Speech Therapist

  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Nov 28, 2021
Public Health

Job Description

Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: As soon as possible

FTE: 1.0

Hours per day: 7.5

Salary Level: Based on preparation level and experience per TEA Collective Bargaining Agreement

Union/Days per year: Teacher, 182 work days, 10 month

Benefits: This job has the full range of benefits offered by Tacoma Public Schools.

Additional Information: Speech Therapists (Speech Language Pathologists) are District Deployed. Assigned location can change from year to year.

In accordance with Governor Jay Inslee's announced Proclamation 21-14.1 on August 18 2021, all K-12 school district employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. Candidates who are extended a conditional offer of employment with Tacoma Public Schools will be required to submit proof of vaccination status in compliance with Governor Inslee's mandate, prior to official hire with the district. Individuals qualifying for a medical and/or religious exemption outlined under the Governor's directive will be required to provide proof of exemption prior to official hire with the district. Tacoma Public Schools Human Resources will work directly with candidates to finalize proof of compliance with the Governor's mandate prior to official hire.
Additional Resources and Information:
Press Release from WA Governor's Office
Proclamation by the Governor: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
OSPI Vaccination Requirement FAQ
Vaccine Mandate FAQs
DOH Vaccine fact sheet

This position plans and administers speech and language therapy for students with speech and language problems with the goal of restoring and improving communication skills.


1. Reviews physician's or audiologist's referral; evaluates students' medical records; and evaluates and diagnoses speech and language skills as related to educational, medical, social, and psychological factors to determine speech and language therapy treatment requirements.

2. Plans and prepares written treatment programs based on evaluation of student data.

3. Plans, directs, and conducts treatment programs to restore communicative efficiency of students with communication problems of organic and non-organic etiology; develops and implements individualized plans for assigned students to meet individual needs, interests and abilities; instructs students to monitor their own speech and provides ways to practice new skills.

4. Provides counseling, guidance, and language development therapy to students with speech disabilities; supervises students in lunchroom, in hallways, on school grounds, and in any program held at the school under School District sanction.

5. Administers, scores, and interprets hearing and speech tests.

6. Evaluates effects of treatment at various stages and adjusts treatments to achieve maximum benefit.

7. Maintains up-to-date cumulative speech and language therapy records for all assigned students; records treatment, response and progress on a daily basis; maintains other records as required by the District and state and federal law; follows all relevant state and federal regulations for special education; maintains confidentiality.

8. Confers with physicians and other practitioners to obtain additional student information; suggests revisions in treatment program; integrates speech and language therapy treatment with other aspects of student's rehabilitation program; works as a team member with the student, family, teachers, special education staff, and other health care practitioners to help the student achieve desired goals; instructs students and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home.

9. Requisitions, repairs, and replaces speech and language therapy supplies and equipment.

10. Provides direction and instructions to assigned paraeducational/SLPA staff.

11. Serves as a consultant for speech and language therapy matters; serves on committees (including IEP teams); serves as a consultant to classroom teachers to incorporate speech and language development activities into daily schedule; participates in meetings as directed.

12. Participates in the development of objectives, standards, and procedures in the District speech and language therapy program and in planning, implementing, and evaluating speech and language therapy services to be provided in each school.


1. Maintains professional competence through continuing education activities; maintains speech and language therapy ESA certification; participates in professional development activities as needed or assigned.

2. Performs related duties as assigned, on a temporary basis.

3. Regular, reliable, predictable attendance or physical presence is an essential job requirement and critical to the performance of the work.

The daily activities of the speech language pathologist are performed in a school setting. There is a high level of interaction with students; may be required to deal with distraught parents/students. Visual and mental concentration on details and precision is required. The employee is required to travel to different sites and may be exposed to infectious diseases; may be required to lift and carry up to 20 pounds, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, twist, climb, and/or be mobile.

Minimum Qualifications
Other information:


Education and Experience
Master's degree in speech language pathology from an accredited college or university; experience as a speech language pathologist in a public-school setting, preferred; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.

Licenses/Special Requirements
Valid Washington State driver's license.
Valid Washington State ESA speech therapist certificate.
Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/sexual misconduct clearance.
Must maintain all licenses and certifications as a condition of continued employment

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and techniques of speech and language therapy.
Knowledge of state and federal laws governing the provision of speech and language therapy services within public schools.
Knowledge of state and federal regulations and procedures governing special education.
Ability to document evaluation results and develop goals and short-term objectives.
Ability to prepare accurate, detailed records.
Ability to communicate effectively with students with special needs.
Ability to plan and organize work and to set priorities.
Ability to obtain, clarify, and exchange information.
Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable, and regular attendance.
Ability to perform speech and language therapy services in accordance with established guidelines and standards.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socioeconomic setting.
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Ability to work as a team member.

Control # D15-14

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Tacoma School District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Lisa Nolan, 253-571-1252, lnolan@tacoma.k12.wa.us; Title IX Coordinator: Eric Hogan, 253-571-1191, ehogan1@tacoma.k12.wa.us; and 504 Coordinator: Elementary, Elise Friedrich-Nielsen, efriedr@tacoma.k12.wa.us, 253-571-1096; Secondary, Cari Ake, cake@tacoma.k12.wa.us, 253-571-1225. Address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.

HRInfo@tacoma.k12.wa.us, (253) 571-1250

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