Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S4012 / Program Therapist (Senior)
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides a wide range of clinical evaluation, assessment, consultation/treatment, education, and/or research services, in support of a specified health care program. Teaches, supervises, and/or advises undergraduate, graduate, or post graduate practicum students, and/or lower level therapists. As a member of an interdisciplinary team, specializes in one or more complementary disciplines, such as therapeutic referral, counseling, psychology, school psychology, social services, specialty nursing, speech/language pathology, occupational/physical therapy, or educational/developmental diagnostics. May operate in a rural outreach, home setting, community clinic, and/or hospital environment. Plans and oversees program initiatives, and may participate in program development and administration. May design and deliver educational programs for community constituencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conducts discipline-specific patient evaluations, assessments, consultations, and treatment, as a member of an interdisciplinary team, in accordance with program protocol and federal and state regulations and guidelines.
  2. Plans, schedules, and coordinates clinical activities; confers and collaborates with other therapists and staff, and with external agencies, to ensure that clinical activities and issues are handled in a manner consistent with program objectives, policies, procedures, and legal requirements.
  3. Consults with individual patients, families, and service providers, in a range of settings, to develop recommendations for treatment programs and techniques, to interpret evaluation results, and/or to coordinate the provision of care and treatment.
  4. Supervises the evaluation and treatment services provided by practicum students and/or lower level therapists; evaluates student performance, and provides guidance and feedback as appropriate to the development of clinical skills.
  5. Conducts research as appropriate to program activities, and prepares or participates in the preparation and writing of reports, articles, and/or grants and proposals, as appropriate.
  6. Develops, plans, leads, and/or participates in educational, training, and outreach activities, to include program development and presentation of lectures and/or workshops.
  7. May travel extensively throughout the state to provide services, depending upon the focus and objectives of the specified program.
  8. May serve as project leader in the development and implementation of special programs, to include grant preparation, budgeting, and program administration.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to effectively communicate medical information, test results, diagnoses and/or proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by the client.
  • Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Program planning and implementation skills.
  • Ability to administer and interpret discipline-specific test and evaluation instruments, incorporating clinical observation.
  • Ability to evaluate the progress of therapeutic programs and to make individual modifications.
  • Ability to develop individual treatment goals and plans.
  • Knowledge of therapeutic theory, techniques, and practice specific to the targeted population, within area of specialty.
  • Knowledge of relevant laws, regulations and standards for the delivery of therapeutic treatment.
  • Ability to lead, mentor, and evaluate medical practicum students, graduates, and post-graduates in a clinical setting.
  • Ability to lead and teach professionals and/or paraprofessionals.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Knowledge of clinical research principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of procedures and techniques for the provision of outreach services.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) independent provision of intensive, integrated professional services and treatment planning in a clinical and/or outpatient environment; b) provision of professional leadership and/or supervision in the determination of appropriate therapeutic approaches and methods within an established field of therapeutic specialty; c) planning and implementing outreach/education programs, workshops, and activities; d) working as a professional specialist as part of a multi-disciplinary team; e) participation in program administration, to include data management, program tracking, and report preparation.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017