Job Description

Job Number:2016-1243

Physical Therapist
ERAC-Special Services

FTE: 1.000
Hours Per Day: 7.00
Position Type: Continuing

Start Time:
End Time:

Salary: $43,135.00 - $82,802.00

Closing Date: Open Until Filled - To be considered for this position, please submit a
completed online application and upload required documents on or before
this date.

Additional Information: 1.0 Physical Therapist



: Exempt

SUMMARY: The position of Physical Therapist is responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting physical

therapy programs to facilitate development and rehabilitation of mentally, physically, or emotionally

challenged students. The Physical Therapist is often required to travel between two or more work sites during

a single work day.

CONTEXT AND MISSION: Highline Public Schools serves approximately 19,000 students in the communities of

Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, Boulevard Park and White Center Heights in Washington State.

Starting in the fall of 2012, the Highline community came together to develop a four-year strategic plan

outlining the community’s bold goals and big dreams for its children. The plan’s promise is that every student

in Highline Public Schools is known by name, strength, and need, and graduates prepared for college, career,

and citizenship.

The collective commitment embodied in the plan is grounded in the community’s deep belief that Highline

students are capable of reaching the plan’s ambitious goals and is driven by students’ aspirations for their


The instructional vision articulated in the plan is organized around Four Pillars that guide professional and

organizational practices:

- Equitable access to rigorous, standards-based instruction. High-quality instruction for all students.

- Results-focused professional learning and collaboration. Investing in our people so they continuously fine-
tune their craft and grow in their profession.

- Strong partnerships with families and community. Schools can’t do it alone. We are better when students,
families, community and educators work hand-in-hand.

- A culturally responsive organization. Our diversity is a strength and an asset. We are committed to equity,
excellent service for all, and continuous improvement.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not

exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also

be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the

essential functions.

Identification, Evaluation, and Planning:
- Evaluates the student physical, motor, mobility skills and the classroom/school environment to identify

performance deficits that interfere with student development, learning, and access to education and
the school environment. The physical therapist utilizes a variety of standardized motor assessments,
functional assessments, skilled clinical observations; histories; and interviews.

- Synthesizes evaluation results into a comprehensive written report which reflects strengths and
barriers to student participation in the educational environment and identifies need for physical
therapy services.

- Participates in multidisciplinary meetings to review evaluation results, integrate findings with other
disciplines, and develop recommendations.


Planning, Service Delivery:
- Develops and implements physical therapy intervention plans that include a variety of service delivery

models: direct service, collaboration or shared goals/objectives with classroom staff, and
consultation/problems solving.

- Coordinates services with the IEP team, including parent.
- Identifies, adapts and modifies equipment.
- Supervises licensed physical therapy assistant in the implementation of physical therapy services.
- Inservice to classroom teachers and paraprofessionals to embed intervention techniques in the

classroom and support generalization of student skills.
Other Functions

- Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective
functioning of the work unit and supporting student learning objectives.

Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited physical therapy program
Washington State Physical Therapy License
Washington State ESA Certificate - Physical Therapist

Master’s degree or Doctorate in Physical Therapy from an accredited physical therapy program

Criminal background clearance
Valid WA State driver’s license and proof of insurance
Post-hire, pre-employment physical assessment

Principles and practices of physical therapy
Classroom management
Current trends and practices in education
Instructional theory and its application
Techniques to motivate student learning
Organizing the physical and human elements in the educational setting
Principles and methods of teaching
School Board policies and procedures

Communicate effectively verbally and in writing
Operate a microcomputer and related software
Maintain effective working relationships with other people
Function effectively and cooperatively within the educational environment
Demonstrate understanding of and experience with cultural competence
Work effectively with disabled children, special education administrators, principals, teachers, aides, outside
agencies, parents, and community members
Train and supervise classified staff
Clearly articulate solution related ideas and alternatives
Remain flexible to changes in assignments or situations
Organize activities, set priorities, and follow instructions
Document and meet responsibilities in a punctual and reliable manner
Comply with district board policies

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Director of Special Services


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by
an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is constantly required to bend neck and back, use hands
for repetitive grasping and pushing/pulling. The employee will frequently stand/walk, squat, and use hands for
fine manipulation. The employee will occasionally be required to sit, kneel, reach overhead, crawl, knee stand,
climb stairs and lift& carry. The employee is required to constantly lift/carry up to 10 lbs and frequently will
lift/carry a maximum up to 20 lbs. The employee will occasionally lift/carry a maximum of 57 lbs. This position
requires pushing or pulling a maximum force of 30 lbs. Anything over the weight limits should be done as a
two-person lift or with a mechanical lift.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an
employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may
be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and regularly works
near video display. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is required to
properly wear any personal protection equipment supplied by the District.

Transferred to new format by Human Resources, 2013.12.12
Revised by H.R. with input from Special Services, 2013/04
Updated format, 2011/06
Created by Human Resources, 1995

Job descriptions are written as a representative list of the ADA essential duties performed by the entire classification. They cannot include, and are not

intended to include, every possible activity and task performed by every specific employee.

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