JOB OPPORTUNITY: Disability Specialist (Tier I)

Title: Disability Specialist (Tier I)

Reports to: Associate Director of Special Services

FLSA: Exempt

Position Summary:

Works closely with all content area to ensure integration of all services provided for children with disabilities enrolled in Head Start/Early Head Start

• Conducts classroom observations and arranges for assessments of children suspected of, or diagnosed as having disabilities

• Serves as Head Start/Early Head Start's liaison person to all community agencies servicing families of children with any special needs.

• Serves as a vital resource person for all staff and plans training for parents and staff to provide more information and discussion on special needs of children 0-5 years old. Topics might include: building relationships with children, understanding behavior, learning the evaluation process Child Study Team, transitioning to kindergarten and implementation of screening tools.

• Works closely with the classroom staff in the development, reviewing, and updating of individual education plans

• Ensures IEP and IFSP goals are included in child’s curriculum planning.

• Conducts informal meetings with individual teachers or teams to discuss progress of

children with disabilities. Reviews reports and anecdotal records, shares and discusses classroom observations and referrals on children.

• Serves as a vital link in terms of ensuring that all disability content plans and procedures meet the requirements of Head Start/Early Head Start's services to children with

disabilities and their families

• Works with the Social Service staff in the recruitment of children with disabilities and their families

• Attends training sessions and other meetings as required including School District

Individual Education Plan {I EP), transition meetings and Individualized Family Service Plan (I FSP) if requested

• Takes part in Head Start/Early Head Start Administrative meetings when necessary

• Takes part in tea m meetings that include other program specialists

• Works closely with pa rents of classified children and children in the process of

evaluations an d provides support and guidance as they move through the evaluation process

• Responsible for the supervision the Disabilities Tea m which may include special education teachers and speech consultants


  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood education or related field.

  • Knowledge of early child development and inclusion.

  • Knowledge of community resources for preschool children with special needs.

  • Bilingual a plus

  • Reliable transportation

Knowledge of:

  • Modern theories, methods and practices of Early Childhood Education and Child Development

  • Modern Theories, methods and practices of assigned areas of responsibility and expertise, including early childhood education, social services, emotional and/or physical health, and learning and/or physical disabilities

  • Federal, state and local laws and regulations applicable to the Head Start Program and the assigned areas of responsibility and expertise

  • Head Start Program Performance Standards

  • Modern theories, principals and practices of supervision, including training and staff development.

  • Record keeping and filing practices and procedures

Ability to:

  • Organize, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of assigned responsibility

  • Interpret, apply, explain and reach sound decisions in accordance with regulations, policies and procedures

  • Instruct and train individuals in a group setting and one-on-one

  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing

  • Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports, correspondence and other written materials

  • Exercise tact, objectivity, sensitivity, strategy and judgment in dealing with volunteers, parents and staff

  • Organize and maintain specialized documentation

Physical and Mental Demands:

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with a disability to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit or stand for long periods; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment, reach with hands and arms; and lift or move up to fifty pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems, observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform work on multiple, concurrent tasks; and interact with program management staff, volunteers, representatives of public agencies and community organization and others encountered in the course of work.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee may have occasional contact with abusive and/or physically violent clients. If the employee works in typical office conditions, the noise level is generally quiet. If the employee works in a classroom setting, the noise level could be above a standard noise level.

To Apply Contact:

GBCA Inc., Human Resources 392 Main St. Hackensack, NJ 07601 or



Email along with resume to or Fax to (201) 342-9339

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Equal access to programs, services and employment is available to all persons.

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Greater Bergen Community Action is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit Community Action Agency. Established in 1967, Greater Bergen is part of a nationwide network of poverty-fighting enterprises which were established as part of the nation’s effort to address the intractable and persistent problem of poverty in America.

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