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Physical Therapist I - Children's Therapy Program - Full-Time

Company: County of Sonoma
Location: Santa Rosa
Posted on: January 19, 2023

Job Description:


$75,741.58 - $92,062.86 Annually


Santa Rosa, CA

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Department of Health Services (DHS)

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Position Information
Are you a Physical Therapist with a passion for helping children?
Join the Medical Therapy Program (MTP) team!
Starting salary up to $44.11*/Hour plus a cash allowance of $3.45/Hour
The County of Sonoma seeks candidates for two full-time Physical Therapist (PT) - Children's Therapy Program positions, which may be filled at the I or II level. This is the entry level class in the Physical Therapist-Children's Therapy Program series.
Please Note: If you are interested in applying at the II level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted.

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $425 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment *Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits Directory.

    About the Position

    This position provides skilled and professional physical therapy services to children from birth to age 21, who have physical impairments that require a thorough evaluation and treatment plan to address functional limitations and who qualify for Medical Therapy Program services. The Physical Therapist provides family and caregiver education, and consults with community partners who share in the care of each child. During a typical work day, the PT will provide direct or telehealth therapy services consisting of gross motor and mobility training, durable medical equipment and bracing/orthoses evaluation and training, caregiver and client education, strength and range of motion training, and analysis of clients physical function. Additional duties include:
    • Engaging in standardized and non-standardized evaluations to determine clients' current physical abilities
    • Conducting standard documentation practices including case notes, billing of PT services, and the writing of PT evaluation and progress reports
    • Providing consultation and engaging in medical case management with other medical providers and community services that provide care to the shared client
    • Attending and participating in conferences, study groups, and parent and community meetings to effectively manage assigned caseload
    • Keeping informed of current trends and developments in physical therapy and other health disciplines of children with physical disabilities
      This position works closely with both occupational and physical therapists, Supervising Pediatric Therapists, the Medical Therapy Program Manager, Senior Office Assistants, and Community Health Worker Specialists to ensure that the client services are well-coordinated. The Medical Therapy Program team operates out of the Medical Therapy Units, which are licensed outpatient rehabilitation centers. On occasion, the PT might work in the community environment making home visits to evaluate the clients' home or visiting school or other community settings to ensure that the client is functioning at their highest functional level. The ideal candidates for these positions will possess:
      • Clinical experience working in an outpatient or acute care setting with children who have complex physical disabilities and chronic health conditions
      • The ability to work in a fast-paced work environment that values collaborative problem-solving and treatment planning with other medical professionals
      • Flexibility to work in a variety of locations
      • Strong knowledge of principles and practices of neurodevelopmental therapies and the World Health Organizations framework for measuring health and disability via the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health
      • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and experience working with electronic health records and associated workflows
        *Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU).
        The employment list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, and extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.
        Minimum Qualifications
        Education: Graduation from a school of physical therapy or other educational course approved by the California State Physical Therapy Examining Committee.

        License: Possession of a valid license to practice physical therapy as required by Section 2650 of the California Business and Professions Code or eligibility to obtain the license by time of employment. Completion of a recognized internship in providing therapy to physically handicapped children is highly desired. Possession of a valid California driver's license is also required.
        Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
        Working knowledge of: anatomy, physiology, neuro-muscular functions and dysfunctions, and kinesiology.

        Some knowledge of: modern theory, principles and methods of physical therapy, especially as applied to physically handicapped children; the proper use and operation of modern physical therapy equipment and appliances; pathology and injuries which result in physical impairment; growth and development or normal and handicapped children; psychology and abnormal psychology.

        Ability to: understand and interpret physicians' orders and to adapt treatment programs to individual circumstances; exercise tact and good judgment in dealing with patients, staff and the public; keep clinical case records; prepare and present oral and written reports; comply with common public health safety practices and procedures; cope with working with handicapped children and their families and to move children utilizing appropriate transfer technique.
        Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
        • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
        • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
        • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
        • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

          Responses to supplemental questions may be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.
          The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

          An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


          A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

          Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

          IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Positions that are assigned to one or more facilities with a COVID-19 and/or influenza vaccine mandate pursuant to the California Department of Public Health must meet all vaccination requirements. Documented proof of vaccination(s) will be required. HOW TO APPLY

          Applications are accepted on-line at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

          The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

          HR Analyst: DP

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