Company Description: As part of the UCP affiliate network, UCP of Western Massachusetts offers a variety of community programs and services for persons with disabilities and other similar service needs, including Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Individual and Family Support, and Adult Family Care. UCP has two offices in the Berkshires, located in Pittsfield and North Adams. Learn more at http://ucpwma.org/
Developmental Specialist- Early Childhood Educator Wanted!
North Adams, Adams, Williamstown, Clarksburg, Florida, Savoy, New Ashford, Cheshire, Lanesborough, Windsor, Pittsfield, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Lenox, Washington, Richmond, Lee, Great Barrington, Stockbridge, W. Stockbridge, Alford, Becket, Mt. Washington
Up to One Year
Certified Early Intervention Specialist - Preference: Preferred
Job Location: Northern Berkshire County
Job Type: Full Time/37.5 hours
Early Intervention Developmental Specialist
UCP of Western Massachusetts offers a competitive benefits package to regularly scheduled employees including 403(b) with agency match, health insurance, vacation, personal and sick leave, 12 paid holidays and employer paid life and disability benefits.
UCP is hiring! Are you a child educator with a 4 year degree passionate about working with infants and toddlers while supporting and empowering families? We are seeking an Early Intervention Developmental Specialist to provide screening and assessments and therapeutic developmental services to children served in the early intervention program, in individual group settings, or play therapy sessions using a family centered, coaching approach. These children are between the ages of birth and three years whose development is at risk by certain biological or environmental factors.
Duties will include but are not limited to:
• Provision of therapeutic, developmental services at home, daycare, group or any natural environment as determined the parent/caregiver chooses and in partnership with the family
• During pandemic, most services are conducted using remote tools with the intention to resume full face to face services when it is safe to do so.
• Empower families to advocate for the rights and needs of their child/children
• Provide education and guidance to families on individual children’s growth and development across all developmental domains, parenting issues and community services
• Provide instruction to parents in implementation of developmental activities at their level of understanding, emphasizing and understanding of principles behind activity selection, provide support and guidance for families to assist with utilization of community resources available to them (i.e. SSI, respite care, etc.)
• Prepare and submit child assessment and progress notes in accordance with program policies and procedures
• Serve on trans-disciplinary team administering developmental assessments- administer/observe child’s physical, emotional, communication, and cognitive responses to a variety of developmental tasks and record those observations
• Serve on intake team to verbally present information to the family about the Early Intervention Program and answer questions.
• Serve on Individualized Family Service Plan (ISFP) team - explain the ISFP process to parents/caregivers, development of parent/caregiver directed goals, and establishment of client service plan
• Serve as case manager and provide oversight of the child’s case, assuring that goals and services on the IFSP, and as determined by the child’s parents/caregivers, are met
• Provide assistance with transition planning prior to discharge from the program
• Conduct all work in compliance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health Early Intervention Operational Standards
• Comply with all safety and sanitation regulations, infection control and universal precautions
• Perform all work in a way consistent with the mission and goals of UCP including demonstrating sensitivity to the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families from multiple cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
• Participate in all relevant staff meetings, case conferences, and in-services
• If not already certified, complete professional certification as a Certified Early Intervention Specialist within two years of hire
• A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major or concentration in infants and toddlers (includes Early Intervention and early childhood education). or
• A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major or concentration in child development or child studies. or
• A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major or concentration in education or special education.
• Transcripts of degree work or subsequent transcripts must reflect successful completion of at least 4 approved 3?credit courses that focus on infants, toddlers, and/or families. Additionally, at least 300 hours of practicum or work experience with young children (under the age of 5) is required and documented on a résumé. Additional experience with infants, toddlers, and/or families is preferred.
• Certification as an Early Intervention Specialist by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), or ability to achieve full certification within two years of hire.
• Experience with family therapy, behavioral change programs, autistic population, parenting concerns and issues.
• Familiarity with child development, specialized treatment approaches to families of disabled children (i.e. grief therapy, crisis intervention, group facilitation, individual and group counseling, family dynamics, psychosocial development, family adaption’s, community and financial resources).
• Ability to design and facilitate developmental playgroups, parent support groups/sibling groups, etc.
• Maintain CPR/First Aid certification
• Maintain valid driver's license, current auto insurance, availability of a private vehicle.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office
• Comfortable learning and conducting services with remote application such as Zoom during pandemic period
• In accordance with MDPH regulations, a pre-employment exam including a statement of physical limitations in working with children, a negative Mantoux TB test or a clear chest x-ray and evidence of immunity for measles, mumps and rubella is required.
• Must be able to climb, stoop, get up and down from floors, sit on floors for varying periods of time, reach with hands and arms as well a lift and move up to 40 pounds.
• Must have an acceptable CORI, SORI and National Fingerprint Check.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. UCP of Western Massachusetts is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.