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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 308G
Category: Health Care


In an institution, residential facility, or as a member of an interdisciplinary team, directs training in specialized programs in speech, language, and hearing services. Supervises and instructs speech pathologists, audiologists, students, and/or support staff.

Distinguishing Characteristics

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.

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/or instructs speech pathology/audiology staff, students and/or support staff; 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 the duties of the lower levels in the series;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: speech, language, and cognitive development; anatomy and physiology of auditory, swallowing, and vocal mechanisms and disorders; specialized equipment and testing techniques; evaluation and remedial procedures for sensory-neural learning handicaps and aphasia; 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 cognitive, communication, and swallowing 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.

Licensed by the State of Washington as a Speech Language Pathologist.

Desirable Qualifications

A Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology or Communicative Disorders.


Documentation of American Speech-Language-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-Hearing Association.

Five years of experience as a speech language pathologist, 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
Base range increase (from 68 to 72); adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023
Revised distinguishing characteristics, typical work, knowledge and abilities, legal requirements, and qualifications; adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023