Family YMCA of Greater Augusta
  • 24-Sep-2018 to 23-Nov-2018 (MST)
  • Head Start
  • Aiken, SC, USA
  • 33,500-38,500
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Health, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD and Retirement


Position Summary: Under the direction of the Head Start Director the incumbent is responsible for designing, coordinating and implementing the program to serve disabled children and to assure that Mental Health Services are provided as needed to children, parents, and the staff. The Disabilities/Mental Health Specialist is responsible for the recruitment, enrollment and arrangement for the delivery of services for young children with special needs.

Supervision Exercised: N/A

Typical Physical Demands:  Physical stamina is required to tolerate standing, stooping, reaching, grasping, kneeling, walking, bending, and lifting objects weighing up to 25lbs.  Requires full range of body motion, including manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.  Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.  Occasionally requires working under stressful conditions and irregular hours.  Requires the completion and acceptable results of a physical examination and TB screening per the rules and regulations of the Head Start Program.



Typical Working Conditions:  Position is divided between an office environment and field work conducted in various school locations.   Requires frequent automobile travel to various centers, training, seminars and workshops. 


Job Segments:

  1. Develops the plan and preliminary budget for the Head Start Program's disabilities services effort which will meet the needs of special needs children and their families.
  2. Develops the plan and preliminary budget for the Head Start Program's mental health services effort which will meet the needs of special needs children and their families.
  3. Organizes and coordinates the program's Disability and Mental Health services efforts which include recruitment, enrollment, diagnosis and provision of services.
  4. Coordinates with Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to assure service delivery to children

with disabilities.

  1. Arranges for therapeutic care in a timely manner when LEAs are not meeting timelines.
  2. Obtains diagnostic reports and confirmation of the disabling condition by an appropriate professional, discusses the diagnosis with parents, and provides a follow-up plan for assistance.
  3. Ensures that special needs children constitute a minimum of ten percent of total enrollment in the Head Start Program.
  4. Coordinates with teaching staff, content area specialists and parents in developing an

individualized educational plan for each special needs child.

  1. Plans and collaborates with the Education Specialist to implement Mental Health Awareness into the curriculum with input from other staff and parents.
  2. Arranges for Mental Health service delivery to include observations in all classrooms, and arranging for the Mental Health Professional to observe children with atypical behavior,

and assists staff in their screening and evaluation of children  needing further assistance.

  1. Assists staff in implementing goals and objectives from the child's IEP in teacher daily activity planning.
  2. Seeks out and coordinates specialized staff training provided by outside agencies and conducts in-service training for staff and parents to develop skills to meet the special needs of children with disabilities.
  3. Provide a smooth transition of children with disabilities into and from Head Start to their next placement.
  4. Ensures the input of the Health Advisory Committee.
  5. Accepts and demonstrates the Character Development Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
  6. Performs all other duties as assigned.





  • Bachelor's Degree in Special Education or a related field
  • Minimum of three years' experience in service delivery and administration and supervision in Head Start or an early childhood special education program.
  • Must be proficient in knowledge of theories and principles of child growth and development; IDEA, ADA and other regulations, early childhood special education, and family support.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and implementation of early childhood and/or family support services programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills with the ability to effectively manage others.
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with standard business software, to include book-keeping platforms.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing using correct English usage, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community
  • Position requires a clear criminal background check to include an MVR (Motor Vehicle Report).




Effect on End Results:

This job description may not be all-inclusive and employees are expected to perform all other duties as assigned and directed by their supervisor.  Job description and duties may be modified when deemed appropriate by management.

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