Grand Rapids Public Schools is seeking qualified applicants for the following position(s):
Location: Sigsbee Park Building
Additional Information: Position Title: Physical Therapist
Employee Unit: GREA
Pay Rate: $42,000
Calendar: 38 Weeks or per Contract
GRPS Mission: Our mission is to ensure that all students are educated, self-directed and productive members of society.
Job Summary: The Physical Therapist (PT) is responsible for planning instruction and adaption of the general/special education curriculum to accommodate students in the learning process related to transfers, physical environment, adaptive equipment and gross motor skills and development. The PT will function as the case manager for some students with individualized education programs (IEPs) and oversees their compliance. PT services in the school are solely to support the educational process and the provision of therapy is based on the impact the disability has on educational performance rather than on the disability itself. School based physical therapy does not include the identification of medical problems, the prescribing of treatment or the provision of medical treatment. It is the expectation that each duty will be performed effectively throughout the school year.
Essential Job Functions: Essential functions, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the duties, knowledge and skills outlined in this job description. This list is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by employees in this position. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Develop timely and compliant IEPís for eligible students based on evaluation data and research based practices.
- Support student learning in the least restrictive environment.
- Evaluate students for initial and ongoing special education eligibility and functional performance in the school environment and provide supports to maximize success and access in the school environment (ie seating/positioning, lifts, fire escape plans)
- Provide direct and indirect service to students with IEPís/IFSPís using a continuum of service delivery options and provide monitoring for maintenance of skills
- Document using an electronic log and share student progress on goals and objectives, accommodations, service time
- Collaborate with and provide support to all service providers, general education teachers, categorical teachers other staff and any outside agencies to support and provide documentation for the review of existing evaluation data (REED) process
- Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of individual studentís progress per the districtís Academic Plan
- Maintain consistent, positive contact with parents via phone calls, email and/or home visits including communicating student progress
- Participate in building level meetings as directed by the building principal, special education meetings as directed by the special education supervisor and collaborate with all staff involved with the students using a formal teaming process with an agenda, defined roles, minutes and specified next steps
- Provide training to students, staff and families in areas such as transfers (i.e. use of lifts, transportation accessibility,) management of the physical environment (i.e. lockers, restroom, playground, ) adaptive equipment (i.e. seating modifications, prosthetic issues) and gross motor skills and development
- Participate in Student Success Team as appropriate per building principal and/or special education supervisor by completing requested screenings, suggesting appropriate instructional strategies and provide follow-up consultation and documentation
- Participate in implementation of positive behavior support (PBIS) building initiatives
- Comply with timelines, laws, and regulations as it relates to district, state, and federal policies and procedures
- Integrate technology use for student progress
- Log and maintain monthly Medicaid reports
- Other duties as assigned by special education supervisor and building administration
- Comply with Master Agreement between the GRPS Board of Education and the GREA
- Fulfill district and state professional development requirements
Required Qualifications: - Licensed by Michigan Department of Community Health Board of Physical Therapy
- Master degree in Physical Therapy and grandfathered in or a doctorate in Physical Therapy
- Must be knowledgeable of Common Core State Standards and strategies to meet the academic, developmental, and functional needs of students
- Competency in the administration and interpretation of physical therapy assessment
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, peers, parents, and community
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely (oral and written)
- Understanding of and willingness to provide PT services within the context of ďfree appropriate public educationĒ in the least restrictive environment rather than a rehabilitation or medical model
Additional Requirements: - Regular and on-time attendance is required.
- Demonstrated ability to work in an economically, culturally and racially diverse environment.
- Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload.
- Demonstrated understanding of current research related to effective school based physical therapy
ADA Requirements: The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk, hear (in a quiet or noisy environment), taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust/focus.
Work Environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually loud to moderate. Work is performed indoors although there will be required outdoor activities. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of students.
Mental Functions: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to compare, analyze, communicate both orally and in writing in the English language, copy, coordinate, instruct, compute, synthesize, evaluate, use interpersonal skills, compile and negotiate.
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