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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 07/02/18

Applications Due07/17/18

Vacancy ID54825

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleChief Physical Therapist

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade23

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $73284 to $92693 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 40


From 8 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Onondaga

Street Address 187 Northern Concourse

City North Syracuse


Zip Code13212

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Currently reachable on the Civil Service canvass list for Chief Physical Therapist, or eligible for 70.1 transfer into the Chief Physical Therapist title.
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. Contact Joyce Flynn at 315-473-2955 for questions regarding the position


As Chief Physical Therapist, the selected candidate will:
Administer a large physical therapy program for individuals diagnosed with a wide variety of developmental
disabilities. Develop PT related policies, procedures & best practices; act as a consultant to interdisciplinary
treatment teams, as well as voluntary agencies on PT-related issues; organize professional training and
education programs for PT staff; and evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapy treatment programs. In
addition, you will interact with various departments, including Plant Services, to provide input on accessible
design for state operated sites, and the Business Office to facilitate procurement of durable medical equipment.
You will also provide Administrative input & oversight to the Agency’s Adaptive Equipment Shop.


As Chief Physical Therapist, the selected candidate will:
• Coordinate Physical Therapy Services for the 8-county area in CNY DDSOO
• Be responsible for recruitment, training and retention of PT staff
• In concert with the Head Physical Therapist, provide administrative/clinical oversight and supervision to agency Physical Therapy staff.
• Provide administrative oversight to the Rome & Syracuse Adaptive Equipment Shops.
• In concert with the Head Physical Therapist, develop PT-related policies, procedures and best practices.
• In concert with the Head Physical Therapist, work with other Disciplines and Staff to develop and maintain coordinated clinical policies, procedures and services including, but not limited to Wound Care, Wheelchair Transportation, Clinical use of Heat & Cold, Chest PT, Use of equipment for health & safety, etc.
• In concert with the Head Physical Therapist, coordinate training and continuing education opportunities for PT Staff
• Serve as Co-Chair of CNY DDSOO’s Safe Patient Handling (SPH) Committee and coordinate all SPH Meetings, Trainings and Programs, Policy, Procedures, Data Analysis, etc.
• Coordinate CNY DDSOO’s Fall Prevention Committee & Program
• Actively work with Residential Treatment Teams, PSES (Plant Services), Business Office, and other Departments as needed to provide clinical input for all renovations, environmental modifications, and new space development in State Operated sites to ensure design & function that will best meet needs of individuals & staff
• Clinically Coordinate CNY DDSOO’s purchase, training, maintenance and use of all Durable Medical Equipment (DME) including, but not limited to Ceiling Tracking Systems & other Patient Lifts, Whirlpool Tubs, Hospital Beds, and all other DME required for the function and safety of Individuals and Staff
• Actively work with Business Office on DME-related contract and procurement issues
• Assist with Investigations on PT-related issues such as falls, SPH incidents, etc. as delegated
• Actively work with Placement Coordinator to provide significant clinical input on accessibility-related issues as they relate to placement of individuals
• Assist in Coordinating Statewide OT & PT Heads/Chiefs Community of Practice
• Assist in development of and updating Statewide Safe Patient Handling Curriculum for OPWDD
• Be part of the CNY DDSOO Administrator-0n-Duty “on-call” system.

• Ability to positively interact with, and be a resource to interdisciplinary treatment teams, relating to professional, para-professional and direct care staff.
• Ability to communicate in a thorough, concise, accurate and professional manner both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to work with other Clinical Disciplines to develop coordinated Policies, Procedures & Best Practices
• Supervisory Experience
• Training/public speaking experience.
• Possess an acceptable time and attendance record as specified in the time and attendance policy.
• Possess an acceptable work record (E-File)

Submit PRF-1 and or cover letter and résumé by 07/17/18, to:

Central New York DDSO
Human Resources
187 Northern Concourse
Syracuse NY 13202
Fax: 315-473-6658

Please reference the above Employment Opportunity Announcement (EOA) # in all correspondence.
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 that he or she needs a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Central Office at (518) 402-7644 or Email at to obtain information and RA forms.
Please reference the above Employment Opportunity Announcement (EOA) # in all correspondence.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness: If you are employed by state government you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments have been made under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. For more information regarding PSLF please visit

Please note:
• 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.
• All OPWDD employees must be eligible and maintain eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Continued employment will depend on maintaining eligibility.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Human Resource

Telephone 315-473-6980

Fax 315-473-6658

Email Address


Street 187 Northern Concourse

City North Syracuse

State NY

Zip Code 13212


Notes on ApplyingSubmit PRF-1 and or cover letter and résumé by 07/17/18

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