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Physical Rehabilitation Therapist

Ventura County, Healthcare Agency

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Ventura, California
Job Type
Per Diem
Employer Name
Ventura County, Healthcare Agency
$121,040.03 Annually
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Job Description

THE POSITION:  Under general supervision of the supervising therapist, the incumbent plans, organizes, and implements rehabilitation programs in treatment and/or community services.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:  The ideal candidate will possess exemplary customer service skills and will be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. They will also be skilled at time management, and will be willing to work with pediatric patients. Finally, they will be skilled at using critical thinking as they care for patients and interact with the public in order to provide the highest standard of care and service.

PAYROLL TITLE:  Rehabilitation Therapist - Per Diem Pool IV 

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Per Diem Pool classifications are distinguished from Regular classifications in that additional compensation is provided in lieu of full County benefits. Per Diem Pool assignments are scheduled flexibly or on an as-needed basis; therefore, incumbents are not guaranteed any specific number of work hours per biweekly pay period and may be called off if there is insufficient work to be performed during any assigned shift.  

EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE:  Some positions may be eligible for educational incentive. This incentive may be 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% for incumbents in eligible positions based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification.   Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.  

AGENCY/DEPARTMENT:  Health Care Agency – Public Health.

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term), Intermittent, and Extra-help vacancies for this position only. There is currently  one (1) Per Diem vacancy.
Rehabilitation Therapist IV is represented by the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) and is eligible for overtime compensation.
OPENING DATE:  November 10, 2022
CLOSING DATE:   Continuous 

November 21, 2022

Examples Of Duties

Duties performed are in accordance with the California licensure or certification standards and may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Establishes functional goals in collaboration with the client and caregiver based on the physical therapy evaluation;
  • Selects, applies, and modifies therapeutic interventions;
  • Upon physician referral, examines, evaluates, designs treatment plans to meet the physical and functional needs of clients;
  • Confers and coordinates with a multidisciplinary team including the physicians directing care to coordinate all client rehabilitation needs;
  • Provides patient and family education to assist in achievement of functional goals;
  • Maintains current and appropriate documentation;
  • Evaluates, recommends, and applies durable medical equipment, adaptive equipment, and splints based on the program eligible diagnosis;
  • Therapists hired for the California Children's Services - Medical Therapy program participate in the IEP process and represent the Medical Therapy Program;
  • Attends staff meetings, assigned clinics, and rounds as directed; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.

    FINAL FILING DATE:   This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested. Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.  
    To apply online, please refer to our web site at .  If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.
    Note to Applicants:   It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications.  A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.
    NOTE : If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible.  If interested, please click  here   (Download PDF reader)    
    SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – qualifying:   All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination at the time of filing. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire will result in the application being removed from consideration.
    APPLICATION EVALUATION – qualifying:   All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.
     A Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) is a structured evaluation of the job application materials submitted by a candidate, including the written responses to supplemental questions. The T&E is a method for determining the better qualified applicants among those shown to meet the stated requirements. Using a T&E, applicants may be scored or ranked according to criteria that most closely meet the business needs of the department. When the pool of candidates is exceptionally strong and large candidates are typically scored or ranked in relation to one another; consequently, some qualified candidates may receive a score or rank which is moderate or lower resulting in them not being advanced in the process.
    In a typical T&E, your training and experience are evaluated in relation to the background, experience and factors identified during a job analysis as needed at the time of hire for successful job performance. For this reason, it is recommended that your application clearly show your relevant background and specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is also highly recommended that the supplemental questions be completed with care and diligence. Applicants must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.
    If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, a Training and Experience Evaluation will not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list.
    Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.   
    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:   A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information, and driving record may be required for this position.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the exam process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.


A broad background consisting of education, training, and/or experience which would provide the knowledge and abilities to perform in the following area:
Physical Therapy
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of physical therapy or proof of equivalency, plus two (2) years of physical therapy experience OR successful completion of an internship program with the hiring department or an equivalent training program and one (1) year of experience as a physical therapist.


  • Possession of a current valid license as a Physical Therapist issued by the State of California OR must be eligible to apply for and obtain a valid California Physical Therapist license within the probationary period. Once obtained, a current valid California Physical Therapy License is a condition of continued employment.
  • Possession of a valid California driver license and proof of auto insurance may be required.
  • Possession of a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate by date of hire. Once obtained, it is a condition of continued employment.
  • Live scan fingerprinting may be required for some positions.
  • Must possess the physical ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.

This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders regarding vaccine verification and/or testing.  These requirements are a condition of employment.  Depending on assignment and work location(s), successful candidates or this position will be required to submit proof of vaccination and/or booster  against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of:

  • Therapeutic best practices as related to physical therapy evaluation, intervention, and home programing;
  • Sensory, social and physical development of children and the differences and needs of children with long term physical disabilities and their caretakers to assess and develop effective patient outcomes and patient management; and
  • Departmental processes and procedures and individualized education plans.

Comprehensive knowledge of: 

  • The principles of human anatomy and physiology.

Ability to: 

  • Administer various types of physical therapy treatment utilizing manual therapy techniques, exercise, equipment, etc.;
  • Establish effective relations with patients, physicians, and fellow workers, and departmental processes and procedures;
  • Communicate effectively and professionally both orally and in writing; and
  • Demonstrate exemplary customer services and implement services through a client centered care approach

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