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Speech Language Pathology
Speech and Language Pathologist-MDA
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Job Description


PAY GRADE: Certified Salary Schedule



The job of Speech and Language Pathologist is done for the purpose/s of identifying students with communication disabilities; planning and implementing appropriate treatment to minimize adverse impact on student success, and recommending treatment plans.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

* Assesses students' communication skills (e.g. articulation, fluency, voice, expressive and receptive language, etc.) for the purpose of identifying communication disorders, determining program eligibility and developing recommendations for treatment.
* Collaborates with a variety of groups and/or individuals (e.g. parents, teachers, physicians, administration, maintenance personnel, team members, other professionals, etc.) for the purpose of communicating information, resolving issues and providing services in compliance with established guidelines.
* Coordinates meetings and processes for eligible students (e.g. testing/screening, IEPs, parent conferences, pre-referral staffing, etc.) for the purpose of presenting evaluation results, developing treatment plans, and/or providing training to parents/students/staff.
* Develops treatment plans, interventions and/or educational materials for the purpose of minimizing the adverse impact of communication disorders in compliance with regulatory requirements.
* Instructs assigned support staff for the purpose of providing information on communicative disorders, use of assistive devices and feeding techniques, and/or implementing prescribed treatment plans.
* Instructs eligible students in the use of appropriate communication technologies (e.g. hearing aids, FM systems, augmentative communication devices, etc.) for the purpose of minimizing the adverse educational impact of communication disorders in accordance with established guidelines and legal requirements.
* Interprets medical reports within the scope of Speech/Language Pathologist's experience and goals for the purpose of providing information and/or ensuring that treatment/intervention plans are appropriate.
* Maintains files and/or records (e.g. progress reports, activity logs, billing information, treatment plans, required documentation, quarterly reports, screening results, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of information as required for reference and/or compliance.
* Participates in meetings, workshops, and seminars (e.g. training, IEPs, team meetings, etc.) for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information.
* Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.
* Performs site visits at multiple work sites including home visits for the purpose of providing therapy and assistance as required.
* Prepares a wide variety of written materials (e.g. activity logs, correspondence, memos, treatment plans, Medicaid billings, reports, required documentation, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference, and/or conveying information.
* Provides speech and language therapy to students for the purpose of minimizing the adverse impact of speech and language disorders on student success.
* Researches resources and methods (e.g. intervention and treatment techniques, assessment tools and methods, community resources, etc.) for the purpose of determining the appropriate approach for addressing students' needs.
* Responds to inquiries (e.g. parents, teachers, staff, students, etc.) for the purpose of providing information and/or referral as appropriate.
* Transports supplies and equipment to a variety of sites for the purpose of ensuring the availability of items as needed.
* Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (positions in this class typically require):

* Master's degree (or higher) in Speech and Communicative Disorders

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS (positions in this class typically require):

* Valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card
* Arizona Department of Education Speech Language Certification
* ASHA Certification
* DHS Certification

KNOWLEDGE (position requirements at entry):

Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing mechanisms and disorders; principles and practices of speech and language therapy; and pertinent codes, policies, regulations and/or laws.

SKILLS (position requirements at entry):

Perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: applying assessment instruments; operating specialized equipment used in the treatment of communication disorders; operating standard office equipment including pertinent computer software; and, preparing and maintaining accurate records.

ABILITY (position requirements at entry):

Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adapting to changing work priorities; communicating with diverse groups; utilizing specialized equipment in communication disorders; maintaining confidentiality; meeting deadlines and schedules; working as part of a team; working with detailed information/data; maintaining effective working relationships; and, translating therapy data into meaningful educational activities.


Positions in this class typically require: stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, odors, chemicals, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, and intense noises.


The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

About Scottsdale Unified School District

The Scottsdale Unified School District was founded in 1896 by Major Winfield Scott, also the founder of the city of Scottsdale. The first classes were taught by Aliza Bount, who moved to Arizona from Illinois with her husband George and their three children for health reasons. Classes were held in their adobe home, which was just south of what is now Civic Center Plaza and Second Street. Aliza Bount was paid $40 a month to teach the 8-10 students from the seven families who resided in Scottsdale at that time. The District's first bond election was held May 1, 1909, with 13 citizens voting "yes" and zero citizens voting "no." The amount of the bond, $5,000, was used to build our first school, now known as the "Little Red Schoolhouse." This building, also known at the time as Coronado School, is an historic site on Scottsdale Mall and now the home of the Scottsdale Historical Society. Today, the District covers 112 square miles. Our boundaries are not coterminous with city of Scottsdale boundaries. We serve most of the town of Paradise Valley, parts of Tempe and Phoenix, in addition to most of Scottsdale. The District has about 27,000 students, approximately 1,800 certified and 1,000 classified employees. We have 5 comprehensive high schools, 7 middle schools, 20 elementary schools, and 1 alternative school. Our newest schools, Copper Ridge Elementary and Middle School, opened in August 2001. The community has high expectations for the District's educational programs and has supported the District financially with the passage of three override elections (approximately $6 million each) and three bond elections ($264 million total). With this financial support, the District has been able to build six new elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school in areas of the district experiencing growth. Facility renovations in older schools, the purchase of classroom and laboratory computers, installation of interactive television equipment, and state-of-the-art media centers are some of the other improvements that have also been made possible through voter-approved bond monies. District students and staff regularly win awards and honors at the state and national levels, demonstrating the on-going tradition of excellence within the Scottsdale Unified School District.