Job Description Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Head Start Program Director, the
Education and Special Needs Manager shall be responsible for:
o Intervening in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, as
mandated by Federal and State law. o Maintaining confidentiality of
family records and information. o Encouraging and promoting the
familys achievement of self-sufficiency. o Participating in all
appropriate trainings and meetings. o Recruiting and supervising
any volunteers, student teachers, or interns (in the special needs
field) and provide the necessary training, support, and feedback
necessary for their professional growth. o Demonstrate the ability
to meet program requirements while placing the needs of children
and families first. o Commitment to multicultural programming. o
Ability to communicate effectively in written or verbal format to
groups of all sizes and individuals.
Coordinating Delivery of Education and Special Needs
o Direct and develop curriculum and teaching processes. o Manage
education department to ensure effective delivery of curriculum and
achievement of program outcomes. o Manage and provide guidance to
teachers and teaching support staff. o Conduct formal and informal
observations, and provide constructive feedback. o Develop
workshops and educational opportunities that encourage academic
enrichment. o Coordinating developmental screening with Health
and/or Education managers. o Developing a disabilities service plan
providing strategies for meeting the special needs of children with
disabilities and their parents in accordance with Head Start
principles. o Meeting with parents to discuss childrens needs. o
Assisting staff in implementing the disabilities service plan. o
Coordinating with Puerto Rican Family Institutes other early
childhood programs in order to ensure the continuation of services
the children and families are receiving. o Coordinating the annual
updating of the disabilities service plan. o Coordinating training
efforts for staff and parents regarding children with disabilities.
o Maintaining records of families involved in the process.
Attending Head Start Meetings:
o Coordinating Head Start IEP meetings if preschooler does not
qualify for LEA services. o Attending educational and social
services meetings. o Participating in Health Advisory Committee
meetings. o Attend IEP Transition Meetings.
Representing Head Start in the Educational Community:
o Serving as the contact person for disabilities trainings and
conferences. o Attending conferences and meetings. o Participating
in other relevant workshops.
o Master's degree in Early Childhood o New York State Teaching
Certification Birth-2 o 2 Years Teaching Experience in Preschool
Settings Required o Previous experience with Special Needs
Education. o Demonstrated experience in program management,
including staff supervision, assessments, and prior experience in
Head Start programs. o Understanding of the Head Start philosophy,
Head Start Performance Standards and DOH Regulations. Experience
with Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies, Gold Assessment
System. o Strong organizational, communication and supervisory
skills. o Language proficiency in spoken and written English and
Spanish and/or English and French preferred.
Other Criteria: Attendance- comes to work regularly and on time
Sociability- ability to maintain good and healthy relationships
with others. Cooperation- show willingness and a positive attitude
to accomplish the programs goal. Confidence- ability to follow
instructions and work independently. Integrity- show cohesive
between the professional behavior and the personal moral behavior
required for the position.
Physical Demands: The physical demands describe here are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing
the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit; use hands
to find, handle or feel objects, tolls or controls; reach with
hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is also required to
stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
and it in the floor. The employee must regularly lift and/or move
up to 20 pounds. The employee must be able to occasionally lift 20
pounds overhead and 40 pounds from waist to shoulder.
The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 40 pounds, and
occasionally lifts 50 pounds from floor to waist. The employee must
be able to push/pull up to 50 pounds horizontally. Specific vision
abilities required by this job include close vision, distant
vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the
ability to adjust focus.