Physical Therapist




Physical Therapist

Job Description


Purpose:               A physical therapist evaluates students with motor and/or sensory disabilities in addition toplanning and implementing interventions so that these students may access the educational curriculum in the least restrictive environment. 


Responsible to:       Director- Assistant Director and Coordinators

Salary:                       Annual Contract

Date:                         March 2015




  1. Graduate of an eccredited physical therapy program with entry-level credentials in physical therapy.
  2. Current licensure to practice physical therapy issued by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.
  3. Knowledge of pediatric conditions and pediatric physical therapy.
  4. Knowledge of and compliance with Kansas special education regulations and the procedures used in ANW Education Cooperative.
  5. A demonstrated commitment to career development and life-long learning.


Essential Functions:  Knowlege- Skill and Abilities


  1. Evaluate and plan for physical therapy intervention required in the school setting. 
  2. Assist students in gaining functional independence so that they can more completely benefit from the educational environment.
  3. Establish a positive learning environment and respond to the individual needs of students.
  4. Ensure that all activities conform to ANW Coop guidelines.
  5. Communicate effectively with all members of the school district and community.
  6. Work effectively with community organizations.
  7. Appropriately operate all equipment as required.
  8. React to change productively and handle other tasks as assigned.
  9. Support the value of an education.
  10. Support the philosophy and mission of the ANW Coop.
  11. Comply with all ANW Coop policies- rules and regulations.

Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:

Requires the ability to sit and/or stand for prolonged periods.

Occasionally requires move- lift- carry- pull or push medium to heavy work objects or materials. Medium work is defined as exerting 20 to 50 pounds up to heavy work which is defined as exerting 50 to 100 pounds.

Requires the ability to drive between schools in the district.

Occasionally requires the ability to stoop- bend and reach.

Requires extensive use of hands.

Requires the ability to occasionally travel.

Must be able to work in noisy crowded environments.

Requires regular attendance and/or physical presence at the job. 



General Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in the early recognition and prevention of educational concerns.
  2. Assess identifies students to determine whether there is an educationally significant need for physical therapy.
  3. Participate as a team member in the comprehensive evaluation- review and re- evaluation processes.
  4. Participate in the development of student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
  5. Monitor student progress and make informed- timely educational decisions.
  6. Adhere to required program guidelines as defined by the Kansas Special Education Process Manual.
  7. Consult with parents- teachers- administrators and others concerning the needs of students and special services that are available.
  8. Assist teachers in the development and implementation of curriculum accommodations /modifications and appropriate classroom strategies.
  9. Provide appropriate information to students and families regarding community agencies and services available to them.
  10. Cooperate with agencies serving students and their families.
  11. Plan and implement effective physical therapy interventions based on the student’s IEP.
  12. Motivate students through effective communication and evaluative feedback.
  13. Demonstrate awareness of the needs of students and provide for individual differences.
  14. Set high expectations for student achievements and behavior.
  15. Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships with others.
  16. Establish and maintain a positive climate for learning through appropriate classroom management and interprofessional collaboration.
  17. Plan and implement transition strategies for students- who are exiting services- moving to a new location- or participating in novel activities.
  18. Assist students in developing feelings of self-worth and in making social adjustments that permit them to cope with disabilities.
  19. Maintain appropriate confidential records and provide timely reports.
  20. Order and maintain an adequate inventory of materials and supplies.
  21. Assist with public awareness activities that lead to a better understanding of the needs of exceptional children.
  22. Keep abreast of new information- innovative ideas and techniques that target exceptional children.
  23. Obtain prior approval for all special activities and expenditures.
  24. Adhere to all district health and safety policies.
  25. Other duties as assigned by the Director- which are consistent with the general requirements and qualifications for the position.
Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 08/01/2019

Job Contact Information

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Employer Information

ANW Education Cooperative Interlocal USD 603


ANW employs approximately 400 plus upbeat and energetic teachers, support staff, and administration that have students as our number one priority.

We provide support and mentorship for all new staff members.

ANW provides a 2-week new teacher academy with stipend pay to better equip our new staff with the tools they need to be successful.

ANW believes in providing training opportunities for professional growth.

We provide special education services to 8 school districts to enable special education students to reach and achieve their goals.

ANW also offers a forgivable loan program to help with tuition payment for special education classes on the participant's plan of study at a Kansas University. In exchange for tuition payment the participant agrees to be in ANW's employment for an equal amount of participating semesters. To date, ANW has paid for a total of 45 graduate classes for staff. This program is not only available for teachers who are on waivers but also provisional license.

ANW provides special education services to USD#101 (Erie - Galesburg), USD#256(Moran), USD#257(Iola), USD#258(Humboldt), USD#366(Yates Center), USD#387(Altoona - Midway), USD#413(Chanute), USD#479(Colony).

ANW service area is conveniently located 2 hours from Wichita, Kansas City, Topeka, Joplin, Mo. and Tulsa, OK. We are made up of small rural communities with access to larger cities.

Employer Address: P.O. Box 207 Humboldt, Kansas

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