The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is looking for a
caring, compassionate, and dynamic individual who wants a rewarding
career making a difference in the lives of those individuals with
intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. DDS is
seeking a motivated, self-directed and experienced person for the
role of PSYCHOLOGIST IV for the Southeast Regional Office located
in Middleboro, MA for the Intake and Eligibility Unit.
Our ideal candidate will be familiar with the Department of
Developmental Services eligibility regulations, Intellectual
Disability as defined by the American Academy of Intellectual and
Developemental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Must be
highly organized and able to adhere to timelines in writing
eligibility determineation summary reports in a high volume
Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary
and not all inclusive):
- Provides formal training and clinical oversight to Eligibility
Team Generalists and Supervisor on the use and interpretation of
standardized Adaptive Behavior Scales and instruments.
- Reviews all historical records and reports, including summaries
prepared by Eligibility Generalists, to determine the need for new
assessments of intellectual and adaptive behavior functioning.
- Participates in and/or chairs case review meetings where data
related to eligibility is reviewed by all members of the Regional
Eligibility Team and facilitates discussion of eligibility status
- Makes ultimate eligibility recommendation and participates in
all appeals of eligibility determinations in conjunction with
designated Regional Manager.
- Maintains knowledge of professional developments in the fields
of psychological assessment, diagnosis of developmental
disabilities and related subjects.
- Write necessary reports and performs analyses of patterns and
trends regarding eligibility applications and determinations as
- Works collaboratively with Regional Nursing Home Specialist on
determination of eligibility for Nursing Facility candidates and
performs related duties as required.
Knowledge and expertise in the administration and interpretation
of standardized measures of intelligence and adaptive behavior
Demonstrated knowledge of the interpretation and analysis of
psychological assessment and testing results;
Experience working with individuals with intellectual and
developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder
Thoroughness, independence and excellent written and oral
Record of working in multidisciplinary teams;
Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word,
Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Team.
Familiar with Meditech electronic client record system.
- Use of Cisco Webex video conferencing platform
Please Note: Schedule: This is a Full-time, 40 hour a week
position on the day shift.
About the Agency:
The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to
creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine
opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and
autism to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to,
their communities as valued members.
As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are
offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of
services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a
paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an
outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider
towards your overall compensation, including:
- 75% state paid a medical insurance premium
- Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
- Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance
- Low cost basic and optional life insurance
- Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred
Compensation 457(b) plan
- 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and
- Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and
- Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program
- Incentive-based Wellness Programs
- Professional Development and Continuing Education
- Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness
A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the
recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by
the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the
candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of
2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the
Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based
check of the state and national criminal history databases on the
For more information, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in
accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring
Education and license/certification information provided by the
selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public
Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Human
Resources Customer Service line at 800-627-7730.
Qualifications - External
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply
within the first 14 days.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Current and valid registration as a Psychologist by the
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Psychology. Applicants must
also have at least three years of years of full-time, or equivalent
part-time, professional experience as a Licensed Psychologist in
the application of psychological principles and techniques in a
recognized agency providing psychological services or treatment, of
which (B) at least one year must have included supervision over
Post-doctoral Psychologists-in-training and/or Psychological
Assistants. Based on assignment, must meet the eligibility
requirements for Designated Forensic Psychologist in 104 CMR
Special Requirements: Based on assignment, travel may be
required. Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for
travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle
Operator's license or the equivalent from another state.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females,
minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply.