Overview

CURRENT VACANCY IS WITHIN THE PUBLIC HEALTH BRANCH

OF THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY

 

SKILLS OR EXPERIENCES LISTED UNDER THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

STATEMENT MAY ALSO BE USED TO SCREEN APPLICATIONS

 

SEE “SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS” SECTION REGARDING

POSSESSION OF A VALID DRIVERS AND PHYSICAL THERAPY LICENSE

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 30, 2021, EMPLOYEES IN THIS POSITION AT THIS WORKSITE

ARE REQUIRED TO BE COVID-19 VACCINATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH (CDPH) ORDER

ISSUED ON AUGUST 5, 2021, UNLESS THEY HAVE A QUALIFYING MEDICAL

OR RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION, WHICH WILL THEN REQUIRE THE

EMPLOYEE TO SUBMIT TO COVID-19 TESTING ON A WEEKLY

BASIS IN LIEU OF VACCINATION.

FINAL FILING DATE: ** CONTINUOUS **

SALARY INFORMATION

 

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant: $26.32 – $33.60 APPROXIMATE HOURLY

Physical Therapist I: $36.51 – $46.60 APPROXIMATE HOURLY

Physical Therapist II: $40.25 – $51.37 APPROXIMATE HOURLY

 

ABOUT SHASTA COUNTY

 

Shasta County offers all the amenities of the big city while retaining a comfortable small-town atmosphere.  With its natural beauty, affordable housing, excellent educational system, abundance of recreational opportunities, and excellent quality of life, Shasta County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

 

Health and Human Services Agency

The Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) partners with communities to protect and improve the health and well-being of Shasta County residents. Established in 2006, the HHSA is organized into four branches: Children’s Services, Adult Services, Public Health, and Economic Mobility, with a centralized administration. The HHSA promotes optimal health for all. The frail, the abused, the mentally ill and those without resources look to the HHSA for services and resources to meet their basic needs, and to protect their health and safety. This transformation improves efficiency, avoids unnecessary duplication of effort, encourages collaboration among programs and organizes the HHSA’s services to be more responsive to the needs of the public.

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

 

The California Children’s Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Unit is seeking an extra help physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to join our team of Physical and Occupational Therapists at our outpatient pediatric rehabilitation facility.  Under general direction, the Physical Therapist position is to provide assessment, case management and physical therapy services to physically disabled children, and to do related work as required. The Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant position is to provide physical therapy services to physically disabled children under the direction of the licensed physical therapist. Positions are assigned to the California Children Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Unit under the Specialty Health Services Division of the Public Health Branch of the HHSA.

Extra help positions are hourly employees that may work up to 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Benefits are not included.

 

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant: Under the supervision of a Licensed Physical Therapist, and upon physician referral, employees in this class provide a high level of physical therapy procedures, treatment, and related work to children with physically handicapping conditions in compliance with California Children Services Program regulations; and perform related work as required.

 

Physical Therapist I/II: Under general direction, this position is to provide assessment, case management and physical therapy services to physically disabled children, and to do related work as required. Positions are assigned to the California children Services Program’s Medical Therapy Unity under the Children’s Health Services Branch of the Public Health Department.

Effective September 30, 2021, employees in this position at this worksite are required to be COVID-19 vaccinated in accordance with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Order issued on August 5, 2021, unless they have a qualifying medical or religious exemption, which will then require the employee to submit to COVID-19 testing on a weekly basis in lieu of vaccination.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant: Positions in this class are distinguished from the class of Physical Therapist in that the Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant works under the technical supervision of a Physical Therapist, and under the administrative supervision of a supervising therapist (either an Occupational Therapist, or a Physical Therapist).

 

Physical Therapist I: The Physical Therapist I classification represents entry-level positions in the Physical Therapist I/II class series. Incumbents may be considered for promotion to Physical Therapist II after one year of pediatric experience.

 

Physical Therapist II: The Physical Therapist II classification represents journey-level positions in the Physical Therapist I/II class series.

 

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

 

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant

 

Performs delegated treatment procedures such as therapeutic exercise to maintain and restore strength, endurance, coordination, and range of motion, gait training, and functional training for transferring and wheelchair activities; and treatment procedures involving the use of therapeutic equipment and assistive or supportive devices. Encourages and motivates patients to participate in treatment program by discussing with them/caregiver their treatment goals and objectives. Demonstrates, trains, and directs patients in the use and care of wheelchairs, braces, canes, crutches, and other special equipment. Observes reactions and responses of patients to physical treatment therapy treatment and reports observations to registered Physical Therapist. Observes and assists with tests under the guidance of a registered Physical Therapist, to determine patient’s functional level in performing activities of daily living. Writes progress notes in patient’s physical therapy records noting reactions and responses to the therapy treatment. Maintains accurate records of therapy treatments performed. Instructs members of other health disciplines in standard methods of performing such tasks as transfers, ambulation, and positioning of patients. Reports and reviews observations and discusses patient’s progress and treatment with members of other health disciplines.

Physical Therapist I/II

 

Provides physical therapy services for physically disabled children; institutes therapy as prescribed by physicians; confers with physicians or other physical therapists to determine the type of treatment required in each case; evaluates therapeutic techniques that include but are not limited to gait training, transfer training, therapeutic exercise, community skills, caregiver training, home program instruction, consultation and modalities as indicated; conducts equipment assessment with a physical or occupational therapist; participates in a comprehensive team approach to client services; completes medical records which include evaluation reports, equipment assessments, progress summaries, and clinical notes; process needed information for authorization purposes.

 

Additionally, for Physical Therapist II

 

Plans physical therapy services for physically disabled children; administers treatments as prescribed by physicians; assesses the client’s gross motor functioning and implements treatments; provides equipment assessment/reports for authorization; consultation with the families and schools; coordinates with occupational therapists and other community team members to promote a comprehensive team approach; participates in medical therapy conferences; arranges training programs for therapy students or new therapists assigned to the unit for orientation and training; assists in arranging clinics; interprets the therapy program and policies to parents, relatives and the visiting public.

 

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate the following:

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant

 

Knowledge of: Principles and methods of Physical Therapy; Skill in administering physical therapy exercises; Neuromuscular function and dysfunction; Kinesiology, Neurology, and treatment modalities; Operation of therapeutic machines; use, and care of orthopedic appliances and special equipment; Physical and psychological problems of physically handicapped children and their families; Record keeping practices and procedures.

 

Ability to: Function according to the Professional Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the profession; Attend scheduled appointments and meet obligations; Handle multiple work demands and variable schedules and caseloads in a reasonable amount of time; Adjust and modify priorities and own behavior to the situation and work effectively with a variety of people; Actively participate in quality improvement activities; Accurately assess own strengths and weaknesses and assists in developing action plan to improve self; Proactively seeks out new knowledge and actively pursues learning using a variety of methods and update clinical skills and competence; Actively contributes information in meetings, conferences, and informal interactions, and participates in faculty committees and programs as directed; Accept change as beneficial to the organization, department and patients.

These employment standards are typically attained with current California Licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

 

Physical Therapist I/II

 

Knowledge of:  Evaluation and treatment directed toward increasing range of motion, increasing strength, assessing tone, therapeutic exercise, facilitating gross motor development, gait assessment and training, transfer training, wheelchair mobility; setting functional goals, skeletal anatomy, kinesiology, and pathophysiology related to physical therapy and the objectives of physical therapy treatment.

 

Ability to:  Explain and interpret assessment criteria/results, goals/objectives and treatments to clients and parents; choose the appropriate therapeutic technique; use tact and understanding in dealing with patients and families; interact with other professional staff involved with the client; prepare accurate and concise case records; understand and complete oral and written directions; organize and track case management of the clients; teach the client, caregivers, families and appropriate school personnel to ensure effective follow through.

 

These standards are typically attained with graduation from an accredited physical therapy program and the desire to work with the pediatric population.

 

Additionally, for Physical Therapist II

 

These standards are typically attained with one year of experience equivalent to a Physical Therapist I, including pediatric experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant

 

Possession of current California Licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant (which includes current CPR certification)
Possession of an appropriate California driver license
Physical Therapist I/II

 

Possession of a current physical therapy license in the state of California (which includes current CPR certification)
Possession of an appropriate California driver license

IDEAL CANDIDATE

 

The ideal candidate working in the California Children Services Medical Therapy Unit will have the experience and/or desire to work with disabled children from 0-21 years of age and their families; work well in a team approach to therapy; the ability to be organized and able to prioritize tasks to be completed; be able to communicate with other professionals; have the patience and perseverance to work with and motivate children.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS

Responses to the following must be submitted with a completed application.

 

Have you graduated from an accredited physical therapy program?  Yes___ No___
Do you have possession of a current physical therapist assistant license in the State of California? Yes___ No___
If yes, please list your license number and expiration date. If no, please type “n/a.”
Do you have possession of a current physical therapy license in the state of California?  Yes___ No___
If yes, please list your license number and expiration date.  If no, please type “n/a”.
Do you have 2 years’ experience as a Physical Therapist, including 1 year of pediatric experience?  Yes___ No___
If yes, please state how long, where you obtained this experience, and duties performed. If none, please type “n/a”.
Do you understand that if you are hired to work in this position you will be required to be COVID-19 vaccinated in accordance with the California Department of Public Health (CDHP) Order issued on August 5, 2021, unless you have a qualifying medical or religious exemption? Y/N

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; stand; communicate person to person and on the telephone (verbal/auditory); visually read and complete forms/medical reports; visually/cognitively assess client treatment and safety (close vision, distant vision, depth perception, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust and focus); upper extremity fine motor and gross motor coordination to manipulate small objects, access computer equipment, operate tools/equipment, basic office tasks, and coordination/movement necessary to complete client treatment.

The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms; use proper body mechanics at all times; to lift one to twenty-five pounds from floor to waist; lift ten pounds from waist to shoulder; carry twenty five pounds with assistance as needed; have adequate balance to stabilize self and client during treatment static/dynamic; work at a fast pace; get up and down from the floor; sit on a chair or stool, manipulate tools for mechanical tasks.

The employee occasionally is required to squat, kneel, crouch or crawl; climb step stool; reach overhead; lift up to 50 pounds; perform proper body mechanics for a two-person lift.

The employee will need the ability to drive a motor vehicle frequently.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or toxic chemicals.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

 

All new employees are required to have their paycheck directly deposited to a bank account.
Some positions may require a valid California driver’s license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.
Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.
As part of the selection process, all individuals provided with a preliminary offer of employment with Shasta County will be subject to a background investigation, including a criminal history check (primarily completed through the taking of fingerprints). An image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature of the offense, the date of the offense, the surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.
Based on the results of the background investigation and criminal history check, applicants may then be provided with an offer of employment conditioned on the results of a medical examination, which includes drug/alcohol testing.
Shasta County participates in E-Verify. For more information click here (Download PDF reader). If you do not have internet access, contact Personnel at (530) 225-5515 to request a flyer.
In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

 

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES

Shasta County Personnel will accept applications and responses to the supplemental questions until current vacancies have been filled.   A Resume and/or Cover Letter will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application. It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, “Refer to Resume and/or Cover Letter,” or “See Attached Resume and/or Cover Letter” the employment application must be completed in its entirety prior to submission. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted. This recruitment will establish a list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.

 

Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof.

 

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at apply online or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office.

 

Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin. Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345.

 

SHASTA COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Shasta County Personnel

1450 Court Street, Suite 348; Redding, CA 96001; (530) 225-5515