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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 08/13/19

Applications Due08/27/19

Vacancy ID72975

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleHabilitation Specialist 1, CNY DDSO - Rome

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade14

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

Salary RangeFrom $45455 to $58028 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

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 Herkimer

Street Address Frankfort Day Hab

120 Elizabeth Street

City Frankfort


Zip Code13340

Minimum Qualifications Currently a permanent Habilitation Specialist I (who meets QIDP standards)

70.1 Transfer Quals:
One year of permanent service in a direct care/paraprofessional/or professional title - Grade 12 or higher (who meets QIDP standards).

Open Competitive:
Persons who are on the current Habilitation Specialist I Civil Service list may also apply. Consideration will be
contingent upon reachability or eligibility in accordance with Civil Service Law.


If appointed on provisional status, you must participate in the next Civil Service examination(s) and be a reachable candidate in order to obtain permanent status and maintain your position.
For the Transition Examination, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities and have had:

Three months of permanent competitive or 55 b/55 c service in a clinical or direct care position. The list of qualifying titles is available at:; AND
You must also possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in a human services field* OR permanent New York State certification as a teacher.

For the Open-Competitive Examination, you must have a bachelor's or higher level degree in a human services field* AND one year of direct care or clinical experience where your primary focus is providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Substitution: A master's degree in a human services field* OR permanent New York State certification as a teacher may be substituted for the degree and experience described above.

* For the purpose of these examinations, 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, 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, education, human development.) Examples of non-qualifying degrees include but are not limited to: criminal justice, political science, liberal arts, and business.


Ensure individuals reach their optimal level of functioning by developing individual day habilitation plans, setting goals, and monitoring an individual’s progress in reaching those goals. Provides clinical guidance to, and may supervise a limited number of direct care staff.

• Development of program plans based on each individual’s valued outcomes.
• Documentation of program-specific plans.
• Participates in individuals’ Life Plan meetings.
• Participates in activities which support the program(s) and/or the unit’s approach to providing optimum care for all individuals.
• Oversee all aspects of special components of the program which occur regularly.
• Verify all program services are provided as prescribed by team planning process.

Additional Comments Simultaneous to this posting the Civil Service list for Habilitation Specialist 1 may be canvassed. Management reserves the right to select either an eligible respondent to this posting or appoint from the Civil Service list.

The successful bidder to this posting is advised that it will be their responsibility to discuss, with their new supervisor, any previously approved time off. There is no guarantee the new unit will be able to honor previously approved time off.
Any questions regarding the duties of this position may be directed to Ashley Kelly, TTL at 315-866-1392.

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

Name Human Resources

Telephone 315-336-2300 ext. 578

Fax 315-338-0443

Email Address


Street Central NY DDSO

101 West Liberty Street

City Rome

State NY

Zip Code 13440


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit a cover letter and resume by 8/27/2019 and include EOA # 19-184 on all correspondence to: Central NY DDSO, Human Resources, 101 W. Liberty Street, Rome, NY 13440 or email:

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