County of Alameda

Physical Therapist III (#5843)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$47.96-$58.20 Hourly / $3,836.80-$4,656.00 BiWeekly /
$8,313.07-$10,088.00 Monthly / $99,756.80-$121,056.00 Yearly

Under general direction, to plan, organize and direct in-service education programs for physical therapists; to provide professional physical therapy services; to plan, organize and direct a physical therapy service at Highland Hospital; to assist the Chief Physical Therapist in the development of the physical therapy service at Fairmont Hospital; and to do related work as required.


The Physical Therapist III at Fairmont Hospital reports to the Chief Physical Therapist. This position assists the chief of staff with supervision of duties and provides administrative assistance, organizes in-service programs for staff, supervises student affiliation program and carries three quarters of the normal patient load or more, as required. The Physical Therapist III at Highland Hospital is responsible for the overall planning and direction of the physical therapy service and carries a normal patient caseload. The incumbent reports to the Associate Hospital Administrator responsible for the operation of the service and also receives professional supervision relating to patient care from the Chief of Orthopedics who provides the medical supervision of to the service.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Administers various muscle, neurological, gait, and functional tests to determine patient disability and develop a suitable treatment program.
2. Administers range of motion exercises to improve the function and flexibility of the joints; administers and instructs and supervises patients in other passive, assistive, active and resistive exercises; instructs and supervises patients in gait training and other self-help activities; facilitates motor control in neurological patients and administers other forms of physical therapy involving all the modalities, including hydrotherapy, heat therapy, light therapy, and electrotherapy; administers chest therapy.
3. Assesses the need for and recommends appropriate assistive devices and appliances for patient use and treatment, as mats, weights, whirlpool baths, pulleys and crutches, braces, canes and prosthetic devices. Is primarily responsible for related equipment orders and follow through for delivery.
4. Keeps records and prepares weekly reports on patient's treatment and progress; observes patients for contraindications to treatment; attends case conferences to discuss patient problems and progress with physicians and personnel of other disciplines such as occupational therapists, nursing personnel and medical social work staff; completes Medi-Cal and Medicare forms related to patient's status and progress.
5. Assumes the duties of the Chief Physical Therapist in the chief's absence, or as delegated; assists in evaluation of staff members; investigates personnel problems and suggests methods of resolving them; and recommends on the feasibility of program development within the context of staff and patient resources.
6. Plans and organizes comprehensive services of the Physical Therapy Department, developing appropriate policies and procedures conforming to the guidelines of the Joint Commission of Accreditation and Licensing Requirements; plans, organizes, directs, and reviews the work of professional personnel assigned to the Department; coordinates the activities of the section with other professional disciplines at the Hospital through a variety of mechanisms, including membership in the Patient Care Audit Committee.
7. Develops and reviews current job descriptions for the professional and supportive positions in the Department; interviews and selects qualified personnel for the Department; orients new employees to policies and procedures as well as the general policies of the Hospital and County; evaluates and counsels the performance of personnel in the Department according to the relevant job description; demonstrates new professional techniques and procedures; reviews in-service training programs for the section and assists in training programs of other departments; develops mechanisms for open communication between staff as well as staff and supervisors on a regular, ongoing basis.
8. Prepares annual budget and justifies budgetary requests; keeps records of operation, including workload, supplies and equipment used; requisitions supplies as needed; prepares and supervises procedures for billing of outpatients as well as inpatients.
9. Plans, organizes and directs a training program for student physical therapists who affiliate for clinical training; consults with schools concerning the progress of the students; makes arrangements for field trips through the facilities at Highland General Hospital for students and other interested groups.
10. Plans, organizes and directs the in-service training programs with review and general direction from the Chief Physical Therapist; reviews the performance and therapy techniques, evaluation procedures, and written work of staff therapists and supervises the clinical activities of physical therapy students.
11. Ensures participation of physical therapy in various inpatient inter-disciplinary meetings; e.g., ward rounds, discharge planning, providing interpretation and clarification of the physicians orders to the inter-disciplinary group’s planning total patient care; offers consultative services upon request of other disciplines; e.g., physicians, nursing medical social work staff.
12. Ensures participation of physical therapy in various aspects of outpatient care and other patient care services, giving professional counseling advice between services.
13. Instructs various hospital and community groups, students in allied professions and supportive personnel in physical therapy procedures and the use of appliances and adaptive equipment; assists in conducting orientation programs for new physical therapy personnel; and attends and participates in staff conferences and training sessions.
14. Develops and supervises ongoing program for Internal Audit of physical therapy departmental program; supervises the maintenance of departmental records pertaining to patient care; compiles and prepares all statistical reports; answers professional correspondence and correspondence regarding employment; prepares vacation schedules; provides for proper maintenance of equipment and supplies.
15. Keeps abreast of current trends and developments in physical therapy and rehabilitation; maintains a professional reference library; participates in professional organizations, promotes and encourages the professional development of staff; suggests and, as authorized by departmental supervisor, introduces news methods and techniques.

Either I

Graduation from an accredited school of Physical Therapy,


The equivalent of three years of full-time, paid experience as a physical therapist in an institutional or clinical setting with an orientation in acute and/or rehabilitative patient care, including one year as a senior physical therapist.


Graduation from an accredited school of Physical Therapy,


The equivalent of two years of work experience as a Physical Therapist II in the Alameda County classified (non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts) services, including program and supervisory responsibility.


Some acceptable combination of education and appropriate experience.


Eligibility for, or possession of, a valid certificate to practice as a Registered Physical Therapist in California.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

• Principles of administration and personnel supervision.
• Principles of theory, methods and equipment involved in the practice of physical therapy and physical rehabilitation.
• Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, neural and other structures and the pathologies and injuries which result in physical impairments.
• Practices of other disciplines found in a rehabilitation or acute care program such as acute and critical nursing, medical social work, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, and such medical specialties as pulmonary medicine, physical and internal medicine and orthopedics.
• Also those philosophies of care found in out-patient clinics, including preventative care.

Ability to:

• Plan, organize and direct a physical therapy and/or education program.
• Guide and evaluate the professional development of supportive staff.
• Establish and maintain effective and tactful relationships with others.
• Evaluate and recommend development of a physical therapy program in a large hospital.
• Write and speak effectively.
• Follow oral and written instructions, including physician’s prescriptions.

Old document: 0564h
New document: Jobspecs/5843
CSC Date: 9/6/77


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.