State of Massachusetts Physical Therapist II in Springfield, Massachusetts

This position is based out of the Central/West Regional Office, located at 140 High Street, Springfield, MA.

/Travel is required throughout the Central/West Region, as needed./

Shift: Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Days Off: Sunday/Saturday

/ Flexibility required to meet the needs of the Central/West Region. /

The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.

The Physical Therapist II is an excellent opportunity for experienced professionals in this field to make a significant difference in the lives of the individuals who are supported by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). This position functions as a member of a multi-discipline clinical support team by providing direct services to address the physical therapy needs of the individuals supported by the DDS State-Operated Community programs in the Central/West Region. This position will also provide consultative services for the individuals supported through the Central/West Area Offices.

The Physical Therapist II provides comprehensive physical therapy evaluations, direct diagnostic and treatment services, and recommendations for individuals with complex and unique needs. In addition, this position provides education and training in physical therapy services to individuals, staff and families to support implementation of guidelines and treatment plans, as well as monitors, evaluates, and documents outcomes. The Physical Therapist II functions mostly in the consultative model providing assessments, treatment recommendations and training in conjunction with other clinicians of the Clinical Support Team.

The Physical Therapist II will be responsible for planning, developing, and administering varied physical therapy services that support individuals’ needs in various settings including worksites, day programs, residences or other sites. The Physical Therapist II will evaluate and assess individual needs by administering tests, measurements and evaluations using standardized or recommended procedures to establish or revise specifics of individual treatment. The incumbent of this position will recommend, procure, modify and monitor adapted equipment, seating systems, and environmental adaptations in consultation with the DDS/Assistive technology Center personnel, commercial vendors, other clinicians, service coordinators, agency staff, family members and residential or day program staff as appropriate. The Physical Therapist will be required to submit the necessary paperwork/documentation to obtain approval/funding for adaptive equipment. The Physical Therapist II will provide physical therapy consultation to agency and community staff, professional disciplines, family members, home/day programs and worksites through observation, training sessions, conferences, consultation and reports to address individual needs and mobilize physical therapy resources. The Physical Therapist II will provide or arrange in-service training for professional and ancillary staff in treatment approaches and interventions for individuals with physical therapy needs. The Physical Therapist II will be responsible for maintaining knowledge and proficiency of professional practice through participation in conferences, seminars, review of literature and workshops to ensure provision of quality services, as well as meeting continuing education requirements to maintain licensure. This position will provide staff trainings in the areas of body mechanics, transfers, positioning, handling techniques, use and maintenance of adaptive equipment including wheelchairs, follow-up evaluation recommendations, and other areas as needed to assist other clinical staff in trainings.

The Physical Therapist II will report routinely on the status of physical therapy needs through formal and informal meetings to maintain and improve all aspects of service delivery. The incumbent will need to demonstrate appropriate communication skills through effective communication with individuals, staff and peers to establish effective working relationships.

Pre-Offer Process:

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended

candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit:

http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dds/fingerprint-background-checks.html

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Human Resources Customer Service line at 800-627-7730.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a physical therapist.

Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Physical Therapist license issued by the Massachusetts Division of Licensure Board of Allied Health Professionals in accordance with Chapter 667 of the Acts of 1982.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Department of Developmental Services

Title: Physical Therapist II

Location: Massachusetts-Springfield - 140 High St

Requisition ID: 180005U1