Occupational Therapist IV-Assistant Department Manager (#RH6005)
$44.90-$54.58 Hourly / $7,783.37-$9,460.73 Monthly / $93,400.46-$113,528.84 Yearly


Under direction, supervises and implements a diagnostic and therapeutic occupational therapy program for patients with a variety of disabling conditions; and does related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the Assistant Department Manager level in the Occupational Therapist series.  An incumbent is responsible for supervision of staff in an occupational therapy department, serves as the assistant to the department manager, and maintains some patient care responsibilities.  Direction is received from a Therapy Services Manager or other management staff.


  • Performs occupational therapy evaluations and interprets findings; plans, implements, and coordinates all types of therapeutic programs for patients; establishes appropriate treatment goals; uses equipment properly.
  • Coordinates treatment programs with physicians, nurses, professional and para-professional staff.
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares written reports, including unit statistical reports and other administrative reports as assigned.
  • Participates in the selection of new staff; assigns, trains, supervises and may evaluate professional and para-professional staff; orients or assigns the departmental orientation of new staff; prepares day-to-day patient/staff schedules.
  • Attends staff meetings and patient conferences; coordinates in-service education programs and classes; may coordinate departmental staff meetings; may attend management staff meetings as assigned.
  • May coordinate occupational therapy student interns and other training programs.
  • May coordinate research projects; assists with departmental projects and occupational therapy program development.
  • Supervises and assists with proper maintenance of equipment.


Experience: Three years of progressively responsible experience as a licensed occupational therapist in San Joaquin County service.

Experience: Four years of progressively responsible experience as a licensed occupational therapist performing diagnostic and/or therapeutic occupational therapy techniques for a variety of disabling conditions. 

Licenses and Certificates: Must possess and maintain a current license as an Occupational Therapist issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy; and if required by the nature of the assignment, must also possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license.


Current principles, methods, techniques, equipment and materials used in occupational therapy; possible reaction of and hazards to patients during treatment, and of precautionary and remedial measures; anatomy and physiology related to treatments; psychological and physiological problems of persons with disabling conditions; principles of clinical supervision; basic principles of personnel management and supervision.


Organize and implement occupational therapy treatment programs; teach techniques of treatment in specialty areas; conduct individual and group treatment programs; gather, analyze, interpret and report statistical data; prepare complex written reports; interpret and adapt physician orders and/or written reports; communicate effectively; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with patients, families, staff and others; maintain excellent customer relations; assign and evaluate the work of others; perform essential physical/mental requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation, including but not limited to: standing for long periods, walking, pushing, pulling, bending and lifting patients/clients, good manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, decision-making and problem-solving skills.


Mobility – operation of a data entry device; frequent standing for long periods; constant walking; occasional pushing/pulling; occasional bending/squatting; Lifting – occasional lifting of 50 lbs. or more, restraining, lifting/turning people; Vision – frequent color perception; occasional eye/hand coordination, peripheral vision and depth perception; frequent reading; Dexterity – occasional holding and repetitive motion; frequent reaching, grasping and writing; Hearing/Talking – constant hearing normal speech, talking in person, talking on the telephone; frequent hearing on the telephone and hearing faint sounds. Special Requirements – may require occasional overtime; may require weekend or evening work; Emotional/Psychological – occasional emergency situations; occasional exposure to trauma, grief and death; frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Environmental – occasional exposure to noise; may be exposed to varied weather conditions.

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: RH6005; EST: 12/31/1996; REV: 8/12/2015;