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Class Code: 308G
Category: Health Care


Provides training in the evaluation and treatment of verbal communication and/or hearing disorders to students in a Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology Department;


Directs the planning, organization, and delivery of total speech, language and hearing services and supervises speech pathologists and other support staff in an institution;


In a developmental disabilities residential facility, responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring performance standards, policies and procedures to ensure cross-unit standardization and quality control.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Supervises and instructs speech pathologists, audiologists, students, and/or support staff.

Typical Work

Plans, organizes and directs the Communication Disorders Services for identification and treatment of speech, language and hearing impaired individuals; confers with other staff to coordinate Communication Disorders Services with those of other programs; establishes procedures for referrals to specialists within and outside the institution when appropriate;

Establishes procedures to provide consultative services to other departments/ agencies;

Supervises and instructs speech pathology/audiology staff and students, assigns and schedules work, conducts annual performance evaluations, recommends disciplinary actions, acts upon leave requests;

Conducts demonstration evaluations and treatment sessions to assist in the professional and clinical training of students;

Conducts regularly scheduled departmental meetings; represents department at administrative and inter departmental meetings;

Prepares budget estimates for departmental program;

Directs research in speech language and hearing.

Performs other duties as required

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: language development; anatomy and physiology of auditory and vocal mechanisms and disorders; specialized equipment and testing techniques;; evaluation and remedial procedures for sensory-neural learning handicaps and dysphasia, principles and techniques of communication disorders, identification and treatment; principles and techniques of aural habilitation/rehabilitation; educational and psychological needs of persons with communications disorders; theories of learning, available community resources; research methods; supervisory and administrative practices.

Ability to: use specialized equipment in the area of communication disorders; establish and maintain effective relationships with individuals and groups; speak and write effectively; teach, train, and supervise staff.

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 Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology or Communicative Disorders or documentation of American Speech and Hearing Association approved equivalent to the Master’s degree consisting of approved curriculum and student practicum hours.


A Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Two to three years as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, or equivalent including one year of supervisory or administrative responsibilities is preferred.

Class Specification History

New class consolidates: (formerly 57500 Speech Pathologist 3; 6176 Speech Pathology/Audiology Supervisor ) Adopted May 11, 2007, Effective July 1 2007