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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 308F
Category: Health Care


Manages a specialized program(s) within the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Department;


Assumes independent responsibilities in the Communication Development/Communication Disorder Program which may include supervision of support personnel and/or direction of a specific program(s) within the total department program;


Directs the planning, organization, and delivery of the total speech, language, and hearing program in an institution;


Within a developmental disabilities residential facility, provides services to one or more assigned units consisting of 80-150 residents.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Plans, administers and/or participates in specialized programs in speech, language, and hearing services such as maintaining certification for the institution as a training site, coordinating clinical internships and practicums, maintaining grant-funded areas, and the evaluation and treatment of individuals.

Typical Work

Assumes responsibility for a specialized program(s) as assigned by the department chair and/or clinic director;

Administers, monitors, and evaluates assigned program(s) and reports information to the department chair and/or clinic director as appropriate;

Directs and/or participates in the screening of residents to determine individuals requiring more extensive evaluation of speech, language, or hearing disabilities;

Plans and provides for the treatment of individuals that includes: tests for verbal ability and for specific language learning disabilities including deficits in auditory and visual memory or discrimination, tests for voice disorders, articulatory problems, sensory-neutral problems of the speech mechanism, pure tone and speech audiometry and other audiometric tests for hearing evaluations, and complete evaluations for dysphasia;

Coordinates/confers with other program(s) director(s) or clinical personnel regarding progress and training procedures, or in speech-language/hearing clinic practicum and academic activities;

Conducts in-service training for lay and professional staff concerning speech, language and hearing disabilities;

Directs/conducts research in speech, language, and hearing;

Represents the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Department in hospital(s), universities, elementary and secondary school(s), and/or community groups for implementing affiliations for the department;

Monitors/participates in the designated program budget;

Performs the duties of the Speech Pathologist/Audiologist 1;

May supervise lower level staff and students in educational practicum in evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disabilities.

Performs other work 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-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 and Hearing Association.

Two years of experience as a speech pathologist or audiologist is preferred.

Class Specification History

New class consolidates: (formerly 57480 Speech Pathologist 2; 6177 Speech Pathology/Audiology Specialist ) Adopted May 11, 2007 Effective July 1 2007