County of Alameda

Supervising Therapist (#5870)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$51.39-$62.30 Hourly / $4,111.20-$4,984.00 BiWeekly /
$8,907.60-$10,798.67 Monthly / $106,891.20-$129,584.00 Yearly

Under direction, to plan, organize and direct the work of pediatric, occupational, and physical, therapists and support staff in the California Children's Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Program (MTP); to coordinate medical case management of occupational and/or physical therapy services; to oversee administrative operational needs of the Medical Therapy Unit, and to do related work as required.


Supervising Therapists are responsible for managing a public school-based work site, procuring and maintaining supplies and equipment; establishing and implementing performance standards, and supervising and instructing assigned staff.  Positions allocated to this classification are located in the California Children's Services, program within the Public Health Department, and receive direction from the Assistant Chief Therapist and/or the Chief Therapist of California Children's Services.

This classification is distinguished from the lower class of Senior Therapist in that the latter performs coordination and lead activities while the former is a first-line supervisor, exercising the full range of supervisory responsibilities.


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.  Plans, organizes, directs and reviews the work of occupational and physical therapists, and support staff at the Medical Therapy Unit; participates in the selection of therapists and assigns, reviews, and evaluates their performance.

2.  In collaboration with the Senior Therapist, instructs therapists in technical procedures, demonstrates therapy techniques, and conducts educational meetings to discuss problems, procedures, and new techniques in the field.

3.  Prepares for, and facilitates, weekly staff meetings to update staff on agency, department and/or program changes; provides interpretation of new county and state policies, and discusses unit operational issues.

4.  Consults and works with individual therapists in evaluating clients' functional impairments, planning treatment programs, re-evaluating clients' condition and progress to determine effectiveness of the program, and adapting or changing individual treatment as required.

5.  Works with local school administrators to coordinate therapy with other programs in a given location; works cooperatively with other service providers who may be assisting the client.

6.  Arranges for the participation of clients in CCS Medical Therapy Conferences (MTC's); oversees the physical arrangements, sending of notices, and other functions involved; interprets the therapy program and policies to clients and their caregivers, participating physicians, officials, and other persons concerned.  Communicates directly with the physicians regarding efficient operations of the MTC.

7.  Reviews and/or oversees the review of reports and records of therapists supervised to ensure compliance with program policies.

8.  Keeps records of operation, as well as supplies and equipment used; requisitions supplies as needed and provides information to administrative staff for reports, including estimates of annual budgetary needs and justifications for requests.

9.  Supervises and directs the work of MTP professional and support staff to support the daily operational needs of the MTU.

10. Keeps informed of current trends.  Evidence Based Practice and professional activity in the types of appropriate treatment options; visits facilities of other agencies; reviews professional literature; attends and addresses community meetings; and participates in the activity of professional associations.

11. Ensures clinical and professional competency of staff.

12. Ensures staff compliance with effective time utilization and scheduling of clients by monitoring and utilization of reports such as dashboard, caseload audits, Outlook schedule and monthly stats.

13. Ensures staff compliance with timely recording of therapy services.

14. Oversees the site training program for student therapy interns.

15. Orients and/or oversees the orientation and training of volunteers; assignment of duties and the maintenance of records of volunteer hours and assignments.

The equivalent of three years of full-time experience as an Occupational Therapist or a Physical Therapist in an institutional or clinical setting, of which one year must have been in the treatment of children with cerebral palsy or other neuro-muscular or musculoskeletal conditions.

And Either I
Licensure as an Occupational Therapist, or possession of a limited permit as an Occupational Therapist issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy.

Licensure as a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist License Applicant with the Physical Therapy Board of 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 "Example of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles, methods, equipment and the basic theory of physical rehabilitation involved in the modern practice of occupational therapy and physical therapy, especially as applied to children, with cerebral palsy and other impairments.
  • Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, neural and other structures, and the pathologies and injuries which result in physical impairments, and the equipment and methods used to evaluate and treat these conditions.
  • Principles of psychology and abnormal psychology, especially as they relate to the application of occupational and physical therapy in an outpatient rehabilitation program for children with physical impairments.
  • Principles of Family Centered Care in the provision of services for children and youth with special health care needs.
  • Functions of other professionals, such as medical specialists, psychologists, teachers, public health nurses, and social workers as they relate to the treatment and rehabilitation of children with physical impairments.
  • Principles of effective management and personnel supervision.
Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, direct, and develop an outpatient rehabilitation program for children and young adults with physical impairments and to instruct and supervise staff therapists and support staff.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication with staff, co-workers, administrators, and outside agencies.
  • Interpret and implement physicians' prescriptions and other medical recommendations involved.
  • Oversee therapists in instructing and facilitating confidence and cooperation of clients and their families in the program, instilling appropriate attitudes and affecting psychological adjustment, as well as physical rehabilitation.
  • Anticipate MTU needs and prepare budgetary estimates and operational reports.
  • Recognize typical growth and development of children in general and understand how children with neurological impairments are impacted.
  • Identify appropriate methods of testing and evaluating muscular and neural function. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of other community programs and resources in place for families with children with special health care needs.

Revised: 10/82
Retyped: 01/85
Old document: 0568h
New document: Jobspecs/5870
CSC Date: 10/27/82
DRH:cs 05/10/11
CSC Date: 06/01/11
LC:ah Revised 06/28/18
CSC Date: 01/16/19


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.