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Job Details

  • Job ID: 2879321
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : January 3, 2018

Job Description




Position Title:             Physical Therapist

Department:               ESY

Reports to:                 ESY Coordinator

FLSA Classification:   Non-Exempt

Approved by:             John F. Doherty, Ed. D.                                

Revision Date:           January 2017


SUMMARY: The Reading Public Schools is seeking a Physical Therapist for the Extended School Year program. ESY Dates: July 9 - August 9, 2018. Evaluates students to determine their functional levels, identify special needs, and recommend accommodations and services. Plans and implements therapeutic activities to assist special education students to benefit from their educational experiences. Works with classroom teachers to provide PT strategies for all students.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES: The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the type of work that is performed and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for by this position. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Schedules students for evaluation and treatment.
  • Administers, scores and interprets physical therapy assessments of children referred through the special education process or Teacher Support Team.
  • Evaluates students’ physical therapy needs and develops goals and objectives to be considered as part of the IEP / 504 process.
  • Implements therapy to meet IEP / 504 goals; program planning and management.
  • Delivers physical therapy services to children who have been identified through the TEAM or TST process with difficulties with some aspect of sensory, motor, visual-motor and/or perceptual functioning within the educational environment.
  • Develops and delivers services including self-help, functional mobility, environmental adaptations/adaptive equipment, positioning, motor functions, sensory processing, prevocational skills, and sensory diets to students in need.
  • Consults with classroom teacher and parents as deemed necessary.
  • Attends IEP meetings and other meetings as deemed necessary.
  • Establishes and maintains appropriate records, reports and procedures.
  • Provides written evaluations and progress reports on all students on caseload as needed.
  • Attends integrated therapy planning sessions as required.
  • Assists in the formulation of PT policies and procedures.
  • Orders PT equipment and schedules adaptations, fabrications and repair thereto.
  • Sets up, maintains and cleans equipment room areas and PT equipment


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Is not responsible for supervision of any employee.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. The Superintendent may waive or modify the qualification requirements. Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. 



  • Knowledge of special education procedures to maintain appropriate confidential records.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with students, staff and the school community.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form.
  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies. 


  • Bachelor’s degree 


  • Valid MA DOE licensure; valid MA licensure to practice PT.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, assessment data or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups including staff, parents, and the general public. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral communication.



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.



The employee must also often remain in a stationary position for considerable periods of time. The employee may be required to occasionally traverse throughout the school building. The employee must frequently use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and use hand strength to grasp tools. Frequently operates a computer and other office productivity machinery (i.e., a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer). The employee must be able to input information into a computer and as well as read material from a computer monitor as well as handwritten or printed matter with or without visual aids. The employee must be able to communicate effectively with students, staff members, and the general public in person and on the telephone.



The noise level in this environment is usually loud with phones ringing and all therapists working the same office area. The employee interacts with other staff and occasionally must meet multiple demands from several people.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories : Special Education > Physical Therapist
    Student Services > Physical Therapist
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Reading Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    It is unlawful in Massachusetts to require or administer a lie detector test as a condition of employment or continued employment. An employer who violates this law shall be subject to criminal penalties and civil liability.

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    Contact Information

    • Jennifer Bove , HR Admin
    • 82 Oakland Road
    • Reading, Massachusetts 01867

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