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Hearing & Speech Specialist

Position Overview

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking to hire a Hearing & Speech Specialist for the Shapiro Center located in Kankakee, Illinois to provide professional clinical services to individuals regarding testing, evaluation, and development of a regimen of treatment and therapy for there solution of communication, swallowing and/or hearing disorders on an assigned unit. Provides direct speech, language, and swallowing therapy; administers tests and interprets test results. Evaluates the nature and extent of impairments. Provides specialized instruction to develop and improve individual’s functional communication, hearing and/or swallowing skills. Counsels individuals in adjusting to the hearing and/or speech/language impairment.


Job Responsibilities 

  1. On an assigned unit, provides professional clinical services to individuals regarding testing, evaluation, and development of a regimen of treatment and therapy for the resolution of communication, swallowing and/or hearing disorders. 
  2. Provides clinical supervision and guidance to mental health technicians and other staff. 
  3. Participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team.


  1. Conducts standardized speech and language assessments to determine individual’s level of functioning in the areas of syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic language ability, articulation, voice, fluency and need for alternative and augmentative communication devices upon admission of the individual. 
  2. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope     of the duties enumerated above.


Minimum Qualifications 

  1. Requires possession of a master’s degree in speech-language pathology or audiology from an approved program. 
  2. Requires a license to practice speech-language pathology or audiology from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR). 
  3. Requires a valid, current Professional Educator License (PEL) with endorsement as a speech-language pathologist (either teaching or non-teaching) issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).


Conditions of Employment 

  1. Requires the ability to work after business hours, weekends, and holidays. 
  2. Requires the ability to physically restrain individuals as necessary to prevent injury to individual or others. 
  3. Requires the ability utilize office equipment, including personal computers. 
  4. Requires the ability to travel in the performance of job duties, with overnight stays as appropriate. 
  5. Requires ability to pass the IDHS background check. 
  6. Requires ability to pass a drug screen for drugs prohibited from recreational use under Illinois Law. 
  7. Requires the ability to meet all agency vaccine/health-related policies and guidance. 


Work Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm; Monday-Friday, with one early, one late, and one weekend day per month. 

Work Location: 100 E Jeffery St Kankakee, IL 60901-5018 

Division of Developmental Disabilities

Shapiro Center