Developmental Specialist (Early Intervention Specialist II)

$55,647.49 - $92,745.54 Annually
Jan 14, 2019
Jan 28, 2019
Full Time
Provides specialized services to eligible infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities. As a member of the Infant and Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church, a multidisciplinary team, evaluates infants and toddlers using clinical assessment tools and determines eligibility for federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C program and nature of delay(s) and level of functioning of infants and toddlers birth through 3 years of age. Independently designs and implements individual therapeutic programs in natural environments using natural learning environment practices.

  • Participates in the Assessment for Service Planning as an evaluator and develops the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) with equal input from parents and other members of the multidisciplinary team including clinical interventionists and service coordinators.
  • Demonstrates a breadth and depth of knowledge regarding current assessment tools for the early intervention population.
  • In development of the IFSP, writes long-term and short-term clinical goals to be formulated in the following areas of development: social, gross and fine motor, self-help, cognition, receptive and expressive language, and play.
  • Uses assigned electronic equipment (Microsoft Surface Pro, laptop, tablet, phone, etc.) in creating documents to be shared with other team members and families.
  • Completes timely documentation of eligibility determination, assessments, contacts with family, and progress in accordance to department rules.
  • Adheres to documentation standards set forth by department.
  • Utilizes authentic assessment practices in clinical evaluation and treatment in accordance with IFSP outcomes and documents accordingly.
  • Ensures compliance of federal, state, and local regulations and requirements for service provision.
  • Demonstrates understanding of current state rules and regulations guiding early intervention practice in Virginia and when needed accesses such information independently and/or with guidance from program supervisors.
  • Conducts ongoing clinical interventions using natural learning environment practices.
  • Delivers services using the primary service provider model. Interacts and supports families using coaching style of interaction.
  • Builds joint plans based on family routines and child interests. Regularly observes, evaluates, assesses, and records the developmental progress of the children, updating the IFSP.
  • Utilizes authentic assessment practices in clinical evaluation and treatment in accordance with IFSP outcomes and documents accordingly.
  • Participates in staff and team meetings to support a collaborative approach to the development of each infant and toddler and in adherence of natural learning environment practices. Participates in meetings as subject matter expert in own discipline while also providing support and strategies for multi-disciplinary team members.
  • Presents to staff members on areas of expertise and when applicable, including after pursuing outside continuing education opportunities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned which may include the following: participates in workgroups aimed at improving practices or procedures.
  • Participates in workgroups to include wellness and learning in the workplace.
  • Supervises graduate students and allows observation by undergraduate students.
  • Collaborates with local universities in maintaining and establishing links between undergraduate and graduate student placements.
  • Participates in outreach events.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the philosophy, intent, regulations, and range of services and resources available to families under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act;
Knowledge of Early Intervention practices and eligibility criteria;
Knowledge of early childhood development;
Knowledge of early childhood developmental disabilities;
Ability to provide developmental screening;
Ability to conduct interviews and effectively work and consult with families;
Ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with infants/toddlers, families, team members, and professionals from multiple disciplines and other community agencies;
Ability to develop and deliver presentations and training sessions;
Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports both written and electronically as required.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in counseling, early childhood, human development, psychology, social work, special education and other disciplines identified as allied health professions, plus three years of directly related professional experience. A master's degree may substitute for one year of the required experience.


  • Valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or equivalent in another state) at time of appointment and maintained throughout employment.
  • One (1) of the following teacher's licenses required upon hire:
    • An educator licensed by the Virginia Board of Education with endorsement in one or more of the following areas: Special Education - Early Childhood (Birth to 5), Early/Primary Education (Pre K - 3), Special Education - Hearing Impairments (Pre K - 12), Special Education - Visual Impairments (Pre K - 12);
    • An educator licensed by the Virginia Board of Education with endorsement in Career and Technical Education - Family and Consumer Services;
    • An educator licensed by the Virginia Board of Education with endorsement in Career and Technical Education - Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • Certification as Early Intervention Case Manager or Early Intervention Professional issued by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) required within one month of appointment.
Bilingual in any language, preferably in Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Urdu, Farsi, Amharic, and/or Mandarin.

The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, Child Protective Services Registry check, driving record check, TB check, and sanction screening.

Ability to drive to homes for visits. Ability to lift up to 20 pounds. Ability to use keyboard driven equipment. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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