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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS Work involves responsibility for the planning, coordination and implementation of services provided to people with developmental disabilities and administration of the county Office for People With Disabilities. Responsibilities include both planning and coordinating developmental disabilities services in the county, as well as working directly with individuals who have a variety of disabilities. Work is performed under general supervision of the Commissioner of Social Services/Mental Health, with wide leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in the performance of duties and responsibilities. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:           (Illustrative only)

  • Plans and coordinates developmental disabilities services;
  • Serves as the local government liaison with the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD);
  • Develops local government developmental disabilities plan and plans a yearly forum for community input;
  • Develops, maintains and updates developmental disabilities database of individuals and needs assessments;
  • Contacts families listed in the database to ascertain needs, and provides case management when necessary;
  • Develops and maintains resource inventory of referrals within the community;
  • Contacts school districts, doctors, libraries and churches for DDP4 for the Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office of the OPWDD;
  • Conducts parent support groups;
  • Prepares agenda and minutes for and facilitates monthly provider meetings and Community Services Board Developmental Disability Subcommittee meetings;
  • Writes, publishes and distributes a quarterly newsletter;
  • Develops and holds a yearly transition fair for students with disabilities ages 13-21;
  • Attends Committee on Special Education meetings to help with educational programming;
  • Serves on educational task force;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Good knowledge of the principles and techniques used in coordinating the delivery of developmental disability services; good knowledge of New York State rules and regulations as they apply to the administration of Developmental Disability services; good knowledge of the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and corresponding treatment modalities; good knowledge of resources available to provide services for individuals with developmental disabilities; ability to maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; initiative; tact; good judgment.


  1. Master’s degree in a human services discipline, education or mental health, and three years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities; or
  2. Bachelor’s degree in a human services discipline, education or mental health, and five years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities; or
  3. An equivalent combination of a) and b) above.

PLEASE NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.

NB: Chapter 168 of the Laws of 2010 and Assembly Bill 6840: language reform legislation, eliminated references to “mental retardation” in state offices and laws, replacing such references with “developmental disabilities.”


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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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