Website Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties
Under the direction and supervision of the Early Intervention Services Manager, this position provides support to teaching staff and other school staff (e.g. behavioral support aides, teaching assistants, bus monitors, etc.). This is accomplished through coaching, training, mentoring and monitoring effective strategies to support children with special needs, working with parents, teachers and community providers to coordinate all services provided to children, and conducting of observations of identified children to determine if referrals are needed. Additionally this position will work with teaching staff to ensure effective strategies are in place to support children in meeting IEP goals. This position coordinates all child referral activities and processes to ensure timely referral of children, including, but not limited to, working with the local school district personnel on evaluations of children and communicating with and educating families about the process.
Essential Functions (Not All Inclusive):
- Conduct observations of children who have been identified by teaching, other school based staff, and as directed by the Special Needs/Mental Health Manager to provide feedback and recommendations to staff and parents regarding appropriate interventions and/or referral processes and resources.
- Identify children in the program who appear to have a disability and ensure that a qualified diagnostician diagnoses conditions of each child.
- Document pertinent information on children with suspected/diagnosed disabilities, mental health concerns, and/or generalized classroom supports in an efficient, timely and accurate manner.
- Complete referral paperwork requirements and assure that transition/referral procedures are in place with local school districts.
- Track and document activities related to the Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for children with diagnosis.
- Collaborate with other Head Start employees to ensure a comprehensive systems approach for transition of children with identified needs into Head Start.
- Provide mentoring and support to teachers in order to increase their understanding of children who demonstrate developmental, behavioral, and/or any other special needs and to provide suggestions and feedback on strategies to help such children be successful in the classroom environment.
- Encourage collaborative training between Head Start and school districts in order to encourage continuity of services and smooth transitions for children.
- Communicate regularly with public school special education personnel for the purpose of establishing/maintaining positive regard, open dialogue, and smooth transference of child information between Head Start and public school.
- Maintain knowledge of available resources for children/families related to disabilities and mental health services.
- Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field and a minimum of 5 years of experience in an early childhood setting required. Master’s degree in related field plus 5 years of experience preferred.
- Previous Head Start program experience preferred.
- Demonstrated knowledge of referral processes for children with suspected disabilities.
- Experience working with children with identified needs and/or at risk children.
- Understanding of the requirements of IFSPs and IEPs.
- Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with a variety of multi-ethnic and socio-economic groups and/or individuals.
- Must have knowledge of community resources, especially those related to services for children and families with identified disabilities.
- Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation on a daily basis is required.
- Must obtain CPR/First Aid Certification within 90 days of hire; must maintain certifications.
Department: Head Start
Schedule: M– F, 40 Hours/Week, Seasonal (9-10 Months/Yr)
Community Action offers excellent benefits including generous paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, health, dental & life insurance, retirement, employee discount programs and more.
Community Action conducts criminal background checks at the time of hire. Some positions require additional fingerprint and photo verification. Not all backgrounds are a barrier to employment.
Community Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or status with regard to public assistance.