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Occupational Therapist

Contractual Position

Recruitment #19-009009-0008


The Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is a diverse, bilingual community who in partnership with families, provides an equitable and exemplary education in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment to ensure our students achieve personal excellence and become lifelong learners.  As such, we are looking for dedicated individuals who can join us in the education of the children at MSD.


MSD, Columbia Campus, 8169 Old Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Main Purpose of Job

To serve as an Occupational Therapist (OT) for Maryland School for the Deaf and work directly with students who have been identified as having a disability that adversely impacts or compromises their ability to access, participate, and/or make progress in their educational environment. OT services at MSD will include assessments, development of treatment plans, direct therapy services with students, and indirect services such as consultation and training for staff and parents. The OT will also serve as an IEP team member.


Complete skills observations and assessments as determined by the IEP team.  Prepare formal reports and share findings with the IEP team.

Collect and analyze data in order to describe current level of functioning and establish goals/objectives, if needed.

Develop and implement student therapeutic intervention programs to enhance access, participation, and/or facilitate progress in their educational environment.

rack student progress to determine efficacy of services and revise as necessary.

Train and oversee the implementation of sensory strategies.

Prepare and maintain necessary records and reports on student services and progress (file maintenance, online service logs, medical assistance billing paperwork, quarterly tracking progress reports, IEP development and updates, assessment/observation reports).

Consultation and training for staff and/or parents regarding OT strategies, techniques, suggested accommodations/modifications of the educational environment and/or classroom materials, plus any recommendations for and proper use of any adaptive devices/equipment.

Participate in IEP development and serve as an IEP team member; determine present levels of performance, and establish goals/objectives that specifically address student needs.

Collaborate with specialists and classroom staff in order to promote student achievement.

Provide in-service training to staff and families, including our early childhood parent support group.

Serve as a member of the Related Services Team.

Participate in team and community meetings.


Education: Determined by the Maryland State Board of Occupational Therapy Practice under the licensing requirements for Occupational Therapists.


Knowledge and training in sensory processing disorders and treatment.

Experience working in an educational settings.

Awareness and knowledge about Deaf education, Bilingual Education, and the Deaf Community.

Should have basic sign language skills upon entry with the goal of increasing ASL fluency over time.


Must possess a current license from the Maryland State Board of Occupational Therapy Practice.


New hires are subject to a criminal background investigation at their own expense.  (Maryland Code, Family Law Article 1, Sections 5-560-568.)

Candidates will need to provide three letters of recommendation. 


Applications will be prescreened before candidates are invited to an interview.  As an equal opportunity employer, MSD is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


Online application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If online access is not available or if you encounter difficulty, you may submit via mail, e-mail, fax, or deliver in person before the closing date and time.  Please include your name and recruitment number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.  Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.  Additional or supplemental information must be submitted by the closing date and time.  Application inquiries or supplemental information can be directed to the following:

Mailing Address: Maryland School for the Deaf Recruitment Department, P. O. Box 894, Columbia, MD 21044


Phone: 410-696-3031, TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Fax: 410-696-3084

Individuals from traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.  We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.