least one year of occupational therapy experience with a pediatric population, preferably infants and toddlers; will consider a new graduate with relevant fieldwork/clinical experience AND;
  • Must possess valid Arizona Driver's license

Preferred Qualifications
  • Candidate with at least one-year experience in Part C Early Intervention OR;
  • 3+ years of experience working with children and their families AND;
  • In-depth knowledge of motor/oral motor development, age appropriate occupational performance skills, assessment and intervention procedures for infants and toddlers AND;
  • Familiarity with standardized motor, feeding, sensory integration and/or developmental tests for children AND;
  • Experience working with tribal populations

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of current occupational therapy topics and research for 0-3 year old children.
  • Knowledge of IDEA Parts B and C and the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP),
  • Familiarity with a Primary Service Provider model or similar evidence-based models of practice and experience consulting with or training other professionals and/or families,
  • Interest in developing and implementing training relative to addressing the needs of children with disabilities and their families for local, state, and national audiences,
  • Willingness to work collaboratively to reflect on and modify practices through a process of peer support and professional development activities,
  • Knowledge and skill in a specialty area such as evidence-based autism assessment and interventions, feeding/swallowing assessment and interventions, sensory integration experience, or neurodevelopmental therapy for babies and children is a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills,
  • Grant writing experience and/or experience working for a University Center on Developmental Disabilities is also a plus
  • Ability to understand and speak Navajo and/or experience with American Indian populations is helpful.
  • Possesses strong problem solving, organizational, and analytical capabilities.
  • Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


$62,996-$70,000. Commensurate with experience. Salary will be prorated to match the .75 FTE position status.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline

October 4th, 2021 at 11:59pm.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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