Child Development Specialist

Recruitment #220228-X32C-06



The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service. 

OSDH is seeking a full-time Child-Development Specialist providing support to Jackson/Comanche County Health Department. This is a state employee position PIN 34000456 governed by the Civil Service Rules. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link  Plan Year 2022. The annual salary for this position is up to $50,310.00, based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving professional work with a high degree of flexibility in providing individual and family services to increase parenting skills and enhance the developmental potential of young children and/or children with developmental and acquired disabilities.  This includes assessing development in young children; developing and implementing public health prevention programs for parents and young children to enhance their opportunities for cognitive, personal-social, language, and motor development; and serving as a member of a multidisciplinary team to monitor the effectiveness of child development services.

This is the specialist level where the incumbents are assigned responsibilities involving advanced level technical duties in child development.  Incumbents at this level perform duties as consultant to other Child Development Specialists and may be designated lead worker.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:
*Conducts groups and workshops to educate parents in the area of child development through materials and curricula developed for this purpose.
*Provides developmental assessments of children birth through kindergarten-age; teach parents ways to enhance their child’s developmental potential.
*Keeps confidential records and writes reports essential to this work.
*Assists in the selection, preparation, and distribution of materials on child development which will further the purpose of this program.
*Provides in-service training in the areas of child development and parenting to staff at Head Starts, day care, preschool programs, or other programs as necessary.
Counsels individuals and families on topics related to parenting and child development.
*Recruits clients for child development programs through contracts with community organizations such as public health clinics, hospitals, child care centers, civic organizations, pediatricians and the news media.
*Collaborates with other community agencies as well as plans and conducts community wide efforts to promote the health, development, and behavioral wellbeing of young children and families.
*Participates as a member of a multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary team by staffing individual cases and groups and in developing treatment plans or Individual Family *Service Plan (IFSP) pertaining to child development.
*Supervises the work of subordinate staff.
*Provide services to children and families in the child’s natural environment or the environment determined most appropriate by the child’s early intervention team.
Initiate and implement steps necessary for smooth transition services from the early intervention program.
*Other duties as assigned.

Other Duties
*Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
*Works effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.

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.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
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
This position is set in an office environment.  While performing the duties of the job, employees are frequently required to stand, walk, lift, and reach.  Must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.




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, postgraduate, 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. Plus three years of post-master’s experience working in the area of child development, early childhood education, or early childhood special education and certification as a Child and Parenting Specialist (CCPS) through the Oklahoma Family Resource Coalition (OFRC).


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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