We’re working toward a world where all children realize their full potential…
When children and families face complex challenges, Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is there. Founded in 1902 to provide safe, loving homes for orphans, CHS is now one of the oldest, largest and most respected nonprofit organizations in Florida. Delivering hope to more than 50,000 children and family members across the state, we continue to do more. We are leading the nation in developing and delivering solutions that transform the lives and futures of children and families.
Will you join us? Are you ready to HELP CHILDREN find–and achieve–their full potential? Are you ready to make a POSITIVE DIFFERENCE in the lives of children and their families? If so, we want to talk to YOU.
We’re seeking an experienced Infant-Toddler Development Specialist to support our growing needs for early steps services. You’ll work alongside children and families to enhance the child’s development through education, support, and encouragement for program participants with the goal of helping children so they are ready for school. This is an excellent opportunity for a focused and dedicated social services professional who has a passion for child development and thrives in a fast-paced, never-the-same work environment.
- Provide initial and ongoing developmental evaluation for children and when necessary, assist in the development of a plan to monitor areas identified within the initial evaluation (For Early Steps, Individualized Family Support Plan).
- Implement individualized plans for assigned clients to meet the needs, interests and abilities within the child's natural routines.
- Review individualized plan, and modify as needed.
- Maintain records as required by law and administrative regulations.
- Provide direct developmentally-focused services to the child and their family within the child's natural environment.
- Provide consultative services to the child's family in the child's natural environment.
- Complete progress notes and any program specific documentation as required.
- Coordinate services for client’s, within the community as required.
- Act as a liaison for the program with community agencies/organizations as required.
- Participate in multidisciplinary teams and staff meetings as required.
- Participate in the quality management process.
- Working knowledge of the early education field
- Strong organizational skills and a tireless focus on quality results
- Exceptional leadership, interpersonal and communication skills that allow you to work well with diverse teams, clients and families
- Resiliency, with a propensity to persevere in spite of constant change
- A sincere passion for helping others in need
- Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or early childhood/special education, child and family development, family life specialist, communication sciences, nursing, psychology, social work or equivalent degree based on transcript review by the CHS Corporate Office or by the funder when the contract specifically reserves such authorization
- For Early Steps program, one of the following:
- Department of Education Pre-K Disabilities Endorsement
- Certification in Infant-Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS), SKI-HI, Vision Impaired In-service in America (VIISA), In-Home Sensory Impaired Training and Education (INSITE) or completion of university certificate in Hearing specialist or Vision specialist in Early Intervention.
- Early Intervention credential or equivalent certificate from another state
- Three years experience with children and families.
- For Early Steps programs, one year of documented professional hands on experience in Early Intervention with 0-5 year old children with special needs and/or developmental delays and their families
- For Early Steps Program, ability to attain Early Intervention Professional Competencies through completion of the online ITDS Competency Modules or coursework from an approved Florida College or University ITDS Certification Program or a combination of both
- For Early Steps Program, Ability to obtain and maintain a Medicaid Provider number
- Valid Florida driver’s license within 30 days of hire
- A valid and current Florida License as a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Psychologist, School Psychologist, Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Counselor, or Mental Health Counselor
- Three years experience with children and families with one year of documented professional hands on experience in Early Intervention with 0-5 year old children with special needs and/or developmental delays and their families
- Ability to attain Early Intervention Professional Competencies through completion of the online ITDS Competency Modules or coursework from an approved Florida College or University ITDS Certificate Program, or a combination of both
- Ability to obtain and maintain a Medicaid Provider number
- Valid Florida driver’s license with 30 days of hire
At CHS, we’ve created a workplace that supports what drives you personally and professionally. Competitive salaries … paid holidays … generous paid time off … flexible work schedules … and a sweet benefits suite that doesn’t just say we care about you, but truly demonstrates it!
With more than 1,900 team members, CHS is the #1 provider of children’s services in the state of Florida. We’re an employer and career path of choice for any aspiring professional committed to growth and excellence. At CHS, we do good.