Respiratory Care Practitioner Supervisor (#RH5352)
$38.40-$46.68 Hourly / $6,656.00-$8,090.42 Monthly / $79,872.11-$97,085.05 Yearly


Under general supervision performs respiratory therapy work of considerable difficulty in supervising a shift of respiratory care practitioners; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3 Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the supervisory level class in the Respiratory Care Practitioner series. In addition to being technical specialists, incumbents serve as shift supervisors; assign, train, monitor and evaluate subordinate staff; and may participate in the work of the shift.


  • Supervises a shift of Respiratory Care personnel; selects, schedules, assigns, monitors and reviews work of subordinate staff provides technical assistance; evaluates staff.
  • Orients and trains new respiratory therapy staff, paramedics and respiratory therapy students; provides in-service training on new and existing equipment and procedures; certifies respiratory therapy staff assigned to transport teams.
  • Provides training and orientation to nursing staff on new equipment and procedures.
  • Performs skilled respiratory care; serves as member of cardiac arrest, transport and neonatal transport teams.
  • Consults with physicians on patient status and response; suggests changes as indicated.
  • Assists in developing and revising department policies and procedures; implements new policies and procedures and interprets to staff.
  • Keep records; prepares correspondence and reports.
  • May act in the absence of the Director of Respiratory Care.


License/Certificate: Must possess a current Respiratory Care Practitioner license issued by the Respiratory Care Board of the State of California.

Experience: Three years experience as a respiratory care practitioner.


Principles of supervision and training; current principles, methods and techniques of respiratory therapy and blood gas testing; clinical aspects of blood gases and respiratory therapy care; operation of equipment used in respiratory therapy; and effective guest relation techniques.


Train, supervise and evaluate others; administer a variety of skilled respiratory therapy treatments; maintain and perform minor repairs to respiratory therapy equipment and to adjust it to individual patient needs; maintain records and prepare reports; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, physicians, co-workers and others.


Mobility-Frequent operation of a keyboard, standing for long periods of time, walking, pushing/pulling and bending/squatting; occasional sitting for long periods of time, operating heavy equipment, running and stair climbing; Lifting-Frequent lifting of 5 to 30 lbs.; occasional lifting of 30 to 70 lbs., and restraining, lifting/turning heavy objects or people; Visual Requirements-Constant use of overall vision, color perception, eye/hand coordination and depth perception; frequent reading/close up work and field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing on the telephone/radio, talking in person and talking on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological-Constant public contact and concentration; frequent exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief or death, decision making and working weekends/nights; occasional exposure to hazardous materials, working alone and overtime/travel; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise; occasional exposure to dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, indoor cold/heat and hazardous materials.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH5352; EST: 11/12/1986;