INFANT DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Location
Virginia
Salary
$68,868.80 - $105,164.80 Annually
Posted
Sep 25, 2021
Closes
Oct 08, 2021
Ref
6637-22A-DHS-DB
Hours
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington County's Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking to fill a grant-funded Infant Development Specialist position with primary responsibility for planning, coordinating, and delivering services to infants and toddlers (newborn - 3 years) with diagnosed disabilities; including atypical development or delays in the areas of motor, speech and/or cognitive, adaptive, social or emotional development. The position is located in the Parent/Infant Education (PIE) Program in the Public Health Division of DHS.

This position provides service coordination activities in keeping with Federal and State Part C regulations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). All services provided are also in compliance with the Infant and Toddler Connection of the Virginia Practice Manual.

For more information on the PIE program click here

Specific duties include:
  • Completing comprehensive intake interviews with families referred to the PIE program;
  • Completing developmental screenings;
  • Providing families with information on procedural safeguards and rights relative to federal and state requirements;
  • Identifying and coordinating community resources and services for the child and family to receive maximum benefits from early intervention services;
  • Scheduling and facilitating the development and implementation of the Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP); and
  • Completing necessary paperwork for admission and discharge, maintaining detailed documentation of all activities, coordinating with multiple therapy providers, and scheduling developmental assessments.

All services to families are provided in the home and community; and the employee makes home visits to complete intakes, assessments, and other meetings. The employee functions as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Success in the position requires excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria
Minimum:

  • Master's degree in Special Education, Child Development, Nursing, Social Work or a related field; plus
  • Some experience working with young children with special needs or at risk for developmental delay.

Substitution: A Bachelor's degree in the fields listed above or a directly related field plus considerable experience working with young children with special needs or at risk for developmental delay may substitute for the Master's degree.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA);
  • Interpreting the results of developmental assessments;
  • Working with families with children with disabilities or developmental delays; and/or
  • Bilingual proficiency in English/Spanish.

Special Requirements
Qualifying volunteer experience must be documented to include organization name, start date and end date, as well as number of hours worked per week.

The employee is required to use his/her personal vehicle for travel to family homes and public centers in Arlington. The employee will receive mileage reimbursement.

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license, or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

The employee must obtain Part C Early Intervention Case Manager Certification within 6 weeks of hire.

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