Pay Grade: 27 



This is professional and supervisory work planning, coordinating, and evaluating all aspects of a physical therapy department.

Work involves the application of advanced skills in physical therapy in support of pre-determined medical needs and responsibility for directing the services of a physical therapy department.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - Level D: "Under general direction…" Employees at this level are usually in charge of a large and important organizational unit.  They plan and carry out assignments with little supervision. They report regularly to a superior, usually by means of occasional conferences, to discuss work progress or new problems which require advice from above. This designation will pertain to classes with a high order of independence.

Difficulty - LEVEL C: Considerable… Duties which require a high degree of concentration because of the many factors which must be considered and weighed before a decision can be reached. Usually positions that require planning, developing, and coordinating programs and directing fairly large groups of people fall into this category.

Complexity - LEVEL C: Work is of a standardized nature that may involve a variety of duties. Analytical thought becomes more important at this level due to increased data and changing situations. Tasks usually have several steps, some of which may not be directly related. Alternatives may exist for processes or methods to be used in solving problems. Workers at this level exercise a moderate amount of independent judgment. Work is controlled by routine review and reporting to or consultation with supervisors. When guidelines exist at this level, they tend to be more complicated or technical in nature requiring careful interpretation.

Consequence of Actions or Decisions - LEVEL D: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are significant as the work may be rarely if ever reviewed, making errors difficult to detect. Errors may cause major program failure or a high degree of confusion. Injuries to others due to errors are serious or incapacitating or both and costs due to errors are substantial.

Contacts - LEVEL D: The purpose of the contact is to justify, defend, negotiate, persuade or interrogate to settle matters, maintain good will, gain cooperation or reach compromises when the information is controversial or the individuals or groups have strong differences of opinions or diverse viewpoints. Extensive use of communication techniques and well developed communication skills are required for dealing with others.

Physical Demands - LEVEL D: The work requires considerable physical exertion.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL C: The work environment involves hazards, risks or discomforts typical of working with or around machinery with exposed moving parts, irritant chemicals, heavy equipment or abusive or hostile clientele and patients. Exposure to disagreeable weather conditions and extreme levels of temperature, ventilation, lighting and sound are normal. Protective clothing or gear and specific safety standards or procedures may be required. Serious injury is possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL D: Involves administrative supervision responsibility. As a "first line supervisor", the primary responsibility involves scheduling, supervising and evaluating employees who perform the same or similar work. Responsible for recommending hiring and disciplinary actions to a higher level of authority. As a "project manager" may direct the activities of project leaders to develop plans and criteria and to evaluate progress and results for one or more projects.

Distinguishing Features

Differs from the Therapy Service Supervisor class which directs all aspects of a program providing a variety of specialized therapeutic services.

Differs from the Physical Therapist I class which works under direction in an established program and involves the application of generally standardized procedures.


Plans, assigns, and reviews the work of physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, aides, volunteers, and/or students.

Evaluates patients according to physician's referrals to determine appropriate therapy treatment to correct or limit the disabling effects of an orthopedic or neurological condition.

Administers treatments in a training program to instruct therapy assistants, therapy aides, other designated staff members, and/or affiliate students.

Coordinates an affiliate program to meet the requirements for students in an approved physical therapy program, documents their participation, and reports their progress to the instructional institution.

Develops and implements policies and procedures; compiles written and statistical reports on treatments administered; audits patient records as required by accreditation and hospital standards; recommends departmental expenditures; orders supplies.

Coordinates and/or directs a wheelchair modification program to design wheelchair padding or special designs to meet the orthopedic needs of residents.

Plans and provides orientation and in-service training as needed by the facility.



*Knowledge of human growth and development.

*Knowledge of physical therapy principles, techniques, and equipment.

*Knowledge of the care and operation of physical therapy equipment.

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of supervision.


*Ability to evaluate the condition of patients in relation to physical therapy and to establish an appropriate treatment program.

*Ability to direct the services of a physical therapy department.

*Ability to coordinate and administer an approved affiliate program for students of physical therapy.

*Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and patients.

*Ability to maintain accurate records and reports of patient treatment and progress.

*Necessary at Entry


Registration/temporary permit to practice as a physical therapist in Kansas and independent work experience in physical therapy.


Registration as an physical therapist with the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, or permission to practice physical therapy in the State of Kansas granted by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.

NC:   12/87
REV: 12/95
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REV: 09/03