Developmental Specialist (early Intervention Specialist Ii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$56,816.03 - $94,693.25 Annually
Aug 03, 2019
Aug 17, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

Multiple positions will be filled from this announcement.
Works as part of the Infant and Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church as part of a team of early intervention professionals providing specialized services to eligible infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities. As a member of 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.

Illustrative Duties

  • Provides developmental screening across developmental domains and makes recommendations for further developmental assessment as needed;
  • Provides services in clients' homes, family day care homes, day care centers, other community agency offices, schools, hospitals, and out-patient clinics;
  • Assists in interpreting assessment results for family and in determining eligibility for services;
  • Participates as member of an interdisciplinary team to develop IFSP Plan;
  • Assists the family in determining family priorities, resources, and concerns;
  • Identifies available community resources, facilitates consensus among team members regarding type, frequency and intensity of services necessary to meet IFSP outcomes;
  • Implements strategies and activities in individual or small group sessions to address family outcomes listed in IFSP;
  • Conducts parent and/or other caregiver training;
  • Maintains regular contact with physicians and specialists providing therapy prescriptions;
  • Prepares evaluation, home programs, progress reports, and maintains client records in electronic record;
  • Makes referrals and assures utilization of other community services;
  • Attends and leads in-service training sessions;
  • Participates in staff meetings, interagency meetings, and activities as assigned;
  • Develops and delivers presentations to community groups as assigned;
  • Supervises students and volunteer as needed.

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.

  • Certification as Early Intervention Case Manager or Early Intervention Professional issued by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) within one month of hire.
  • 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 with the Office for Children.

The appointee to the position must complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, a driving record check, and an Office of the Inspector General check to the satisfaction of the employer. Appointee must also complete a tuberculosis test prior to appointment.

  • Bilingual in any language, preferably; Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Urdu, Farsi, Amharic and/or Mandarin.
  • Educators licensed by the Virginia Board of Education with endorsement in one or more of the following areas: Special Education; 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); OR Educators licensed by the Virginia Board of Education with endorsement in Career and Technical Education - Family and Consumer Services; OR Educators with a technical professional license issued by the Virginia Board of Education with endorsement in Career and Technical Education - Family and Consumer Sciences.

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

Panel interview; may include exercise.

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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