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Early Childhood Professional Development Specialist (special education focus)

JOB SUMMARY:

The Early Childhood Professional Development Specialist works with other family educators to develop and deliver technical assistance and professional development training to a wide variety of stakeholders in the special education/disability community. The focus is on birth to 2nd grade. Stakeholders may include school staff, organizational professionals working with children with disabilities, as well as families. This person will deliver training and direct assistance to both individuals and groups. The trainer will also be responsible for cultivating and maintaining school and community-based partnerships to provide ongoing support that promotes positive outcomes for young people with disabilities. The role focuses on systems change work, and requires an understanding of disability policies and special education, and building more inclusive educational environments.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate as part of a team with external partners to create and implement professional development plans  to support IDEA compliance and improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • Present workshops for families on a range of disability and special education topics.
  • Support youth, family members, and professionals both in person and over the phone by helping them clarify issues, address barriers, and determine a course of action.
  • Identify, research, and provide information resources for youth, families and professionals.
  • Track and update this information in a secure database.
  • Represent INCLUDEnyc at meetings, events, and conferences, as requested.
  • Dedicate time to ongoing personal and professional learning and growth.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 4+ years providing professional development and/or technical assistance.
  • Master’s degree in education, social work or related fields required.
  • Knowledge of preschool educational landscape in NYC, and familiarity with NYC DOE, with experience working in one or more of the five boroughs.
  • Experience with educational program design and/or adult learning.
  • Experience in family engagement and awareness of family perspectives in educational systems.
  • Skilled in navigating different perspectives, needs, and challenges when working with multiple stakeholders.
  • Written and verbal fluency in English required; additional fluency in Spanish or Mandarin preferred.
  • Self-directed and well-organized with a strong ability to multitask.
  • Comfort with shifting deadlines and priorities.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Apps for Business (Gmail, Docs/Drive/Calendar), and Salesforce preferred. 
  • Willingness to travel via public transportation to locations across the five boroughs. Occasional evenings and Saturdays required when in-person program delivery resumes.
  • Demonstrated commitment to INCLUDEnyc’s mission of building positive outcomes for young New Yorkers with disabilities.

BASE SALARY:

$60,000 – $65,000

BENEFITS:

  • Comprehensive health benefits offering 
  • 403B plan with employer match
  • NYS 529 College Savings
  • Generous holiday and paid time off schedule
  • Temporary hybrid work model 
  • Employee Discount Plan

TO APPLY:

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements in .doc or .pdf format, subject line: “LAST NAME_ Early Childhood Special Education Trainer” to jobs@includenyc.org.

As an equal opportunity employer, INCLUDEnyc believes that equal opportunity for all employees is important for the continuing success of our organization. In accordance with state and federal law, INCLUDEnyc employment decisions and practices will not be influenced or affected by race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex, marital status, veteran status, disability, age or any other characteristic protected by law.