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Early Intervention Specialist

Location: Center for Development and Disability
Pay Range: $20.01 minimum to $25.01 midpoint, hourly
Job Code: I1002
# of Openings: 1



Position Class Code/Title:  I1002 / Early Intervention Specialist
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: CN08




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 ability to engage and partner with families who may mistrust systems and agencies due to previous experiences;

  • ·An ability to partner with families using a non-judgmental and compassionate approach;

  • ·Solid knowledge of early child development as working with parents, and children birth to three, including infants;

  • ·Experience with developmental assessments of infants and toddlers;

  • ·Capacity for effective collaboration with community partners;

  • ·Knowledge of community resources including resources for meeting basic needs, housing, behavioral health counseling, and other needs presented by families;

  • ·Knowledge of state and federal reporting requirements;

  • Strong organizational skills and capacity to meet program documentation and billing requirements.


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.


  1. Provides direct services to families in home and community settings using a standard practice model.
  2. Participate in community and family group activities in support of program goals.
  3. Conduct caregiver, child and family assessments.
  4. Develop family written family service plans.
  5. Provide and document services in adherence to required timelines and standards set by the program and funder.
  6. Maintain a caseload of client families as required by program standards.
  7. Designs and implements developmentally appropriate individual and/or group activities and learning opportunities according to individual needs and learning styles.
  8. Document all services delivered, include entry of client information and progress notes into an electronic database in a timely and accurate manner in compliance with all .
  9. Participate in training activities as required by the program and funder.
  10. Participate in regular reflective supervision and/or consultation in support of progam quality and skill development.
  11. Performs routine cleaning, sanitizing, and maintenance of materials and equipment.


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.


  • Strong knowledge of prenatal, early child and family development.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Capacity for self-reflection and willingness to engage in a reflective supervision process
  • NM Driver’s license and ability to travel regularly for home and community visits.
  • Capacity to work independently in the field.
  • Basic computer skills and comfort with word processing and data entry
  • Capacity to exercise good judgment related to safety, boundaries, and when to access supervisor for support in response to family needs.
  • Ability to interact with parents and community groups; maintains open and cooperative communication with parents and families, encouraging their involvement in the program and supporting the child's family relationships.
  • Ability to engage with diverse families and caregivers.
  • Capacity to learn and implement an evidence-based and/or best practice model of service delivery.
  • Ability to work as part of a team of diverse providers.
  • Ability to travel out of state for training as needed.


  • Specialty licensure/certification may be required, as specified by the department.
  • Must be able to complete required training based on program needs which may include out-of-state, overnight travel.
  • NM driver’s license and ability to drive using own vehicle for home and community visits with mileage reimbursed at standard rates.
  • Must be employment eligible as verified by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Services Administration (GSA).
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Fingerprinting, and subsequent clearance, is required.
  • Must provide proof of varicella & MMR immunity or obtain vaccinations within 90 days of employment.
  • Must obtain annual influenza vaccination.
  • If this position is assigned to a clinical area, successful candidate will be required to complete a pre-placement medical evaluation/health screen.  Required N-95 mask fitting, testing, vaccinations to include annual TST, Tdap, and Hepatitis B will be determined based on location and nature of position.


  • Work is performed in the field to conduct services in family homes and other community settings and in a typical interior/office work environment.Limited physical effort required.
  • Exposure to risk related community and home-based work:generally very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Position may require automobile travel within the state.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

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