Saturday, May 26, 2018

Senior Therapist

Recruitment #17-5865-01


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. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.


Alameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes the following program areas: Behavioral Health Care, Public Health, Environmental Health, and Agency Administration/Indigent Health. 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

The current vacancy of Senior Therapist is in the Public Health Department, under the Family Health Services Division, California Children’s Services - Medical Therapy Program (MTP). The Senior Therapist will act as the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Coordinator for the Medical Therapy Program. The Senior Therapist provides direct therapy services to pediatric clients ages birth to 21 years in a center-based clinic setting, clinical oversight and support to licensed occupational and physical  therapists and occupational and physical therapy students.

Family Health Services Division provides preventive interventions, access to health care services and advocacy in order to promote optimal health outcomes for families in Alameda County throughout the life course.  The Senior Therapist is primarily assigned to the following program:  California Children Services (CCS).  This position is responsible for assisting with the coordination and lead direction to an occupational and physical therapy program in Medical Therapy Units located at public school sites. The Senior Therapist reports to the Assistant Chief Therapist and may receive direction from executive leadership staff.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications below, the ideal candidate will be a skilled pediatric occupational or physical  therapist with knowledge of California Children’s Services (CCS) regulations, policies and guidelines, and will have demonstrated leadership through participation in program development work groups or orientation of new staff or students. This candidate will possess excellent communication and mentoring skills and the ability to work with a diverse staff and client population. Additionally, this candidate will also demonstrate the ability to provide high quality, family-focused, results-based program services, and will be able to act as the Supervising Therapist in his/her absence. Additionally, critical attributes to the success of the Senior Therapist include:

  • A strong knowledge of DME for clients with complex special health care concerns.
  • Skill as a clinician who can apply current evidence-based principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated organization, with the skill and ability to coordinate administrative and clinical duties on a daily basis, manage time and appropriately prioritize goals and assignments.
  • Leadership qualities, including exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication and facilitation skills to communicate with staff, community agencies, clients and their families.
  • Understanding and sensitivity towards families with complex social, economic and medical issues.



The equivalent of two years of full-time experience as an occupational or physical therapist in a California Children’s Services or pediatric setting.


Graduation from an accredited occupational or physical therapy professional program.


Licensure by the Physical Therapy Board of California or licensure by the California Board of Occupational Therapy. Some positions may require that you become a State approved California Children Services (CCS) Neuromotor Impairment Severity Score (NISS) trainer.

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:

• Therapeutic intervention for the pediatric population.
• Human anatomy.
• Physiology.
• Pathology.
• Medical terminology.
• Pathology, including cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions.
• Growth and development of children; including children with disabilities.

Ability to:

• Apply therapy principles and practices.
• Coordinate administrative and clinical duties on a daily basis.
• Communicate with staff, public, clients and their families.
• Flexibly set priorities and adjust to various situations
• Operate multiple software programs.
• Demonstrate sensitivity towards families with complex, social, economic and medical issues.


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:                                                      5:00pm, Monday, February 5, 2018
Review of Minimum Qualifications:                                  Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Review of SQ for Best Qualified:                                                   Monday, March 5, 2018
Panel Interviews:                                                                       Thursday, March 22, 2018

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

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) 
  • 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
  • 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.



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Lindsay Christopher, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
510-272-6393 |

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer