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Disabilities Coordinator- (HS - South LA)

Children's Services | South Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896. We provide a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.

Through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs, we work with children (ages 0 – 5) and their families to provide the skills, confidence and stable home life necessary for a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond. Head Start positions are generally Monday through Friday, 7:45 am to 4:15 pm.

 Responsibilities: 

The Disabilities Coordinator is required to provide guidance and technical assistance to staff working either directly or indirectly with children who have a disability (or suspected disability) and their families. This employee will also help parents understand, support and advocate for their children with special needs/disabilities. Other requirements include: interpretation, implementation and ongoing monitoring of all aspects of the Performance Standards, State and Federal regulations, program policies and procedures:

  • Actively recruits children with disabilities or suspected disabilities from the community and work closely with other agencies and organizations to identify possible children with disabilities in the service area;
  • Ensures the program provides for at least a 10% minimum of enrollment opportunities for children with disabilities;
  • Ensures that children with disabilities are served in a “natural environment” and that all reasonable accommodations and necessary classroom modifications are made for them to create a “least restrictive environment;”
  • Ensures that all enrolled children are screened to determine which children have a suspected disability and are referred as soon as possible for assessment;
  • Directly supervises/mentors and trains a number of staff members, including teachers, home visitors and family advocates;  trains staff on services to children with disabilities and suspected disabilities in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards and the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, specifically part C). Also trains staff members on strategies to help develop children who have specific disabilities;
  • Is responsible for the Head Start Performance Standards that pertain to disabilities services.
  • Coordinates with local regional centers, LAUSD, or other agencies to provide assessment services and other services as determined by the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP);
  • Ensures that these individual plans are incorporated into the overall child’s development and education plans, and family goal setting plans as established by program; ensures that the goals are being attained;
  • Coordinates/meets with Family Service Specialists to make sure the nutrition program meets the specific nutritional needs and feeding requirements of each child with disabilities;
  • Ensures that affected parents understand and participate in the process and ensures that parents understand their rights and responsibilities; helps and ensures that parent form support groups;
  • Completes and submits any required reports to the funding source and the supervisor on a timely basis;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized college or university in the field of disabilities, social science, psychology, or child development
  • At least one (1) year of supervisory experience working with children with disabilities/special needs or at least six (6) semester units of course work in administration related to the above mentioned fields
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal) desirable. 
  • Must have excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • In order to make home visits and travel to different school sites, offices, etc., must have access to an automobile with adequate insurance coverage and a valid California driver’s license, or have means to other easily accessible transportation
  • Fingerprint clearance required prior to employment

Health Requirements:

  • Proof at the time of hire
    • TB clearance within 6 months prior
    • Annual Influenza vaccination (between Aug 1 – Dec 1)
    • Pertussis (whooping cough) and measles immunization
  • Health screening at the time of employment
  • Requires ability to interact with children in a busy environment including, but not limited to:
    • Able to lift up to 50 lbs
    • Frequently kneel and squat
    • Ability to move quickly

Additional Requirements:

  • Evidence of interaction with a culturally-divers/low-income population

VOALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer