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TENTATIVE

 

Occ. Code 3947220

 

DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST 2, GRADE 17                                                3947220                              

DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST 3, GRADE 19                                          3947230

DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST 4, GRADE 22                                          3947240

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

Developmental Specialists are certified teachers who specialize in teaching children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Incumbents function as primary contributors to individual education programs (IEPs), serve as members of program planning teams, and develop individual program plans (IPPs), which are used to assist individuals in developing basic learning, self-help, communication, and prevocational skills. 

 

These positions are in the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). 

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST 2:  full performance level; participates in the development of comprehensive IEPs and IPPs for an assigned group of individuals; develops and implements instructional programs; evaluates individuals progress towards achieving their goals and objectives; and modifies IPPs as necessary to ensure individuals progress.

 

           DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST 3:  advanced performance level; may supervise Developmental Specialists 2 and/or direct care staff.

 

           DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST 4: supervisory level; plans, directs, and coordinates the education program of a Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office; and supervises lower level Developmental Specialists and other staff involved with education programs.

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

          Teachers utilize professional training and experience to plan lessons and curriculums, and instruct and evaluate the performance and progress of clients who are in the charge of a State agency in academic and commercial subjects. Positions exist in such agencies as the Office of Mental Health, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and the Office of Children and Family Services. 

 

          Habilitation Specialists carry out a variety of activities in support of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, assisting them in developing pre-academic, academic, self-help, communication, prevocational, and appropriate community skills. Incumbents help individuals reach their optimal level of functioning by developing individual habilitation plans, setting goals, and monitoring progress in reaching those goals.

 

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST 2 

 

·       Assists individuals in reaching their optimal level of functioning by conducting an initial evaluation of individuals strengths, setting performance goals, and implementing IEPs and IPPS.

·       Participates in the development of comprehensive IEPs, and serves as the primary contributor in the development of IPPs.

·       Develops and implements basic skills development instructional programs, including intervention strategies and behavior management techniques, based on individual IEPs and IPPs.

·       Administers evaluations, reviews and updates objectives, and modifies IPPs as needed to ensure individuals progress.

·       Completes, updates, and maintains IEP documentation for each individual as required by the New York State Education Department.

·       Attends and participates in conferences and training programs.

·       May supervise and instruct lower level paraprofessionals in the application of appropriate techniques for individuals in instructional settings.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST 3

 

Performs the same duties and activities as a Developmental Specialist 2, and:

·       Coordinates the implementation of IEPs and IPPs with clinical staff.

·       Trains other staff members in the implementation of IEPs and IPPs.

·       May supervise Developmental Specialists 2 and other staff involved with education programs.

          DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST 4

 

Performs the same duties and activities as a Developmental Specialist 3, and:

·       Plans, directs, and coordinates the education program for a Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office.

·       Supervises and trains lower level Developmental Specialists and direct care staff in instructional settings.

·       Participates in planning and coordination meetings to address education program issues.

·       Oversees and coordinates education program evaluation and planning activities, and ensures that the implementation of education program policies, procedures, and activities complies with applicable standards, laws, rules, and regulations.

·       Provides information on education program performance and development to facility management and professionals from other disciplines.

·       Coordinates programs for students attending public and private community schools within the region.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST 2

 

Open-Competitive: permanent New York State certification as a Special Education teacher, or permanent New York State certification as a Childhood or Early Childhood teacher with a Special Education extension.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST 3

 

Promotion: one year of service as a Developmental Specialist 2.

 

Open-Competitive: permanent New York State certification as a Special Education teacher, or permanent New York State certification as a Childhood or Early Childhood teacher with a Special Education extension; and one year post-certification education and/or habilitation experience in the field of special education.

 

 

          DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST 4

 

Promotion: one year of service as a Developmental Specialist 3, and a permanent or provisional principal's, school administrators and supervisor's, or school district administrator's certificate issued by the New York State Education Department.

 

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.