Developmental Specialist

San Jose, CA /
Homestart – Children's Services Team /
Are you a person who enjoys helping others? Are you currently seeking fulfillment in your professional life? Supporting individuals with developmental disabilities is a great way to make a living while making a difference.

Hope Services is Silicon Valley’s leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities and mental health needs. We serve approximately 3,700 people and their families in nine counties and provide a broad spectrum of services.
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Hope Services seeks candidates who share our inspirations & aspirations. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging at all levels.

*Hope Services requires all employees to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. This mandate allows for limited exemptions and a grace period for new hires to comply with the vaccination requirement. 

Hope Services offers an OUTSTANDING benefits package, including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k) Retirement, Life Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement and a comprehensive Scholarship Program, Generous Paid Vacation and Sick Time accrual plans and more!

The Hope Services Homestart program is hiring Developmental Specialists to provide 1:1 services to infants and toddlers with special needs in a home based program.

Hope Services is the Bay Area's largest non-profit agency, providing a wide array of quality services for persons with developmental disabilities since 1952! Will you join us? Pay commensurate with experience.

About the position:

Principle Responsibilities of the Developmental Specialist
1.  Function independently and autonomously in providing early intervention services to infants      and families; maintain a caseload of children, with number determined by FTE.
2.   Coordinate schedule for planning and conducting home visits.
3.   Maintain appropriate treatment records and documentation as required.
4.   Conduct assessment and evaluation, addressing six major developmental domains as needed.
5.      Maintain productivity of 70% based on weekly billable hours.
6.      Establish goals and objectives and provide updated developmental information at scheduled IEP’s and IFSP’s
7.      Develop and maintain rapport with all family members assigned to caseload.
8.      Work collaboratively with other members of team, SARC, physicians, and outside agencies regarding developmental/health related issues, as well as resources for families on caseload.
9.      Participate in quarterly scheduled staff meetings, provide input and present inservice trainings as assigned.
10.  Acts as a mandated abuse reporter.
11.  Other duties as assigned to assure efficiency of the program.
Minimum Qualifications:
To practice as an Early Interventionist at entry level, the Developmental Specialist must hold a minimum of a Master’s degree and hold a certificate/license/credential and/or registration appropriate to the field in which the professional practices.  In addition, the Early Interventionist must have received specialized training in early intervention and meet the competencies outlined under Early Intervention Personnel Standards.  One year experience working with infants and toddlers in the Early Intervention arena. Bilingual is a plus.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The Developmental Specialist must have knowledge/skills in the following areas:
1.  Family Support:
     -Communicating effectively
     -Enhancing family coping skills
     -Promoting collaborative decision making and problem solving
     -Nurturing natural support systems
     -Facilitating families to assess their strengths and priorities
     -Respecting family values
     -Promoting family professional collaboration
     -Supporting access to community resources, both generic and specialized
     -Recognizing situations that require referral to others and respecting limits and boundaries
     -Supporting the development of family self advocacy and empowerment
     -Recognizing different cultural practices and understanding how they affect child rearing          practices.
2.  Child Development
     Must have a strong base of knowledge in both typical developmental patterns of infants and      toddlers and atypical development due to disabilities or risk factors
3.  Family Professional Development
     -Recognize and strengthen family capabilities
     -Develop and maintain a collaborative partnership with the family
     -Support families in identifying their concerns, priorities, and resources
     -Implement a family centered approach
     -Enhance the family’s capacity to meet infant’s and young child’s developmental needs
     -Facilitate family’s ability to access and use support systems
4.  Evaluation and Assessment
     -Use evaluation/assessment practices appropriate to infants and toddlers with special needs
     -Select and utilize observations/evaluation/assessment strategies and tools appropriately
     -Interpret and report evaluation and assessment results accurately and appropriately
     -Able to observe, evaluate, document, and communicate verbally and in writing
5.  Basic computer skills in word processing
6.  Ability to accept supervision and work cooperatively as a team member with co-workers as well as with clients and families
7.  Ability to utilize critical thinking skills in decision making situations, to organize and keep reports, to demonstrate independent judgment
8.   Ability to be flexible with scheduling and prioritizing tasks
9.   Must be able to drive to multiple locations and have own car/insurance.
Environmental Conditions
Considerable travel in the community, primarily performs work in the client home.  Lifting, moving stretching, walking and crawling during training activities with the child and family.  Exposure to outdoor conditions, dust and pollens.  Some computer work and periods of intense concentration.
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Hope Services is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees not regardless of, but with consideration and appreciation for race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family or parental status, or any other status.