Child Development Specialist I, II & III

Recruitment #220420-X32C-07

Introduction

 

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. 

THIS POSITION MAY BE FILLED AT A LEVEL I, II, or III.

OSDH is seeking a full time Child Development Specialist I, II & III providing support to the Leflore County Health Department. This is a state employee position PIN 34001524 governed by the Civil Service Rules, located in Poteau, Oklahoma. 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.

Level I - up to $39,060.00 based on education and experience.
Level II - up to $45,422.00 based on education and experience.
Level II - up to $50,308.00 based on education and experience.

Position Summary
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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.

Position is necessary to complete the Child Guidance staffing pattern and implement behavioral, developmental, and/or communication services to children birth to age 13.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions:
• 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:
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.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Level 1:
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 2: required at this level include those identified in Level I plus the ability to assess children’s development and to provide educational programs to parents.
 
Level 3: 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 & Work Environment:
Work is typically performed an office setting with a climate controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level.  While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms; carry light items; driving an automobile. This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone.

Travel Requirements:
Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position. Occasional in state overnight and weekend travel may be required.

 

 

 

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Level 1: 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 2: requirements at this level consist of those identified in 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 3: requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus two additional years of post-master’s experience working in the areas 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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