Job Description

Extended School Year - Physical Therapist

Location: Sunset Canyon Elementary School

Per Diem

Temporary Timesheet

Start Date: 6/2/2023


Program Dates: 6/5/2023 - 6/29/2023

Purpose Statement

The job of the Physical Therapist is done for the purpose/s of assessing student’s functional sensory motor development level; planning and implementing appropriate treatment to meet individual student objectives; identifying architectural barriers; providing recommendations for accessibility, program development, training and follow-up.

Essential Functions

Assesses’ students gross motor skills and functional abilities (ie. balance, endurance, motor coordination, muscle strength, etc.) for the purpose of determining service eligibility and developing recommendations for treatment, appropriate assistive devices  and classroom modifications.

Collaborates with a variety of groups and/or individuals (ie. parents, teachers, physicians, special education team members, administration, maintenance personnel, other professionals, etc.) for the purpose of communicating information, resolving issues and providing services in compliance with established guidelines as indicated by Federal law, State guidelines and PVUSD policies.

Has time management and organizational skills that allow the therapist to create a schedule for providing services to students on their caseload at multiple campuses, complete required documentation and attend appropriate meetings for students on their caseload.

Consults with teachers, parents, special education team members, other personnel and/or outside professional for the purpose of providing requested information, developing plans for services, making recommendations and/or coordinating physical therapy services with those of other disciplines.

Develops IEP goals, interventions and/or educational materials for the purpose of addressing students’ gross motor deficits and ensuring compliance with guidelines.

Identifies structural issues for the purpose of removing barriers or modifying access for students with physical limitations and/or identifying appropriate assistive technology.

Instructs students and staff for the purpose of providing information on developmental and medical attributes, use of assistive devices and/or implementing plans for addressing functional limitations.

Interprets outside medical and outside therapy reports for the purpose of providing information as it relates to school based therapy.

Maintains files and/or records (ie. progress reports, attendance logs, evaluations, IEP’s, billing information, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of information as required for reference and/or compliance as related to IEP’s, MET’s, and DSC.

Participates in meetings, workshops, courses (ie. trainings, IEP’s, MET’s, team meetings, etc.) for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information.

Performs site visits during Community Based Instruction for the purpose of consulting regarding interventions and assistance as required.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Prepares a wide variety of written materials (correspondence, emails, developing goals, Medicaid billings, clinical notes, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference and/or conveying information.

Provides direct occupational therapy services for the purpose of developing students gross motor skills in compliance with established goals and objectives.

Researches resources and methods (ie. intervention and treatment techniques, assessment tools and methods, community resources, etc.) for the purpose of determining the appropriate approach for addressing students’ functional goals.

Responds to inquiries (ie. parents, staff, students) for the purpose of providing information and clarification regarding the referral process as related to TAT and SST.

Makes appropriate arrangements for movement/transportation of equipment that is on the property control list.

Job Requirements:  Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

SKILLS are required for using assessment instruments, operating equipment used within occupational therapy strategies, operating standard office equipment including using computer and pertinent computer software; preparing and maintaining accurate records, collaborating with team members.

KNOWLEDGE is required of age appropriate and functionally appropriate activities, good writing skills, health standards and hazards, safety practices and procedures, stages of child development; abnormal development and medical diagnoses related to special education; current OT treatment interventions and resources, pertinent codes, policies, regulations and/or laws.

ABILITY is required for adapting to changing work priorities, communicating with diverse groups, maintaining confidentiality, meeting deadlines and schedules; working as part of a team; working with detailed information/data; maintaining effective working relationships with all team members  (student, parents, school team), and infusing therapy information into meaningful, functional school-based activities.


Responsibilities include: working under direct supervision using standardized routines; providing information and/or advising others; utilization of some resources from other work units may be required to perform the job’s functions. There is a continual opportunity to have some impact on the organization’s services.

Work Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands; some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling. And significant fine finger dexterity.  Generally the job requires 60% sitting, 20% walking and 20% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.

Experience:   Job related experience is desired.

Education:    Masters Degree


RequiredTesting:                Certificates and Licenses:

                                     Physical Therapy License

Continuing Educ./ Training:        Clearances:

CPRCertified                         IVP Valid Fingerprint Card

FLSA Status - Exempt 

Paradise Valley Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), or Title II of the Genetic Information NonDiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) may contact the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

Primary Location: Sunset Canyon ES

Shift Type: Time Sheet

Job Contact Information
Name Barb Bear
Title Site Facilitator
Phone 602-449-2611

Applications will be accepted beginning
Friday, January 6, 2023 12:00 AM
(Mountain Standard Time)

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