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Part-Time Disabilities Assistant

WAGES application form Click to download PDF.

WAGES has an opening for Part-time Disabilities Assistant; 

Job Title:                       Disabilities Assistant

Part-Time:                     28 hours per week

Department:                 Division of Children and Families

Supervisor:                    Health Services Manager

Function:                       To assist in the referral process for children with identified concerns and possible special needs; provide technical assistance to teaching staff by implementing and demonstrating hands-on techniques in working with young children, especially children with disabilities; to help develop developmentally appropriate learning environments which would include modifications and accommodations for children with disabilities; attend Individual Family Services Plan and Individual Education Program meetings as assigned; assist in the planning and implementation of the disability services section of the Head Start/Early Head Start/Early Head Start Community Childcare Partnerships for the C&F Division.


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Educational/Formal Training: Minimum of a BA/BS degree in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, or a closely related field (as defined by Head Start Performance Standards) or an advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood or special education.
  2. Work Experience: At least 5 years work experience, preferably in early childhood education or child development and/or experience working in a day care or preschool classroom, as well as experience working with children with special needs.  Must have experience working with children ages birth – 5 years.
  3. Requirements/Aptitudes: A good working knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Ability to work with staff, parents, children and volunteers; ability to keep timely and accurate records; ability to provide exceptional customer service; good problem-solving and decision-making skills; must maintain confidentiality of records and communications; good organizational and managerial skills; ability to understand and utilize technology for data entry and reporting.
  4. Essential Duties:
    1. Implement the Disabilities Service Plans and provide a comprehensive continuum of services to all Head Start/Early Head Start enrollees, who have a diagnosed developmental disability.
    2. Assist with, in conjunction with the health staff, the process of assessing children, including initial screenings, ongoing developmental and specialized assessments, to determine if a disability exists.
    3. Develop or coordinate age and developmentally appropriate environments, child development theories, curriculum, materials and equipment for all classrooms and centers including playgrounds and assure developmental appropriate classroom environments and programming accommodates children with special needs.
    4. Assist in the development and implementation of an on-going education training plan that incorporates theories and principles of child and adult education and quality child development practices related to modifications and accommodations for children with special needs, as well as providing training for staff and parents to help meet the special needs of children with disabilities and their families; Consult regularly with parents and staff on the progress of disability services for children who are enrolled.
    5. Provide and monitor technical assistance and follow-up support for teaching staff and provide on-site and in-service training to staff regarding children with special needs as it relates to specific identified needs, conditions and techniques.
    6. Model best practices for early childhood development and school preparedness within the classroom for teaching staff, volunteers and parents. Act as a role model for teachers and teacher assistants in the area of professionalism.
    7. Demonstrate knowledge of and adhere to the Head Start Performance Standards, North Carolina licensing requirements and the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and incorporate into programming.
    8. Work with teaching staff to problem-solve and implement solutions as related to quality.
    9. Monitor therapy logs and service provider activity for compliance with federal and state requirements related to children with disabilities and their IEP/IFSP goals and outcomes.
    10. Work with teaching staff, Center supervisors, and therapy providers to make recommendations for additional educational materials, supplies and equipment needed for the program as it relates to specialized equipment and materials for children with special needs.
    11. Participate in the transition process for children with disabilities who are entering and leaving Head Start; serve as liaison in the transition process, advocating for appropriate placements in relations to children of special needs.
    12. Participate in an annual program assessment process.
    13. Maintain all necessary data entry, tracking systems, files, and reporting forms related to the disabilities services area and prepare monthly data analysis regarding children served.
    14. Attend selective workshops and conferences to increase knowledge regarding early education and working with children with special needs.
    15. Support and interpret WAGES objectives, concepts, goals, mission and programs.
    16. Participate in training or other activities related to the job.
    17. Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Director for C&F and Health Services Manager.

Physical Demands:  Lifting children and heavy objects.


Entry Compensation:  $16-18 per hour


WAGES application form Click to download PDF.

601 Royall Ave.
Goldsboro, NC 27534