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Supervisor, Vocational Services (9825)

Supervisor, Vocational Services

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: TO80
  • Class Code: 9825
  • Established: 07/19/1962
  • Revised: 12/18/1990
  • Title Changed: 12/18/1990


In the Department of Developmental Services and the Department of Mental Health, to supervise the vocational training programs in the developmental centers and the State hospitals. This includes planning, organizing, implementing, and supervising the programs in both facility-and community-based settings.

Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes, implements, and supervises facility-wide work training programs that include a continuum of services ranging from programs for clients having complete vocational dysfunction to supported and competitive employment in the community. Monitors a facility-wide vocational assessment process evaluating individual vocational abilities, work interests, present and future employment options, and recommendations for service; assists in maintaining liaisons with community agencies such as regional centers, community education programs, local community vendors, industry and business service groups, and other agencies interested in employing the disabled. Monitors facilities compliance in the vocational area, with the standards of various regulatory and accrediting agencies; integrates the vocational program with the overall functions of the facility; coordinates services within the facility with other facilities and community agencies; selects staff; assures that staff are adequately trained in production/job coaching techniques and facility-mandated training; monitors the program evaluation process; monitors records of all monies disbursed and received through Vocational Services; and provides supervisory direction and leadership to a variety of staff, including rehabilitation therapists, occupational therapists, psychiatric technicians, vocational resource specialists, automotive equipment operators, and student assistants and youth aids.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Two years of professional experience in connection with the operation of a work training program for the rehabilitation/habilitation of mentally or developmentally disabled individuals. and Education: Graduation from a recognized college with major work in rehabilitation/habilitation of the mentally or developmentally disabled, social work, business or hospital administration, or related field. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for three years of the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles, procedures, and techniques of supervising a vocational training program; principles and practices of personnel supervision; Federal and State laws pertaining to employment of clients in both facility and community settings; California laws and rules pertaining to facility administration; characteristics and social aspects of mental and developmental disabilities; problems of developing, setting standards for, and supervising a program for the disabled; current trends in Federal and State programs for the mentally and developmentally disabled; hands-on knowledge and/or specific expertise related to program content and operations; and Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons contacted in work, including those of professional, governmental, and private organizations; effectively utilize required technical knowledge; speak and write effectively; analyze problems and recommend appropriate action; creatively formulate and supervise the vocational programs and evaluate their effectiveness; explain vocational programs to individuals and groups; identify the need for and develop changes in program practices and policies; and effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Sympathetic and objective understanding of the problems of the mental, developmental, and physically disabled; tact, patience, emotional stability; and neat appearance.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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