Occupational Therapy Assistant (Entry or Full Performance); KOHALA HOSPITAL (KOH 22-106)

DATE POSTED: 06/27/2022

JOB TITLE: Occupational Therapy Assistant (Entry or Full Performance)



SALARY RANGE: Entry: (HE08; BU10) $4024 or Full Performance: (HE10; BU10) $4718

JOB DUTIES: This position works in the occupational therapy unit of a hospital, clinic, long term care facility or adult day health unit and is responsible for assisting an Occupational Therapist in the evaluation and treatment of patients referred for occupational therapy and in planning, coordinating, and implementing an ongoing therapeutic occupational therapy program. The position may be required to work on shifts, including evenings, and weekends and holidays.


THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ARE: Applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Please note that unless specifically indicated; the required education and experiences may not be gained concurrently. In addition, qualifying work experiences are based on a 40-hour work week.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Prerequisite Qualifications Required for the Entry Level; Applicants must meet all the following minimum education requirements:

  1. Successful completion of an occupational therapy assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE); and
  2. Successful completion of the required supervised field work.

Knowledge of life skills from infancy through aging; medical terminology; anatomy and physiology; human growth and development; physical and psycho-social dysfunctional conditions; the role of occupational therapy in health care delivery; theories, methods, media, activities and adaptive equipment used in occupational therapy to develop, improve and/or restore the performance of necessary functions, compensate for dysfunction and/or minimize debilitation; interviewing techniques; structured occupational therapy tests and techniques; and the ability to read, write, speak, understand and communicate effectively with others in English; interview patients and others to obtain information on family history, self-care abilities, etc.; use occupational therapy techniques and tests to assess client’s level of functioning in independent living skills and performance and in other areas; provide baseline data for patient program planning; apply standard sensorimotor and cognitive occupational therapy treatment components; identify the need for, design, construct and/or modify adaptive equipment and aids; inform others about patient’s program/progress and instruct them in implementing supportive activities; work effectively with children, adults, aged; participate as a member of an interdisciplinary team; and learn applicable hospital/facility/program policies and procedures.

Prerequisite Qualifications Required for the Full Performance Level; In addition to the qualifications required at the entry level: One (1) year of experience in working with patients in a hospital, facility, or program which involved occupational therapy assessment and treatment and provided the applicant with knowledge of and experience in the application of accepted methods of obtaining assessment data (through testing and observation) and reporting own baseline data in various assessment areas including independent living skills and performance; a broad range of standard therapeutic methods and techniques; applicable hospital/facility/program policies and procedures; the ability to modify standard treatment techniques and equipment in working with varied patients;  apply purposeful activity to enhance independent living/daily living skills; prepare and maintain work setting, equipment and supplies; maintain records; explain services; participate in patient program planning; identify and discuss the need for and carry out evaluation/assessment procedures for patients in treatment; monitor client’s progress in consultation with registered therapist; and provide input on discontinuation of services and/or referral to other services.

Substitutions Allowed for the Full-Performance Level:

The following may be substituted for all of the work experience required:

  1. Completion of all including clinical requirements for a bachelor’s degree or higher in occupational therapy from an educational program approved at the time of graduation, by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and successful completion of the national certification examination for occupational therapists, or
  2. In the case of foreign-trained person, a report from a credential evaluation agency, recognized by the appropriate licensing agency of the State of Hawaii, indicating completion of an education program that has been determined to be equivalent to an accredited occupational therapy program in the United States.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Knowledge of: Food preparation and quantity cookery; operation and maintenance of kitchen equipment; purchasing techniques; food storage methods; kitchen management; principles and practices of supervision.

Ability to:  Estimate needed goods and supplies; prepare regular and special reports on food and supplies used, costs, etc.; plan and schedule the work of subordinates; provide instruction and training in food preparation, cooking, and kitchen maintenance; develop operational statistics; and, for some positions, develop master and daily menus and prepare budget requests.


  1. Applicants must have passed a national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for occupational therapy assistants at the time of appointment.
  2. Applicants must possess a valid Occupational Therapy Assistant license issued by the State of Hawaii Board of Occupational Therapy at the time of appointment; and
  3. Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Workers must be obtained within six (6) months of employment.
  1. For certain positions, possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license is required.


Physical Requirements:  All employees must be physically able to perform the essential duties of the position.  The general types of physical abilities involved, and examples of the tasks requiring these abilities, follows:

Sensory:  Read patient’s charts; observe patient; hear the conversational voice.
Coordination and Dexterity:  Take the patient’s vital signs; manipulative skills.
Strength and Stamina:  Push and pull, lift and transfer patients.
Mobility:  Transport patients; demonstrate exercises to patients which include rolling, kneeling, twisting and bending.
Other:  Work with cleaning chemicals.

(These requirements are supplemented by the Physical Requirements Specifications, for Nurse Aide classes.)

Required Forms & Documentation: Evidence of the appropriate training (e.g., official transcript or degree) to be given credit for education and/or experience. A legible photocopy will be accepted; however, Kona Community Hospital reserves the right to request an official copy.

All West Hawaii Health Care Facilities are Nicotine Free
An Equal Opportunity Employer

For an application packet, click on the links below. For additional information, call (808) 322-4458 or e-mail Recruiting/Employment.

Applications are also available at:

Kona Community Hospital Human Resources Office 79-1019 Haukapila Street Kealakekua, HI 96750

Phn:  (808) 322-4458
Fax:  (808) 322-5870

Kohala Hospital Human Resources Office P. O. Box 10 Kapaau, HI 96755

Phn:  (808) 322-4458
Fax:  (808) 322-5870

Kohala Hospital is a 25 bed critical access hospital (CAH) located in the rural town of Kapaau (North Kohala) with provisions for acute, long-term care, skilled, and emergency care located on the island of Hawaii & has been proudly serving the region since 1917. Today Kohala employs 75 staff & it is one of 9 facilities within the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.


Application hours are: Monday to Friday (except holidays) 8:00 – 10:00 am and 1:00- 3:00 pm at which time applicants are able to complete an application and have their application reviewed by the facility Human Resources Office.  Only applicants that have been through a Human Resources (HR) applicant screening process will be considered for an interview with a hiring manager.  Applications for announcements with a deadline date must be on file no later than the last day to file applications.  Applications for announcements with “Continuous Recruitment until Needs are Met” will be accepted as long as there are vacancies.  Inactive/filled announcements will be taken off the HHSC website.

QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE: Possession of the required amount of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification for the position. Overall paid or unpaid experience must have been of such scope and responsibility as to conclusively demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the duties of this position. Provide a detailed description of your duties and responsibilities. If you worked on a part-time basis, indicate the average number of hours worked per week. Please note that experience will be based on a 40-hour workweek.

Note: We will not postpone the recruitment process because of your failure to provide accurate and complete information concerning your qualifications.

MERIT OR CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM: Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements, including education, experience, other public employment requirements for State Civil Service employment, and HHSC Standards of Fitness. Only those applicants that are scheduled for an interview with the hiring manager will be contacted. Applications will be kept active for six (6) months.

CITIZENSHIP AND RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and at the time of appointment intend to reside in the State of Hawaii during the course of employment with the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214 and/or other substantiating documents specifying the periods of your service.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be able to physically and mentally perform efficiently the duties of the position. Qualified applicants with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the advertised position are encouraged to apply. The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation is committed to making reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Applicants seeking reasonable accommodation should be ready to discuss the accommodation sought so that a determination can be made that such accommodation is reasonable and would not cause the employer undue hardship.

MEDICAL/PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT: Offers of employment will be contingent on successfully passing a pre-employment physical examination, which includes drug screen and other regulatory medical requirements such as, but not limited to, two-step tuberculosis (TB) screen.  The cost for physical examinations, except the cost for drug screening, shall be borne by the applicant and not the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:  COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.  After receiving a conditional offer of employment, all prospective new HHSC employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  New employees are required to provide confirmation

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT: Offers of employment will be conditioned on the results of a complete physical examination, which includes a drug screening. For certain job categories, applicants may be referred to an HHSC-designated physician, rather than the applicant’s personal physician of choice. The cost for all physical examinations, except the cost for the drug screening, shall be borne by the applicant and not the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation shall bear the cost of the drug screening.

CRIMINAL/BACKGROUND, CREDENTIALING CHECKS: Applicable checks will be conducted periodically and any associated costs may be borne by the applicant. If a job offer is made or employment is begun prior to completion of all applicable checks, any offer of employment or continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory return of all required checks.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications are available at the Kona Community Hospital, Human Resources Office, 79-1019 Haukapila Street, Kealakekua, HI 96750 or Kohala Hospital, P. O. Box 10, Kapaau, HI 96755. You can call (808) 733-4162, (Voice/TT), e-mail: konajobs@hhsc.org or visit our website at www.hhsc.org. Application hours are: Monday to Friday (except holidays) 8:00 – 10:00 am to 1:00 – 3:00 pm at which time applicants are able to complete an application and have their application reviewed by the facility Human Resources Office. Only applicants that have been through a Human Resources (HR) applicant screening process will be considered for an interview with a hiring manager. Applications for announcements with a deadline date must be on file no later than the last day to file applications. Applications for announcements with “Continuous Recruitment Until Needs are Met” will be accepted as long as there are vacancies. Inactive/filled announcements will be taken off the HHSC website.

 STEPS TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW, SUBSEQUENT APPEALS: If you do not agree with a decision made by the Employment Office as to your non-qualification or non-selection for a position, you may complete a Request for Administrative Review form (available on the HHSC website) or you may submit a written request within twenty (20) days from the date of your sent notice to the Regional Chief Executive Officer/Designee. Your letter requesting the Administrative Review must include 1. The job title(s) and recruitment number(s), 2. the specific reason(s) you are requesting the review noting if there is a statute or rule violation, and 3. any additional information you want to submit to substantiate your request. If you do not submit your request within the twenty (20) days deadline, no Administrative Review will be conducted. Since the Administrative Review is a prerequisite to subsequent steps, failure to utilize this process will make you ineligible for subsequent appeals. The administrative review, formal complaint and/or appeals hearing will not necessarily postpone the recruitment process and/or rescind a selection.

If you do not agree with the Administrative Review, you may file a Formal Complaint and then, if you are still not satisfied, you can appeal to the HHSC Merit Appeals Board.

To apply for this job email your details to konajobs@hhsc.org