• Early Childhood Development Specialist

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    COM Kids First Mountain View
    Post End Date
  • Overview

    This position is located in Mountain View, Arkansas


    KIDS FIRST serves children with special healthcare needs ranging in age from six weeks to five years. In our pediatric day healthcare clinics, children diagnosed as having a medical condition known to place them at risk for developmental delays and disabilities receive intensive intervention.


    The Early Childhood Development Specialist provides an individualized developmentally based early intervention for a group of children birth-five years with special health care needs and developmental delays at a UAMS Kids First clinic. S/He works as a member of a physician directed interprofessional team to implement the planned treatment and achieve developmental services goals outlined in each child’s treatment plan.


    UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

    • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS.
    • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only).
    • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family.
    • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000.
    • Leave Time: 11 paid holidays annually, 12 days of annual vacation leave, 12 days of sick leave (additional leave available depending on status).
    • Career Training Opportunities.

    Salary offered commensurate with experience.


    1. Ensures quality of individualized developmental services provided at KIDS FIRST.
    2. Provides leadership for the developmental services of assigned treatment room(s) in a manner that is child-centered, family focused, demonstrates evidence-based or best practices for early childhood, and promotes continual quality improvement.
    3. Establishes rich learning environments for young children and utilizes curriculum to address the objectives contained in each child’s treatment plan.
    4. Assures continual supervision of children assigned to his/her care and compliance with daily ratio.
    5. Assures developmental services and documentation are compliant with the guidelines set forth by KIDS FIRST, UAMS, Child Care Licensing, AFMC, EIDT, DDS, Arkansas Department of Health, CARF and other accrediting organizations.
    6. Collaborates and communicates with families, therapists, nurses, social workers, director, other clinic staff, and contractors to provide the best quality of care and optimal outcomes for each child.
    7. Encourages families to take an active role in supporting their child’s development using the principles of Family Centered Care.
    8. Supports the academic mission of the Kids First program. This includes participation in the training of students and pre-service professionals, education and outreach to stakeholders, families served, and community partners. 
    9. Interacts with and assists the public in a professional and friendly manner as needed.
    10. Demonstrates effective communication skills; communicates accurate and complete information; maintains strict confidentiality when necessary.
    11. Demonstrates positive working relationships with co-workers, management team, and ancillary departments; follows the Core Concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care and the Basic Code of Conduct Guidelines.
    12. Assists internal and external stakeholders as needed with exceptional customer service.
    13. May perform other duties as assigned.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's Degree with documentation that 12 hours of coursework in Early Childhood, Child Development, Special Education, Elementary Education, or Child and Family Studies has been completed PLUS six (6) months of documented experience working with children
    • Good communication skills with adults and children is required

    Candidate must pass state abuse registry checks, drug screen, submit to a TB skin test and required immunizations or provide proof of immunizations.


    **State accreditation in Early Childhood Special Education OR current Child Development Associate Certificate may be substituted in lieu of the documented 12 hours of coursework in Early Childhood, Child Development, Special Education, Elementary Education, or Child and Family Studies**

    Physical Requirements

    Stand: Frequently
    Sit: Occasionally
    Walk: Frequently
    Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Frequently
    Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 26 - 50 lbs
    Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently
    Talk: Frequently
    Hear: Continuously
    Taste or smell: Occasionally
    Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
    Physical Environment: Inside Classroom Setting, Outdoor Weather Conditions
    Noise Level: Moderate
    Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
    Hazards: Biological


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