Speech-Language Pathologist 3


18963 (E S SEIU 1199NW HMC SW/Dietitian/SLP)
21916 (NE S SEIU 1199NW HMC SW/Dietitian/SLP)


This classification series defines speech-language pathology work performed at Harborview Medical Center. Positions in this job assess patient status, evaluate, plan, and administer speech and language services.


This class acts as a lead clinician within the hospital acute, inpatient rehab or outpatient setting, in collaboration with manager or supervisor; provides professional speech and language services to individuals with typical and complex disorders.

Regularly assigns, instructs, and checks work of at least 1 FTE of employees in the Speech-Language Pathologist 1 and/or 2 job classes.


The Speech-Language Pathologist 3 is distinguished from the Speech-Language Pathologist 2 in that the former serves as a lead clinician which includes regularly assigning and checking the work of at least 1 FTE of employees in the Speech-Language Pathologist 1 and/or 2 job classes.


Independently manage complex patient caseload which includes planning, evaluating and treating patients;

Train, assign, provide direction, and check the work of other Speech-Language Pathologists; routinely meet with staff and provide formal objective feedback; assess competency of assigned clinical staff;

In collaboration with a manager, coordinate development of department projects and quality improvement activities to promote delivery of quality speech therapy care; delegate projects to others and assist staff in program development and quality improvement tasks;

Provide clinical supervision to students in educational practicums in evaluation and treatment of speech, cognitive, language, and swallowing disabilities;

Oversee workgroup clinical education programs; ensure training materials are up-to-date; provide training for new clinical instructors and mentorship for speech pathologists taking students; monitor the experience of all workgroup students to promote successful skill acquisition and professional development;

Coordinate new staff orientation, develop and update workgroup competencies;

Identify clinical or systems concerns; develop and oversee program development and quality improvement work within the workgroup, set agendas for clinical meetings and lead meetings;

Conduct in-service training for lay and professional staff concerning swallowing, cognitive, speech and language disabilities;

Represent the Speech-Language Pathology area in hospital committees;

May assume responsibility for a specialty program as assigned by leadership;

Perform the duties of the Speech-Language Pathologist 2; and

Perform other duties as required.


Licensed by the State of Washington as a Speech Language Pathologist,


Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communicative Disorders or equivalent degree approved by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association,


A Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech/Language and Hearing Association,


Five years of experience as a speech-language pathologist.


11-16-2021: Class adopted for UW contract classified staff per PERC decision to add this title to the SEIU 1199NW HMC Social Worker (SW)/Dietitian bargaining unit (Case #133382). Incorporates the work at Harborview Medical Center of UW classified non-union job code 16177, Speech Pathologist/Audiologist Spec 2/Washington State Job Code 308F.