Early Intervention Specialist
|Location:||Center for Development and Disability|
|Pay Range:||$20.01 minimum to $25.01 midpoint, hourly|
|# of Openings:||1|
Position Class Code/Title: I1002 / Early Intervention Specialist
BEST CONSIDERATION DATE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
This is a term appointment, funded through 06/30/2020, with continuance dependent upon availability of funding.
CDD anticipates that this funding will be continued.
UNM Medical Group, Inc. (UNMMG) is the practice plan organization for physicians and other medical providers associated with the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNM Medical Group, Inc. is a New Mexico non-profit corporation and is an equal opportunity employer. UNMMG offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as tuition assistance, paid leave and 403b retirement for benefits eligible employees.
This position will be located at the Center for Development and Disability (CDD). Established in 1990, CDD is New Mexico's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. These centers, authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, build the capacities of states and communities to respond to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
CDD is seeking an Early Intervention Specialist (EIS) to provide Part C Early Intervention services, including service coordination and developmental intervention, for infants and toddlers and their families. The FOCUS program is an early intervention program which provides families with early intervention services and collaborates with UNM Family and Community medical clinics to provide access to comprehensive family medical care. Most of the families served by the program are considered at risk due to medical, social, and/or environmental difficulties, including but not limited to parental substance use, untreated mental health difficulties, and poverty. All services are provided from a family-centered, relationship-based, and comprehensive support service philosophy. Services are provided primarily in family homes or in community settings near the family's home. As noted, services are also provided as part of child and family medical clinics. The majority of referrals to FOCUS are newborn infants with prenatal substance exposure and/or medical difficulties at birth. The selected candidate is required to travel within a three county area and perform home visits.
The position requires flexibility, teamwork and the following skills:
The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.
The Early Intervention Specialist provides developmentally based early intervention and/or early prevention services, service coordination, and case management support to women and families during pregnancy and through the third year or fifth year of a child’s life. The EIS functions as part of a multidisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary team and participates in standardized evaluations and/or ongoing assessment of children’s developmental, social and emotional, and family functioning in collaboration with other team disciplines. The EIS participates in child and family medical visits and supports access to medical care and other needed services. The EIS provides linkages to other critical community resources and is knowledgeable about those available in the community served. This individual works with high risk populations that include, but are not limited to families and children impacted by substance abuse, caregiver mental health concerns, poverty , and other medical conditions placing children at risk for poor developmental and health outcomes. The EIS provides services in a variety of home and community settings. This individual provides direct services in support of the optimal development and functioning of children and families using an evidence-informed model and/or practice parameters as defined by the program and funder. The EIS works under administrative, clinical/reflective, and field supervision provided by the program manager or his or her designee.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree and one year experience working with children/families in a related activity.
Early Intervention Services requirement - Certified, or eligibility to become certified, as a Developmental Specialist II or III by the Part C Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program in the state of New Mexico within 6 months of date of hire.
Prevention Services requirement - Endorsement from the New Mexico Associate of Infant Mental Health within 3 years of date of hire.
Verification of education and licensure (if applicable) will be required if selected for hire.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT
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