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Physical Therapist I/II California Children's Services-Spanish-Speaking Pref'd- FT/Extra Help (Open)

Company: Government jobs
Location: San Mateo
Posted on: January 18, 2023

Job Description:


Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on November 16, 2022 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The California Children's Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Unit (MTU) is seeking a Full-Time, Extra-Help Physical Therapist to provide a full range of physical therapy treatments/services to physically disabled children from birth to 21 years at special education sites. The children have neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy or birth defects. The incumbents will be working on an interdisciplinary team with parents and other professionals. This is a unique opportunity to work in a friendly and cooperative team environment based at Medical Therapy Units in San Mateo.

The ideal candidate has graduated from an accredited physical therapy curriculum and has at least one year of experience working in pediatrics, with neurological and orthopedic conditions. The ideal candidate is licensed as a Physical Therapist by the Physical Therapy Board of California; has experience working with children of all ages; and has the ability to learn to use an electronic medical record system. Physical therapists without pediatric experience and/or new graduates are encouraged to apply. Lastly, the ideal candidate would be interested in expanding his knowledge regarding therapy intervention and treatment for various diseases.

Physical Therapist I, CCS (43.86 - $54.84 / Hourly) is the entry level class in this series. Under immediate supervision, incumbents perform the full range of general therapy treatments while developing and learning the skills to apply more advanced and/or specialized treatments. This class is flexibly staffed with Physical Therapist II, CCS and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications of the higher level class.

Physical Therapist II, CCS ($49.15 - $61.44 / Hourly) is the experienced journey level class in this series. Incumbents in this class perform the full range of general therapy treatments with a greater degree of independence and proficiency, additionally applying more specialized and advanced therapy treatments. Staff may also provide technical advice and training to less experienced staff.

The current vacancy is Extra Help, Full-Time (40 hours/week, with flexible schedule). The duration of the assignment is approximately six-months.

NOTE: This is an extra-help, at-will assignment, paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra help employees are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the assignment. Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Under medical direction, plan and perform physical therapy for children with physical disabilities.
  • Collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team to provide comprehensive treatment to children.
  • Administer physical therapy treatments in accordance with a prescription from the orthopedist, neurologist, pediatrician or physiatrist.
  • Provide therapeutic activities to increase strength and endurance and improve coordination, balance posture, breathing, functional mobility and gait.
  • Design and monitor classroom and home positioning programs and exercise or activity programs.
  • Recommend seating, positioning and functional mobility devices and orthotics.
  • Design, fabricate and monitor lower extremity orthotics.
  • Instruct parents and classroom personnel in the use of lower extremity orthotics and equipment.
  • Design and construct, or supervise construction of, specialized equipment or orthotics.
  • Provide expertise regarding therapeutic management during clinic, staff conference, Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings, and parent meetings.
  • Provide ongoing assessment and documentation of the child's response to treatment in accordance with state California Children's Services standards.
  • Participate in discharge planning and refer parents to community services.
  • Determine need for department and patient-related supplies and equipment.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of treatment areas.
  • May participate as clinical preceptor in a university affiliated physical therapy student program.
  • Perform related duties as assigned. Qualifications

    Note: The level and scope of the knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Distinguishing Characteristics.

    • Eligibility for or licensure as a Physical Therapist by the Physical Therapy Board of California. Failure to obtain licensure within twelve months of employment may result in termination.Education and Experience:
      Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

      Physical Therapist I, CCS: Graduation from an approved school of physical therapy.

      Physical Therapist II, CCS: One year of supervised experience in pediatric physical therapy.

      Knowledge of:
      • Principles and methods of physical therapy.
      • Neuromuscular function and dysfunction, kinesiology, psychology and the basic pathology involved in cerebral palsy and other medically eligible conditions.
      • Objectives of physical therapy treatment for children with physical disabilities.
      • Family centered therapy.
      • Growth and development of children.
      • Construction, use and care of orthopedic appliances and equipment.
      • Available resources for adaptive equipment and indications for appropriate use.
      • Community resources for children with disabilities and their families.Skill/Ability to:

        • Evaluate and develop a treatment plan for children with various disabilities.
        • Document findings, progress and recommendations in progress reports and daily running notes.
        • Administer physical therapy treatments.
        • Explain and teach physical therapy activities to children, parents, health care professionals, local school authorities and other interested persons.
        • Instruct others in the use of the home program.
        • Analyze situations accurately and implement an effective plan of action.
        • Prepare reports and keep records of case histories.
        • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
        • Act as a consultant/trainer for educational and other staff.
        • Provide suitable transportation between work sites.
        • Lift or assist with lifting children and equipment.


          This is an extra-help recruitment. Anyone may apply. The Department will screen materials after the recruitment closes. The Department will contact qualified candidates directly for a departmental interview. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

          All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

          This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

          IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be
          received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

          Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

          Final Closing Date: Continuous

          The County of San Mateo may require that all employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccine or comply with weekly COVID-19 testing. Employees hired into specified health care facilities and other high-risk settings where there is potential for frequent COVID-19 exposure to staff and highly vulnerable patients are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For more specific information, please refer to the County's COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Policy.

          At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The San Mateo County Is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

          Analyst: Debbie Kong (10242022) (Physical Therapist II CCS - F182)

          Please visit for a complete listing of all benefits for this classification.

          Benefits are offered to eligible employees of the County of San Mateo. All benefits are subject to change.

          As an additional benefit, the County offers extensive training and development programs designed to improve skills and enhance career opportunities. Most programs are offered on County time at no cost to you.

          County employees are also covered by the federal Social Security system and earn benefits for retirement based on salary and time worked.

          01 IMPORTANT: Applicants for this position are required to submit responses to the following supplemental questions. Your responses will give us additional information about your background and experience related to this position and will be used in the selection process. Be concise and specific. Neatness, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling and ability to follow instructions will be considered in the evaluation process. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for your responses.
          • Proceed to supplemental questions.

            02 This position requires you to be eligible for or licensure as a Physical Therapist by the Physical Therapy Board of California. Do you meet this qualification? (If you possess a Physical Therapist license, please include your license number on the Certificates & Licenses section of the application. A "No" answer will disqualify you from this recruitment.)
            • Yes - I am eligible for Physical Therapist licensure
            • Yes - I possess a Physical Therapist licensure
            • No - I am not eligible for nor do I possess licensure as a Physical Therapist

              03 Describe how your education, training and experience prepare you for a position as Physical Therapist for California Children's Services. Please also include your experience working on a team. Be specific.

              04 Describe your treatment approaches for a patient diagnosed with left hemiparesis.

              05 Fluency (speak, read, write) in Spanish is preferred but NOT required for this position. Are you fluent in Spanish? (A "No" answer to this question will NOT disqualify you from this recruitment.)
              • Yes
              • No

                * Required Question

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