Docs for Tots is Hiring: Spanish-speaking Family Resource Specialist

NEW posting June 2022

Part-time or Full-time position with combo of in person and remote work

Help Me Grow – Long Island Family Resource Specialist

The Help Me Grow – Long Island Family Resource Specialist is the main point of contact for the HMG-LI Centralized Access Point. The Family Resource Specialist handles calls and inquiries related to the health, development, behavior and learning of children on Long Island aged 0-5, and supports families by providing information and education on these topics, offering developmental screening/discussing results, researching and making referrals to services, and providing continued support, advocacy and follow-up as needed. She/he handles telephone cases, documents case information, mails information packets, networks with community partners, and provides direct outreach to families at community events.

Job Requisites

  • Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in special education, early childhood development, or related health or human services field, plus one year experience working with children and families on Long Island; OR Associates Degree in early child development, or related health or human services field, plus three years of experience working with children and families.
  • Two years of field experience working with families with young children or a similar role.
  • Reliable form of transportation
  • Experience in positions involving special needs or very young children.
  • Knowledge of typical and atypical child development and special needs conditions.
  • Ability to use a computer to complete job functions.
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Well-developed communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Active listening and assessment skills.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop in-depth knowledge of Help Me Grow, Early Childhood Special Education and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs programs eligibility, referral/application processes, due process information, and related support services
  • Handle calls and online inquiries to the Help Me Grow – Long Island
  • Provide the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) developmental screen as needed and reviews results with parents
  • Assist with ASQ activities in the community as needed.
  • Assess caller/client situation and enter accurate data to track and follow up on calls
  • Provide care coordination for families, research most appropriate resources, provide education and information on development, behavior management and services, and provide advocacy and follow-up as needed.
  • Assist in identifying gaps and barriers to services, and trends in issues families experience in utilizing services.
  • Send out confirmation letter and resource information to referral source. Assist in maintaining virtual filing system for all cases.
  • Participate in staff and community meetings as needed.
  • Attend staff meetings, conferences, and workshops regularly to upgrade professional skills and understand systems and current best practices for working with children and families.
  • Work effectively as a team member and provide assistance to other staff members as needed.
  • Perform other duties as needed.

Help Me Grow – Long Island

Help Me Grow – Long Island (HMG-LI) is a partnership that builds upon existing resources to support early detection of developmental concerns, celebrate the growth of young children, and link families to the services that help children thrive from birth to age five. The Help Me Grow model consists of several different pillars, including a Centralized Access Point available by phone and website that provides free developmental screening and linkage to appropriate services.

Help Me Grow – Long Island is not its own organization, but rather a partnership of early childhood stakeholders across Long Island. Docs for Tots acts as the organizing entity for HMG-LI. Docs for Tots is a non-profit, non-partisan organization led by pediatricians to promote practices, policies, and investments that will enable young children to thrive. Docs for Tots creates linkages between doctors, policymakers, early childhood practitioners, and other stakeholders to ensure that children grow up healthy. Our focus is on the youngest children and their families, from prenatal to children age five.

To apply:

Please email a one-page resume and one-page cover letter with Family Resource Specialist in the subject line. Submissions with resumes longer than a page, without a cover letter, and without the appropriate subject line may not be considered.

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the candidate is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations and the ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 10-25 pounds. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read application information. The candidate frequently is required sit, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. Regularity and consistency of attendance is essential to ensure high quality service and ultimately a productive program.
NOTE: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily.

Docs for Tots is dedicated to maintaining a work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin (including ancestry), religion, gender or sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), alienage or citizenship status (unless required by law), disability, reproductive health decision making (including, but not limited to, the decision to use or access a particular drug, device, or medical service), marital status, partnership status, caregiver status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, military status, unemployment status, genetic information (including genetic characteristics), or any other protected status under federal, state, or local laws. Docs for Tots is dedicated to the fulfillment of this policy with respect to all aspects of employment, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, placement, transfer, training, promotion, compensation, termination, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

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