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Director Certified Hand Therapy

To us, it's about living life to the fullest while serving our patients, teammates, neighbors and friends. We are dedicated and passionate in everything we do, seeking challenge and appreciating the routes that got us here. Whether our path is clinical or not, we all came to find balance and meaning in our lives within the work we are passionate about and the adventures we live.

Vail Health has become the world’s most advanced mountain healthcare system. Our updated 520,000-square-foot hospital opened in December 2020.  This state-of-the-art facility provides exceptional care to all of our patients, with the most beautiful views in the area, located centrally in Vail.

Pay Range: Min: $46.99 Max: $87.27. Pay is based upon relevant education and experience.

The Certified Hand Therapy Director (CHT) is an integral member of the Howard Head Sports Medicine Leadership Team supporting CHT services and department/system wide initiatives.  This role is responsible for overall leadership of our CHT team, including but not limited to day-to-day operations, staffing/scheduling, employee management, learning and development, financial/budget oversight and fostering MD relationships. The Certified Hand Therapist Director (CHT) can be either an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist.

  1. Manage daily operations of the CHT team ensuring safe and high-quality outcomes are delivered daily. Oversees daily business operations including but not limited to scheduling, billing, vacation requests, sick calls, coordinating clients, and program design. Develop and coordinate quality and performance improvement efforts.
  2. Develop and foster positive team culture. Hire, onboard, oversee, mentor, and evaluate performance of staff to provide world class patient experience. Displays and promotes professional, courteous, and collaborative interaction with patients, families, providers, staff, other Vail Health departments, and leadership in meeting patient care needs and promoting teamwork. 
  3. Ensure communication and alignment with HHSM and Vail Health leadership, community members and referral sources. Collaborate with Risk, Compliance, Quality, and other areas of the health system.
  4. Develop and monitor budget, provide efficient and cost-effective coordination of services. Support and promote marketing and business growth initiatives that are in-line with the strategic plan and vision of both HHSM and Vail Health
  5. Develop/Maintain/Update hand therapy protocols and programs in collaboration with CHT team and MD partners as necessary.
  6. Provide leadership oversight for the CHT Fellowship program, CHT clinical affiliations, and internal education courses.
  7. Evaluate, plan, and provide treatment to patients with upper extremity conditions to help patients develop or regain upper extremity function or adjust to disabilities. Possess necessary skills to fabricate custom thermoplastic orthoses and instruct patient in the proper use, wear, and care.
  8. Provide quality care relating to the needs and goals of the patient by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; coordinate occupational/physical therapy treatment plans in consultation with physician, physician’s assistant, or physician’s athletic trainer, or by prescription.
  9. Evaluate results of therapy by observing and evaluating patient’s progress and consulting with physicians; recommend and implement therapy adjustments and modifications; and document patient evaluations, treatment, goals, and progress in compliance with facility standards.
  10. Comply with federal, state and local legal and certification requirements. Perform other duties as assigned. Must be HIPAA compliant.
This description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.


  • 5 years of experience in leadership role


  • Licensed as an Occupational Therapist in the state of Colorado; OR Licensed as a Physical Therapist in the state of Colorado or valid Compact Privilege, with a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) required.


  • Basic Life Support (BLS) required.

Computer / Typing:

  • Must possess, or be able to obtain within 90 days, the computers skills necessary to complete online learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc. Must possess the computer skills necessary to perform all required patient care documentation.

Must have working knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English.


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Benefits at Vail Health 

  • Competitive Wages & Family Benefits: Competitive wages, parental leave, housing programs and childcare reimbursement to support the cost of living in a mountain community.
  • Comprehensive Health Benefits: Top-quality health care package including vision, dental and medical with options of flexible spending and health savings accounts.
  • Education Assistance: We are proud to offer tuition and student loan assistance programs.
  • Paid Time Off: Roughly five weeks in your first year of employment and continues to grow each year.
  • Retirement & Supplemental Insurance: 403(b) Retirement plan with matching potential, life insurance, short and long-term disability, and more.
  • Recreation Benefits, Wellness & More: Recreation discounts, pet insurance and a $1,000 annual wellness reimbursement program.


As a condition of employment, Vail Health requires COVID-19 vaccination of all clinical and non-clinical staff.

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