Child Development Specialist

Recruitment #210520-UNCX-259

Introduction

Child Development Specialist I, II and III.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

Region 9 has one opening on the Early Intervention team that provides services for Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha Counties, located in Southeast Oklahoma.  Disciplines to be considered for this vacancy will be Occupation Therapist, Physical Therapist, Child Development Specialist or Special Educator.   Duty station will be determined upon hire.  Please apply for the discipline you wish to be considered.

OSDH offers a comprehensive
Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here].The annual salary for this position is based on education and experience.

Level I –   Up to $39,060.00
Level II –  Up to $45,422.00
Level III – Up to $50,308.00

Position Description:  
This position is assigned responsibilities involving advanced level duties in occupational therapy.  Incumbents at this level may assume a lead role in evaluation, assessment, program planning, intervention, and supervise occupational therapy students during field work experience.  May provide in-service training in areas of recognized expertise at the local, regional and state level.  Positions which are the only occupational therapist at a facility with overall responsibility for the program are also included at this level.

Duties and Position Responsibilities:
• Plans, conducts, and evaluates occupational therapy treatment/intervention and activities.
• Interprets physician referrals and determines appropriate evaluation procedures.
• Makes recommendations concerning standardized treatments/intervention based on medical indications.
• Completes patient assessments concerning independent living skills, occupational performance, pre-vocational work adjustment, educational skills, social skills and abilities.
• Tests neuro-muscular, motor, cognitive and psycho-social skills.
• Interprets results and proposes a treatment/intervention plan, including short and long range goals, frequency and duration.
• Provides treatment/intervention according to the prescribed plan, including task-oriented activities, prevocational activities, neuro-motor and sensory-motor activities and patient/family counseling and activities.
• Participates in the assessment, design and fabrication of adaptive equipment and orthotic devices.
• Evaluates patient response to treatment/intervention and makes recommendations on changes in treatment as required.
• Maintains records concerning treatment/intervention provided, including both subjective and objective data.
• Initiates discharge planning, prepares discharge summary, orders required equipment, and instructs patients and care providers in home program.
• Participates in a multidisciplinary team to assist in developing intervention strategies to meet the client’s needs.
• May provide limited supervision and training to therapy assistants and aides in the care and treatment of patients and the proper completion of standardized procedures.
• This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Level I
– Required at this level include knowledge of typical and atypical child development from birth through adolescence; of the skills and techniques for child care and guidance; of the methods and curricula of early childhood education or early childhood special education; and of community health and welfare resources for children and their parents. Ability is required to work cooperatively and effectively with both professional and non-professional groups and encourage participation in child development and early intervention programs; and to teach child development and parenting skills.

Level II – Requirements same as Level I and to assess children’s development; and to provide educational programs to parents.

Level III – Required at this level include knowledge of the principles, practices and ethics of parent education, early childhood education, or early childhood special education; of training and instructional techniques and their application; of the use of materials and curricula used in parenting education, early childhood education, or early childhood special education programs; of typical and atypical child development from birth through adolescence; of the skills and techniques for child care and guidance; and of community resources for children and their parents. Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and to exercise initiative and independent judgment.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is typically performed in a client’s home or daycare setting or in an office environment with climate- controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level.  Telework and the provision of services remotely may also be required. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms and may lift up to 35 pounds.  This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Level I – Requirements at this level consist of completion of a master’s degree in child development, early childhood education, early childhood special education, developmental psychology, or family relations/child development or a master’s degree in special education with a minimum of 18 graduate, post graduate, or upper level hours (300 or above) in any of the following areas: typical and atypical infant and toddler development, parent-child relations, positive guidance/discipline strategies with young children, family systems, family relationships, assessment/evaluation, working with parents of exceptional infants and toddlers, and developmentally and individually appropriate early childhood curriculum and instructional practices. Note: Must be working towards eligibility for certification as a Child and Parenting Specialist (CCPS) through the Oklahoma Family Resource Coalition (OFRC).

Level II - Requirements same as Level I plus one year of post-master’s experience working in the area of child development, early childhood education, or early childhood special education, and eligible for certification as a Child and Parenting Specialist (CCPS) through the Oklahoma Family Resource Coalition (OFRC). Note: If certification is not held at time of employment, it must be achieved within 12 months of accepting the position.

Level III - Requirements same as Level I plus three years of post-master’s experience working in the area of child development, early childhood education, or early childhood special education, and eligible for certification as a Child and Parenting Specialist (CCPS) through the Oklahoma Family Resource Coalition (OFRC). Note: If certification is not held at time of employment, it must be achieved within 12 months of accepting the position.

NOTES

REQUIREMENTS:
If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.
 

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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