Disabilities-Behavior Specialist

Community Action Partnership Of San Luis Obispo County San Luis Obispo , CA 93403

Posted 3 weeks ago

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County,Inc.

Helping People. Changing Lives.

CAPSLO Mission, Vision and Core Values

Position Summary:

Assists in the planning, development and implementation of the Disabilities and Behavioral Health Service for children birth to five years old for CFS programs. Offers training and technical support for staff and parents in the areas of disabilities services and behavioral support. Is knowledgeable about laws pertaining to persons with disabilities. Acts as a resource to families and staff by supporting the development of each child's social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical skills through guidance, observation, modeling and training. Ensures that all children requiring special education services or behavioral challenges are referred to the Local Education Agencies or Behavioral Services.

Responsibilities & Duties:


1.Assists in ensuring that staff and parents understand the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and other laws pertaining to persons with disabilities and their rights. Assists in providing pre-service and necessary trainings on the IDEA laws and Head Start Performance Standards to program

2.Assists in providing training and support for staff on screening, evaluation and referrals of children in need of further assessment to the appropriate services.

3.Establish and maintain relationships and ensures ongoing collaborations and partnerships. Assists the local program staff to act as liaisons between School Districts, SELPAs and Part C Providers.

4.Assists in collaborating with Part C Providers, Local Education Agencies, parents and staff to transition children with disabilities into the most appropriate placement.

5.Attends Individual Education Plan (IEP)/Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings as needed. Support families in advocating for disabilities services needed for their child's success.

6.Ensures appropriate record keeping and program monitoring for IEP/IFSP goal implementation. Assists in inputting all data relevant to children with disabilities.

7.Conducts ongoing observations/ visits to centers/ provider homes/ home base to support staff with children with special education referral and accommodations .

Behavior/Mental Health:

8.Conducts visits to centers and provider homes to offer support and guidance techniques and offers training when appropriate to staff and childcare providers.

9.Meets with parents and teachers to discuss individual children's behavior, as needed. Develop Positive Behavior Support Plans (PBSP).

  1. Trains and supports staff on the implementation of the behavior health PBSP.

  2. Has knowledge about resources in the community that will work in partnership with the family and the program to plan for children with behavioral concerns.

  3. Work with Mental Health Consultants in developing support systems within center and provide follow up with systems. Maintain relationships with Mental health Consultants.

  4. Provides ongoing training and modeling of best practice behavioral health ( such as Social Emotional literacy, Teaching Pyramid, Conscious Discipline, Second Step.)

  5. Ensures that staff and providers understands the referral process for mental health services.

  6. Develops a sound understanding of the requirements of the Head Start Performance Standards and early childhood education.

Blended Responsibilities

1.Attends staff meetings, community meetings and trainings as appropriate.

2.Keeps informed of new and appropriate behavior practices for young children. Attends trainings, when appropriate, to keep current regarding appropriate practices.

3.Ensures confidentiality is maintained in accordance with the CAPSLO Policies and Procedures and California requirements.

4.Works with Center Supervisors, Teachers and Area Managers to ensure proper documentation is maintained.

5.Conducts monitoring through a modality of sources in person and electronic. Provides feedback for insurance of compliance with Policies and Procedures.

6.Participates as a member of the Case Review team to ensure ongoing communication, case management, referral and follow-up process for identified children and families.

7.Works with all staff to provide an environment that is inclusive for all children and families.

8.Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Educational and Experience


1.Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Psychology, Special Education or related field.

2.Must have two years of related experience, preferably teaching experience with children 0-5 years of age.

3.Experience working with children with a diversity of special needs preferred.

4.Be proficient in Microsoft office suite and Google drive.

5.Must be bilingual/biliterate.

Other Requirements:

1.Must be available for travel to other counties, to conferences, meetings, workshops, etc. when necessary

2.Must demonstrate the ability to prioritize and manage time effectively.

3.Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

4.Must possess knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

5.Must be able to relate well to all people of the community regardless of color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability or socio-economic level.

6.Must be emotionally mature, stable, tactful and be able to provide professional leadership.

7.Must be self-motivated and able to work with a minimum of supervision.

8.Must complete a health screening and TB skin test or chest x-ray prior to beginning employment.

9.Must be able to maintain confidentiality.

  1. Employment is contingent upon meeting all job requirements and background requirements: criminal history check, education verification, acknowledgement of child abuse reporting responsibility, criminal record statement, etc. A criminal history clearance is required within seven days of completing the Live Scan.

  2. Must be dedicated to the goals and objectives of the CFS programs and CAPSLO.

  3. Must have dependable, insured transportation and valid California Driver's License (mileage to be reimbursed) and acceptable driving record. A DMV printout and proof of insurance will be required.

  4. Employment in Head Start/Early Head Start/Migrant and Seasonal Head Start is contingent upon approval of the Policy Council.

  5. Must use reasonable precautions in the performance of one's duties and adhere to all applicable safety rules and practices; and act in such a manner as to assure at all times maximum safety to one's self, fellow employees, clients and children.

  6. Must understand, uphold, and continue working toward accomplishing the mission, strategic goals and performance measures of the agency.

Physical and Environmental


Position requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, twisting and bending. Must be able to lift 30 pounds. Simple grasping and hand manipulation required, as well as reaching above and below the shoulder level. Requires working indoors in temperature-controlled environment with some exposure to copier and printer chemicals/fumes.

Employee Benefits:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Plan, Retirement Savings Plan, and Employee Assistance Plan, plus additional benefits at a reduced rate.

  • 12 Paid Holidays plus one paid Personal Holiday.

  • Vacation and Sick time accruals.

For questions regarding the application process or open positions, contact the Recruiting Department at 805-544-4355 or email recruitment@capslo.org.

EOE/ V/ ADA/ Drug Free Workplace/ Asset Infused Organization

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly

  • Min Hiring Rate $20.57

  • Max Hiring Rate $24.00

  • San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

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Disabilities-Behavior Specialist

Community Action Partnership Of San Luis Obispo County