Class Specifications - H.80
Chief of Rehabilitation Services - 9448
Associate Chief of Rehabilitation Services - 9449

April, 1973

Series Concept

Chiefs direct and Institute services; and Associate the rehabilitation or medical and perform Chiefs facility other of Rehabilitation Services plan, organize, services program of a campus Neuropsychiatric engaged in teaching, research, and clinical related duties as required.

Incumbents typically develop, coordinate and supervise a program for the rehabilitation of patients through organized individual and group therapeutic activities; formulate and administer department objectives, policies and procedures; coordinate rehabilitation programs with those of other departments and services of the institution; consult and collaborate with other professional staff; supervise a staff of rehabilitation personnel engaged in occupational therapy, recreation therapy, music therapy, physical therapy and/or vocational rehabilitation counseling; recruit, select, and train personnel, and evaluate their performance; coordinate the instruction in rehabilitation therapy with the total teaching program of the Institute and of the University; initiate, plan, and conduct rehabilitation research programs in cooperation with research personnel; plan, direct, and supervise intern training programs coordinating with other training programs and with various colleges and universities whose students intern at the Institute; organize, administer, and control departmental budget, personnel, space, and equipment and coordinate with other departments and services; and keep records and prepare reports as necessary and required.

Incumbents may engage in consultation and teaching with other departments and agencies; may participate in the training of other personnel such as psychiatric residents, medical students, social workers, nurses and technicians; may serve on thesis committees of graduate students and supervise their clinical studies; may consult on curriculum revisions and clinical training; may independently plan and conduct research studies in rehabilitation, write and publish articles and participate in the total research program of the Institute; may write and present papers at conferences and workshops; may prepare and deliver lectures related to rehabilitation programs; may establish and maintain cooperative relationships with appropriate public and private agencies; and may interpret the rehabilitation services program to interested individuals.

Classes in the Chief of Rehabilitation Services series are distinguished from other therapist classes in that incumbents typically have management responsibility for a total rehabilitation services program or for one or more major divisions of a rehabilitation services program.

The series consists of two levels based on varying degrees of administrative, managerial, and/or supervisory responsibility and on the size, nature and/or complexity of the rehabilitation services programs. Associate Chief of Rehabilitation Services is the first management level and Chief of Rehabilitation Services is the second management level.

Class Concepts

Chief of Rehabilitation Services

Under medical direction, incumbents are responsible for planning, administer ing and directing all phases of a large and varied rehabilitation .services program usually employing 12 or more professional therapists to meet institu tional objectives of teaching, research and clinical services.

Incumbents typically perform the range of duties outlined in the Series Concept. As a guide to help determine the scope and complexity of the second manage ment level, incumbents typically coordinate clinical and academic goals in collaboration with subordinate supervisors, affiliating colleges and universities and with specialty staff; and may in addition supervise Associate Chief of Rehabilitation Services incumbents who are responsible for administering and developing child or adult division rehabilitation programs, associated train ing and service programs, and clinical studies.

Associate Chief of Rehabilitation Services

Under medical direction, incumbents are either (a) responsible for planning, administering and directing a medium-sized rehabilitation services program usually employing 5 professional therapists to meet institutional objectives in teaching, research and clinical service or (b) a.re responsible for planning and implementing an adult or child rehabilitation program reporting to the Chief of Rehabilitation Services in a large and varied rehabilitation services program.

Incumbents who are in charge of a total rehabilitation services program of medium size and directly supervise professional therapists, typically perform. the range of duties outlined in the Series Concept.

As head of a child or adult division of a rehabilitation services program, incumbents typically coordinate their programs with other departments and multi-disciplinary treatment tea.ms in clinical services; participate in policy decisions affecting the total child or adult in clinical services; plan and coordinate clinical and pre-clinical experiences within child or adult programs and supervise professional therapists engaged in music ther8py, recreation ther apy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and vocational rehabilitation counseling.

Minimum Qualifications

Chief of Rehabilitation Services

Current registration in American Occupational Therapy Association, or National Association of Music Therapy, or other recognized national credentials for professional therapists; Master's degree in rehabilitation/therapeutic or related field; four years of progressively responsible experience including two years of supervisory and administrative experience in a rehabilitation program for emotionally disturbed, mentally retarded or physically handicapped; and concurrent or supplemental experience in conducting training and research programs in rehabilitation.

Associate Chief of Rehabilitation Services

Current registration in American Occupational Therapy Association, or National Association of Music Therapy, or other recognized national credentials for professional therapists; Master's degree in rehabilitation/therapeutic or related field; two years of progressively responsible experience including one year of supervisory and administrative experience in a rehabilitation program for emotionally disturbed, mentally retarded or physically handicapped; and concurrent or supplemental experience in conducting training and/or research programs in rehabilitation.