Speech Therapist IV-Clinical Spec (#RH6404)
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$44.90-$54.58 Hourly / $7,783.37-$9,460.73 Monthly / $93,400.46-$113,528.84 Yearly


Under direction, performs complex 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 clinical specialist level class in the Speech Therapist series. An incumbent in this highly skilled class performs a wide variety of tasks related to the provision of speech therapy to patients and education of other staff. 


  • Performs the most complex speech therapy evaluations of patients and interprets findings; plans, implements and coordinates all types of therapeutic treatment programs for patients; establishes appropriate and treatment goals; uses equipment properly.
  • Coordinates treatment programs with physicians, nurses, professional and para-professional staff.
  • Assists with departmental orientation of staff; serves as a resource for other therapists; consults with supervisory staff and provides input into employee and intern performance evaluations; may act as lead therapist and/or preceptor for speech therapists and other professional and para-professional staff.
  • Conducts and/or attends in-service education programs for a variety of departmental and hospital personnel; conducts education programs in the community.
  • Attends staff meetings and patient conferences.
  • Helps ensure quality care and staff/patient safety.
  • Coordinates student intern and other training programs.
  • Assists with departmental projects and program development; may coordinate research projects.
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares written reports.


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

Experience: Four 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 at San Joaquin General Hospital may be substituted for one year of the required experience. 

Special Requirement: Must possess certificates of completion for at least three courses in an area of clinical specialty as approved by the Department of Health Care Services or San Joaquin General Hospital.


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; gather, analyze, interpret, and report statistical data; prepare complex written reports; 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 advanced 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: RH6404; EST: 12/31/1996; REV: 8/12/2015;