Special Services Coordinator Carlsbad HS

  • Eddy
  • Hourly


The Special Services Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the implementation and administration of the Disabilities and Mental Health content area of the Head Start program in such a way as to ensure quality as defined by the Head Start Performance Standards. He/she will receive instruction, training, supervision and evaluations from the Area Supervisor and the Special Services Manager. (Carlsbad Position)


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development, Social Services, Human Relations, Social Science, Psychology or related field
    ~ Or ~
  • Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development, Social Services, Human Relations, Social Science, Psychology AND one (1) year work experience in early childhood, social work, parent education, family studies, health, or related field
    ~ Or ~
  • High School Diploma or GED AND three (3) years work experience in early childhood, social work, parent education, family studies, health, or related field.
  • Must be proficient in computer skills including knowledge of a word processing program and a spreadsheet program.


  • Certification of First Aide and CPR within the first two (2) months of beginning employment and updated as required.
  • Supervisory experience/skills.
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, child and family health care which includes preventive, early intervention and health maintenance practices.
  • Knowledge of and expertise in parenting child development, adult learning principles, family dynamics and the principles of child health, safety and nutrition.
  • Clerical skills, including, but not limited to: filing; proper telephone etiquette, operating a personal computer, fax, copier, 10-key, etc.
  • Ability to express self, in English, in a clear, concise, understandable manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Warm and friendly personality. Compassionate in accomplishing the objectives and goals of the Head Start Program.
  • Ability to gain the confidence of low-income and/or minority people.
  • Ability to interact with children and adults in a positive, courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to work with children with disabilities.

Requirements that must be satisfied prior to attaining regular employment status:
1. Proof of Degree/High School Diploma/GED
2. Three Professional References
3. Drug and Alcohol Pre-screen Test
4. TB Test Results
5. Child Abuse and Criminal Background Checks
6. Clear Driving Record
7. Valid Driver’s License
8. Proof of Current Vehicle Liability Insurance
9. Proof of US Citizenship, or eligibility to work in the US.


Consistently ~ Occupation requires this approximately 66% – 100% of the time

  • Responsible for facilitating and implementing the delivery of required special services including referrals, assessments and evaluations to the children and their families.
  • Identifies potential resources outside the Head Start program and arranges for their effective utilization in collaboration with appropriate content area coordinators.
  • Provides information that will assist staff and families to better understand normal development, as well as, the more common behavioral problems seen in children.
  • Greets the parent on a daily basis as the parent is bringing in and/or picking up their child.
  • Assists parents in recognizing a variety of ways in which they can further their children’s intellectual, emotional and social development at home.
  • Works with direct services staff, including, but not limited to, teaching staff, parents, Family Service, and volunteers to provide support; assists in planning the weekly lesson plans and will review disabilities and/or mental health related curricular activities.
  • Works cooperatively with all content area staff in the implementation of Head Start disabilities and mental health program plans and content area objectives at each stage of the service delivery process.
  • Follow-up with parent(s) and service provider to ensure each child receives treatment indicated by screenings and assessments.
  • Serves as a role model for employees, clients and community partners.
  • Maintains good work habits through timeliness and low absenteeism.
  • Develops and maintains a positive, professional working relationship with the staff, clients and community.
  • Facilitates open communication with employees, clients and community partners.
  • Knowledge of SNMCAC and Head Start policies, procedures, performance standards and NM state licensing regulations.
  • Complies with SNMCAC’s Confidentiality Policy assuring that the program, children, family and employee records and information are protected at all times.
  • Understands, accepts, implements and promotes SNMCAC’s Mission Statement, program goals, philosophy and objectives.

Frequently ~ Occupation requires this approximately 33% – 66% of the time:

  • Assists the enrollment of a child, including a review of disabilities and/or mental health records.
  • Takes appropriate measures in conjunction with health and education services to refer children for diagnostic examinations to confirm that their emotional or behavior problems do not have a physical basis.
  • Conducts periodic group meetings between parents and staff for identifying and discussing child development, discipline, family problems and other concerns.
  • Attends Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.) or Evaluation, Assessment & Review (E.A.& R.) meetings as a member of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the appropriate recommendations and program placement are provided for the child.
  • Serves as an advocate for other recommended services.
  • Assists in the development of collaborative agreements with resource agencies.
  • Organizes the development and annual review of the Disabilities and Mental Health content area program plans ensuring that the parents and staff participate in the development of the program plans with an understanding of the Federal Guidelines and procedures for developing a sound program plan.
  • Monitors and accurately documents the non-exceptional child’s progress and maintains the child’s comprehensive file in the Special Services office and the main files.
  • Maintains documentation on all client contacts, referrals and services provided on a timely basis.
  • Submits monthly reports to the Site/Area Supervisor and/or Special Services Manager on, or before the due date.
  • Carries out any and all other assignments to meet the goals and objectives of the Southeast NM Community Action Corporation and the Head Start program

Occasionally ~ Occupation requires this up to 33% of the time:

  • Meets annually with the appropriate content area staff and parents to assist in the evaluation of objectives of the program plans and to assist in the revision of program plan objectives for the following program year.
  • Provides training for specific disabilities and mental health issues to ensure that appropriate services are received by each non-exceptional child.
  • Assists and obtains training/workshops for the teaching staff and families in the use of behavior of development, including various impairments/disabilities.
  • Advises and assists staff in devising a process for screening children with atypical behavior and in evaluating children needing further assessment.
  • Assists the Education content area staff in the scheduling and conducting of developmental screening tests; follow-up appointments; transportation, etc.
  • Must be willing and able to substitute in the classroom whenever/wherever needed.
  • Makes home visits.
  • Makes parents aware of community services, resources and facilitates their use.
  • Makes referrals to appropriate agencies.
  • Assists with public relations (news release, parent contact, civic organizations, etc.)
  • Participates with the teachers, parents and other Head Start staff in the development and utilization of the Individualized Education Plan and works cooperatively with the teachers, staff members and parents.
  • Conducts periodic group meetings between parents and staff for identifying and discussing child development, discipline, family problems and other concerns.
  • Prepares and submits a detailed monthly report to the Special Services Coordinator/Manager on, or before the due date.
  • Participates in on-going self and program assessment in order to enhance personal skill and program development/improvement.
  • Participates in workshops, in-service training, as well as, other personal and professional growth opportunities.
  • Attends all required/assigned local and out-of-town Head Start functions, training and staff meetings.
  • Documents and reports any signs of the following: child abuse and neglect, illness or accidents and reports families who appear to have special needs in accordance with agency policies and procedures.