Clinical Speech Pathologist


State of Arkansas
Department of Human Services
Announces Job Search for Candidates for

Clinical Speech Pathologist

Position No. 22152284

Little Rock, Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state's largest agency with 7,000 employees working in 86 county offices serving more than one million people. Employees work in 10 major divisions and five support offices to provide services to Arkansas citizens. DHS is currently seeking to fill the position of Residential Care Shift Supervisor in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Administers hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests, or examinations to clients to collect information on type and degree of impairments, using written and oral tests and special instruments. Evaluates hearing and speech/language test results and medical or background information to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency, voice, and swallowing disorders. Develops and implements treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders, and inappropriate pitch or harsh voice problems, based on own assessments and recommendations of physicians, psychologists, or social workers. Instructs clients in techniques for more effective communication, including sign language, lip reading, and voice improvement, teaches clients to control or strengthen tongue, jaw, face muscles, and breathing mechanisms, and develops speech exercise programs to reduce disabilities. Participates in treatment plan meetings, collaborates with other professionals concerning optimal client care, prepares evaluation reports, maintains documentation, and writes monthly progress notes for each client. Consults with and advises educators or medical staff on speech or hearing topics, such as communication strategies or speech and language stimulation. May supervise a small professional staff by interviewing and recommending employees for hire, evaluating performance of incumbents, reviewing and approving actions recommended by subordinates, and providing training opportunities. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language. Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. Knowledge of adaptive communication devices, sound measuring apparatus’, and other assistive devices, as they relate to the communicatively impaired. Ability to identify and understand the speech of another person Ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. Ability to communicate in oral and written form. Ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, and procedures as they apply to treatment program.
Minimum Qualifications:
The formal education equivalent of a master’s degree in speech pathology from an educational institution recognized by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; plus two years of experience in speech pathology or a related field.

Special Work Condition/Preferred Qualifications:
Provides administrative oversight for programs that deliver services to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Reviews clinical documentation to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment plans for children in need of Autism services. . Develops and implements treatment plans for identified speech and language problems. Participate in treatment plan meetings. Communicate with providers regarding Medicaid requirements for Autism services, specifically Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Develops and implements policy governing programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. May supervise.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Must be licensed as a Speech Pathologist by the Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in accordance with ACA 17-100-301. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

This position provides a competitive starting salary from $71,403.00 - $99,964.00 depending on qualifications, and excellent benefits including group health and life insurance, state retirement plan, and a tax deferred compensation plan, holidays and annual leave time off.


Closing Date: 12/13/2018

“The Arkansas Department of Human Services is an equal opportunity employer providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or political affiliation.”

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