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Occ. Code 5298900


New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard



Positions in this title series direct, develop, manage, and evaluate a comprehensive program designed to increase the functional level of persons with autism.  Incumbents are responsible for:  preparing and monitoring the programs budget; recruiting, selecting, and training all program staff; directly and indirectly supervising the activities of professional and paraprofessional staff that are charged with providing a full range of residential and programmatic services; and communicating with staff, families, and the public regarding the condition and treatment of autism, the goals of the program, and the progress of the individuals in the program. 


This position is classified at the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD).  All incumbents at OMRDD assist in the total care of persons with disabilities and perform various duties and functions in conjunction with the overall operation of a facility and/or location to which they are assigned.




DIRECTOR AUTISM PROGRAM:  director; develops, organizes, and directs all  program activities for individuals with autism within assigned DDSO; establishes policy and sets priorities within budgetary allowances.




Direct, develop, manage, and evaluate a program to address the needs of individuals with autism.






Directly and through subordinate staff, assess the needs of individuals with autism and establish appropriate individualized treatment goals and objectives.





Prepare annual budget requests and monitor the use of financial and other resources allocated to the program.


Develop good community relations through continuous contact with professional and lay organizations, parent and advocacy groups, and the general public regarding the condition and treatment of autism and the goals of the autism program.


Supervise subordinate staff.













Open Competitive:  a Masters Degree, or current clinical licensure and registration in a human services field; and either four years administrative experience in the provision of services to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.  One year of this experience must have included responsibility for the management of residential and clinical programs in the management of an autism unit; or two years experience in the management of a special population unit, such as a secure unit, adolescent unit, behavioral unit, or multiply disabled unit.  Management duties must have included the planning, oversight, supervision, coordination and operation of programs.


Date:  7/09

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.