SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR (SPANISH SPEAKING) 2630
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Under general supervision, an employee in this class is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of all service coordination activities directly related to the Early Intervention Program. The work differs from that of a Special Education Coordinator in that the incumbent must communicate, both orally and in writing, with Spanish-speaking children and families. The incumbent is expected to exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in carrying-out program activities. Work is reviewed by an administrative supervisor through periodic reports and conferences. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Acts as liaison within the County providing specialized services to meet the needs of children with developmental delays (Birth to 2.11) and their families;
Plans and assists in the development of individual programs for children with developmental delays (Birth to 2.11) and their families, and monitors the implementation of these programs;
Serves as a team member with other professionals to effect a coordinated effort in serving children with developmental delays (Birth to 2.11) and their families;
Promotes public understanding and cooperation with the objectives of the Early Intervention System;
Coordinates services with other community resources;
Prepares and submits monthly activity and statistical reports of work performed;
Assists in the organization and supervision of the collection of required Early Intervention data;
Attends community meetings and professional conferences to promote an understanding of Early Intervention Services;
Assists in planning and organizing training programs for parents, staff and community members.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and methods involved in providing Early Intervention and Special Education programs for infants and children who are developmentally delayed; thorough knowledge of the NYS Department of Health and State Education laws pertaining to Early Intervention and Special Education programs for the infants and children; thorough knowledge of the facilities and resources available in the community for infants and children who require intervention services and the most effective means of utilizing them; thorough knowledge of the modern developments, current literature, sources of information and materials used to implement early intervention services; ability to read, write and converse fluently in Spanish; ability to establish programs and maintain effective working relationships with families involved in programs for children requiring early intervention services; ability to analyze, plan and participate in the development of programs to effectively meet the needs of the infants and children; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
(a) Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Master's Degree in Special Education and three (3) years of experience in the field of Special Education, including at least one (1) year in early childhood special education/intervention; or,
(b) Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Master's Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Nursing; and three (3) years of experience in case management, delivery of services to families or children, or in special education.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
At the time of appointment and throughout the term of employment, the employee must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.
There will be a qualifying Spanish language examination.