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DISABILITIES SPECIALIST

Work schedule: Mon- Fri, Flex Fri 7:30am – 5:00pm

Pay rate: $23.17 Hourly – Full-time

Early Childhood Education (ECE) pays a stipend of $3000 annual bonus upon completion of the school year.

JOB SUMMARY:

Under the supervision of the Mental Health and Disabilities Manager, the Disabilities Specialist plans, coordinates, implements, and supervises disabilities services for children, as well as evaluates individual development to assure Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) goals with established learning objectives. The Disabilities Specialist’s responsibilities include data entry, recordkeeping, and monitoring of program services. The position provides direction to staff on how to develop activities inclusive of children with special needs and support to families to identify needed resources. The position carries out their duties for all of St. Anne’s Family Services Early Childhood Education including Early Head Start and Head Start contracts and other program options.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

  1. Identify and analyze the specialized learning needs of children, considering their instructional and home environments.
  2. Assist teaching staff in preparing and updating individual development plans with information from program staff.
  3. Communicate the child’s individual development goals and objectives with instructors and program staff.
  4. Communicate and assist parents with follow-up plans and support, including obtaining prescriptions, aids, and diagnostic equipment related to the child’s needs.
  5. Provide families with community resources to address disabilities needs.
  6. Provide methods for improving the learning environment, such as alternative teaching techniques and practices by assessing the children’s individual needs.
  7. Enter IEPs and IFSPs into database and assist the Mental Health and Disabilities Manager with internal and external reports.
  8. Coordinate partnerships with LEAs, Regional Centers, and other service providers and adhere to requirements set by these entities.
  9. Conduct and review screenings for development, sensory and behavioral concerns, and ongoing observations.
  10. Conduct classroom and group connections observations as well as home visits to determine child and family’s need in order to make recommendations for interventions.
  11. Conduct classrooms observations using LACOE Tier 1 Monitoring Tools to ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
  12. Conduct child file reviews using LACOE Tier 1 Monitoring Tools to ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
  13. Conduct Preservice/In-service Trainings for ECE staff based and Professional Development throughout the year.
  14. Meet with Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Disabilities Consultants for monitoring visits.
  15. Participate in Trainings offered by LACOE.
  16. Participate in the enrollment review team and multidisciplinary team meetings.
  17. Maintain confidentiality as required by St. Anne’s, licensing, HIPAA, and other regulatory agencies.
  18. Follow St. Anne’s policy and procedure and mandated reporting guidelines.
  19. Attend staff meetings and recommended training programs as assigned.
  20. Maintain regular, consistent, and timely attendance.
  21. Participate in the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI).
  22. Travels to all centers in all services areas as needed.
  23. Train staff as necessary.

SECONDARY JOB DUTIES:

  • Participate in the Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) program of the agency.
  • It is essential to attend events that may occur in the evening or on weekends periodically.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Minimum Bachelor’s degree in special education, early childhood development, behavioral
  2. science, health, or related field from an institution of higher learning accredited by a regional accreditation association recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  3.  Three years’ experience in management or direct services with children with special needs.
  4.  Expertise in management and oversight of services to children with disabilities.
  5. Must possess and maintain a valid Class C California driver’s license, automobile liability insurance, and driving record acceptable to agency’s insurance carrier.
  6.  Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
  7.  Able to communicate effectively with both children and adults.
  8. Ability to receive and implement constructive feedback.
  9. Anne’s values the dignity and worth of every person we serve. Employees are expected to support children’s emotional and social development by encouraging understanding of others and promoting positive self-concepts. All employees must have the ability to treat those served by our agency in a caring and respectful manner, mindful of individual differences and cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity.
  10.  As providers of social services, St. Anne’s employees work with clients dealing with complex emotional and mental health issues, many of whom are facing significant personal crises on a daily basis. Employees must remain aware of any personal emotions, transference, and/or countertransference that may hinder the ability to remain professional. As such, employees are expected to maintain composure during all interactions and crisis situations, implement a self care plan, and utilize crisis communication to deescalate client crisis and prevent any serious bodily injury or harm.
  11. Prior to employment, shall obtain a criminal background clearance, immunizations MMR-TDAP Influenza or Influenza Declination, TB clearance and COVID-19 vaccine.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this job: While performing the duties of this job, the intern is frequently required to walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, and talk or hear. The intern is often required to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The intern must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

HOW TO APPLY

Internal Candidates (who have been in their current position for at least six months) may submit a Transfer Request Form to Human Resources.

Standard Mail

St. Anne’s Family Services – Human Resources
155 N. Occidental Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Fax: (213) 385-1533

Via email: resume@stannes.org

You may send your resume as a part of the body of your e-mail or attach it as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file.

Once a resume or application is submitted to St. Anne’s it is screened and processed. PLEASE DO NOT CALL to inquire about the status of your resume. If you are deemed a good fit for any of our current openings, we will contact you for an interview.

Please note, St. Anne’s conducts a physical, including tuberculosis and drug screen; fingerprinting and background check which includes Child Abuse Index, FBI and Department of Justice, as well as reference checks.

Thank you for your interest in St. Anne’s!