SUMMARY:  Under the supervision of the Director of Children Services, the Disability Coordinator will plan and coordinate appropriate disability services to families and children with special needs in accordance with the policies, procedures and philosophy of the Organization and in compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards and State regulations. The Disability Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Education team, Social-Emotional team, and partners to ensure children and families are receiving required resources and support based on individual needs.

FUNCTIONS:

  • Develop and maintain overall system of referrals leading to formal testing and evaluation.
  • Maintain up-to-date systems including COPA, Child Plus and other Excel spreadsheets to ensure the correct enrollment information of children and families.
  • Develop and maintain systems that ensure non-diagnosed high-risk children with developmental delays receive the required resources and support.
  • Implement a comprehensive monitoring system for the birth to five programs in accordance to Head Start Program Performance Standards and applicable program requirements.
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement disability-related trainings to support teachers, home visitors, families, and partners site staff.
  • Participate in the transition planning for children with special needs.
  • Collaborate with disability liaison to ensure all referrals are submitted on a timely manner.
  • Work in collaboration with the Education Supervisors to support the implementation of an inclusive classroom model and individualize based on children’s individual needs.
  • Collaborate with the Social Emotional Consultants to identify, observe and plan programs to meet the needs of children and families enrolled in all birth to five programs, including partner sites.
  • Acts as the disability liaison between El Valor and the local LEA for Part B services, and CFC#7, CFC#8, CFC#9, CFC#10 for CFC#12 Part C Services.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: An equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college required.
  • Masters degree or higher level of education from an accredited college or university may be required.
  • Three to five years of job-related prior experience required.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Fluent verbal and written English and Spanish communication preferred;
  • Completion of Food and Sanitation Certification course may be required;
  • Proof of physical examination, tuberculosis and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) screening within the last six months required;
  • Successful completion of First Aid/CPR certification required;
  • Current, valid Illinois driver’s license and proof of insurance required;
  • Reliable means of transportation required;

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time

FLSA: Non-Exempt

LOCATION: To Be Determined