The North Country School Age Family and Community Engagement Center, a program of The Child Care Council, seeks a full-time Resource & Referral Specialist. Join a team working with families, schools and community agencies to support children and youth with disabilities or suspected disabilities and their families. We are looking for a dedicated, flexible and creative team player. Some regional travel is required across the North Country and will be reimbursed. For more details about the job responsibilities see the full job description below. With questions, please email or call Laurie firstname.lastname@example.org 518-561-4999 ext. 116.
Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, or related field; 3 years’ experience providing community outreach and referral; some familiarity with database system input. Preferred experience, in addition to the above, includes direct experience with the special education process as a parent or working in a school system and database management experience. Salary range is $37,440-$41,600, depending on qualifications. Generous benefits include 80% company paid health insurance, paid time off and holidays and a family-friendly workplace. To apply send letter of interest, resume and names and all contact information for 3 references to: Search Committee, Child Care Council, PO Box 2640, Plattsburgh NY 12901 by 2/24/2020. EOE
Position: North Country School Age Family and Community Engagement Center (SA FACE Center) Resource & Referral and Support Staff Specialist
Reports to: Professional Development Specialist
Essential duties are to work as part of the team that will include the NY State Office of Special Education Regional Partnership Centers and the Early Childhood FACE Center to engage in joint planning, development and implementation of technical assistance and professional development related to special education in schools for parents, school staff and community agencies.
Collaboration and communication are critical to the success of the Regional Partnership Team. All members of the Regional Partnership Team, including the Resource and Referral Specialist, will be required to work professionally and collaboratively with one another. Meaningful engagement with all partners will improve the effectiveness of the intensive team approach to increase stakeholder capacity.
The Resource & Referral Specialist will:
1. Use a systematized process approved by the Partnership Implementation Team (PIT) to provide a combination of:
a. Regional training and support made available to families, school staff, community groups, etc.
b. Targeted professional development and technical assistance to groups around a common topic. Participants can include families, school staff, community groups, etc.
c. Technical assistance and support that supports students with disabilities, school districts, families and community groups
2. Identify and maintain regional resource information for community partners that serve children and students with disabilities ages 5-21
3. Strengthen and build upon established relationships, resources and information
4. Post these resources on a community resource map and otherwise promote and publicize them to families, schools and community organizations
5. Seek out and cultivate new relationships with community partners who support students with special needs and strengthen established relationships
6. Work closely with the Early Childhood FACE Center Resource & Referral Specialist to avoid duplication and collaborate on joint programming and events.
7. Develop and strengthen interagency connections with community agencies, including:
a. Establishing regular communication with local agency, staff, and groups
b. Under direction of NYSED, the SA FACE Resource & Referral Specialist will work together with her Early Childhood FACE Center counterpart to plan, host/attend regularly scheduled collaborative meetings that focus on a rotating series of topics (family engagement, transitions, mental health, etc.). Schools, parents, teachers, administrators and community partners will be invited to participate.
8. Use support from the PIT and the Technical Assistance Programs (TAPS)
a. Participate in trainings and planning meetings with the PIT and Tap including a 2-day meeting each year in Albany beginning in year 2 of the project.
b. Join in and participate in monthly webinars established by the PIT
c. Enroll in weekly online learning opportunities as needed
d. Participate in three 2-day meetings each year for fidelity coaching, professional development, problem solving and direct support from the TAPS
9. As determined by the PIT provide information and resources to upload to the Partnership website.
a. This could include upcoming training dates, contact information for local resources, special events and announcements.
10. Submit training data to the TAP for DATA for the purposes of evaluating the effectiveness of the Partnership
11. Support Staff duties include:
a. Compilation of correspondence related to the Project
b. Assembly of training materials
c. Register participants for training
d. Ensure program and office supplies are readily available for training, technical assistance and community events
e. Schedule, plan, deliver community events
f. Ensure children’s programs are staffed and resourced appropriately and safely
Additionally, the Resource & Referral Specialist will:
12. Work at part of the Child Care Council team
13. Maintain confidentiality at all times
14. Remain open-minded and non-judgmental regarding childcare providers and families
15. Supervise an assistant and/or student intern
16. Seek and attend professional development programs as available
17. Communicate and collaborate effectively with colleagues
18. Possess skills representative of linguistic, racial and ethnic populations of the North Country
19. Other Duties as Assigned
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Ability to travel throughout the North Country is required. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable the individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.
Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents and write reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups or employees of the organization.
Physical Demands: The ability to sit, stoop, kneel; walk or stand; talk and hear; use fingers to grasp; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, an individual must be prepared to assist in general maintenance duties. The employee must have the ability to perform duties effectively in a sometimes-distracting work place. The employee may be also exposed to potentially unsafe environments while conducting visits to homes or child care facilities, requiring safety precautions.
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in education, counseling or related field. Three years’ experience providing community outreach and resource & referral.
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