OPEN POSITION  

Date:  1/9/2019

Job Title:  Developmental Specialist

Department:  Early Intervention

Status:  Per Diem

 

As part of the UCP affiliate network, United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County offers a variety of community programs and services for persons with disabilities and other similar service needs, including Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Individual and Family Support, and Adult Family Care. UCP has two offices in the Berkshires, located in Pittsfield and North Adams. Learn more at https://ucpberkshire.org/

 

Job Description: 

 Are you an enthusiastic and experienced Developmental Specialist looking for flexible hours and rewarding work in the community?  The UCP Early Intervention program is for infants and toddlers (birth to 3 years old) who have developmental delays or are at risk of a developmental delay. As a Developmental Specialist you will function as an educator and case manager for children and their families, providing assessments and developmental, therapeutic services to children, both individually and in groups, using a family centered approach. The Developmental Specialist reports to the Director of Early Intervention and their caseload is assigned out of the North Adams UCP office.

 

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a major or concentration in education or special education preferred, and at least 300 hours of practicum or work experience with young children. Experience with infants, toddlers and families is preferred. Transcripts of degree work or subsequent transcripts must reflect successful completion of at least 4 approved three-credit courses that focus on infants, toddlers, and families.

  • Certified as an Early Intervention Specialist by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) or eligible to be certified within three (3) years of employment.

  • Prior experience with family therapy, behavioral change programs, autistic/PPD population, parenting concerns and issues

  • Familiarity with specialized treatment approaches such as grief therapy, crisis intervention, group facilitation, individual and group counseling, family dynamics, psychosocial development, family adaptions, community and financial resources.

  • Ability to provide home visits, center-based and group treatment where indicated

  • Comfortable designing and facilitating support and group meetings

  • Ability to effectively function within both departmental and interdisciplinary teams

  • Ability to accurately prepare and submit paperwork such as assessment and program notes

  • Ability to maintain lines of communication with all UCP personnel and guardians to ensure the positive and professional integration of services

  • Highly attuned to the needs of the service population, cultural sensitivity

  • Self-motivated to manage work load and prioritize tasks with appropriate urgency

  • Proficient computer skills to use agency computer programs

  • Ability to participate in all required training and maintain Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR certification as well as demonstrated interest in professional development.

  • Physical demands include the ability to climb, stoop, get down and up from floors, sit on floors for varying periods of time, and reach with hands and arms as well as lift and move up to 40 lbs.

  • Valid driver’s license and availability of a private vehicle

  • CORI, SORI and National Fingerprint Check

  • In accordance with MDPH regulations, a pre-employment physical exam including a statement of physical limitations in working with children, a negative Mantoux TB test or a clear chest x-ray, and evidence of immunity for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) is required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If interested in applying for any position, please email Jennifer Parsons at jparsons@ucpbershire.org with your resume and cover letter.

  

United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.