This is a 40 hour per week, calendar year position at our CDS York office in Arundel. Travel is required.
A Case Manager Level 1 assists parents and their children aged three through five to access the procedural safeguard and services that are authorized under Maine's special education system. They work as a part of a team to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) for Part B and Maine Unified Special Education Regulations, Chapter 101. This individual does not have written authorization to commit the agency's funds.
REPRESENTATIVE TASKS include, but are not limited to:
- Establishes effective rapport with parents.
- Communicates program information to parents.
- Ensures that the Child Find process is explained to parents.
- Ensures that parents receive answers to their questions.
- Ensures that parents receive accurate explanation of the results of the child's screening/assessment.
Intake and Screening
- Reviews referrals and performs pre-assessment activities.
- Performs initial intake and screening of children by using screening tools and personal observation (as determined by the Site Director).
- Coordinates with medical and health providers.
- Refers for evaluation and/or reviews other options (i.e. not referring for evaluation, using existing reports, etc.) with parents.
Evaluation and Assessment
- Ensures that intake information is collected and elicits relevant additional information from parents and team members.
- Ensures that the team is adequately prepared for evaluation and assessment activities.
- Conducts observations in Least Restrictive Environment as appropriate.
- Gathers and reviews documentation specific to the child's developmental history.
- Ensures that screening and assessment findings are reported to the team.
- Facilitates and ensures the development, review and evaluation of each child''s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
- Informs parents of the protections under the procedural safeguards of the Maine Special Education regulations.
- Assists with the development of a transition plan from preschool to public school services, as appropriate.
- Ensures parent input into development of IEP.
Coordination of Services
- Facilitates/coordinates services across agency lines.
- Serves as the single point of contact within the CDS system in helping parents to obtain the services and assistance they need.
- Assists parents in gaining access to the early intervention services or Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) services.
- Facilitates, coordinates and monitors the timely delivery of available services.
Recordkeeping, IEP Writing, and Other Documentation
- Ensures that a complete IEP is developed.
- Documents that children are served in least restrictive environments.
- Ensures that communication (i.e. personal contacts, e-mail, letters, phone calls, etc.) is documented as it occurs.
- Maintains documentation appropriate to procedural safeguards under IDEA 2004 and Chapter 101.
- Ensures that screening summaries, evaluations and observations are documented.
- Provides information for, or completes data entry and electronic documentation tasks necessary to meet CDS and Department requirements.
- Performs any other appropriate duties as assigned by the Site Director.
- Bachelors Degree in Special Education, Child Development, Early Education or an equivalent area of study; or
- Meets the standards set forth in the Experience Rubric for Case Manager Level 1
- Successful background, criminal records, fingerprinting and reference checks
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
- Working knowledge of child development, disabilities, family systems, and special education methods
- Demonstrates knowledge and understanding about preschool children who are eligible under Part B of IDEA 2004 and Maine Regulations Chapter 101
- Ability to interact with a wide variety of people
- Ability to facilitate the provision of individual and group services in a variety of settings and models
- Ability to effectively communicate, orally and in writing
- Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations
- Ability to establish an effective rapport relationship with children and parents
- Ability to work collaboratively as a member of an IEP team
- Ability to travel to a variety of locations
A complete application consists of a resume, completed employment application (on CDS website) cover letter, three professional letters of reference, and license and certification information. Persons applying for Case Manager, Therapist, Teacher or Educational Technician positions, must provide a copy of transcripts, including grades, from all colleges / universities attended.
Submit Application to:
Lisa-Kay Folk, Site Director
39 Limerick Road
Arundel, ME 04046
Child Development Services serves the early intervention and special education needs of Maine's children birth to age five. We have over 350 employees, a large network of contracted providers and currently serve over 3,500 children ages 0 to 5 years.
CDS consist of 10 principal sites throughout Maine with several satellite offices
This posting is being offered by an equal opportunity employer.