Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
For appointment to the Senior Physical Therapist title, you must be licensed and currently registered to practice as an Physical Therapist in New York State AND have one year of post licensure Physical therapy experience.
• If you are currently a New York State employee serving in a permanent competitive qualifying title and eligible for a transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law, you may be appointed to this title as a permanent competitive employee.
Important note: the candidate selected to this position is advised that it will be their responsibility to discuss any previously approved time off with their new supervisor. There is no guarantee the new unit will be able to honor previously approved time.
Duties Description POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Senior Physical Therapist works under the general direction of a higher-level, licensed physical therapist or clinician, independently providing a variety of physical therapy treatment services to individuals with severe or acute physical disabilities. The Senior Physical Therapist may also provide clinical supervision and training to Physical Therapy Assistants and less experienced Physical Therapists.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Implement and execute established patient treatment plans such as guiding and instructing individuals on physical therapy interventions and the use of assistive devices, including exercises and other therapeutic activities such as teaching patients exercises for mobility, strength, balance, and gait coordination directed at restoring specific body and ambulation functions.
• Observe and report upon individuals progress, responses, and behaviors and recommend modifications to clinical treatment plans based on their observations.
• Communicate with referring physicians, nurses, service coordinators, and other members of the individual's treatment team.
• Maintain treatment records and documentation in accordance with program standards and requirements.
• Assemble, clean, and maintain physical therapy equipment for individuals' use.
• Coordinate physical therapy activities with other health care providers as deemed necessary.
• Monitor physical therapy supply inventories.
• Schedule individuals' appointments and procedures.
• Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.
• Perform Physical Therapy Assessments for approx. 30 - 40 individuals as needed. The assessments will be in response to changes in/loss of function due to falls, fractures & other injuries, wounds, surgeries & hospitalizations, Safe Patient Handling (SPH) issues, Bed Safety issues, aging, neurological conditions, orthopedic conditions, other general medical conditions requiring PT services and environmental barriers/issues.
• Based on Assessment findings, provide written recommendations, justifications &/or consults with the Treatment Team in all the above listed areas as needed and including any necessary Durable Medical Equipment justifications. This also will help to generate revenue through insurance reimbursement for physical therapy services and procurement of DME.
• Documents using an agency based EHR system and per all regulatory requirements.
Additional Comments TITLE: Senior Physical Therapist
FTE: .5 / 20 hours per week*
*Annual Salary below will be prorated to reflect part-time status
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: One
SALARY GRADE: Grade 18
SALARY: $67,608 – $84,748*
* Posted Hiring Salary includes the sum of the statutory hiring rate for Sr Physical Therapist
Grade 18 ($63,108) and Geographic Differential ($4,500). Geographic Differential added to the
job rate ($80,248) for Sr Physical Therapist PS&T Grade 18.
NEGOTIATING UNIT: Professional, Scientific & Technical (PS&T)
OFFICE/REGION: State Operations Region 2
DIVISION/DEPARTMENT: Central New York DDSOO
LOCATION: Gateway Park Dr.
N Syracuse, NY 13212
SHIFT/PASS DAYS: 8am - 12pm Monday - Friday
Pass Days: Saturday & Sunday
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
Notes on ApplyingAPPLICATION PROCEDURE: Internal CNY DDSO candidates submit PRF-1 form with cover letter/resume. All others submit cover letter and resume by 12/14/2023 to:
Central New York DDSO
Attn: Human Resources
187 Northern Concourse
N Syracuse, NY 13212
Please reference the above EOA # 23-349 in all correspondence.
Any questions regarding the duties of this position may be directed to Joseph Scalise, Chief PT, 315-339-6536 ext. 3319.
OPWDD is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion. We believe that we are most effective in managing and improving our service system with a diverse team of employees. With such a large workforce, we rely on the collective individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, ideas, and talent that our employees bring to their work. This speaks to our culture and is a key part of our successes. As we continuously recruit people for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that applicants bring in terms of their education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and beliefs.
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Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes they need a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office (518) 473-4785 or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain information and RA forms.
NYS offers Incredible Benefits!
• Savings programs such as the U.S. Savings Bond and the College Savings Plan.
• Voluntary pre-tax savings programs such as Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account offer employees options to pay for uncovered health care expenses or dependent care expenses.
• Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) an assessment and referral service that connects employees with local service providers and support services to address their personal needs.
• Life insurance and Disability insurance.
• The New York State Deferred Compensation Plan is a voluntary retirement plan that offers employees the option to invest a part of their salaries for retirement on a tax-deferred basis.
• Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.
Paid Holidays and Leave
• Thirteen (13) paid holidays each year.
• Thirteen (13) days of paid vacation leave initially.
• Five (5) days paid personal leave each year.
• Thirteen (13) days of paid sick leave each year (PEF/CSEA), which may carry over from year to year.
• Up to three (3) days professional leave each year to participate in professional development events.
Health Care Coverage
• Employees and their eligible dependents can choose from a variety of affordable health insurance programs. Employees are provided family dental and vision plans at no extra cost.
• Participate in The NYS Employees’ Retirement System (ERS), which is recognized as one of the best-managed and best-funded public retirement systems in the nation.
Professional Development and Education and Training
• NYS offers training programs and tuition assistance to eligible employees to maintain and increase their professional skills and prepare them for promotional opportunities. For more information, please visit https://goer.ny.gov/training-and-professional-development.
• Additionally, the Public Service Workshops Program (PSWP) offers certain professional training opportunities for PEF represented and M/C designated employees that may grant continuing education credits towards maintaining professional licensure. For more information, please visit https://oer.ny.gov/public-service-workshops-program-pswp.
• For CSEA positions: Local Bidding Agreements will be honored.
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer