EHS Program Description:
Our Early Head Start offers comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income and underserved populations including expecting mothers, infants, toddlers and their families. In center-based as well as home-based settings we promote infant and toddler health & development, foster positive family relationships and supports parents as the primary decision makers and nurturers of their children. Tools and learning strategies are employed to enable the children to enter school ready to succeed.
Special Education Services Coordinator
The Special Education Services Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and maintaining services to children in the Early Head Start Program who have an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). The Special Education Services Coordinator assures appropriate intervention for implementing, managing and evaluating inclusive services and strategies for all children, including children with special needs, enrolled in the Early Head Start program. This position involves interpretation of complex laws and regulations, as well as involvement with other organizations that provide services to children with disabilities and other special needs.
Essential Job Functions (including but not limited to):
- Ensures that all developmental screenings are completed within 45 days of child's entry to the Early Head Start program.
- Plans and delivers and/or secures, individualized and/or group training for staff and parents, during pre-service week, parent committee meetings, and other opportunities throughout the program year.
- Negotiates and secures Inter-agency Agreements with local early intervention services (i.e., NEIS) and other related local agencies while maintaining close communication with the Early Head Start Director and Service Area Managers before, during and after negotiations.
- Assures the referral of children to intervention services when applicable.
- Supports classroom staff and assures that all necessary accommodations and adaptations are made in classroom environments to insure the inclusion of all children, including those with special needs.
- Ensures the maintenance of required program records and follows the SCF-EHS record-keeping and data retention procedures.
- Submits required program reports and documentation in an accurate, timely fashion and participates in case management meetings.
- Assists in clarifying and communicating IDEA rights and regulations to staff and parents, when required or requested.
- Works closely with staff to plan and integrate services for all children; plans awareness activities for children with Education Coordinator; coordinates with Family Services Coordinator the recruitment of children with disabilities; participates, with Health Services Coordinator, in the development of special environmental and safety procedures; and ensures the participation of disabilities service providers in the HDSAC.
- Analyzes data and reports (sometimes using abstract reasoning).
- Reads and reviews legislation and/or other resources to keep abreast of current issues and trends related to the responsibilities of the job.
- Secures appropriate resources for staff, parents and children to including supplies, equipment, and training materials.
- Follows and implements SCF-EHS policies, procedures, and systems, and ensures compliance with Head Start Performance Standards and federal and state laws.
- Ensures strict child and family confidentiality, following the SCF-EHS Confidentiality Procedure.
- Contributes program planning and to the development of policies, procedures, self-assessment and community assessments, as requested.
- Participates in local associations and groups, serving community children (with and without disabilities) and their families representing the agency and its children and families.
- Transitions children with disabilities and those in the diagnostic process to their next destination, ensuring a smooth and efficient process, with full parental participation.
- Ensures agency's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Travel by driving automobiles to and from centers, recruiting events, community activities and other locations throughout the Las Vegs community as approved by program guidelines and management.
- Occasional travel by car, bus, airplane or train may be required as associated with attendance at conferences, meetings and other duties carried out at distant locations in and out of state and in some cases overnight travel may be required
- Performs other duties, as requested.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.
- Education & Experience:
- Bachelor's Degree in Special Education or Early Childhood Special Education with at least three courses in Special Education and the inclusion of children with disabilities is required
- 6 months or more work experience in Special Education, Early Childhood or Child Development or other closely-related field is preferred.
- Knowledge & Skills:
- Understands and applies Head Start philosophy and the current principles of inclusion, natural environments and services to children with disabilities and their families;
- Demonstrates knowledge of the challenges and strengths of low-income families;
- Displays proven ability to work with minimum supervision and as an effective member of a team;
- Applies knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices, diagnostic tests screening tools and assessments, and laws protecting individuals with disabilities.
- Must have a valid Driver’s License and maintain throughout the duration of employment
- Must have 3 years or more of a clean DMV record.
- Must have reliable transportation
- Must be approved by SCF insurer to be added to corporate auto insurance policy
- Must have effective communication skills, both oral and written; strong organizational, problem solving and management skills; ability to observe and record information including non-verbal information, and demonstrate an attention to detail to effectively meet client and program needs.
- Must interact sensitively, effectively and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, economic, racial, ethnic and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences especially parents of children in SCF’s programs.
- Must be able to utilize multiple technology platforms effectively: Personal computers (Desktop or Laptop), Tablets, Smart Phones, cloud-based software or other software as required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
- Physical Demands:
- Must be able to lift 40 pounds
- Must be able to physically move through classroom, playground and other program environments.
- Must submit and pass a criminal background check
- Must submit negative TB results (One Step TB or Chest X-ray) prior to hire date and every 2 years employed
- Must submit physical exam prior to hire date and every 5 years employed
- Must be able to work for long periods of time while maintaining concentrated attention to detail.
- Must be able to sit a table or desk for long periods of time with occasional standing, walking, squatting or reaching.
- Must be able to travel by car, bus, airplane or train for trainings or program activities as needed
Department: Program Management
This is a full time position
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