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Early Head Start Child Development/Disabilities Specialist

Job Descriptions

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Position Purpose

Under the supervision and direction of the EHS Director/Regional Manager, the EHS CDD Specialist promotes the school readiness of Early Head Start's infants and toddlers by providing technical assistance, mentoring, and training to the staff and agency. The planning children's readiness to learn involves culturally responsive, integrated service delivery of child development, disabilities, and mental health that supports learning environments to: a) enhance children's cognitive, social and emotional development and, b) promote children's growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development, creative arts, physical development, and approaches to learning.

Essential Job Responsibilities: Performance Indicators

Integrated technical support and services (80%)

  1. Technical assistance: Content development and consultation.
    1. Maintains content development expertise and disseminates such knowledge by providing ongoing quality assistance to staff.
    2. Develops and disseminates resources and best practices for the process of implementing quality improvement efforts.
    3. Promotes continuous quality improvement and quality assurance efforts for the agency.
  2. Coaching and Mentoring
    1. Facilitates peer-to-peer learning both one-on-one or group settings in joint process of capacity-building strategies.
    2. Provides skill development and mentoring to staff progressing in their position by performing on-the-job technical assistance and mentoring of specific skills.
      1. Provide guidance to staff in building skills and competence.
        1. Facilitating the development, implementation, and coordination of internal support plans (action plans, behavior plans) with parents, teachers, and supervisors
    3. Providing ongoing quality assistance to address children’s challenging behaviors and sensory needs.
    4. Supports the professional development of all staff by delivering coaching and technical assistance.
  3. Quality Assurance: Evaluation and Assessment
    1. Participates in site visits, classrooms observations, and work groups to assess program needs and planning strategies for system/process improvement and/or development of early childhood education, disabilities, and mental health.
    2. Assesses the implementation of the agency’s work plan to insure the program/content goals and objectives are met.
    3. Providing guidance and support to staff with implementation of curriculum/individualization plans and ongoing assessments.
  4. Compliance and Review
    1. Assist with the coordination of the annual program self-assessment and the follow-up reporting
    2. Assist with the development and maintaining written policies and procedures that are in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
  5. Team Work: Communication and Partnership
    1. Communicates effectively to build trust.
    2. Works cooperatively with other agencies to meet the needs of families and children served:
      1. Coordinate child and/or family referrals
      2. Provide support services of children’s transition plan
      3. Communicate regularly with RM, direct service staff, and consultants
        1. Participate in regional meetings as requested
        2. Participate in child/family staffing
  6. Site Coordination
    1. Facilitate all family and child staffings and reflective practice to provide coaching and mentoring to T/FA and home visitor’s positions within their site. Include community partners as applicable.
    2. Provide results of site monitoring, including direct service activities and status to EHS Director/Regional Manager to ensure compliance
    3. Support and assist site events and site based family activity events as requested by supervisor.
    4. Assist EHS Director/Regional Manager to ensure program compliance with codes of all state and local licensing agencies and grant requirements.
    5. Attend regular meetings and professional development activities as needed or requested by supervisor

Training (10%)

  1. Assist CD/D Consultant in development and implementation to groups, regional, and on-site trainings

Committee/Planning (10%)

  1. Assist in providing regular site visits to all EHS of Lane County locations to monitor the environments, curriculum, and assessments.
  2. Assist with the coordination of the annual Program Self-Assessment and the follow-up reporting.
  3. Assist with developing and maintaining written policies and procedures that are in compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards.
  4. Work in collaboration with clerical and data tracking staff to insure that Child Development services are tracked and accounted for.


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum of Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Development, Early Intervention or related degree (with minimum of 6 classes with primary focus on ECE/ECD), Master’s degree desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience in working with early childhood mental health and disabilities services.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills, internet and e-mail.
  • Current enrollment in the Child Care Division- Central Background Registry.
  • Valid Oregon Driver’s License and access to transportation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to utilize agency resources, technology and library to appropriately answer questions and provides guidance to staff and parents
  • Ability to train and provide presentations to large and small groups.
  • Ability to collaborate with and have working knowledge of local community resources related to disability services.
  • Ability to communicate (verbal and written) effectively and appropriately with others.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Sustained concentration and attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage work load and deadlines.
  • Excellent diagnostic and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to meet the needs of all children specifically those with special needs, challenging behaviors, at risk, gifted and culturally diverse populationss.
  • Regular sitting, working at computer keyboard and desk, standing to file misc. documents in filing cabinet. Occasional bending, stooping and lifting up to 25 lbs.

All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start's policy on confidentiality.

Position Information

  • Pay Grade 11,12 DOE,
  • Supervised by EHS Director/Regional Manager

Updated 12-2012. 01-2014