Specialist - Bilingual Outreach
Is this position exempt from overtime pay?
Devises and implements strategies for families whose primary or exclusive language is Spanish and have children with bona fide suspected disabilities between the ages of birth and five.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?
1. Builds and nurtures partnerships with parents whose children are referred to the Infants and Toddlers Program (ITP), Community Based Services (CBS) and Preschool Child Find.
2. Responds to parent concerns; conducts initial home visits to interview families.
3. Supports parents to help them demonstrate an improved understanding of school policies, procedures and educational requirements regarding all Maryland early intervention services.
4. Conducts developmental screenings for children when needed; provides feedback to parents regarding screening results.
5. Completes reports on the children referred to ITP and CBS; enters screening results, for children referred to Child Find, into Tienet.
6. Provides support to families and advocates for children during Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and/or Individual Education Program (IEP) designs; arranges six month and annual IFSP and IEP reviews.
7. Serves as point of contact and liaison to staff and interpreters assigned to work with families whose children have or participate in, ITP, Community-Based Services (CBS), Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and pre-Kindergarten.
8. Explains written reports that reflect the progress of children toward achieving IFSP outcomes and IEP goals and objectives.
9. Supports families during transition from services under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) to services under Part B.
10. Provides support to families in Birth to Five and school aged programs via contact with school administration, and classroom and ESOL teachers.
11. Establishes effective community partnerships.
12. Provides families information on community resources.
13. Ascertains comprehensive service needs in close collaboration with behavior specialists and social workers; i.e. identifies and accesses pediatric health care resources, food banks, job and housing assistance, literacy services and public transportation options.
14. Serves as point contact when there are emergency family needs and crisis situations.
15. Maintains in-depth knowledge of current effective practices, trends and research surrounding language minority families and children education.
16. Actively participates in staff/professional development activities.
17. Actively involved as the lead in outreach for the Birth to Five Service which includes but is not limited to attending community events as well as comprehensive school events.
18. Non-traditional work hours.
19. Performs other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made on request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Education/Education related services, Social Services or other relevant areas.
· Three years of experience in a social service or educational environment; experience in early childhood desired.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Demonstrated Spanish fluency in reading, writing and speaking skills.
· Possess or can obtain suitable qualifications from MSDE for early intervention providers within one year of date of employment.
· Working knowledge of IDEA, IFSP, IEP regulations.
· Knowledge of typical and atypical development of children between birth and five.
· Ability to effectively interact and relate to children in a developmentally appropriate manner.
· Knowledge of language development for children exposed to more than one language.
· Ability to establish rapport with families from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
· Experience working with families collaboratively and/or community agencies.
· Possess awareness of and sensitivity to multicultural issues.
· Demonstrated proficiency with software applications (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite-Word, Excel, Outlook, and/or PowerPoint preferred).
· Availability to work evenings.
· Possess a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license and have daily access to a vehicle.
Career Ladder Requirements
· As required by the duties and responsibilities of the job.