Volunteers of America SW
  • 04-Oct-2017 to 31-Oct-2017 (PST)
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Part Time



Under the direction of the Early Head Start Child Development Specialist, the EHS Disability Specialist assists in the administration and implementation and provides services to Early Head Start families. Provides oversight and direction to program staff to ensure quality services and integrated program systems.  



  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, with emphasis on special education or equivalent.
  • Three to five years related experience.
  • Knowledge of program criteria and regulations essential to the health and welfare of children.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply independent judgment in critical situations involving children with disabilities.
  • Ability to successfully pass fingerprints and criminal investigation screening.
  • Must have valid driver's license and must meet insurance guidelines established by the Corporation.
  • CPR/First Aid certified.
  • Ability to obtain a TB test and physical.
  • Ability to meet all pre-hiring requirements as defined by Title 22 and contract.
  •  Must have the ability to read, write and speak in English. Bilingual in Spanish helpful.
  • Must have the ability to read, comprehend, give and follow instructions.
  • Must have knowledge of Title 22 Licensing regulations, Head Start Performance Standards, and the Head Start Act.
  • Must be computer literate and have experience with Microsoft Office 2000.



  • Ensure 10% of all enrollments meet the classification of disabled.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community agencies to ensure the referral and placement of qualified families into the program.
  • Conduct and document screenings and assessments in accordance with federal regulations (Michigan and developmental screening ASQ) on all children.
  • Coordinates record keeping and monitoring efforts to ensure all disabilities program documentation complies with Federal Prism Standards.
  • Conducts and records monthly observations of special needs parent-child interactions in all program service options.
  • Consult and document in case file regular meetings with parents and staff on the progress of services of children with disabilities.
  • Works with an interdisciplinary team of staff, community partners, and parents to develop and implement an IEP or IFSP for each child with a disability or special need.
  • Embraces the role of the parent as the primary educator of the child; promotes and supports attachment between child and parent.
  • Coordinate disability services with specialists in other content areas.
  • Engage in ongoing assessment of the quality of disability services provided in all Early Head Start program service options, e.g., center-based infant program, home visitor program for pregnant mothers and infants and/or Resource Center clients.
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with agencies and professionals in the community to ensure appropriate and needed disability services are provided to families.
  • Ensure the educational material fully meets the needs of all children with special needs.
  • Oversees special needs programming to ensure quality service delivery
  • Maintains a well organized and clean working environment for self and direct reports
  • Supports Early Head Start philosophies, policies and goals and has a measurable impact on improving program quality and outcomes.
  • Provide staff training and development, including on-site consultation, coaching and mentoring to staff in the area of disabilities.
  • Communicate effectively with other, including giving and receiving feedback on the quality of services to the Early Head Start Management Team, governing entitle, Volunteers of America staff, collaborating partners and regulatory/funding agencies.
  • Maintains a professional development plan that will strengthen the knowledge and skills required for the position.
  • Participate in all required training by the agency and the funding partner
  • Participate in coordinating the agency's annual self-assessment.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality at all times in communications.
  • Report suspected child abuse to Program Manager.
  • Other duties as assigned.


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