Monday, May 27, 2019

Supervising Therapist

Recruitment #19-5870-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Applications will only be accepted on-line.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Applications will only be accepted on-line. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Click here to view the Supervising Therapist recruitment flyer.


Alameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes the following program areas: Behavioral Health Care Services, Public Health, Environmental Health Services, and Office of the Agency Director. The ultimate mission of the Health Care Services Agency is to provide fully integrated health care services through a comprehensive network of public and private partnerships that ensure optimal health and well-being and respect the diversity of all residents.

Alameda County Public Health Department has worked for over 80 years to improve the health and safety of its residents and the neighborhoods they live in. Traditional public health concerns such as disease outbreaks, environmental hazards and access to health care have been joined by contemporary concerns: bioterrorism, crime, violence, and substance abuse. Each of these poses a threat to public health and wellness and calls for short and long-term solutions that lie well outside traditional public health boundaries.  For more information about our Alameda County Public Health Department, please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department Website and latest Annual Budget document found on

Supervising Therapists 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); coordinate medical case management of occupational and/or physical therapy services; oversee administrative operational needs of the Medical Therapy Unit, and perform 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.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a successful track record as a skilled occupational or physical therapist with knowledge of California Children's Services regulations, policies and guidelines; have demonstrated leadership through past experience with special projects, community groups, clinical preceptorships; and have excellent communication and mentoring skills and the ability to work with a diverse staff and client population. The ideal candidate will be a proactive self-motivated and committed individual who can work in a busy clinical setting and consistently meet deadline. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be: 

  • A capable leader with exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication and facilitation skills, with the ability to guide others in accomplishing work objectives.
  • Capable of cultivating and maintaining successful working relationships with a multitude of internal and external health care providers.
  • A motivated and resourceful team player, who pays close attention to detail.
  • Motivated to meet and exceed client needs while promoting honest and open communication with clients and their families.
  • A self-directed problem-solver with high standards for quality and a strong commitment to public service.
  • An exceptional organizer, consistently managing time and resources to appropriate prioritize and complete goals and assignments.
  • Someone who takes personal satisfaction and pride contributing as a valued first-line supervisor planning and organizing work for a multi-disciplinary team of therapists providing direct client focused services in a Medical Therapy Unit.
  • Well prepared to advance into a role as a supportive supervisor capable of training, coaching, counseling and managing staff in order to optimize individual performance.
  • Respected as an expert therapist who understands the relationships among assessments, therapy, and patient responses and is able to adeptly provide staff consultation in the management of patients


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.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

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.


The examination will consist of the following steps: 1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process. 2) A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. 3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises. CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION. We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency. 


Deadline for Filing:                                                                      5:00 PM, Thursday, March 28, 2019
Review of Minimum Qualifications:                                                              Thursday, April 11, 2019
Review of SQ for Best Qualified:                                                                     Monday, April 22, 2019
Panel Interviews:                                                                                             Thursday, May 9, 2019

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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.


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Lindsay Christopher, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer