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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 345H
Category: Social Services


Within a Division of Developmental Disabilities Residential Habilitation Center (RHC), is shift charge in a designated living area.  Under the supervision of an Attendant Counselor Manager and/or the direction of other individuals with specific professional qualifications, writes, implements, monitors, assesses, and revises individual habilitation training programs.  Develops and/or writes formal skill acquisition training programs, evaluates the effectiveness of the programs by means of periodic review of client response and modifies the program as necessary.  Writes Individual Habilitation Plan (IHP) assessments and functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team, and participates in development of the clients' annual IHP.  Provides the clients' training, care, and assistance in a residential living area or other areas on or off campus, depending upon the location of the client.

Typical Work

Functions as a shift charge on a designated work unit; participates in the training and evaluation processes of subordinate staff; acts as liaison between supervisory, professional, and other appropriate staff to maintain necessary communication of information, e.g., policies, procedures, client information, etc.; facilitates appropriate follow-up action(s); provides input regarding staff duty assignments and unit operation for their shift; promotes and maintains a positive reinforcing environment; 

Functions as a member of an interdisciplinary team including developing, writing, modifying, and carrying out planned formal (data-based) and informal (non-data based) programs assessing and reporting effects under the direction of an appropriate specialist and under the supervision of an Attendant Counselor Manager; (programs may include activities of daily living, educational, vocational, therapeutic, or behavioral); 

Uses sophisticated training techniques designed to teach the clients specified parts of their IHP; 

Participates with day training, recreation, psychology, and other personnel in training clients social, recreational, self-help, (pre)vocational, and (pre)academic skills on and off campus; 

Observes, documents, and reports changes in clients' general physical or mental condition or unusual behavior, and takes appropriate action to provide client safety, security, and protection from abuse and neglect; 

Trains and assists residents in their own self care including bathing, dressing, grooming, and household skills; participates in the care and treatment of clients receiving specialized treatments and services; 

Escorts, monitors, participates in, and/or trains clients in groups or individually, to, during and from recreational and social activities, vocational training, clinics, and other on or off campus activities; 

Checks and inventories client clothing and personal possessions, living unit supplies, and other inventories; completes work orders, maintains client records and other related records, and makes reports; 

Responsible for ensuring proper procedures are maintained for living unit petty cash funds; 

Provides information on policies and procedures to client's relatives/guardians; 

Responsible for ensuring that the residential living unit is maintained in an organized, clean and safe condition; 

Performs other related work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  principles and techniques of behavior management and skill acquisition; philosophy of interdisciplinary team process and procedures of individual habilitation; fundamental expressive and receptive communication skills including but not limited to a proficiency in reading, writing, and verbal discourse; supervision and training techniques. 

Ability to:  function as a shift charge for a designated living area; utilize professional and specialized skills acquired as an Attendant Counselor; evaluate and apply established procedures and techniques for those portions of the individual Habilitation Plan they are responsible for in accordance with this job specification; carry out assigned responsibilities without direct supervision.

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 two years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities. 


High school graduation or GED and two years of experience as an Attendant Counselor 1, equivalent or higher level state class.  


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

02/01/1969 Attendant Counselor 3A: Revised February 1, 1969 Revises minimum qualifications
10/22/1974 Attendant Counselor 3A: Revised October 22, 1974 General Revision
09/15/1978 Attendant Counselor 3A: Revised September 15, 1978 Revises definition, adds distinguishing characteristics
07/01/1981 Attendant Counselor 3B: New class Effective July 1, 1981 (approved March 12, 1981)
07/01/1981 Attendant Counselor 3A: Revised July 1, 1981 (Approved March 12, 1981) Revises definition, minimum qualifications, and distinguishing characteristics
11/13/1981 Attendant Counselor 3B: Revised November 13, 1981 Revises distinguishing characteristics
10/01/1982 Attendant Counselor 3B: Abolished October 1, 1982 (approved July 14, 1982) Abolished
10/01/1982 Attendant Counselor 3A: Revised October 1, 1982 Revises minimum qualifications and deletes distinguishing characteristics (Approved July 14, 1982), title change (Formerly Attendant Counselor 3A)
05/28/1986 Attendant Counselor 3B: Revised May 28, 1986 Revises definition
01/11/1990 Attendant Counselor 3A: Revised January 11, 1990 (effective April 1, 1990) Revises definition
02/08/1990 Attendant Counselor 3A: Revised February 8, 1990 (effective July 1, 1990) Revises definition, minimum qualifications, and general revision
07/13/1990 Attendant Counselor 3A: Revised July 13, 1990 (Emergency basis June 14, 1990) Revises minimum qualifications Attendant Counselor 3B
07/01/2007 Attendant Counselor 3: New class code: (formerly 56820) effective July 1, 2007
Revised desirable qualifications effective 7/1/2017.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017; 37 increased to 39.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.