Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Salary Range: $28.50 – $40.27
Date: May 10th, 2024

Summary /Objective:

Apply your knowledge and experience in SPARC's unique environment through a blend of classroom instruction and individualized therapy. At SPARC you will have the opportunity to work with children in their natural environments as well as the classroom setting with ages ranging from birth to 5 years old.  


Join us in helping build the foundation for lifelong success! Skagit Preschool and Resource Center (SPARC) is a mission driven non-profit organization located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. We provide individualized services for families and their children with unique developmental needs in Skagit County, WA.  SPARC is seeking a highly motivated Occupational Therapy Assistant (COAT) to join our growing team.


As a SPARC employee, we will rely on you to reflect our vision for children and families to feel supported and our community to be aware of the unique gifts of all children. Through every aspect of patient care and employee collaboration, we expect compassion, respect, and a high level of professionalism. 


Previous experience with young children and/or children with disabilities is strongly recommended to ensure competency and knowledge in: program planning, development and coordination for children with a wide range of unique developmental needs.


  • Degree from an accredited, board approved occupational therapy assistant program (Required)
  • Washington State Occupational Therapy Assistant Licence (Required)
  • Washington State Educational Staff Associate License (Required – May be acquired after hire) 


(Include the following but are not limited to, other duties may be assigned)

  • Provides therapy in gross motor, fine motor and cognitive skills and activities of daily living with children from birth to age 5 in school, clinic, home or another natural environment.
  • Participates in regular consultation with supervising Occupational Therapists.
  • Documents treatment notes.
  • Contributes to progress reports and child’s Individual Family Service Plan and Individual Education Plan.
  • Actively engages in a team approach with therapists, parents, teachers, and classroom assistants to serve children.
  • Selects constructive activities suited to child’s physical capacity, developmental level and interest to improve individual’s independence with everyday activities and assist in restoration of functions.
  • Teaches child skills and techniques required for participation in self-care, play and learning tasks and monitors individual’s progress.
  • Educates families and classroom staff on how to effectively implement therapeutic activities to meet a child’s objectives.
  • Must professionally interact with children, parents, and co-workers.
  • Interact with children in accordance with SPARC policy.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times with co-workers, parents, center staff and outside professionals.
  • Ability to function in a calm, efficient, courteous manner under stress and to exercise careful judgment and tact in performance of duties.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written. 
  • Professionally interact with culturally and economically diverse students, staff, families, and members of the public.
  • Comply with all SPARC policies and procedures.


SPARC strives to provide an inclusive and inviting work environment.  We value a multidisciplinary, team-oriented approach in all services to our community. Therapy is provided in the home, classroom, or clinic settings depending on each child’s individual program and needs. Teams communicate and collaborate regularly in order to support each other and the families we serve.   


Classification: Full-Time or Part-Time (16-36 hours per week) 

Pay: $28.50 – 40.27 per hour (Annual contracted hours are calculated and paid on a 12 month salary basis)

Reports to: Lead Therapist & Supervising Occupational Therapist

Schedule: Monday – Thursdays work week with flexibility. 

Contract Type: 10 month school district year of September – June (additional hours and pay available during the summer months).

(Benefits may vary based on full-time vs. part-time)

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Annual continuing education reimbursement opportunities
  • SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with company match
  • Reimbursement for work related mileage
  • Reimbursement for applicable licenses 
  • Payment of employee’s portion of L&I taxes
  • Paid time off
  • 2 days scheduled off for Thanksgiving break
  • 2 weeks scheduled off during December for school district winter break
  • 1 week scheduled off during April for school district spring break
  • Summers off on a rotational basis with other therapists 
  • 4 day work week


Local travel between SPARC locations and home visits is required. For this reason, employees must have a valid driver’s license, car insurance, and reliable transportation.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to spend periods of time:

  • Sitting on the floor
  • Stooping
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting children up to fifty pounds
  • Bending over/down to children’s level
  • Physically restraining a child (when incorporated in his/her behavior plan)

SPARC is an equal opportunity employer.

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