Role Summary: Assisting families through the intake, and eligibility determination process, and facilitating the IFPS process through transition. Provides information about, and make referrals to, other community resources and coordinate and ensure the delivery of all services. Provides services that include consultation with the family, the design of learning environments and implementation of planned activities that promote the child’s healthy development and acquisitions of skills that lead to achieving outcomes in the child’s IFSP.
Principal Accountabilities: (essential job functions):
Performs duties of Service Coordination and Developmental Specialist as defined by the NM Department of Health Family Infant Toddler Program for Children referred to the early intervention program at LifeROOTS.
Provides interim service coordination and completion of family and medical history, arrangement for evaluation, development of IFSP, coordination of IFSP services both within and outside the agency and assistance to access services and transition planning and assistance
Maintains individual records, i.e. daily notes, billing information, IFSP information, and evaluation reports, for all assigned children, entering accurate information in a timely fashion.
Provides assessments on the disability or ability of a child, help with his/her plan of education and provide techniques to help modify the behavior of the child.
Provides families with information, skills, and support to enhance the child’s development.
Provides services that address all Developmental areas such: Cognitive, communication, physical/motor (including vision and hearing), social or emotional and adaptive development.
Works with team to assist families in achieving their goals.
Participates as a member of a Trans/interdisciplinary team.
Complies with standards of ethics established for the early childhood professionals.
Works with staff to contribute to planning and program development.
Provides supervision to Developmental Specialist I.
Maintains clean, pleasant and safe classroom conditions.
Maintains expected level of efficiency.
Works with families needing family education and guidance.
Participates in community awareness campaign and distribution of public relations material.
Participates in departmental planning.
Presents program in a positive manner to the public.
Complies with standards of ethics for social workers or counselors, if licensed.
Maintains expected level of efficiency.
Complies with all applicable LifeROOTS policies and procedures.
Exercises personnel authority with respect to employment, training, salary changes, performance appraisals and termination of assigned staff members.
Responsible for participation in the company’s quality improvement program and ensures that all department-applicable quality improvement requirements are fulfilled.
Responsible for participation in the company’s financial management and ensures that all department-applicable fiscal responsibilities are fulfilled.
Responsible for participation in the company’s Health and Safety program and ensure that all department-applicable safety requirements are fulfilled.
Performs other related duties as assigned by the Children’s and Therapy Services Manager.
Essential Skills and Experience:
BA/BS Degree in Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Counseling or related field.
Must maintain Developmental Specialist Certification in accordance with FIT Program regulations (7.30.8 NMAC and DDSD policy.
Knowledge and understanding of Early Intervention and/or NM FIT Program.
Must complete required training.
Participation in recent continuing education programs related to Children’s Therapy Services, per licensing requirements,
Fundamental understanding of LifeROOTS, Inc. policies.
Beneficial Skills and Experience:
Early Childhood Service Coordinators/Developmental Specialist should have strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Time Management: Proven ability to manage one’s time and the time of others well.
Monitoring: Proven practice of monitoring/assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organization to make improvements or take corrective action.
Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.
Experience working in high performance teams and performing as a proven strong team player.
Commitment to company values.