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Mineral County Schools 36 Baker Place, Keyser, WV 26726            Phone: 304-788-4200            Fax: 304-788-4204

Education Specialist/Mental Health/Disabilities Transitions - Addendum

Mental Health/Disabilities Transitions/Education Specialist - Addendum



In addition to the Performance Responsibilities, Qualifications, Physical Demands, and Work Environment contained in the Teacher job description, the following are applicable to the Truancy Prevention Specialist:



IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:      Director of Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary

JOB SUMMARY:                        Applies professional expertise in early childhood development, mental health and disabilities and works in cooperation with all other components (Family Services, Health and Nutrition and Education) to provide quality control, training, services and compliance monitoring in an inclusive, early childhood program.



  • Is responsible for all issues related to PreK/Head Start children, works in collaboration with other coordinators, staff, agencies, and specialists, to find appropriate referrals and solutions in reasonable and agreed upon timeframes
  • Conducts weekly observations in each area, (examples of the child's work, developmental assessments, and children's assessment data entry and outcome reports)
  • Conducts screenings and referrals, home visits and follow-ups as required, determining need for referrals to appropriate outside agencies and services.
  • Provides training and guidance to staff on selecting, implementing, and interpreting social emotional screening and assessment tools and findings.
  • Provides feedback and on-going training/technical assistance to all classroom staff in regard to positive behavior support, classroom environment, all aspects of a child’s special needs related to mental health and disabilities. 
  • Provides training and guidance on developmentally appropriate activities for children and effective ways for staff and parents to work with and support young children.
  • Conducts ongoing monitoring and observations of classrooms to ensure quality services are being provided and meets regularly with classroom teams to review classroom observations and develop and implement plans as needed.
  • Develops, coordinates, and provides staff and parent training related to parenting, emotional development, family relations, and local services available and informs the Director of schedule.
  • Conducts standardized developmental, behavioral, and/or social emotional screens and assessments for individual children in a timely manner.
  • Ensures the maintenance of required program records and follows procedure.
  • Ensures all Mental Health resources are updated and included in the Resource Directory.
  • Has expertise in the program’s curriculum model and consistently supports fidelity of implementation.
  • Has knowledge in the program’s on-going assessment system and participates in the annual program self-assessment and monitoring visits.
  • Assists with development of program forms, policies, procedures, systems, and work plans related to mental health, disabilities, and special education.
  • Creates positive ongoing partnerships with community partners related to special needs children.
  • Assures children in need of special education services are screened, referred, evaluated and able to access services in a timely manner in compliance with Head Start Standards and State and Federal law.
  • Participates in the development of Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and its ongoing management with the local educational agency (Mineral County Schools). Ensures that individualizing and integrating IFSP occurs in Head Start curriculum and lesson plans working with Education Coordinator.
  • Prepares and submits reports and data information to management as requested.
  • Attends local, state, and regional training to keep current on best practices and trends in child development with a focus on mental health and disabilities and provides training to staff.
  • Ensures strict child and family confidentiality in matters concerning Head Start children and families.
  • Assists individual staff members in identifying his/her training needs, and improving his/her knowledge and abilities.
  • Assists in building Head Start’s relationship with other agencies to help further Head Start program goals on a professional level by attending interagency, organizational, and committee meetings as appropriate. 
  • May be assigned other responsibilities that enhance program goals and objectives.
  • Coordinates the transition of children to Kindergarten, and assists with the children's transition to his/her next destination at the end of the season.
  • Adheres to Employee Code of Conduct as outlined in Mineral County School’s Policy 3210; and
  • Performs other duties deemed appropriate and assigned by the Superintendent and/or immediate supervisor(s).



  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Early Childhood, or Special Education.
  • Experience in an early childhood or special education inclusion environment.
  • Demonstrated teaching or training skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of local community resources.
  • Knowledge and application in the various aspects of Head Start/Early Head Start standards and requirements is preferred.
  • Proficiency with technology, such as video cameras, Microsoft Office, databases, etc.
  • Ability to obtain reliability in CLASS and ECERS-R.
  • Knowledge of special education law and regulations.
  • Travel required to all Child Development Centers.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage physically active children, ages 0-5 years, within a weight range up to 70 pounds including restraining, guiding, pursuing and withstanding sudden movements.
  • Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of this classification with or without accommodation;
  • Criminal background check conducted pursuant to WV Code §18-5-15c and/or §18A-3-10, as appropriate; and
  • Meets the qualifications outlined in WV Code §18A-3-2a.
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