General Statement of Duties:
To provide direct client services through the Infant & Toddler Connection, Part C program, an early intervention program for children with developmental delays or disabilities, a service of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board. The Infant Development Specialist is directly responsible to the ITC Coordinator. He/she is expected to exercise considerable independence and autonomy in day-to-day decision-making about service delivery and to participate with other ITC staff in assessments, planning, and service delivery. Regularly scheduled supervision is provided as well as consultation and assistance necessary to accomplish the work. He/she is expected to exhibit expertise in the area of special education, early childhood development, and intellectual disabilities. The position requires the ability to work effectively with parents and infants, work cooperatively with staff from other agencies, and work as part of a team.
This position is classified non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Assesses children in a variety of developmental domains (as determined by the ITC Coordinator), using the tools and test procedures approved by the ITC Coordinator;
Participates in multidisciplinary assessments and team meetings for individual children;
Provides developmental services to assigned ITC clients;
Provides service coordination (case management) to assigned ITC families, coordinating multiple resources to accomplish family goals;
Consults with a wide array of other professionals to provide and receive information regarding medical, developmental, and/or human services issues;
Participates in staff development activities required by the program’s coordinator;
Participates in staff meetings and team development;
Adheres to regulations and standards established by or for compliance with human rights regulations, agency licensure requirements, confidentiality statutes, third party payor rules, professional code of ethics, Part C policies and regulations, etc.;
Exhibits excellent customer service, including promptly returning phone calls, expected usage
of scheduling procedures and voice mail system, accommodating client needs in scheduling, etc.;
Completes clinical and/or administrative documentation as specified by or within CSB standards, payor requirements, Medicaid regulations, professional standards, etc.;
Maintains effective relationships with co-workers and customers based on courtesy, compassion, and respect;
Responsible for other duties as assigned, consistent with established policy and procedure.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent diagnostic and evaluative skills in all areas of development of infants and toddlers. Thorough knowledge of the principles of child development and intellectual disabilities. Good interpersonal skills with the ability to teach and to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing. Ability to work and relate effectively to persons from a wide variety of educational and socioeconomic backgrounds who may vary markedly in their level of sophistication regarding infant development. Exhibits consistently good judgment and a high level of independence and initiative. Ability to work effectively as a team member and with a variety of community agencies. Basic computer literacy and word processing skills preferred.
Possession of a current, valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in child development, special education, early childhood education or related discipline; Early Childhood Education/Special Education Certification. Experience with infants and toddlers, particularly those who have disabilities, is very desirable.
Equipment: Telephone, vehicle, PC, word processing program
Work Environment: Individual’s homes, facilities, and office with lighting levels, temperature ranges, air quality, ventilation and noise levels as provided in each setting.
Work Location: Individuals homes, facilities, and community settings.
Work Hazards: Minimal hazards associated with general day-to-day community activities.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, regular office hours; Some evening and weekend hours required as scheduled. Additional hours as needed to perform job requirements.