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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 346G
Category: Social Services


Within a Division of Developmental Disabilities Residential Habilitation Center (RHC), write and implement vocational, educational, behavioral, therapy, motor, social, or community living skill training programs for residents. These staff are expected to help train and give direction to other adult training specialists.

These positions are shift charges; and/or are assigned specialized responsibilities that normally require licensing, certification, registration, journey- level status in a trade or craft, or other comparable specialized skill, such as interpreter level proficiency in sign language; or the position requires the incumbent to possess a specific degree, such as AA in an occupational or physical therapy assistant program, a Bachelor's in speech pathology or psychology.

There will be one shift charge included in any group of five or more adult training specialists in the same subprogram. A subprogram consists of a type of training or therapy provided to residents under the direction of a professional staff. There can be more than one specialized assignment per adult training subprogram. At Yakima Valley and Interlake Schools, where all subprogram groups are smaller than five, there can be one ATS 3, shift "charge" position at each of these RHCs.

These positions report to and are supervised by an adult training supervisor or other professional supervisor responsible for therapy and training.

Typical Work

Be in charge of a training, vocational, or habilitation area and program; give direction to Adult Training Specialists 1 and 2 in that area, and write their performance evaluations;

Evaluates and assesses learning problems, motor problems, and behavior problems; devises instructional strategies; develops and uses special instructional or therapy materials, devices and techniques; evaluates client progress;

Prepares and implements specialized individual habilitation, training, therapy, and/or behavior management programs; and reports progress, abilities, and attendance of each client;

Coordinates, trains, and/or consults with other staff members providing habilitation or professional services;
Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: the DDD Core Curriculum; programs designed for treatment of the developmentally disabled; basic management principles.

Ability to: write and implement individual and group training programs; work as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team; design specialized training programs for the treatment of the developmentally disabled; direct the work of other 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

High school graduation (or GED) and completion of 30 specific job related college credit hours, or an Associate or Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field.


One year experience as an Adult Training Specialist 2; or two years as a vocational trainer of persons with disabilities in a community employment program or sheltered workshop; or two years as a teacher's aide in a special education classroom

NOTE: Selective certification requiring particular kinds of education, skills and/or experience may be required for some positions. When selective certification is used which requires a particular degree, licensure, certification or registration, the experience requirement may be waived.

Class Specification History

New class Effective July 1, 1986 (emergency basis; permanent basis August 15, 1986)
Revised definition December 12, 1986
Revised minimum qualifications February 10, 1989