Developmental Disabilities Program Administrator (#MDDZ26)
$62,483.00 Yearly Min / $78,104.00 Yearly Mid / $93,725.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

A class incumbent performs administrative work with responsibility for habilitative, residential and physical care services to a unit of developmentally disabled clients in a residential facility setting.

Nature and Scope

An incumbent functions under the direction of an administrative supervisor and is involved in planning, organizing and directing the delivery of comprehensive services involving complete twenty-four hour habilitative, residential, nursing and physical care services for developmentally disabled clients. A class incumbent supervises clerical, professional and program management staff. An incumbent directs the development, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive training and client care plans and organizes and implements internal evaluation systems to ensure quality services.  Work includes ensuring adherence to applicable standards, regulations and policies. In addition, work at this level includes protecting clients rights, conducting investigations, ensuring corrective action when necessary, providing administrative follow up and reporting to superiors on corrective/preventive measures which are needed.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Organizes and directs services delivery by planning and scheduling program activities and coordinating specialized support services.
  • Provides direction and guidance to professional and supervisory staff in the development, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive training and care plans for each client in the unit.
  • Oversees the implementation of monitoring systems for evaluation of services and protection of clients' rights, implements corrective and/or preventative action as indicated.
  • Conducts team meetings in order to resolve programmatic and management issues and makes recommendations to superior on program needs.
  • Plans and assigns work of program staff directly and through subordinate supervisors. 
  • Reviews and evaluates work, interviews and hires program staff.
  • Develops, plans and oversees the implementation of training programs such as programmatic techniques, client training, behavior shaping methods, data collection techniques, varied care-providing techniques and in protection of clients' rights.
  • Participates on committees and task forces as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of developmental disabilities and programming techniques.
  • Knowledge of management principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of personnel policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of appropriate methods in the habilitative training and physical care of
    developmentally disabled clients.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal Law pertaining to clients' rights.
  • Knowledge of prominent principles of normalization promoted within the field of
    developmental disabilities.
  • Skill in training techniques and program assessment.
  • Skill in evaluating and allocating resources.
  • Skill in conveying clients rights and concepts of normalization.
  • Skill in resolving problems and determining appropriate courses of action.
  • Skill in teaching systems and reinforcing learning objectives.
  • Ability to identify training needs, resolve problem areas.
  • Ability to interact with other departments and agencies.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Developmental Disabilities Program Administrator
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Behavioral or Social Science or related field OR a Registered Nurse license.
  2. Six months experience in health or human services program administration such as overseeing and directing the development, implementation and evaluation of health or human services programs and services; planning and establishing short and long range program goals and objectives. Providing advice to other agency organizational units through consultation.
  3. Three years experience in health or human services work such as applying theories, principles, laws and practices of health or human services programs and services that assist with and improve life for individuals, families, or communities such as financial support, employment, unemployment, housing, health care, disease prevention, substance abuse, child protective services, physical/mental health treatment and prevention or rehabilitation.
  4. Six months experience in working with persons with developmental disabilities.
  5. Six months experience in interpreting rules, guidelines, standards, policies and procedures that govern the care of developmentally disabled persons.
  6. Six months experience in developing policies or procedures. 
  7. Six months experience in staff supervision which includes planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others.
  8. Knowledge of budget management and control which includes managing a budget for the purpose of keeping expenditures within the limitations of available appropriations and available revenue and maintaining, monitoring, projecting and controlling a budget within set policies and procedures.