Department/Organization: 212701 - Special Ed and Multiple Abilities
Normal Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:45 pm
Job Summary: The Parent Resource Specialist will be responsible for providing counseling, information and educational materials to callers in need of information about child development and/or parenting. The Parent Resource Specialist will also be responsible for maintenance of the resource database and the cache of parent education resources.
Additional Department Summary: EI@UA provides evidence-based early intervention services to families of infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities in West Alabama through Alabama’s Early Intervention System (AEIS). The program follows the Routines-Based Model (RBM), and the Family Resource Specialist will work in a blended service coordinator/service provider role. The Family Resource Specialist conducts evaluations for eligibility and holds a full caseload of eligible families for service coordination and service provision. The Family Resource Specialist uses collaborative consultation during home, community, and classroom visits to build the capacity of children’s natural caregivers and measures progress on individualized child and family outcomes, overall functioning in home and classroom routines, family confidence in meeting child and family needs, and family quality of life. The Family Resource Specialist collaborates and consults with additional service providers on the family’s team to support the overall goals for the child and family. EI@UA also serves as a training site for undergraduate and graduate students, thus, the Family Resource Specialist serves as a model for students during home and community visits as part of students’ practicum or internship placements.
Required Department Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in early childhood special education, child development, human development and family studies, or early childhood education.
Skills and Knowledge: Family Resource Specialist should also be familiar with the Part C system for early intervention and the Routines-Based Model. Knowledge of early childhood development (birth through five years). Knowledge of collaborative practices and adult learning principles. Excellent written and oral communication skills along with good organizational skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree and Alabama state certification in early childhood special education or related field. Must have one or more of the following preferred qualifications: background and experience in working with families of young children with disabilities, preferably under Part C services; experience with the RBM; experience with assessment and evaluation of infants and toddlers; ability to collaborate and develop relationships with families and other professionals from diverse backgrounds; warm, empathic personality and excellent communication skills.
Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.
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Internal Number: 511054
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