Senior Child Development Specialist

Recruitment #032023-MDDZ85-350500


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Our mission at the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is to improve the quality of life of Delaware citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. We prioritize personal and family independence by assisting individuals and families in a variety of life areas.

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Summary Statement

Conducts developmental assessments on children to determine the nature, extent severity & effects of the disability to determine eligibility for the program; plans, educates, counsels & trains families to effectively address issues with accessible/functional conditions; prepares child & therapy assessment reports; participates on the clinical team for eligibility. Manages the Child’s Outcomes Summary (COS). The position will provide case management and/or service provision/intervention in the Birth to Three Regional/Child Development Watch program.

Preferred Qualification

Applicants who do not possess the preferred qualification will still be eligible to compete for this position if job requirements are met.

  1. Six months experience in Health or Human Services work in early childhood development or early childhood intervention.
  2. Knowledge of working with community resource programs or services that assist with and improve life for individuals, families, and communities in the areas of special education?

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Conducts developmental assessment on pre-school handicapped and developmentally delayed children determine the nature, extent severity, and effects of the patient's disability.
  • Plans, develops, and implements individual and group instructional therapy programs; conducts reassessments to monitor patient progress and evaluate effectiveness of programs in reducing/eliminating patient's problems.
  • Educates, counsels, and trains patient's family to deal effectively with handicapping conditions. Makes home visits to address the needs of patients and families in the home environment.
  • Prepares child and therapy assessment reports including therapy progress and summary reports, individual child service programs, services statistics and related correspondence.
  • Consults with staff professionals for the purpose of integrating services. Contributes expertise in early childhood and special education to staff professionals within the clinic setting.
  • Plans and conducts parent education programs and professional workshops.
  • Participates in local education agency and other community service meetings for the purpose of identifying children's needs, determining appropriate educational placement  and programming or appropriate service follow-ups.
  • Provides technical guidance to lower level staff.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Senior Child Development Specialist
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Speech Pathology or related field.
  2. Six months experience in conducting developmental assessment on handicapped and developmentally delayed children.
  3. Six months experience in case management which includes assessing, planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating options and services to meet an individuals human service needs.
  4. Six months experience in planning, developing and implementing educational, promotional or recreational programs.
  5. Six months experience in narrative report writing.

Additional Posting Information

Due to a new requirement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) the following mandate is effective January 27, 2022: As a condition of employment, employees providing health care services and/or support services in covered facilities must show proof that they have received the dose of a single J&J dose or the 1st dose of Moderna/Pfizer two-dose vaccine effective date January 27, 2022, and proof of the single J&J dose or the 2nd dose of Moderna/Pfizer two-dose vaccine by February. 28, 2022. Employees may not provide any care, treatment, or other services until proof is provided.  Based on CMS guidance, the date for compliance may extend into March due to the health care facilities high vaccination rate of staff.  If you accept a position with the facility, your Human Resources representative can provide more guidance.  The only exception to these requirements is for those employees granted medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which may require weekly COVID-19 testing. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our Job Seeker Resources.

DHSS does not provide employment-based sponsorship.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.