Physical Therapist

Columbia, SC, US
May 29, 2019
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Richland County School District One, South Carolina
Classification Description
Classification Title: Physical Therapist
Class Code: 0634
General Statement of Job
Under limited supervision, provides evaluation and physical therapy to minimize the effects of students' handicaps on their ability to participate in the educational process. Reports to the assigned principal and Director of Special Education.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Functions :
Screens students to determine appropriateness of school-based physical therapy services. Evaluates students; interprets and documents results.

Participates in the development of the IEP; attends IEP meetings and gives evaluation results and therapy-related recommendations.

Establishes treatment goals; selects and conducts therapeutic activities.

Plans, schedules and organizes physical therapy treatment programs.

Provides hands-on physical therapy to teach new skills and refine existing skills to facilitate education.

Supervises the duties of Physical Therapist Assistant; supervisory duties include instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work; maintaining standards and coordinating activities. Reviews work for completeness and accuracy; offers advice and assistance as needed.

Conducts parent/teacher/physician conferences to review evaluation results, objectives, performance progress and home programs.

Assists in providing in-service education for school staff.

Monitors classroom program and environmental setting to evaluate effect on students. Adapts learning environments for students as needed.

Coordinates services and programs with community service providers as necessary.

Maintains inventory of required supplies and equipment; orders supplies as needed.

Documents services provided; completes required Medicaid forms.

Serves as a team member to evaluate and determine the need for and the benefit of assistive technology in individual cases; investigates types of technology available for special needs students.

Keeps abreast of developments and innovations in the profession.

Receives, reviews, prepares and/or submits various records and reports including screening forms, permission forms, medical referrals, medical/educational documentation, training materials, evaluation reports, travel records, Medicaid records, student records, memos, correspondence, etc.

Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the immediate supervisor, assistants, District and school administrators, consultants, occupational therapists, speech clinicians, teachers, medical professionals, social workers, other District personnel, students, parents, community service and government agencies, vendors, and the general public.

Complies with all federal laws, state statutes, Board policies, administrative rules, and directives.

Additional Duties :
Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Education and Training
Requires Bachelor's degree in physical therapy, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must be a Registered Physical Therapist in the state as mandated by the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations.

Minimum Qualifications and Standards Required
Physical Requirements :

Must be physically able to operate a variety of medical/therapeutic machines and equipment including wheelchairs. Must be able to exert up to ten pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move persons and objects. Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work; work involves walking or standing for periods of time, stooping, kneeling, pushing, pulling, and performing light manual tasks. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of up to thirty pounds.

Data Conception :
Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communications :
Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving assignments and/or directions to assistants and receiving assignments and/or direction from supervisor.

Language Ability :
Requires ability to read a variety of laws, policies and procedures, evaluation materials, professional studies, medical reference materials, etc. Requires the ability to prepare complex reports, student goals and objectives, evaluation reports, records, correspondence, etc. with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence :
Requires the ability to apply principles of logical thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of instructions in oral, written, mathematical or schedule form; to deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Requires the ability to use influence systems in supervising assistants; to learn and understand complex principles and techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information.

Verbal Aptitude :
Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow and give verbal and written instructions; to counsel and teach students, colleagues and assistants. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with persons of varying educational backgrounds and in a variety of technical and/or professional languages including special education, medical, physical and occupational therapy, assistive technology language, sign language, etc.

Numerical Aptitude :
Requires the ability to add and subtract totals, to multiply and divide, to utilize mathematical formulas, to determine percentages and decimals and to determine time. Must be able to use practical applications of statistics.

Form/Spatial Aptitude :
Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape, and visually read various information.

Motor Coordination :
Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes using office and specialized machinery; to operate motor vehicles.

Manual Dexterity :
Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, keyboards, office equipment, control knobs, buttons, switches, catches, small tools, etc. Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination :
Does not require the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament :
Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress when confronted with emergency situations or tight deadlines. The worker may be subject to danger or risk to a slight degree or to tension as a regular, consistent part of the job.

Physical Communications :
Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear).

Performance Evaluation Criteria
Job Knowledge :
Has thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures and policies of Special Education Services as they pertain to the performance of duties of the Physical Therapist. Is knowledgeable in the laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position. Has knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of Richland District One and other governmental agencies. Has considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of physical therapy. Is able to instruct student, family and faculty members in physical therapy methods and techniques. Is able to interpret treatment needs of students. Has knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials and devices used in therapy. Has comprehensive knowledge of mental retardation, physical handicaps, learning disabilities, emotional handicaps and all other conditions making children exceptional. Has thorough knowledge of appropriate curriculum and testing for special needs students. Is able to make sound, educated decisions. Knows how to apply supervisory and managerial concepts and principles. Has the ability to offer training and assistance to assistants and employees of other departments as required. Has the ability to offer instruction and advice to co-workers regarding departmental policies, methods and regulations. Has the ability to use independent judgment as needed in performing routine and non-routine tasks. Is able to take the initiative to complete the duties of the position without the need of direct supervision. Is able to read and interpret complex professional and medical reports, student records and related materials pertaining to the responsibilities of the job. Knows how to prepare complex reports, student assessments, treatment goals and objectives, correspondence, etc. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology and various professional languages used within the department. Knows how to maintain effective relationships with personnel of other departments, professionals and members of the public through contact and cooperation. Is able to perform duties professionally in stressful situations. Knows how to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations. Knows how to make public presentations. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations. Has the ability to plan, organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities. Has good organizational, technical and human relations skills. Has the ability to learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency. Has skill in the use of computers.

Quality of Work :
Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interaction with all District departments and divisions, co-workers and the public.

Quantity of Work :
Performs described "Specific Duties and Responsibilities" and related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets standards and expectations of the District.

Dependability :
Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work. Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with directives, District policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Remains accountable to assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attendance :
Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to District policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm :
Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be done and initiates proper and acceptable direction for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Judgment :
Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to problems or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice where appropriate and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation :
Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with District policy or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and departments within the District.

Relationships with Others :
Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and staff for mutual and District benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all District employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with department employees, staffers and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations, and the public so as to maintain good will toward the District and to project a good District image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within the District. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image within the District. Interacts effectively with higher management, professionals and the public.

Coordination of Work :
Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion of elements of work and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends required meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules.

Safety and Housekeeping :
Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by the District and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.