Physical Therapist I & II - Children's Therapy Program - Full-Time & Part-Time

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on February 2, 2024
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Position Information


Join our caring team as a Department of Health Service’s Physical Therapist II! Multiple positions are available to make a difference in our community’s children’s health and development!
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Starting salary up to $56.17/hour ($117,233/year), a competitive total compensation package* PLUS a $15,000 Signing Bonus!**

The County of Sonoma seeks candidates for multiple full-time & part-time Physical Therapist II - Children's Therapy Program positions, which may be filled at the I or II level. This is the full, journey-level class in the Physical Therapist - Children’s Therapy Program series.
Please Note: If you are interested in applying at the I level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted. 
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 comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan. These plans aim to address functional limitations in those who qualify for services under the Medical Therapy Program. During a typical workday, the Physical Therapist will provide direct or telehealth therapy services consisting of gross motor and mobility, range of motion, and strength training, durable medical equipment and bracing/orthoses evaluation and training, caregiver and client education, and analysis of clients' physical functions. Additional duties include:

  • Performing standardized and non-standardized evaluations to assess clients' existing physical abilities
  • Conducting standard documentation practices, including case notes, billing for Physical Therapy services, and crafting evaluation and progress reports
  • Offering consultation and participating in medical case management with other medical providers and community services involved in the care of the shared client
  • Participating in conferences, study groups, and parent and community meetings to effectively manage the assigned caseload
  • Staying updated on current trends and developments in physical therapy and other health disciplines related to children with physical disabilities

As the ideal candidate to join the team, you will possess:

  • Two years' experience in 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 Organization's 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

This position collaborates closely with occupational and physical therapists, Supervising Pediatric Therapists, the Medical Therapy Program Manager, Senior Office Assistants, and Community Health Worker Specialists to ensure well-coordinated client services. The team operates out of licensed outpatient rehabilitation centers and occasionally conducts home visits or visits to schools to assess clients' functional levels.
What We Offer

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:

  • Salary Advancement - 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
  • Paid Time Off - Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County Paid Health Premium Contributions - 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • Staff Development/Wellness Pay - Annual benefit allowances of up to $2,350 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Post-Retirement Health Reimbursement Arrangement - County contributions to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement - A pension fully integrated with Social Security
  • Paid Parental Leave - May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) 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 be found in the Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory.
**Hiring Incentives (New Full-Time and Part-Time Hires, Prorated Based on FTE)
The Department of Health Services is currently offering a $15,000 signing bonus paid over three installments during the first two years of service.
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. Qualified 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.

Experience:  Any combination of training and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the required knowledges and abilities.  Normally, two years of experience as a licensed physical therapist would provide such opportunity.  Experience in providing therapy to physically handicapped children or in a pediatrics program is desirable.

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.  Possession of a valid California driver’s license is also required.

Possession of a valid driver’s license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Considerable knowledge of anatomy, physiology, neuro-muscular functions and dysfunctions, and kinesiology.

Working knowledge of modern theory, principles and methods of physical therapy, especially as applied to physically handicapped children.

Working knowledge of the proper use and operation of modern physical therapy equipment and appliances.

Working knowledge of pathology and injuries which result in physical impairment.

Working knowledge of growth and development of normal and handicapped children.

Working knowledge of psychology and abnormal psychology.

Some knowledge of principles of training and supervision.

Ability to understand and interpret physicians’ orders and to adapt treatment programs to individual circumstances.

Ability to exercise tact and good judgment in dealing with patients, staff and the public.

Ability to keep clinical case records.

Ability to prepare and resent oral and written reports.

Ability to comply with common public health safety practices and procedures.

Ability to cope with working with handicapped children and their families and to move children utilizing appropriate transfer techniques.


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 employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. 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 Sonomato review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state, "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

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 is 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.
Applications are accepted online 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.

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