MDE Evaluator (Per Diem)
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Employment Status: Per Diem/ Relief (NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FULL-TIME BENEFITS WHICH INCLUDES MEDICAL, AND RETIREMENT)
MDE Evaluator Position Summary
The MDE Evaluator reports directly to the MDE Coordinator, or MDE Supervisor in the absence of the MDE Coordinator. The MDE Evaluator provides evaluation for infants and toddlers using the appropriate individualized assessment activities to establish the infant/toddler’s eligibility for Early Intervention Services and address the concerns of the family about their child’s development. Identify infants and toddlers who meet one or more of the eligibility criteria: developmental delay, informed clinical opinion, or a diagnosis which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay. complete evaluation documentation and assist families in creating functional outcomes for their children.
MDE Evaluator Duties and Responsibilities
- Directly supports children and their families in a variety of settings according to the assigned program including travel as warranted.
- Gathers and completes the Infant-Toddler Developmental Assessment (IDA) in the child’s natural environment, so that an evaluation report can be completed. Discusses findings and recommendations with the team in a clear and understandable manner.
- The evaluation will participate in the development of the Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP). Educates team members, co-workers, and community members about the individualized plan by providing information and positive support while maintaining standards of confidentiality and ethical practice.
- Coordinates the assessment process to determine the chosen outcomes, needs, preferences and capabilities of children by gathering information and informing their families about what to expect throughout the assessment process.
- Assists in identifying, securing, and using needed equipment and therapies. Implements each child’s individualized plan to achieve specific outcomes, derived from child’s assessment information, needs, interests and team input.
- Should have a working understanding of Developmental Assessment of Young Children 2nd edition (DAYC-2).
- Utilizes a variety of equipment, activities and opportunities appropriate to the developmental levels and learning styles of each child to adequately assess their cognitive, physical, communication, adaptive and social development.
- Completes required training education/certification in accordance with COMHAR, external partners and funding sources, continues professional development and seeks knowledge of relevant resources and information.
- Ensure that all evaluations are entered into HCSIS within 24 hours.
- Ensure that all staff are up to date with (Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC)) training.
- Need to attend required County updates and complete 24 hours of on-going educational credits.
- Needs to complete all required work in HCSIS. Needs to be able to effectively navigate in EVOLV.
- Other duties reasonable and related to this position as directed by related supervisors.
MDE Evaluator Skill Requirements
- Knowledge of children and youth development best practices, tenets, and research.
- Knowledge of administrative principles and practices as they relate to the operation of Early Intervention and IBHS services.
- Ability to relate to diverse program environment and people of diverse cultures.
- De-escalation methods, crisis avoidance and crisis management skills
- Verbal and written communication skills required to satisfactorily perform job duties.
- Exercise sound judgment in carrying out daily activities, handling crises & emergencies.
- Ability to treat consumers with respect and dignity.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
- Ability to speak effectively to customers.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
- Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
MDE Evaluator Education Required:
- Must meet Early interventionist qualifications.
- An early interventionist shall have one of the following groups of minimum qualifications:
- (1) A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in early intervention, early childhood special education, early childhood education, child development, special education or family studies, and 1 year of full-time or
- (2) Full-time-equivalent experience working directly with preschool children with disabilities and their families or a university-supervised or college-supervised student practicum or teaching experience with preschool children with disabilities and their families.
- Valid Criminal FBI, PA State Criminal and PA Child Abuse clearances.
- Must have current ACT 31 (Child Abuse reporting certificate). Non-licensed individual every 5 years. Licensed individual every 2 years.
- Valid driver’s license and vehicle preferred.
- Physical examination including TB test.
- Child and Adult CPR w/AED & First Aid certification.
We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace. COMHAR, Inc. is a not-for-profit community based health and human service organization founded in 1975. We do not discriminate in services or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, past or present receipt of disability-related services or supports, marital status, veteran status, or any other class of persons protected by federal, state or local law.