We are currently looking for an experienced Child Development Specialist (consultant) to begin in August or September 2021. This role spans two divisions (Pre-primary - ages 2-4 - and Primary - K-5th Grade) with both overlapping and distinct responsibilities between these divisions.* The Child Development Specialist will report to the Director of Primary and will work closely with the teachers in both divisions. This position will be 30 hours/week.
*This role could potentially be split into two part-time roles covering one division each (20 hours for Primary and 10 hours for Pre-primary)
Responsibilities across divisions:
Consult with teachers, families and Division Director when behavioral, emotional or developmental questions or concerns about children arise.
Conduct classroom observations of children and discuss with teachers and Division Director, making recommendations for adjustments, interventions or further evaluation. Monitor, document, and follow up with aspects of implementation of plans for next steps in supporting students and families.
Meet with families (often with teachers and/or Division Director) to build relationships and partnership and to discuss the child and share observations and suggestions for how to support them.
In partnership with the Division Director, make recommendations to families for additional evaluation and assessment of student needs. Support families through the evaluation process with outside providers, both privately and through CPSE or CSE.
Support teachers with parent relationships by attending parent/teacher meetings and providing resources to support behavioral, emotional, and developmental concerns that arise.
Maintain ongoing written records of individual cases.
Provide families with referrals for outside clinicians.
Engage in DEI-J professional development to constantly evaluate ongoing practices, recommendations, evaluations, supports provided for students within scope of role further school’s commitment to upholding anti-racist practices.
As a member of the Crisis Support Team, participate in updating the crisis support plan on an annual basis.
Consult individually with teachers on an as-needed basis.
Responsibilities specific to Pre-primary Program:
Plan and facilitate Early Childhood Talks for families and caregivers about topics related to parenting and child development.
Provide individual consultation with families about matters related to their children at school and outside of school (e.g. toilet training, sleep, sibling issues, illness/death, family transitions).
In collaboration with teachers and Division Director, plan and participate in orientation meetings and provide support for families during the phase-in process at the beginning of the school year.
Provide and share resources with teachers and families or caregivers about specific topics related to early child development and parenting.
Provide support and professional development for Pre-primary teachers related to child development.
Responsibilities specific to Primary Program:
In consultation with the Division Director, plan for monthly roundtable discussions on a host of issues pertaining to child development, geared for Primary students and families.
As a member of the Student Support Team, plan for and attend biweekly SST meetings. Maintain documentation of SST meetings and ensure actionable follow up.
Provide individual consultation with families about matters related to their children at school and outside of school (e.g. social issues, illness/death, family transitions).
Provide and share resources with teachers and families or caregivers about specific topics related to child development and parenting.
Provide support and professional development for Primary teachers related to child development.
Provide 1:1 short term counseling for students
Provide group counseling for students (Banana Splits, Friendship)
Provide coverage for teachers when needed
Participate in supervisory role within activities like recess and field trips, when needed
Provide lunch coverage when needed
Attend professional development
Education and Experience:
Advanced degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling
3-5 years experience working with early childhood and/or elementary aged children and families
Special Education degree preferred but not required
Deep knowledge and understanding of child development in theory and practice from early childhood through the elementary years.
Extensive experience supporting children and families through the CPSE and CSE evaluation process.
Demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-racism and DEI-J practices, particularly in the context of supporting children, families and teachers.
Strong ability to build relationships and trust with children, families and teachers
Desired qualities: sense of humor, compassion, patience, collaborative work style
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Blue School is committed to achieving a diverse workforce providing equal opportunities to all employees and applicants. We value, respect, and celebrate differences. Employment is decided on qualifications, merit and school needs and not on the basis of 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.
Internal Number: BS2021-010Psych
About Blue School
Blue School is an independent school in the South Street Seaport that serves children from age 2 through 8th grade. Blue School seeks to both practice and model a dynamic balance between creative thinking, academic mastery and self and social learning, and to educate irrepressible innovators, and adaptable problem solvers. Please learn more about us at www.blueschool.org.