Family Development Services
Family Development Services  
Position:  Resource Specialist
Location:  Administration Office, IN
Job Id:  173
# of Openings:  1

Resource Specialist
Family Development Services' Resource Specialist will Assist Special Needs Coordinator in providing expertise and implement quality control measures for Head Start/Early Head Start to ensure quality service delivery that meets the Head Start Performance Standards, applicable federal and state laws and regulations and the outcome measures required by the agency. 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Ninety percent (90%) of time is to be spent in the field/ in the classrooms assisting and supporting teachers and parents with special needs children.
  • Provide monthly contacts with parents as it relates to their child with an IEP/IFSP to determine if the needs of the child are being met.
  • Communicate with newly enrolled parents/guardians your contact information for questions or concerns about their special needs child/ren.
  • Establish rapport with all parents on caseload.
  • Become reliable CLASS Observer
  • Provide coaching, training, and support as needed to classroom staff about children with special needs.
  • Coach, provide feedback, guidance and role-model for teaching staff effective strategies in implementing IEP’s/IFSP’s and teaching techniques in working with special needs children.                                                                               
  • Make recommendations for classroom improvements to promote high quality services to children with IEP’s and/or IFSP’s.
  • Identify and provide training for teaching staff as needed.
  • Conduct follow up of action plans with teaching staff as it relates to children with IEP’s and/or IFSP’s.
  • Provide program status updates for children with IEP’s/IFSP’s and areas related to ongoing-monitoring for the Special Needs department.
  • Assist teaching staff and Center Directors with planning and implementing new initiatives for children with IEP’s and/or IFSP’s.
  • Monitor and ensure IEP’s and IFSP’s are implemented correctly in all classrooms with special needs children
  • Train staff and provide guidance on IEP and IFSP implementation in all classrooms
  • Provide appropriate staff training in conjunction with Center Directors and Special Needs Coordinator.
  • Provide specific service area orientation to new staff in coordination with Center Director and Special Needs Coordinator.
  • Assist in the monitoring of the goals of IEP/IFSP and quality of service delivery service area to meet child outcomes.
  • Serve as a resource to parents regarding service area requirements/objectives and child outcomes.
  • Communicate with staff, parents, and the public in a courteous and respectful manner.
  • Coordinate and plan in-service training for staff in conjunction with Special Needs Coordinator.
  • Provide guidance and timelines to staff as related to Special Needs.
  • Conduct classroom observations of students referred for services within the special needs department.
  • Serve as parent advocate in LEA and First Steps meetings
  • Develops and/or uses a plan of instruction outlined by the multidisciplinary team that is in accordance with Head Start curriculum and individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • Obtain information pertaining to the child’s history, present status and behavior.
  • Refers to students for appropriate alternative education and/or support programs.
  • Teaches in accordance with the adopted curriculum and communicates objective(s) and purpose(s) of the lesson.
  • Uses a variety of instructional materials and develops activities to address individual differences and monitors students’ progress.
  • Promotes the student’s critical thinking skills, sets tasks for students’ success, and provides appropriate feedback.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the subject matter in lesson presentations.
  • Conduct home visits of children referred to the Special Needs area as needed.
  • Practices good human relations with students, staff, parents, and the community.
  • Submits accurate records as required by agency/Head Start Performance Standards and follows rules and procedures in performing assigned responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Applicants must meet the following basic qualifications for consideration:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, or related field
  • Must have at least Two (2) or more year’s experience (five years Preferred) providing direct services to toddlers and preschools with special needs.  
  • Ability to collaborate, effectively facilitate change, communicate opening and effectively, delegate, be flexible, good time/project management, task driven, willingness to learn
  • Must have transportation and be available for local travel approximately 50% of time
  • Must be able to travel out of town for training 
  • Valid driver’s license and maintenance of minimum vehicle insurance coverage
  • Abilities to, with or without reasonable accommodations: talk, hear, stand, reach with hands and arms; stoop; kneel; crouch; crawl; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; see up close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
Applicants with the following qualifications are preferred:
  • First Steps experience preferred.
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Family Development Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.