Habilitation Supervisor

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Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$36,924.00 – $52,116.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,538.50 – $2,171.50
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This is professional supervisory work developing, implementing, and monitoring habilitation programs and positive behavior supports for persons with developmental disabilities.

Job Duties

Serves as the primary assistant to a Unit Program Supervisor in supervising the implementation of individualized habilitation plans; assists a Habilitation Program Manager in directing a centralized facility-wide program; functions as program manager in a centralized program of moderate size and scope; or supervises a community-based behavior resource team in a regional office providing intervention services designed to maintain and enhance community living arrangements.

Serves as a Qualified Developmental Disability Professional (QDDP) with responsibility for supervising professional, direct care, and other staff in 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.

Supervises and participates in implementing and monitoring 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; observes staff performance and participates in the design and review of individual habilitation and/or behavior intervention plans.

Assists in the development, coordination, and adaptation of specialized habilitation programs and activities to fit the specialized needs, abilities, and conditions of assigned clients; integrates other service programs with client needs.

Assists in the maintenance of administrative and therapeutic records; requisitions program supplies and equipment as needed.

Exercises independent judgment; work is reviewed for adherence to established policies and procedures.

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.)

Two or more years of experience as a Habilitation Specialist II 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,

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

(Earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas may substitute on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two years of the required experience at a rate of 24 earned graduate credit hours for one year of experience.)

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

Special Note

Applicants must be eligible for designation as a Qualified Developmental Disability Professional (QDDP) under Federal standards for an Intermediate Care Facility-Mental Retardation (ICF-MR).


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.

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

Intermediate knowledge of the principles of supervision and training as applied to habilitation programming and proactive, positive, and preventative teaching focused strategies for problem behaviors.

Ability to assign, direct, and review the work of staff involved in the implementation of habilitation and behavior intervention programs.

Ability to plan, coordinate, and adapt a variety of habilitation program activities and proactive, positive, and preventative teaching focused strategies for problem behaviors to meet the specialized needs, abilities, and conditions of clients.

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

Ability to evaluate the progress of clients and the quality of their habilitation programs and positive support strategies.

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.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and facility staff.

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