Beginnings SC Job Opening

Beginnings SC is hiring! We are looking for a Deaf/Hard of Hearing Parent Education Specialist. If you qualify and are interested in applying to this position, please read the job descriptions and requirements below.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Parent Education Specialist
Reports To:
Director of Programs

Salary: $35,000-38,000
Benefits: Health, dental, vision insurance offered with portion covered by BSC

Job Purpose
The purpose of the Parent Education Specialist (PES) position is to provide impartial support, education, and advocacy training to families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children; to educate the general public and professionals serving those families, and promote early hearing detection and intervention. 

*This is a grant-funded position expected to remain constant for 3-4 years.

Primary Purpose of Position:

  • Meet families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children where they are (literally and figuratively) and work alongside the family as you provide education about language development, state-wide resources, and the exposure to a successful Deaf adult (you!)
  • Act as a Deaf/Hard of Hearing Adult Role Model to deliver unbiased support and respect of family choice; share your personal story to aid families in understanding language acquisition/communication, education and technology and journey to independence
  • Provide introductory ASL exposure/classes to families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and early childhood professionals

Description of Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide in-person Home Visits and emotional support with families 
  • Provide information, resources, and hope to all families with children newly identified as deaf or hard of hearing
  • Provide objective information about all communication approaches, educational placement options, and available resources
  • Introduce families to Deaf Culture
  • Present your “story” within a positive framework, understanding your biases and limitations when interacting with families
  • Support child's inclusion in family and community activities
  • Assist families with understanding IFSP/IEP process and obtaining services meeting their child's needs and ensure family is enrolled in, and receiving, high quality, early intervention services that are appropriate for the child’s needs
  • Assist in writing, implementing, and evaluating grant objectives and deliverables
  • Connect families with other families on the journey
  • Provide advocacy and resource services to families, schools, and other agencies where service delivery may be in dispute
  • Collaborate with LEAs and BabyNet providers (Part C), to develop transition plans and IEPs for children leaving EI and entering pre-school

Qualifications
At a minimum, the Parent Education Specialist should have a bachelor's degree in a related field (for example: deaf education, early childhood education, speech pathology, early intervention, social work) and 2-3 years experience with at least one of the following areas: home visiting, parent education, case management, etc. Preference is given to candidates with prior knowledge/experience of parent education and educational advocacy for/with DHH population. 

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 2-3 years experience with deaf education, case management, parent education
  • Native or Fluent ASL skills and training to teach parents/families of young children
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and communication skills
  • Ability to remain objective when meeting families
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with little supervision and as part of a team
  • Proven ability to manage time and balance multiple tasks efficiently while meeting deadlines 
  • Flexibility and an ability to alter course quickly in response to new information
  • Experience and proficiency using standard office software, such as Google Drive
  • Ability to track and input data and complete reports accurately
  • Ability to oversee and provide support to a wide array of community partners as needed
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people effectively
  • Professional demeanor, adherence to the rules of confidentiality, and respect for clients and volunteers
  • A commitment and passion to the work and mission of Beginnings SC
  • Experience in presenting publicly to groups, both large and small, is preferred
  • Experience with non-profit operations is preferred

Work Environment
The job operates in a professional office environment. This role requires the routine use of technology such as video conference platforms, video phones, computers, social media, etc.  Additionally, this position works state-wide to represent Beginnings SC and attend meetings, deliver training, and interact with the general public during conferences and events. 

Travel
There is significant travel required for this position. Likely multiple days per week this position will require travel to various parts of the state for home visits, collaborative meetings, training and/or technical support. Limited overnight travel to out of town conferences, but these are optional. Mileage reimbursement is provided. Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.

Beginnings SC (BSC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination or harassment of any kind. BSC is committed to the principle of equal employment for all employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at BSC are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, belief, family or parental status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations where we operate. BSC will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. BSC encourages people with disabilities to apply.

*COVID-19 - Our office is currently operating following CDC and SCDHEC recommendations and safety procedures. All tasks included in this posting will be adjusted to meet these requirements to protect the safety of staff and families. 

How to apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to: Cara Smithwick, Executive Director, via email: cara@beginningssc.org