Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$41.19 - $51.49 Hourly
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Extra Help
San Mateo Medical Center
Job Number

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on December 5, 2018 to extend the Final Filing Date.  This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

Through growth and change, San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) remains committed to providing quality medical care to meet the health needs of the community. Our commitment is to provide quality patient centered care with a compassionate touch.

SMMC is an integrated delivery system of healthcare focused on the needs of the underserved, within a County system of care, and has been providing healthcare to our community and surrounding service area since 1930.  We also serve as a key provider within the Health Plan of San Mateo's (HPSM) public/private network.  Our integrated delivery system includes a fully accredited acute care hospital, specialty services, ancillary services, emergency services, and psychiatric services.

SMMC is currently seeking an extra help, part-time (0.6 FTE) Physical Therapist to be responsible for patient assessment, education and treatment in both outpatient and inpatient settings.  Physical Therapists manage patients with a wide range of diagnoses, chronic and acute, and are part of a dynamic treatment team.  In addition, Physical Therapists identify patient challenges and develop goals and a care plan with reasonable outcomes for the individual's life/work settings.  Daily opportunities are created in this assignment through the variety of illnesses/injuries seen in our patient population. Physical Therapists may occasionally be assigned to work on weekends.

Physical Therapists work at SMMC as part of a County rehabilitation program, which provides evaluation, education and treatment.  The therapeutic program at SMMC is oriented toward inpatients and outpatients with acute and chronic problems while providing therapy to inpatients with a need for long or short-term rehabilitation. 

The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of one year of work or internship experience providing a full spectrum of rehabilitation services in inpatient, acute care, outpatient, psychiatric, and/or skilled nursing setting(s). Fluency in Spanish is also preferred. New or recent graduates may apply.  

NOTE: This is an extra-help, at-will assignment, paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra help employees are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the assignment.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Under medical direction, plan and perform physical therapy for a variety of patients.
  • Collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team to provide comprehensive treatment to patients.
  • Provide therapeutic activities to promote independence in daily living activities.
  • Plan, organize and participate in physical therapy activities.
  • Instruct patients in the use of therapeutic tools and equipment.
  • Provide ongoing assessment and documentation of the patient's response to treatment in accordance with hospital standards.
  • Participate in discharge planning and refer parents to community services.
  • Determine need for department and patient-related supplies and equipment.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of treatment areas.
  • May participate as clinical preceptor in a university affiliated physical therapy student program.
  • Be able to work occasional weekends.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Note: The level and scope of the knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Distinguishing Characteristics.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and methods of physical therapy, as applicable to all types of cases found in a general hospital providing acute care or in a rehabilitative center.
  • Physical and psychological problems of physically disabled, aged, gero-psychiatric and chronically ill patients.
  • Use and care of therapeutic tools and equipment commonly used in physical therapy.
  • Professional ethics and the fundamental laws of practice for physical therapy.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Administer and document physical therapy treatments.
  • Assess patient needs, analyze situations accurately and implement an effective plan of action.
  • Adapt equipment to patient needs.
  • Integrate physical therapy services with other medical and institutional programs.
  • Develop new programs in response to patient/department need.
  • Explain and teach physical therapy activities to patients, health care professionals and other interested persons.
  • Exercise tact and good judgment in dealing with patients, staff and the public.
  • Prepare reports and keep records of case histories.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Act as a consultant/trainer for educational and other staff.
  • Provide suitable transportation between work sites.
  • Lift or assist with lifting patients and equipment.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is one year of supervised experience in physical therapy.

  • Eligibility for or registration as a Physical Therapist by the State Board of Medical Examiners. Failure to obtain this licensure within twelve months of employment may result in termination.
  • Possession of a Certificate of completion for a course in Basic Life Support as approved by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association; or must be obtained within six months of appointment.


This is an extra-help recruitment. Anyone may apply. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Final Filing Deadline: TBD

The County of San Mateo is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Personnel Analyst:  Wendy Young (11212018) (Physical Therapist II - F172)

Keywords: SMMC, Therapist, Therapeutic Program

Application Instructions

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