Do you have a passion for helping others? Are you wanting to join a team that fosters a fun, healthy and balanced work culture? Pend Oreille County is seeking a Developmental Disabilities Specialist I to join their team!

Pend Oreille Country is located in North Eastern Washington, on the boarder of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.

Developmental Disabilities (DD) Specialist I Job Description

Salary: $2,383.95- $2,658.08 per month DOE

Application Deadline: Open until filled


Perform employment support and community inclusion services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The supports and services performed depend upon the specific abilities of the individuals being served and the nature of the setting where the activities are performed.   Works cooperatively and effectively with the public and other employees. Non-exempt position, subject to a collective bargaining agreement.


  1. High school diploma or equivalent with preference given to post high school education in human services or related fields with work experience in the disabilities field.
  2. Must successfully pass a background check, a driving record check and a pre-employment physical.
  3. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  4. Is not a State or Federal (OIG) or System for Award Management (SAM) excluded provider, in any capacity for the Medicare, Medicaid, and all Federal health care programs.
  5. Must be able to become CPR Certified (county provides training)
  6. Promotes values of individual worth, self-respect and dignity for all individuals with developmental disability as valuable contributing members of the workforce and society.
  7. Have sound judgment with problem solving and conflict resolution skills, be reliable, patient, enthusiastic and a positive role model.
  8. Strong organizational and time management skills, capable of working both independently and as part of a team.
  9. MS Office software skills – “intermediate user” level. Dexterity to operate various office machines.
  10. Excellent public relations and interpersonal working skills.
  11. Respects personal and professional boundaries.
  12. Must adhere to strict confidentiality in regard to client activities and documentation.
  13. Regular and punctual attendance with ability to work a flexible schedule, to meet client needs.


  1. Perform and promote collaborative participation in the development of Person Centered planning.
  2. Provide employment support services as defined by the Developmental Disability Administration.
    1. Assist individuals in identifying personal interests, which lead to a job of choice in the community
    2. Assist individuals to successfully maintain community jobs through applying respectful and empowering teaching and support strategies, demonstrating skills, mentoring workplace behaviors, and evaluating and promoting progress.
      1. Job readiness (e.g., developing resume, job search and applications, etc.)
      2. Job coaching (e.g., break job duties and assignments into specific steps to facilitate understanding of expectations and competence with task completion)
      3. Provide guidance in acceptable work habits, (e.g., punctuality, hygiene, communication)
    3. Serve as a liaison between employee and employer to facilitate appropriate worker to supervisor relationship to facilitate productive engagement and employment success, to include supporting employers with task analysis and/or specific supports needed by individuals with developmental disabilities (e.g., Americans with Disabilities Act information)
    4. Job Development including employer contacts, job carving and customized employment strategies.
  3. Provide Community Inclusion services as defined by the Developmental Disability Administration.
    1. Support and accompanies individuals to participate in community activities based on their interest.
    2. Support and guide individuals in areas of problem-solving, communication, interpersonal and coping skills, to best facilitate community inclusion efforts, according to their identified goals, and to attain maximum level of independence.
  4. Maintain accurate and timely case notes and related records in manual or electronic systems.
    1. Track client progress towards goals and objectives.
    2. Establish schedules, curriculum and agendas.
  5. Coordinate with schools, families, and community partners to support Developmental Disability agenda.
  6. Maintain competence through trainings and technical reading in the developmental disability science and  
  7. practice field; attend required meetings and trainings.
  8. Provide transportation, as needed for client activities with the agency (agency vehicle provided).
  9. Participate as a team member of the Department, promoting a positive working environment with respectful communication, and courtesy.
  10. Be familiar with and follow Agency, County and relevant DDA Policies and Procedures
  11. Performs other duties as required.


Work is typically performed in an office or community based settings, dependent upon participant job placement settings

or identified community activities, which may include but not be limited to restaurants, faith-based venues, manual labor

settings and may include outdoor environments as well.   Routine travel required throughout the county and region, in all

seasons. Potential hazards associated such as exposure to volatile behaviors,  contagious illnesses, as well assisting  non-

ambulatory clients of various weight class, with occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.   Hand-eye coordination and fine

manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office machines.

Please click on the Developmental Disability Specialist job description above for full job description, qualifications, and working conditions.

Pend Oreille County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.