Vancouver Coastal Health

Occupational Therapist 2

Job Description

Job Title: Occupational Therapist 2
Work Site: Regional Pediatric Team, Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre - Vancouver, BC 
Status: Regular Full Time 
Start Date: As soon as possible 
Salary: $37.24 - $46.39 per hour


Days off: Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays

Reference#: 169293-msh


Come work as an Occupational Therapist with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for an Occupational Therapist to join the Regional Pediatric Team working out of the Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre. Apply today to join our team! 


As an Occupational Therapist you will:

  • Work without general supervision to provide occupational therapy services to a specific group of children (5 to 19 years of age) with physical, neurological and/or developmental challenges such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, difficulties with fine motor, written output, organization, attention and sensorimotor integration and those who require episodic or palliative care.
  • Coordinate the care for children with complex health care needs and collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, educational agencies and other health care professionals/providers/community agencies to achieve excellence in health services and education within the school, home and facility settings.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from a recognized school or university with a minimum of two (2) years recent related pediatric experience in a community setting; care management experience and clinical experience in the assessment of children with physical/neurological problems (particularly feeding issues), fine motor and sensory difficulties.
  • Experience administering/interpreting standardized tests and developing functional recommendations for children with sensory motor difficulties and written output problems, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC).
  • Eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).
  • Valid B.C. Driver’s license. Local area travel requires the use of a personal vehicle for which mileage reimbursement is paid.
  • An ability to speak a second language may be required.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge in the assessment of developmental, sensory and/or motor problems.
  • Knowledge of feeding issues with children with neurological impairments.
  • Working knowledge of COTBC’s Essential Competencies of Practice for occupational therapy
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and provide interventions for children living with complex heath issues
  • Working knowledge of complex family structures and issues associated with chronic health conditions and life-limiting illnesses.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working within a family directed service philosophy.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a risk management approach and ethical decision- making principles to complex family and complex health situations.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with care management theory, diversity and multicultural health care practice in working with children, families, care providers, professionals, special interest groups and the general public.
  • Working knowledge of the principles of adult learning and group dynamics.
  • Working knowledge of facilitation, mediation and conflict resolution techniques and demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of standardized pediatric assessments.
  • Demonstrated teaching/training skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver in-service education sessions to lay and professional groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to prescribe and/or recommend a variety of self-help aids and rehabilitation equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and maintain a variety of charts, records and reports related to work and to perform all duties with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently plan, organize and prioritize workload.
  • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
  • Ability to work independently and to use a cooperative approach to program delivery.
  • Ability to work within an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to deal with others tactfully, effectively, and respectfully
  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Ability to carry out the physical demands of the job.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.



VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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