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Content Area Specialist
 
JOB CODE:105675
 
PAY GRADE:2140
 
SALARY RANGE:$27,282 - $37,765
 
LOCATION OF WORK
Department of Human Development and Services
 
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the administrative direction of the Head Start Program Administrator or designee performs highly responsible work in development and implementation of educational curricula and the supervision, training and evaluation of the Head Start teaching staff; plans the coordination and supervision of all Head Start services for children with special needs; coordinates a wide range of comprehensive Health and Mental Services; performs responsible professional work in the design, implementation and supervision of parent and volunteer activities; oversees the training of volunteers in classroom procedures and activities; coordinates duties over sub-professional family advocates who are engage in performing a variety of social services activities including counseling, referral, care management and related services plans and implements some family needs assessment program designed to identify special needs and concerns of students, parents and teachers by acting as a liaison with the proper community service agencies; coordinate contacts with community agencies to meet the Head Start Performance Standards. General supervision is exercised over a moderate staff of sub professional employees. Performs other work as requested within federal and state guidelines.
 
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
EDUCATION AND TRANSITION: Develops and implements an educational program designed for preschool aged children. Assists in implementing a parent involvement educational program for both classroom and home. Monitors classroom activities, staff and children for evaluation purposes in accordance with agency policies. Prepares annual assessment of equipment and materials needed. Organizes, assigns and trains classroom volunteers; prepares annual assessment of equipment and materials needed; ensures that education staff has needed equipment, furnishing and educational resources. Maintains linkage with children in making the transition to public schools. Assists in supervising and evaluating teaching staff to ensure that goals and objectives are achieved. Reviews and critiques all lesson plans. Monitors home visits to Head Start families made by teaching staff. HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH: Updates the annual health, safety and mental health plans in conjunction with the Program Administrator, policy council, parents and other center staff. Designs and coordinates a full range of comprehensive services which meets Head Start Performance Standards for identifying and serving all professionally diagnosed children and their parents. Coordinates and arranges for services at community agencies for children and parents. Coordinates the procedures for responding to medical and dental emergencies which occur at the centers; develops and maintains up-to-date medical records on all Head Start children. Organizes Health Services Advisory Committee and serves as staff liaison. Coordinates with educational supervisor, the development of Individual Educational Plans (IEP) for the children with special needs; attends IEP meetings. Plans, coordinates and conducts staff and parent training sessions on a regular basis. Coordinates with Program Administrator and the state bureau of licensing on the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse cases and provides the necessary support services to the child, family and the Child Protection Agency. Develops the Health and Mental Health service plan and assists with the development of the program budget to ensure that adequate funds are budged for disabilities related services. Coordinates with medical providers the development of Health plans for children with major health problems. DISABILITY: Designs and coordinates a full range of comprehensive services which meets Head Start Performance Standards for identifying and serving all professionally diagnosed special needs children and their parents. Coordinates with educational supervisor, the development of Individual Educational Plans (IEP) for children with special needs; attends IEP meetings. Develops the disabilities service plan and assists with the development of the program budget to ensure that adequate funds are budgeted for disabilities related services. Utilizes revised Head Start diagnostic criteria to determine a child's eligibility for special education and related services. SOCIAL SERVICES: Identifies family and children in need of social services; implements a needs assessment and develops programs to meet those special concerns. Directs outreach staff in providing direct services to families in analyzing case problems and in making necessary referrals. Certifies as to the eligibility of all Head Start enrollees, reviews and maintains files and other confidential materials. Coordinates home visits to Head Start families made by the family advocates and makes assignments to social service personnel. Directs staff in the recruitment, screening, enrollment and reevaluation of eligible children, including disabled children. Coordinates with other component supervisors all social service referrals and follow-ups; acts as liaison between community agencies and Head Start families and staff.
Supervises and trains the staff in the areas of social services. PARENT INVOLVEMENT: Assists in implementing a parent involvement educational program for both classrooms and home. Organizes, assigns and trains classroom volunteers. Serves as liaison to Head Start Policy Council by keeping the council informed on new information pertinent to Head Start. Coordinates policy council elections and meetings. Plans, coordinates and conducts staff and parent training sessions on a regular basis. Coordinates with the social services supervisor the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse cases and provides the necessary support services to the child, family and the Child Protection Agency. Develops the disabilities service plan and assists with the development of the program budget to ensure that adequate funds are budged for disabilities related services. Utilizes revised Head Start diagnostic criteria to determine a child's eligibility for special education and related services. Coordinates home visits to Head Start families made by all program components and makes assignments to social service personnel. Directs staff in the recruitment, screening, enrollment and reevaluation of eligible children, including disabled children. Coordinates with other component supervisors all social service referrals and follow-ups; acts as liaison between community agencies and Head Start families and staff. Supervises and trains the staff in the areas of parental involvement.
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of nutrition, sanitation, hygiene health and mental health services as related to preschool aged children in general and disabled children specifically. Knowledge of common medical problems encountered in preschool aged children. Knowledge of the federal, state, and local regulations governing services to children with disabilities and Head Start Programs. Knowledge of motivational and teaching techniques used to direct preschool aged children in all phases of educational development. Knowledge of types of social services offered by governmental agencies and of procedures used in obtaining such services. Knowledge and understanding of the developmental levels of preschool aged children. Knowledge of ADA (American with Disabilities Act) and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Ability to interpret medical, educational, social service, and nutrition information into a usable form. Ability to plan and organize curricula for preschool aged children for the total development of the child. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, parents, community agencies and preschool aged children. Ability to interpret medical, dental, educational and nutrition information and translate data into a usable form. Ability to understand and relate to the under privileged, the disabled and preschool aged children and parents. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing, to groups and to individuals. Ability to work cooperatively with clients and staff members from diverse cultural, socio-economic and educational backgrounds. Ability to prepare basic statistical and narrative reports, business correspondence, and memoranda using computerized systems. Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information. Ability to work independently and demonstrate flexibility to changes in work schedules and assignments. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development, Education, Health and Human Performance, Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Nursing or Sociology.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and two years pediatric experience or child preventative health experience. Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES
Position(s) of this classification may require a valid Louisiana driver's license. If license is required, must maintain throughout employment in this position.
 
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
May require typing or other computer software skills. Must have a satisfactory criminal background check.
 
NOTE:
The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the job.