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Occupational Therapist III

  • Occupational Therapist III
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
  • How do I apply?
Class Number: 
Exam Components: 
Non-Competitive Registration
Annual Salary Range:
$50,812.00 – $80,986.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$2,117.00 – $3,375.00
Pay Grade: 

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This is senior-level professional and supervisory occupational therapy work directing a large and complex therapeutic program for persons with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities.

Job Duties

Plans, develops, directs, and coordinates a comprehensive program of occupational and recreational activities designed to meet the individual and group treatment needs of clients with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities.

Coordinates and supervises the work of Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Activity Aides, other direct care staff, and students engaged in client treatment.

Arranges individual treatment programs; discusses the needs and progress of clients with medical or other professional personnel; ensures that medical prescriptions are carried out; and modifies occupational therapy treatment plans as needed.

Arranges a flexible schedule for treatment in shops and on wards; readjusts schedules according to client needs and available personnel.

Develops areas and schedules for volunteer participation; directs the training and supervision of assigned volunteers.

Supervises record maintenance of client placement and progress.

Trains staff in therapeutic techniques and the application and correct usage of occupational therapy media and adaptive devices.

Educates health care personnel in the objectives of occupational therapy treatment.

Keeps other departments aware of available resources and opportunities to utilize community resources.

Plans training programs for occupational therapy students; instructs in techniques and procedures used in occupational therapy; and prepares reports required by the participating school.

Serves as coordinator of therapies in the absence of such a position.

Supervises the maintenance and requisitioning of supplies and equipment needed in the department.

Exercises considerable independence in carrying out the direction of the treatment program; receives general supervision from an administrative designee who reviews work through conferences, reports, and inspections.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

One or more years of experience as an Occupational Therapist II with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.


Possession of a current license to practice as an Occupational Therapist in the State of Missouri; and,

Three or more years of professional experience as an Occupational Therapist, including one or more years of supervisory experience.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of professional occupational therapy.

Comprehensive knowledge of the use of occupational therapy materials and equipment.

Comprehensive knowledge of the psychosocial problems and disease processes of persons with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities.

Intermediate knowledge of the principles of supervision and training as applied to occupational therapy.

Skill in the use of a variety of therapeutic media, and adaptive and mobility equipment.

Skill in conducting activities of daily living, splinting, positioning, muscle re-education, and joint mobilization.

Skill in promoting and enhancing sensory integration.

Ability to coordinate and supervise the work of personnel in an occupational therapy unit and to instruct lower-level staff in the principles and practices of occupational therapy.

Ability to make professional analyses of the therapeutic needs and progress of clients.

Ability to apply the principles and practices of professional occupational therapy and to adapt treatment to individual and group needs.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, family members, and facility staff.

Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare reports.

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