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Occupational Therapist or COTA/OTA- Institute for Child Development at The Research Foundation for SUNY at Binghamton University

Occupational Therapist or COTA/OTA- Institute for Child Development

The Research Foundation for SUNY at Binghamton University Binghamton, NY (On Site) Full-Time

Occupational Therapist or COTA/OTA- Institute for Child Development



Locations:Vestal, NY

Posted:Dec 4, 2022

Closes:Feb 28, 2023 - 11:59 PM EST


Position ID:156402


About The Research Foundation for SUNY at Binghamton :

The Research Foundation, founded in 1951, exists to serve SUNY and to capitalize on the scope, scale and diversity of SUNY as an engine of New York State's innovation economy. We are the largest comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country.

The RF is mission ( focused and serves SUNY by providing essential administrative services that enable SUNY faculty to focus their efforts on the education of students and the performance of life-changing research. As a private not-for-profit corporation, we support nearly $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually, providing sponsored programs administration and commercialization support services to SUNY faculty performing research in numerous disciplines.

The RF is committed to diversity, inclusion and a working environment that enhances productivity, creates personal and professional opportunities, unleashes everyone's full potential and fuels innovation. We hold the organization and each other to the highest standards of integrity, accountability and ethical behavior.

Job Description:

About the Institute for Child Development

The Institute for Child Development (ICD) is an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their families, and their communities through compassionate partnerships and high-quality, person-centered, evidence-based practice. Our goal is to encourage each individual to reach their potential while appreciating the strengths that neurodivergence brings to our community. Located on the Binghamton University campus and affiliated with the Psychology Department, the ICD has been providing services to children and their families for over 45 years. ICD continues to be a center of excellence for service, training, and community engagement and is also a member of The Council of Autism Service Providers.

The Children's Unit for Treatment and Evaluation (CUTE), a New York State Approved Special Education Program (ages 3-11) and NASET School of Excellence is one of ICD's many service programs. Our staff consists of devoted special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, school psychologists, board certified behavior analysts, clinical psychologists, physical education teachers, paraprofessional staff, and administrative support staff who work together to meet the needs of the individuals and families we serve. The Occupational Therapist will be part of our dynamic team at CUTE providing center-based services to students enrolled in our program by school districts and county health departments throughout the Southern Tier of New York.


  • Conduct occupational therapy evaluations

  • Coordinate, train, and supervise educational staff in collaboration with special education teachers

  • Supervise student trainees and interns

  • Formulate, write, and implement specific fine motor and activities of daily living goals included in Individual Education Plans

  • Coordinate with staff to create comprehensive adaptive skills programs consistent with ICD philosophy of total integration of services.

  • Monitor objective evaluation of child behavior and performance, and modify programs as required.

  • Prepare written reports as needed.

  • Maintain frequent contact with parents or guardians of children in oral and written form regarding child progress.

  • Participate orally and by providing written material in multiple weekly staff meetings.

  • Provide support in vivo supervision and performance feedback to staff and undergraduate practicum students to ensure consistency in implementation of fine motor and ADL programs.

  • Help to promote safety, health, nutrition, and social development during all activities.

  • Actively collaborate with staff at multiple levels, including supervisees, colleagues from other disciplines, and supervisors.

  • Prepare daily session notes, monthly billing paperwork, and associated service delivery documentation; includes submission to external systems as required by county and district billing departments


  • Provide direct child instruction and care for 5-days a week as determined by the facility calendar. Meetings, preparation, parent contact, etc. will occur outside direct child attendance times.

  • Be available for ad hoc meetings and consultation during work hours as specified by Director of Educational & Direct Care Services, which may vary.

  • Participate in all habilitative, self-help and emotional development programs as requested.

  • Support children during all classroom activities and transitions between learning spaces, including arrival, dismissal, adaptive physical education classes, and special activities.

  • Maintain appropriate cleanliness, organization and adaptation of learning spaces throughout ICD.

  • Maintain effective professional relationships and work cooperatively in a team environment.

  • Motivate staff and maintain a positive work environment.

  • Assist all staff in stimulating skill use in all aspects of the child's day

  • Demonstrate excellent organizational, time management, and supervisory decision-making skills.

  • Demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development, above and beyond that required for licenses/credentials.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in analytical methods.


  • The OT will be supervised by and work closely with the Director of Educational & Direct Care Services as well as a leadership team. In vivo supervision of instructional effectiveness will be provided. In addition, consultation on program development, data evaluation, and related responsibilities will be held as needed.


  • Licensed or license-eligible in New York State as an Occupational Therapy preferred. COTA and OTA are encouraged to apply as well. Students completing their required 6-month experience requirement in an occupational therapy educational program are also encouraged to apply - service commitment post-supervision and attainment of licensure required with details provided at time of hire; commensurate salary increase upon attainment of license during service period.

  • Must be fluent and easily understood in English with very good articulation to accommodate the communication and comprehension needs of the children served.

  • Must be able to proficiently read, write, and comprehend written text and communicate in written form in English as the primary means of understanding and implementing child education plans and providing required documentation.

  • Must have normative vision, hearing, strength, and agility in order to meet routine and emergency needs and safety of children and fellow staff. This includes:

  • Capability to lift and carry a 50-pound child a minimum distance of 100 feet

  • Capability to quickly move from floor sitting position to running to retrieve a child who may run away


  • Experience with individuals diagnosed with ASD, particularly children ages 3-11 for a minimum of one year.

  • Familiarity with evidence-based practice, which subsumes experience in data collection, summary, and evaluation methods, is desirable.


  • Must be able to demonstrate, via written exam in English, competency on ICD policies and procedures as presented in staff manuals.

  • Exams must be passed, (proficiency 90%), within the first month of employment. Failure to do so results in immediate probation. If the exam is not passed within three attempts, employment may be terminated. Exams will be administered a maximum of 3 times per employee.

  • Per State Education Department regulations, all employees are subject to clearance through the State Central Register of Child Abuse / Maltreatment and fingerprint supported criminal history background check.

  • Per state Department of Health regulations all employees are subject to clearance through the Justice Center's Staff Exclusion List prior to hiring.


  • The ICD physical facilities are utilized by individuals from the University and the community; therefore, we cannot guarantee that areas within ICD are allergen free.

  • All staff members are required to use vinyl gloves to meet required safety and hygiene standards where applicable.

  • All staff members will need to comply with hand-washing/hand-sanitizing protocols, where posted, as part of general operating procedures.

Additional Information:

Salary: $68,000 annually for licensed OT; $60,000 for COTA/OTA. This is a full-time,12-month position, however, part-time candidates will be considered and are encouraged to apply.

Professional Development Support:Conference and training support (up to $800 per individual funding per year at employee request), in-house continuing education trainings and workshops (BACB CEUs, NYSED CTLEs), tuition support for coursework relevant to role, and access to experts in clinical psychology, applied behavior analysis, special education, literacy, and classroom management.

Employee Benefits:The Research Foundation for the State University of New York offers a comprehensivebenefits package ( that is a valuable part of total compensation. This includes medical, dental, vision, dependent care subsidy and other benefits such as SUNY Tuition Assistance. Furthermore, our10 Perks of Working at the RF ( provides an at-a-glance view of our top benefits that make us a great place to work.

Research Foundation Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy-related conditions, reproductive health decisions, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, familial status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, prior arrest or conviction record, genetic characteristics/genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, military status or service, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected under federal, state or local law.

The Company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

The Research Foundation for SUNY is a private, not for profit corporation and is a separate employer from SUNY and the State of New York and offers separate compensation and benefit plans.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Resume or CV

  • Cover letter/Letter of Interest

  • Names and contact information of three references.

You may add additional files/documents after uploading your resume.

After filling out the contact information, you will be directed to the upload page.

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