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High Hopes Development Center

Occupational Therapist

High Hopes Development Center


Job Summary

The Occupational Therapist supports the High Hopes Development Center’s goals, values and philosophy by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence, quality service, commitment and accountability. As a member of the High Hopes Development Center’s team, performance includes demonstration of the following accountabilities: communication, teamwork, job knowledge and leadership.


Under the direction of the Director of Clinical Services, the Occupational Therapist performs comprehensive evaluations of clients and communicates results and recommendations to parents/family. The Occupational Therapist administers therapy in individual settings and communicates progress and goals with parents/family and also serves as a consultant to teachers in regard to the specific needs of the children.

Job Responsibilities


  • Administers comprehensive Occupational Therapy evaluations.
  • Writes comprehensive reports summarizing the details of the evaluation.
  • Communicates results of the evaluation to parents and members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Provides Occupational Therapy/gross motor screenings and communicates results and recommendations to parents.


  • Communicates progress and recommends home/classroom activities with parents and members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Reassesses, updates, and discusses goals with family input.
  • Consults and works with SLPs and PTs as needed.
  • Contributes to the cleanliness, safety, and organization of the therapy clinic and office space.


  • Document Evaluations, Progress Reports and Treatment Notes accurately and according to clinic requirements.


  • Attends bi-yearly IPP meetings and provides progress summaries for parents and members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Attends training meetings/sessions as required to maintain licensure.
  • Attends mandatory staff meetings.


  • Serves as consultant to classroom teachers in regard to specific needs of the children.
  • Serves as resource regarding positioning and facilitating gross motor development.

Physical Requirements

  • Transitions on and off floor mats during treatment sessions.
  • Transfers infants 10-20 pounds from the floor mat to carry 30-50 foot distances.
  • Maintains floor sitting postures for 45-60 minute therapy sessions.
  • Transfers patients ranging in size from 50-150 pounds between surfaces and between sitting and  standing positions.
  • Lifts up to 50 pounds for carrying short distances.
  • Is able to move quickly to prevent patients with cognitive delays or limited safety awareness from self- injury and falls. This may include rising quickly from the floor and making other sudden movements.


  • Works as a team with therapists, teachers, and administration to ensure smooth and safe operation of High Hopes.
  • Communicates with families and others in a positive and consistent manner.
  • Serves as an ambassador for High Hopes to families, other professionals and the community.
  • Maintains current CPR certification and first aid training.
  • Actively participates in 1 fund raising event at High Hopes.
  • Supervises OT students.
  • Is able to react to change productively and handle all other duties/essential tasks as assigned.




B.S. (or equivalent) in Occupational Therapy; current License in the state of TN; experience with infants and young children with special needs.


Strong interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals; problem-solving skills; good judgment; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; computer literate with working knowledge of Word and Excel; highly developed organizational, planning, oral, and written communication skills; ability to work effectively with others.


Position is in an office setting that involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Additional Information


The Clinic at High Hopes Development Center is a leader in the care of children with disabilities. As a non-profit we are mission driven and passionate about providing expert therapeutic services for the children and families we serve. Employees enjoy a family friendly and supportive team atmosphere in which to grow as a person, professional and/or clinician.  High Hopes was voted a 2017 Middle Tennessee Top Workplace for The Tennessean.

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to Whitnie Clark at


  • Date Posted: July 24, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth