Speech Therapist III-Senior (#RH6403)
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$40.31-$49.00 Hourly / $6,987.91-$8,493.85 Monthly / $83,854.99-$101,926.26 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs skilled diagnostic and therapeutic speech pathology techniques for a variety of disabling conditions; and does other or related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the senior-level licensed class in the Speech Therapist series. Incumbents utilize an advanced level of clinical skill while performing a variety of speech therapy services including assessment, planning, treatment, related documentation and communication. Incumbents also help instruct other staff.


  • Performs speech therapy evaluations and interprets findings.
  • Plans and implements all types of therapeutic treatment for patients; establishes appropriate treatment goals; uses equipment properly.
  • Coordinates treatment programs with physicians, nurses, professional and para-professional staff.
  • Conduct and/or attends in-service education programs for a variety of departmental and hospital personnel; attends staff meetings and patient conferences.
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares written reports.
  • May act as lead therapist and/or preceptor for speech therapists and other professional and/or para-professional staff; may assist with departmental orientation of new staff; may assist in coordinating speech therapy internship programs; may consult with supervisory staff and provide input into employee and intern evaluations.
  • May assist with departmental projects.


Experience: Two years of progressively responsible experience as a Speech Therapist II in San Joaquin County service.

Experience: Three years of progressively responsible experience as a licensed speech pathologist performing diagnostic and therapeutic speech pathology techniques for a variety of disabling conditions. 

Licenses and Certificates: 1) Current licensure as a Speech Pathologist issued by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers’ Board; and 2) possession of a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech Pathology issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Substitution: Satisfactory completion of a Clinical Fellowship Year from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association while employed by San Joaquin General Hospital may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Current principles, methods, techniques, equipment and materials used in speech therapy, possible reactions of and hazards to patients during treatment, and of precautionary and remedial measure; anatomy and physiology related to treatment; psychological and physiological problems of persons with disabling conditions; principles of clinical supervision.


Organize and implement speech therapy treatment programs; conduct individual and group treatment programs; interpret and adapt physician’s orders and/or written reports; communicate effectively; work independently; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with patients, families, staff and others; maintain excellent customer relations; teach therapeutic techniques and modalities; supervise the work of others.


Mobility: Constant keyboard operation; sits, stands, walks, pushes and pulls, bends and squats frequently; runs and climbs stairs occasionally; lifts, positions, pushes, and/or transfers supplies and equipment. Lifting: Lifts up to 30 pounds occasionally; restrains, lifts/turns heavy objects or people occasionally. Visual: Constant use of overall vision, color perception, depth perception, hand/eye coordination; reading and close-up work and peripheral vision. Dexterity: Constant holding, reaching, grasping, and writing. Repetitive motion is required occasionally. Hearing/Talking: Hears and talks in person constantly. Occasionally hears on telephone/radio, faint sounds, and occasionally talks on the telephone. Emotional/Psychological: Occasional exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief, death, and hazard materials. Travels occasionally. Position requires constant public contact, decision making and concentration. Environmental: Occasional exposure to noise, dirt, dust smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, cold and heat. Other: Occasional exposure to conflict; must be capable of working with physically challenged children and adults.

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: RH6403; EST: 12/31/1996; REV: 8/12/2015;