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Program Assistant - Disabilities (San Fernando/ Santa Clarita)

Children Services – Head Start – Childcare | San Fernando Valley, 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

Through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs, we work with children (ages 2 – 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.


Assist the Disabilities Coordinator in planning, facilitating and coordinating services to children with disabilities. In addition to providing clerical support to the Disabilities Area. This is to be done in accordance within the prescribed framework, funding parameters, philosophy, policies and procedures of VOALA Head Start/Early Head Start.

The Program Assistant performs the following:

  • To assist establish and maintain outreach and recruitment to ensure site enrollment of eligible children, including 10% with disabilities; and actively assist in the re-involvement process.
  • Inform and discuss referral process timelines, Parent’s Guide to Special Education, and Transition information to provide formal and effective lines of communication between staff in order to facilitate coordination and efficient flow of communication with all referrals with in the Disability and LEA’s services.
  • Track and monitor all administration of developmental screenings for all Early Head Start/Head Start children. Verify and reviewing files in a monthly, quarterly and yearly. Review disability reports, identify program strengths and needs for improvement of services, and collaborate with site staff in conducting proper   follow-up documentation.
  • Maintain and Perform ChildPlus data system to input, retrieve and update required data. In addition; Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook with strong computer skills.
  • Monitor and Verify Related Services by school districts’ service providers is done as scheduled to ensure that children with disabilities are served in a general education environment.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma or Associate of Arts degree (preferred) in Special Education, Social Services, Child Development or related field or two (2) years of relevant experience may be substituted for each year required of college education.  
  • Relevant experience may be in Special Education, case management in disabilities, mental health, health or parent involvement aide in an Early Head Start/Head Start program.
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification  

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
  • Physical examination 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:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and oral)
  • Comprehensive understanding of Early Head Start/Head Start programs, philosophy and performance standards.
  • Proficient in ChildPlus, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook Suite strong computer skills for updated documentation. Proficient in Unified School District Special Education database.

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.
If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.