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Class Code: 257L
Category: Education


Supervises Student Life Counselors in providing effective programs for Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss students. Consults and participates with staff, parents and community in the development and maintenance of programs which foster physical, intellectual, emotional and social growth.

Typical Work

Supervises and assists Student Life Counselors' development and implementation of student programming; serves on multidisciplinary team for admissions, IEPs and student staffings;

Reviews performance and instructs staff in the training and caring of deaf students; evaluates, trains and counsels staff and volunteers;

Reviews and approves staff assessment of student(s) behavior recommendations for programming, discipline or crisis intervention as needed;

Intervenes with and counsels student(s) to resolve conflicts and/or provide information; makes referrals to support staff, outside agencies, and/or parents as needed;

Acts as liaison with classroom and support staff to ensure consistency in student programs;

Informs Student Life Counselors of policies and procedures; reviews and recommends changes in student policies;

Documents and maintains routine records; monitors student residential areas; reports purchasing and repair needs;

Participates in student life department interviewing and hiring process; schedules and facilitates monthly staff meetings;

Coordinates meal routine with Student Life Counselors, Food Service Department, Principals and/or Director of Student Life;

Participates in task forces, meetings and committees as assigned;

Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: student development theory and implementation of goals and objectives; organization and management of residential facility; principles and practices of instruction with hearing impaired children; safety and health practices.

Ability to: exhibit with some confidence, conversation and comprehension skills for social and work environment with a degree of mobility along the natural sign language continuum; provide direction and guidance to staff; evaluate and develop effective programs and schedules; evaluate and assess student progress; schedule work and evaluate staff; communicate effectively.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in education, psychology, human relations or related field


three years of experience working in an instructional group setting with children, which includes one year of supervisory experience


proficiency in sign language.

Experience will be substituted, year for year, for the required Bachelor's degree.  Education will be substituted for years of experience with the exception of the one year required supervisory experience.

NOTE:  For the purposes of this class, proficiency in sign language means the ability to fluently communicate in a sign language with deaf persons.

Class Specification History

New class Effective January 12, 1990
New class code: (formerly 36650) effective July 1, 2007
Revised definition; adopted November 13, 2014, effective November 14, 2014.