Early Childhood Specialist

LOCATION: Irvington, New Jersey- Hybrid (Office/Remote) Work Environment

CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time/Non-Exempt- 37.5 hours/week

ANNUAL SALARY: $45,000 – $48,000/year

JOB SUMMARY:  Work with local partners and families with developmental concerns and/or child welfare involvement, in Union County, to ensure positive service linkages that improve outcomes for vulnerable families of infants and young children with a focus on birth to three years.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Works closely with Early Childhood Systems of Care program in order to help link families to the most appropriate (based on need and eligibility) and available services, including local county-level Connecting NJ, Home Visiting, Early Head Start/Head Start, Early Intervention, Family Success Centers, Health care providers, and resources to include the voice and input of parents/families as partners (County Councils for Young Children, Family Support Organizations, and more).
  • Provide developmental guidance and promote developmental screening (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) for families. As needed, refer families to Early Intervention.
  • Strengthen and align the local-level infrastructure to ensure coordination and collaboration in delivering effective community-based services for infants, children, parents, and families identified through Connecting NJ. Works within county-level Connecting NJ, and with community systems partners (including parents/families).
  • Participate in DCF quality improvement and evaluation activities.
  • Process referrals with emphasis on early childhood developmental concerns (birth – 5) in Union County.
  • Establish referral and information sharing agreements, reporting activities of central intake to local partners.
  • Market developmental health promotion and the Family Portal to physicians and community providers throughout Union County in collaboration with Connecting NJ Coordinators.

WORK REQUIREMENTS:   There are no unusual work conditions. Noise level at work is moderate. The employee will experience outside weather conditions while in transit to and from meetings or during special events. The employee must have a valid driver’s license and an insured, registered vehicle in good working order.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree preferred in social work, counseling, child development and family studies, child advocacy from accredited college or university, plus at least (2) years of experience working in the field with families and providers. Infant Mental Health Endorsed (IMH-E) or pursuing preferred. Minimum 2 years’ experience in maternal-child health (MCH), infant/early childhood mental health, parent/family support, and/or related fields and settings. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop trusting relationships with families and partners. Fully understands the roles of core MCH and early childhood partners. Ability to translate complex MCH and early childhood concepts into parent-friendly language. Computer proficiency in MS Office. Strong interpersonal & oral/written communication skills required. Bilingual preferred.

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