Project ACT: Inclusion Specialist

Headquarters- Towson Office | $45K | mid_career | full_time

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Inclusion Specialist

To provide coaching and consultation to early childhood professionals to support children’s mental health, promote the inclusion of children with special needs, and address behavioral challenges in their community settings. To facilitate teaming and collaboration, case management, and staff development to promote a collaborative education model in child care programs, preschools, Head Starts, Family Child care programs, primarily serving children ages birth to five. Provide case management and onsite consultative services for children in classroom and out of school time settings and model developmentally appropriate strategies and inclusive practices. Facilitate training sessions and follow up technical assistance to child care providers statewide.

What does this opportunity give me?

  • Community outreach. Work with a diverse population.
  • Pride. Work for a company that is passionate about our mission and helping people find their path to independence.
  • A strong team and support system.
  • Impact. Make an immediate difference in someone’s life.
  • Challenges. Be a part of a growing organization that is a leader in its field.

What will I do at Abilities Network?

    Direct Services

    • Observe children in childcare settings and provide feedback regarding strengths as well as recommendations for improvement of the classroom or home environment and suggest changes to benefit individual children.
    • Utilize prescribed assessment tools and perform a functional behavior analysis for individual children as indicated to help determine the function of the child’s challenging behavior and strategies for behavior change.
    • Collaborate with educational personnel, childcare providers and parents to generate developmentally appropriate activities for the school and community that promote social emotional competencies.
    • Develop a written support plan for individual children and assist classroom staff in implementing recommendations through on-site modeling, training and support.
    • Address children’s mental health needs through a consultative model, providing referral to therapeutic services when needed. Informally address children’s speech and language, cognitive, physical, and social and emotional development as well as daily living skills, and make recommendations for enhancing development or refer to appropriate resources as needed.
    • Facilitate collaborative planning and support families when children receive services through an IEP/IFSP.
    • Provide parents with the education, tools, knowledge and support to become more self sufficient in advocating for the full inclusion of their child with mental health needs, disabilities, and/or challenging behaviors.
    • Facilitate team and other meetings concerning individual children.
    • . Document activities utilizing observation forms, intake forms and maintaining all contact notes, as well as any grant mandated forms.
    • . Provide all documentation and data to Project ACT Community Grants Manager for review on a monthly basis.

    Documentation and Reporting

    • Participate in meetings as deemed appropriate by the Project ACT Director and/or the Project ACT Community Grants Manager, submit reports to schools and parents and as required by the grants/funding sources and Project ACT.
    • Training

      • Implement community and grant-funded training and mentoring sessions during the day, on evenings, and on the occasional weekend.
      • Present all prepared trainings and demonstration lessons to the child care community in a dynamic and professional manner.
      • Develop trainings for early childhood professionals and out of school time providers regarding mental health issues, the inclusion of children with disabilities, and/or managing challenging behavior as assigned or requested.
      • As needed, develop individual trainings for providers when providing consultation services for a particular child.
      • Miscellaneous

        • Attend Project ACT Advisory Board meetings, Project ACT Staff Meetings and any other relevant community or committee meetings related to this position. .
        • Support activities and events of Abilities Network when possible.
        • Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor and as necessary to fulfill the mission of Abilities Network. Attend all internal or external meetings as designated to represent Project ACT.
        • What does Abilities Network need from me?

          • • Must have a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Psychology, or a related field. .
          • • Must have completed coursework in curriculum and child development.
          • • Must have experience working with children with challenging behaviors, mental health concerns, and developmental disabilities.
          • • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
          • • Must have a minimum of 4 years of classroom experience working with children, age birth to 5.
          • • Must possess strong professional presentation skills with a minimum of 2 years of group training experience.
          • • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required.
          • • Must have access to transportation as needed to fulfill the duties of position.
          • • Must have availability and flexibility to work some evenings and weekends. Occasional overnight travel may be required.
          • .

          • • Must have access to transportation as needed to fulfill the duties of position.
          • • Must have the ability to lift up to 40 lbs, transport materials and move about training facilities necessary to train groups effectively.

            Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

            Fluent Spanish

            Relevant Licensure or Certification

            Additional Experience working with older children.

          What else do I get at Abilities Network?

          In addition to an amazing company culture and team environment, eligible employees are entitled to an array of company benefits, including:

          • Comprehensive health/dental/vision insurance
          • Life/Long-term Disability insurance
          • Paid time off (annual, sick, holiday)
          • 403(b) Pension Plan
          • Section 125 Premium Conversion Plan
          • Flexible Spending Account (medical, dependent care)
          • Employee Assistance Program
          • Anniversary day
          • Tuition reimbursement
          • Employee referral bonus
          • Jury duty leave
          • Bereavement leave
          • Free parking

          Abilities Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promotes individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, sexual orientation, or any other category covered by applicable law.

          Job Location: Towson (Headquarters)

          Position Type: Full-time, Salaried

  • Personal Information

    As an equal opportunity employer, Abilities Network does not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment in violation of any law. Applicants who need reasonable accommodations to ensure equal opportunity in the application process should immediately inform the person who provided this form.
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