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Senior Speech Pathologist (SPEECH PATHOLOGIST SR EX)

University of California- Davis Health
vision insurance, parental leave, paid time off, paid holidays, sick time, long term disability, tuition reimbursement
United States, California, Sacramento
February 16, 2024

This position shall provide evaluative, diagnostic, and treatment procedures for pediatric though geriatric patients for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. This position requires a depth of theoretic and applied knowledge for diagnosing and treating patients with augmentative communication needs, developmental speech and language disorders, acquired cognitive and language disorders, fluency, pediatric feeding, dysphagia, aphasia, apraxia and dysarthria. The senior speech position requires advanced knowledge and a minimum of two year's experience treating patients with the disorders listed above.

In addition, the senior speech pathologist will have a defined area of specialization (e.g. swallowing disorders, aphasia, pediatric feeding, etc.) and will assume the role of providing ongoing training to staff in addition to providing resources and updates on current research pertinent to the area of specialization.

This position functions autonomously, providing teaching and consultation with other departments, physician and therapy specialists within UCDMC, educational specialists as well as other community agencies/service providers. Requires coordination with primary care/service providers and management of insurance authorizations.

Apply By February 26, 2024 at 11:59pm

Minimum Qualifications

  • California Licensed Speech Pathologist
  • Must possess a master's degree in Speech Pathology, license through the Speech Pathology Examining Committee and Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech, Language and Hearing Associate once hired
  • Two (2) years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience providing direct clinical care to a range of complex patients with competency treating patients in outpatient settings.
  • Experience evaluating and diagnosing disorders of cognition, speech, voice, fluency, language, and dysphagia including scoring and interpretation of results.
  • Experience extracting pertinent information to relate to patient and/or family members.
  • Experience knowing how patients should be responding to treatment, average length of stay in treatment, recognition of appropriate versus inappropriate treatment for each patient.
  • Experience establishing programs based on testing results appropriate for each patient.
  • Experience recognizing the need for program modification.
  • Experience extracting pertinent behaviors and incorporating these into daily written progress notes.
  • Experience with home programs and organization into individual programs for family implementation.
  • Experience reporting to referring physician regarding patient diagnosis, skills and prognosis using appropriate terminology and information.
  • Experience extracting pertinent information to relate to family members, be empathetic and supportive.
  • Experience maintaining patient records and process necessary billing forms and treatment authorizations in prompt, accurate manner.
  • Experience maintaining accurate schedules and personal workload accounts.
  • Experience providing instruction and supervision, as required, for student interns and medical students
  • Advanced knowledge in area of specialization (e.g., swallowing disorders, aphasia, pediatric feeding, etc.)
  • Advanced knowledge of current therapeutic and evaluative instruments especially as pertains to area of specialty.
  • Thorough knowledge of appropriate assessment instruments, test administration procedures, scoring, and interpretation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of need for program modification based upon a patient's performance.
  • Knowledge of various home programs and community resources to provide to patients.

Department Description

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's primary purpose is to provide a full range of rehabilitation services designed to restore patients to their optimal functional capacity.

Position Information

  • Salary or Pay Range: $3,977.99 - $5,249.37
  • Salary Frequency: Biweekly
  • Salary Grade: 166
  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Appointment Type: Career
  • Percentage of Time: 100%
  • Shift Hours: 8 hours
  • Location: Point West Clinic
  • Union Representation: Yes
  • Benefits Eligible: Yes
  • Hybrid/Remote/On-Site: On-Site


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  • High quality and low-cost medical plans to choose from to fit your family's needs
  • UC pays for Dental and Vision insurance premiums for you and your family
  • Extensive leave benefits including Pregnancy and Parental Leave, Family & Medical Leave
  • Paid Holidays annually as stipulated in the UC Davis Health Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Paid Time Off/Vacation/Sick Time as stipulated in the UC Davis Health Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Paid time off for professional development as stipulated in the UC Davis Health Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Continuing Education (CE) allowance and Education Reimbursement Program as stipulated in the UC Davis Health Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Access to free professional development courses and learning opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • WorkLife and Wellness programs and resources
  • On-site Employee Assistance Program including access to free mental health services
  • Supplemental insurance offered including additional life, short/long term disability, pet insurance and legal coverage
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL) Qualified Employer & Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program for qualified roles
  • Retirement benefit options for eligible roles including Pension and other Retirement Saving Plans. More information on our retirement benefits can be found
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Special Requirements

  • This position is a critical position and subject to a background check and drug screen. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history, identity checks and drug screen.
  • As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California , as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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