County of Ventura - Health Care Agency
Work Schedule
Job Open until Filled
Job Description
Distinguishing Characteristics:

The Senior Speech Pathologist is the advanced journey level of the Speech Pathologist series and is distinguished from the Speech Pathologist classification in that the Senior is able to apply the most advanced evaluation skills and procedures and may be responsible for the coordination and supervision of staff therapists. This classification is also responsible for the clinical training and mentoring of Speech Pathologists, speech pathology students, clinical fellows, assistants and aides and is involved in program development and implementation.

Upon recommendation of the Director Health Care Agency, the Director-Human Resources may approve a market-based premium pay (MBPP) of up to $6.494564 per hour for Speech Pathologists and Senior Speech Pathologists.  

Speech Pathologist:  $31.45 - $43.87 Hourly
Senior Speech Pathologist:  $34.02 - $47.46 Hourly

 EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for educational incentive. This incentive may be 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% for incumbents in eligible positions based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification.
BILINGUAL INCENTIVE:  Some positions may be eligible for bilingual incentive depending on the applicable memorandum of agreement and the needs of the department.  In order to qualify for this incentive, incumbents in eligible positions must take and pass the applicable bilingual fluency examination.

 AGENCY/DEPARTMENT:  Health Care Agency – Ventura County Medical Center & Santa Paula Hospital

Speech Pathologist and Senior Speech Pathologists are represented by the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) and are eligible for overtime compensation.

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-Term), Per Diem Pool, Intermittent, and Extra-Help vacancies.  There is currently one (1) Intermittent vacancy.

NOTE: If appointed at the lower level, incumbent may be promoted to the higher level(s) without further examination upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the department.

OPENING DATE: February 18, 2022
CLOSING DATE:  Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs.

Examples Of Duties
Duties may include but are not limited to the following.

Speech Pathologist

Selects and administers appropriate test and measurements for communication disorders;
Plans and administers speech and language treatment;
Communicates with physicians, other health personnel, and community agencies in matters related to speech and language pathology and treatment progress;
Participates with other rehabilitation team members in remediation planning;
Provides in-services to Health Care Agency personnel as requested;
Evaluates patients referred for therapy, provides patient and family education, and develops home treatment programs;
Develops and maintains appropriate records;
Assists with rehabilitation program development; and
Performs other related duties as required.
Senior Speech Pathologist
Assesses and identifies patient needs and initiates appropriate speech, cognitive and language therapy interventions, including the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia referrals;
In cooperation with patient/caregiver and team personnel involved in patient care, coordinates interdisciplinary teamwork, maintains speech therapy program and language therapy professional standards;
Provides patient and family instruction, and in-service training to staff that will assist in the achievement of treatment goals;
Helps direct performance improvement and program development activities;
Provides cost effective services and programs;
Helps in the maintenance of department equipment and ordering of supplies;
Assists in identifying and prioritizing department needs and overall planning;
Maintains appropriate, current and accurate documentation;
May supervise the clinical skills development of staff therapists, students and speech assistants;
Under supervision, develops and implements new department programs and procedures;
Maintains positive relations with all staff and patients;
Performs all duties according to hospital's vision and mission, policies and procedures and operational philosophy of the department; and
Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications
These are entrance requirements and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.


Speech Pathologist 
Master's Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from an accredited university or have qualifications deemed equivalent by the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board (SLPAB).

Senior Speech Pathologist
Master's Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from an accredited university or have qualifications deemed equivalent by the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board (SLPAB), AND 
Two (2) years of speech therapy experience, OR
successful completion of an internship program with the hiring department and one year of experience as a Speech Therapist. 
Possession of the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech/Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (for the Senior level) OR within twelve (12) months of date of hire (for Speech Pathologist). 
A valid California State License in Speech Pathology; or licensure in another state with a temporary California license issued from the SLPAB and eligibility for a valid California Speech Pathology License within the probationary period. Thereafter, a current California Speech Pathology License is a condition of continued employment.
Possession of a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certificate by date of hire and is a condition of continued employment.
Possession of a valid California driver license and proof of auto insurance may be required.
Live scan fingerprinting may be required for some positions.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Working knowledge of: human physiology and neurology as it relates to communication and swallow (Senior) disorders.
 Working ability to: administer a variety of tests appropriate to the measurement of communication disorders and dysphagia (Senior); plan and administer speech and language therapy treatment; communicate and maintain effective relations with peers, physicians, patients, families, fellow workers and general public; coordinate programming with other community agencies; plan and supervise the work of others (Senior); communicate effectively orally and in written form; and cope with stress.

Recruitment Process
FINAL FILING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it.  Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at www.ventura.org/jobs.  If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009. 

NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible.  If interested, please click here (Download PDF reader)  (Download PDF reader)for additional information. 

Note to Applicants:  It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications.  A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – qualifying:  All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination AT THE TIME OF FILING.  The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position.  Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in the application being removed from consideration.

APPLICATION EVALUATION – qualifying:  All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met.  Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.  

 A Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) is a structured evaluation of the job application materials submitted by a candidate, including the written responses to the supplemental questionnaire. The T&E is NOT a determination of whether the candidate meets the stated requirements; rather, the T&E is one method for determining who are the better qualified among those who have shown that they meet the stated requirements. In a T&E, applications are either scored or rank ordered according to criteria that most closely meet the business needs of the department. Candidates are typically scored/ranked in relation to one another; consequently, when the pool of candidates is exceptionally strong, many qualified candidates may receive a score or rank which is moderate or even low resulting in them not being advanced in the process.
 NOTE: In a typical T&E, your training and experience are evaluated in relation to the background, experience and factors identified for successful job performance during a job analysis. For this reason, it is recommended that your application materials clearly show your relevant background and specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is also highly recommended that the supplemental questions within the application are completed with care and diligence providing all information requested. Examinees must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.  
 If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, a T&E will not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list. 
  Applicants successfully completing the exam process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:  A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information, and driving record may be required for this position.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Tamara Madueno by e-mail at Tamara.Madueno@ventura.org or by telephone at (805) 677-5313.