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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant – COTA

Do you have a passion for education and being a part of a mission-driven organization?  Do you want to join a fast-growing company with excellent benefits, such as 100% company-sponsored employee medical coverage, tuition reimbursement, generous paid time off, and so much more?

New Story Schools in Carlisle, PA is seeking a qualified Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant – COTA to provide services to children as part of a multi-disciplinary team. As a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, you will be responsible for assisting in the provision of occupational therapy services to students under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist. You will also promote the development and functioning of the student’s fine motor, perceptual, and self-care skills. Starting salary based on experience. Valid PA Occupational Therapy Assistant professional license is required.


  • Implement individualized IEP goals and objectives aiming to promote fine motor, perceptual motor, self-care, sensory integrative skills, and play activities, as well as neuromuscular function
  • Implement occupational therapy activities to meet student needs and encourage progress.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the student’s multidisciplinary team, other related service professionals, school district personnel, outside service providers, and the student’s family to design and implement appropriate services.
  • Demonstrate appropriate behavior management strategies and techniques, including knowledge of student privileges and responsibilities.
  • Complete quarterly Progress Reports and provide information to parents/guardians and school districts.
  • Attend multidisciplinary team and IEP meetings and other meetings as assigned.
  • Utilize verbal non-violent crisis intervention techniques as needed.
  • Maintain occupational therapy supplies and equipment and order supplies/sensory devices as needed and requested by families/school districts.
  • Assist in the care and use of technical devices and/or assistive equipment if needed.
  • Provide information to teachers and families as requested.
  • Maintain daily billing logs with services provided in relationship to IEP guidelines. Travel to other school locations, as necessary.


  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with child, parent/guardian, multidisciplinary team members, and other personnel involved in child’s educational/behavioral program.
  • Must have knowledge of child development and common behavioral disorders exhibited by children and adolescents.
  • Must have strong communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Must display a professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Must hold valid PA Occupational Therapy Assistant professional license


Eligible New Story Employees will receive competitive pay and benefits including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Company-paid Short-Term Disability and Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability, Hospital, and Accident Coverage
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • 401K with 100% vested company contribution
  • Healthcare, dependent care, and commuter Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Wellness Incentive Program
  • Employee Discount Program
  • Rewards program which allows you to earn points to purchase items


New Story School is an educational organization comprised of special education schools in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. We offer an academic learning environment integrated with behavior support services for students diagnosed with autism or emotional/behavioral disorders. Our multidisciplinary teams collaborate with families, school districts, and community partners to empower children in overcoming challenges and creating new stories in their lives.

 New Story Schools is proud to be an equal opportunities employer and embraces diversity in the workplace. We are also committed to providing a drug-free, safe workplace for our employees and the students we serve. For more information about New Story Schools careers and benefits, please visit our website at https://newstoryjobs.com/

If you are a current New Story employee, please apply through the UKG system. Click here, log in, and navigate to “Open Opportunities” to search and apply for current open opportunities.