Development Specialist (2017-116)

Company: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Status: Temp Full Time
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Job Description:
THE POSITION: We are seeking a bilingual (Spanish/English) developmental specialist with experience, training or background in occupational therapy (OT), speech and language (SLP), child development or early intervention to join our early childhood mental health team. This position requires an intermediate to advanced knowledge of early childhood development (birth to age 5) and an ability to provide comprehensive assessment, consultation and interventions across all developmental domains including physical, motor, cognitive, speech/language/communication, social, emotional, sensory and regulation. Knowledge of disorders related to neurodevelopment (autism), sensory integration/processing and communication is required. This role also requires a relational view of development and experience in using a range of developmental assessment and screening tools. This role works within a multidisciplinary mental health team and countywide system of care.

- Knowledge of typical global developmental milestones/early childhood development (i.e., motor, cognitive, social, communication, and self-care) and how limitations in one area may impact another.
- Ability to recognize red flags/signs of atypical development
- Ability to recognize red flags/signs of common childhood developmental diagnoses such as: o Autism Spectrum Disorder o Communication Disorders/Delays o Sensory Processing Deficits
- Training/knowledge in Sensory Processing
- Experience in providing targeted intervention with families and their child(ren) under 6 (both directly with the child but also comfortable in providing parent education/guidance/support). Examples of targeted intervention: recommendations of sensory activities to support self-regulation, activities that support communication skills, educating and assisting families on implementation of communication systems, etc.
- Knowledge of how to support parents/caregivers in facilitating general global development in young children through appropriate toys, activities, tasks, etc. that supports the next stage of development for their child.
- Expertise in providing both parents/caregivers and colleagues clear recommendations of activities/tools they can continue to implement in the absence of the Developmental Specialist.
- Training in the administration and interpretation of developmental screenings/assessments tools such as:
- Battelle Developmental Inventory Screening Test o Bayley Infant Neurodevelopmental Screener
- Brigance Screeners o Sensory Profile (various versions)
- Developmental Profile-3
- Other developmental screening/assessment tools that may be relevant for the childís presenting concern.
- Knowledge of the various systems serving children under 6 with developmental concerns in Santa Clara County Ė when to make referrals and linkage and which program is appropriate (ESP versus SD, CCS, SSI, etc.)

- At least two years of experience working in an organization that has included responsibility for providing intervention services to families and their children under age six with developmental concerns.
- At least two years of experience in a mental health setting serving families with various needs.
- Utilization of developmental screening tools which may include, but not limited to: Battelle Developmental Inventory -2 nd Edition (BDI-2) Screener, Sensory Profile, Brigance, Communication Screener, Motor Screener Exhibit E: KCN Job Descriptions
- Engaging with and supporting individual client and family goals and needs in coordination with other agencies including, but not limited to: San Andreas Regional Center (SARC), Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), FIRST 5, and other community organizations.

- At minimum a Bachelorís degree from an accredited educational institution with major course work in child development, health sciences, social services, psychology or a related field, OR
- Degree in Occupational Therapy and licensure as a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) preferred, or the equivalent thereof with knowledge and experience in providing focused intervention services, OR
- Ability to qualify as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist (MHRS) with the Mental Health Department. MHRS credential is issued by the Quality Improvement Program for paraprofessionals who have a bachelorís degree plus four years of experience in a mental health setting. OTR/L does not require MHRS credentialing of experience in a mental health setting serving families with various needs.

- Early childhood development and behavior, including foundations of infant-family early childhood mental health
- Core principals of Brazeltonís Touchpoints Model
- Relationship based and parent/child practices/models
Infant and Family Early Childhood Mental Health (IFECMH) knowledge domains and requirements for endorsement.
- Advocacy and outreach strategies
- Trauma informed practices
- Child abuse reporting mandates
- FIRST 5 System of Care
- Local community resources
- Working with communities, workgroups and serve families with diverse economic, social, racial and cultural backgrounds
- Utilization of assessment and outcome tools to inform practice and treatment goals

- Read, write, speak and understand the English language; bilingual abilities preferred.
- Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
- Establish and maintain personal and programmatic boundaries while providing supportive services
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to diverse individuals, including those whose value systems and behavior norms may be different then onesí own
- Demonstrate good writing and organizational skills and have the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
- Maintain a professional, confidential work environment
- Plan, organize, prioritize and multi-task
- Serve effectively as a member of a team both within a program and with community members/programs in the larger system
- Be professional, trustworthy, respectful of others and display a positive attitude

HIRING RANGE: Contingent on license, education, experience and language skills

TO APPLY: Please submit resume to or via fax to 408-944-0276

This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant. Because of a need to remain responsive to the needs of our clients and our Agencyís operations, responsibilities may be modified at any time.

Catholic Charities is a non-profit, non-discriminatory service organization and employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. Persons seeking employment are entitled to freedom from harassment and retaliation and reasonable accommodation for qualified disabilities.

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Job Code: 2017-116

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