Program Specialist - Develop Disabled (#RS2070)
$25.24-$30.67 Hourly / $4,374.93-$5,316.13 Monthly / $52,499.20-$63,793.60 Yearly


Under general supervision performs responsible technical and administrative work in the development and implementation of programs and activities; supervises staff involved in instructing and supervising groups of developmentally disabled adults; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


Incumbents assigned to the class are advanced level direct service providers responsible for either the development and implementation of programs and technical support to instructional staff, or for the supervision and leadership of a team of instructional staff, or for a combination of the two functions. Incumbents may also perform a full range of duties involved in teaching, supervising and leading of developmentally disabled adults in a day program. Incumbents provide more specialized services, are responsible for development of more specialized programs, and deal with the more complex, difficult client cases.


1. Trains, assigns, supervises, and reviews work of assigned staff; leads various teams of service providers; assists in selection of employees; completes performance evaluations and coaches and counsels staff.

2. Plans, develops, coordinates, and implements specialized programs for developmentally disabled adults; identifies and develops opportunities for community integration, employment, self-care, self-advocacy, and social and recreational activities.

3. Receives and reviews case notes to ensure consumers are receiving services identified in Individual Program Plan; receives notice of special incidents; prepares reports and notifies appropriate agencies and individuals; utilizes computer programs to prepare reports; prepares for and participates in annual or special consumer meetings or IPP meetings.

4. Adapts and applies theories of instruction to the teaching of developmentally disabled adults and the preparation of advanced and specialized lesson plans; develops and implements behavior modification programs; evaluates results; develops programs and activities which reinforce behavioral programs; participates in curriculum development.

5. Receives and reviews consumer applications; provides facility tour and orientation, evaluates appropriateness of consumer for program through review of application, case file and interview, and recommends acceptance or denial; processes case files for new consumers.

6. Instructs and leads classes in activities related to the development of sensory-motor, perceptual, cognitive, communication, social and self-help skills; adapts standard evaluative tests to the needs of developmentally disabled adults; operationally defines testable items; administers tests and evaluates results; utilizes and adapts other standard assessment devices.

7. Participates in and leads evaluative meetings and in-service training sessions; supports consumers to safely take prescription medications; prepares reports of activities and maintains records.

8. Performs other assigned duties of supervisor and/or direct service provider as defined under Title 22 and Title 17.




Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in psychology, sociology, health science, or a closely-related field.

Experience: Three years providing program-related services to clients in a health or social service delivery system, including at least one year planning and implementing lessons or programs for developmentally disabled clients in a licensed day program or day health care facility.


Experience: Six years providing program-related services to clients in a health or social services delivery system, including at least three years planning and implementing lessons or programs for developmentally disabled clients in a licensed day program or day health care facility and at least one year in a supervisory or management capacity.


License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license. Positions may transport consumers and may require a clean driving record.

Special Requirements: Candidates must be at least 21 years old and must meet health screening and criminal background clearance requirements established by the State of California. Candidates are required to obtain and/or maintain valid certificates for first aid and CPR. Candidates must meet experience and/or education requirements for adult day program supervisor as contained in State of California regulations, including Title 22 and Title 17.


Characteristics of developmentally disabled persons and methods of their teaching, leading and development; basic principles of human psychology and behavior; principles and methods of behavior modification; principles and methods of sensory motor development, perceptual development and music and crafts therapy; learning disabilities and motor dysfunction and appropriate remedial techniques; instructional methods, testing theory, and application and evaluation of appropriate testing devices; basic principles and practices of program development; language mechanics and report preparation; social mores and community standards; principles and practices of employee supervision.


Supervise, train and lead employees; instruct, guide, and supervise developmentally disabled adults; adapt activities, ideas and methods to the level of the developmentally disabled; recognize areas of dysfunction and teaching of developmentally disabled adults; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; use a computer to perform basic word processing; deal frankly with human functional and physical problems and questions; react quickly and effectively to crisis situations; write reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, families, staff, and other officials and agencies.


Mobility-Constant walking; occasional driving; regular bending, stooping, and kneeling; utilize a data entry device; Lifting-Frequent lifting of less than 5 to 30 pounds; Visual Requirements-Constant overall vision, eye-hand coordination; frequent color perception, reading/close-up work, field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity-Occasional writing; frequent holding, reaching, grasping, and repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing normal speech, talking in person, talking on the telephone; frequent hearing on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Constant public contact, decision making, concentration; occasional exposure to trauma; Environmental Conditions-Occasional exposure to noise; occasional exposure to dirt, dust, smoke, cold/heat (indoor and outdoor).

CLASS: RS2070; EST: 2/12/1992; REV: 5/14/2014;