What is Watch Me Grow?
First 5 San Mateo County is funding a comprehensive Special Needs Project to (1) develop the capacity of child-and family-serving systems countywide to serve and support children with special needs, and (2) coordinate and secure access to services and supports for children with special needs and their families in a demonstration site community. The target population is children birth to 5 years and their families. The target geographic area is the Spruce and Martin School areas of South San Francisco.
SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Demonstration Site Manager, the Screening Specialist assists in outreach and screening activities for the Watch Me Grow Demonstration Site to assure that children 0-5 years and their families have access to developmental and health screenings. Using well-researched screening tools, the Screening Specialist will participate in screening activities in the Spruce and Martin School areas of South San Francisco. This is a part-time position of 16-20 hours per week.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
As a member of the Watch Me Grow Demonstration Site Team, the Screening Specialist will provide and support specific project activities:
•Present information to families about the purpose and benefits of the screening opportunities provided through Watch Me Grow.
•Schedule and coordinate appointments with families to screen children from birth to five years in the Spruce and Martin School areas of South San Francisco.
•Screen children using the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional (ASQ:SE) and the Parenting Stress Index-Short Form (PSI-SF) .
•Conduct the initial intake interview, including gathering consent for services and sharing of information for evaluation purposes and the follow-up interviews.
•Make appropriate referrals for community services in coordination with the Watch Me Grow Demonstration Site staff and Child Study Team, following the screening and services protocol developed specifically for this project.
•Complete accurately and submit all paperwork/documentation and data forms according to the project protocols, screening and services protocol and evaluation requirements.
•Participate in regular meetings with staff/screeners, training on the screening tools and protocols and other training or technical assistance activities.
•Provide Spanish interpretation to ensure culturally competent processes, service delivery, and resources for families.
•Provide administrative and program support for Demonstration Site Parent Services programs.
•Comply with participant rights, Community Gatepath and program policies, CARF, accreditation and quality assurance standards, Dept. of Labor, CAL-OSHA, etc.
•Must act as a Mandated Reporter, and responsible to report any known or suspected adult/child abuse.
•Must comply with applicable federal, state and local regulations and laws.
•Other duties as required
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS:
•Ability to physically respond to physically frail persons as needed
•Ability to lift at least 25 lbs as needed
•Ability to stand, stoop, and bend frequently
•Ability to respond to, lift and transfer participants with physical disabilities as needed
QUALIFICATIONS FOR POSITION:
•Bi-lingual fluency in Spanish and English (oral and written) required
•2-3 years of experience working with families of young children, preferably with children with special needs or disabilities.
•Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain professional and friendly relationships with client families, with child care providers and teachers and local service providers.
•Experience and education in child development or early childhood education
•Knowledge of local the local community and community resources
•Flexibility in work hours.
•Willingness and ability to learn new screening and data collection tools and protocols
•Able to travel locally (within San Mateo County)
•Demonstrate a passion for the mission, by believing in the abilities of people with disabilities
•Demonstrate a positive outlook as express enthusiasm
•Demonstrate willingness and ability to adapt to change
•Posses specialized skills and abilities that contribute to superior performance and delivery of results
•Take initiative to impart specialized knowledge and skills to colleagues
•Work effectively on teams, including virtually and cross-departmentally
•Embrace the use of multiple applications to best serve clients, the organization and yourself
•Show innovation by initiating ideas, processes, programs and solutions for improvement and growth
•Advocate and develop awareness of the organization to the community and the marketplace
•Demonstrate professional growth by taking the initiative to manage your own career development
•Demonstrate leadership by sharing the vision, enlisting the support of other and leading by example within one’s own area of influence
•Have excellent communication skills and initiate and contribute to helpful transfer of information across all levels of the organization
•Show maturity by demonstrating respect for disagreement, diffusing conflict, and healthfully managing work under pressure, maintaining client and organization confidences
•Demonstrated awareness of, sensitivity to and competence in dealing with children with developmental disabilities.
•Positive outlook, enthusiasm, self-motivated and high energy.
•Ability to function as part of a team.
•Ability to manage challenging behaviors
•Valid California Driver’s License/ID
•Proof of negative TB test results
•Verification of good physical health by physician
•Ability to obtain criminal fingerprint clearance
•18 years of age