Habilitation Specialist II

  • Habilitation Specialist II
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Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$34,416.00 – $48,852.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,434.00 – $2,035.50
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This is mid-level professional work developing, implementing, and monitoring habilitation programs and positive behavior supports for persons with developmental disabilities.

Job Duties

Serves as a Qualified Developmental Disability Professional (QDDP) for a number of assigned clients residing in a habilitation center or serves as a member of a behavior resource team providing positive behavior supports for individuals living at home or in community-based residential settings who are encountering, or are likely to encounter, crisis events due to challenging behaviors.

Supervises the delivery of each client's individual plan, which includes training and habilitation services; writes, approves, and signs staffing summaries, quarterly reviews, individual habilitation plans, and client progress reports.

Observes and evaluates client behaviors; assists in developing support strategies; provides consultation and training to individuals, their families, other caretakers, and service providers; and implements behavior supports and monitors their effectiveness.

Implements and monitors individualized habilitation plans in such areas as self-care (i.e., grooming, toileting, eating, dressing), communication, socialization, safety, perceptual motor skills, functional arithmetic (i.e., numerals, money, measurement, time), positive behavior supports, vocational skills, domestic skills, community experience, and other specialized areas based on individualized habilitation goals.

Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team in developing and reviewing individualized habilitation plans, observes client participation in habilitation programs, reports on client progress, and makes recommendations concerning changes in the individual habilitation plan.

Supervises and monitors the work of Developmental Assistants and other employees as assigned.

Selects, adapts, and implements program activities with minimal supervision within established guidelines.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)


One or more years of experience as a Habilitation Specialist I with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 24 earned semester hours or 36 earned quarter hours in one or a combination of the following: Elementary or Secondary Education, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Counseling, Recreation (including specialty areas such as Art, Dance, Music, or Physical Education), Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, or other specialties in the field of human services; and,

One or more years of professional experience working with persons with developmental disabilities.

(Experience as a Registered Nurse may substitute on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two years of the required education.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of positive behavior support principles and practices as they apply to habilitation programs for persons with developmental disabilities.

Intermediate knowledge of the behavioral sciences and allied disciplines involved in the evaluation, care, and habilitation of persons with developmental disabilities.

Ability to collect and analyze information utilized in making decisions concerning client habilitation plans.

Ability to evaluate the progress of clients and the quality of their treatment programs.

Ability to develop, write, and implement effective and practical individual habilitation plans, proactive and preventative strategies for problem behaviors, and related program procedures.

Ability to exercise constructive discipline in a structured behavioral environment.

Ability to communicate effectively and prepare reports.

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