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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 11/29/22

Applications Due12/14/22

Vacancy ID117596

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleHabilitation Specialist 1 (Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional*)

Occupational CategoryEducation, Teaching

Salary Grade14

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $50715 to $64319 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 20%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 40


From 7:30 AM

To 4 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Dutchess

Street Address Amenia Program Center

4279 Route 22

City Wassaic


Zip Code12592

Minimum Qualifications Permanent/Provisional Appointments Available

*Posted Hiring Salary includes the sum of statutory hiring rate ($49,202) and Mid-Hudson Adjustment ($1,513). The Mid-Hudson Adjustment ($1,513) is also added to job rate ($62,806).

Reachable on the Civil Service Eligible List for Habilitation Specialist 1
Have permanent service as a Habilitation Specialist 1
Eligible for 70.1 transfer to a Habilitation Specialist 1 title
Eligible for provisional appointment pending examination. To be eligible for provisional appointment, candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in a human services field.

*A degree in a human service field includes the professional disciplines of audiology, community mental health, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, vocational counseling, social work, speech/language pathology, and therapeutic recreation (including concentrations in art, creative arts, dance, drama, music, or physical education.) Also included are related academic disciplines associated with the study of human behavior (e.g., gerontology, human services, sociology, speech communication); or human skills development (e.g., counseling/guidance, education, human development.) Examples of non-qualifying degrees include but are not limited to: criminal justice, political science, liberal arts, and business.

* If you are appointed provisionally, you must take the next scheduled civil service examination for this title and your score must be reachable on the resulting eligible list before you can be permanently appointed. If you do not pass the examination or achieve a reachable score, you may not be retained *.

A Qualified Intellectual Disorder Professional - designation requires one year's experience working with people with a developmental disability AND a bachelor’s degree or higher in a human services field (including, but not limited to: sociology, special education, rehabilitation counseling or psychology).

This Habilitation Specialist 1 (HS1) will be responsible for, completing assessments, facilitating recreation activities and other required documentation important for billing, and ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements for a both IRAs and community Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF's) which fall under the 483 regulations.

The Habilitation Specialist 1’s duties will include, but are not limited to:
• Complete annual assessments for approximately 20 ICF individuals and identify strengths, needs, and interests for any ICF individuals
• Monitor programs and revise as needed to ensure continual progress of individuals in reaching their goals
• Communicate with treatment team members to gather additional information to plan appropriate services. Make modifications to services as recommended by the treatment team.
• Provide assessment, training, and assistance to individuals to develop skills promoting independence in classroom and alternative settings
• Record data and monthly summaries a timely manner and in accordance with agency standards to ensure they are complete and up to date.
• Review monthly community outing data for 8 assigned residences and provide report to TTL. Assist with completing district-wide report of community outings and volunteer programs
• Ensure objective or service plan data collection is completed for ICF individuals, as well as analyzing the data collected monthly and completing a monthly report for all objective plans.
• Actively seek opportunities for individuals to develop relationships and participate in community life.
• Organize and attend Special Olympics events for individuals to participate in track and field, bowling, softball, basketball, Bocce, and snowshoeing. Additionally, practice sessions and training for statewide Special Olympics events is required.
• Participate in the Community Service Program through the Amenia Program to assist individuals with becoming involved in their local communities on a volunteer basis
• Functions as liaison with the Self-Advocacy Committee and assists with scheduling and participation in Self-Advocacy monthly meetings.
• Other duties as assigned by the TTL or Taconic leadership.

NOTE: You must have a valid driver’s license to apply as travel is a part of the duties involved in this position. This may include a state-owned vehicle, as available, or the employee’s own car. An employee who uses his/her own car will be reimbursed at current negotiated rates.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Taconic DDSOO-Office of Human Resources

Telephone 8458776821, ext. 3367

Fax 845-877-3851

Email Address


Street 25 Center Circle

City Wassaic

State NY

Zip Code 12592


Notes on ApplyingInterested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications, a current resume and
a copy of your bachelor’s degree to the Taconic DDSOO Human Resources Office. Please provide your social security number for service certification and transfer eligibility determination process. Also be sure to include the vacancy number on this announcement on your resume.

Taconic DDSO – Human Resources
25 Center Circle
Wassaic, New York 12592
Phone: 845-877-6821 ext. 3367
Fax: 845-877-3851

Please note:

• Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes that he or she needs a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office (518) 473-9689 or Email at to obtain information and RA forms.
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at
• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
• If you are employed by state government, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments have been made under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. For more information on PSLF, please visit
• OPWDD is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion. We believe that we are most effective in managing and improving our service system with a diverse team of employees. With such a large workforce, we rely on the collective individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, ideas, and talent that our employees bring to their work. This speaks to our culture and is a key part of our successes. As we continuously recruit people for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that applicants bring in terms of their education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

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