Developmental Specialist

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Wake Forest Baptist Health
August 11, 2021
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Developmental Specialist  "Job Details"

Winston-Salem, NC, United States

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Job Category

Health / Human Services


  • 3325 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston Salem, NC, 27103, US

Posting Date

08/10/2021, 10:01 PM

Job Schedule

Full time

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Job Description


The Winston-Salem Children’s Developmental Services Agency (W-S CDSA) is the local lead agency for the NC Infant-Toddler Program (NC ITP), a federally mandated program (Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) serving children with/at risk for developmental disabilities and their families.  Information on the NC ITP is available at


Deliver quality early intervention service coordination (targeted case management) to infants and toddlers ages 0 to 3 years and their families. Ensure that infants and toddlers referred and/or enrolled in the NC Infant-Toddler Program (NC ITP) receive service coordination provided in accordance with and in compliance with Federal and State regulations ensuring parents’ rights in the program. Provide targeted case management, resources, and referrals to appropriate community programs as needed within the six-county catchment area W-S CDSA. Meet NC ITP mandated timelines and documentation for enrollment, individualized family services plan (IFSP), intervention services as needed, transition planning, and transition upon the child’s third birthday.


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  • Graduation from an appropriately accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in one of the following: Birth-Kindergarten Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education, Child Development, Human Development-Family Relations, Family Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences, Psychology, or Social Work, and two years of post-baccalaureate full-time experience as an early intervention Developmental Specialist or equivalent at a North Carolina CDSA or similar early intervention program in another state.
  • Or, Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in same areas of study and one year of full-time experience as an early intervention Developmental Specialist or equivalent at a North Carolina CDSA or similar early intervention program in another state.
  • Must be eligible for Infant-Toddler Family Specialist certification and maintain Infant-Toddler Family Specialist certification through continuing education yearly.


  • Birth-Kindergarten or Special Education Certification/Licensure is preferred.
  • Masters’ level degree in appropriate field preferred.
  • Infant-Toddler Family Specialist Certification must be obtained and maintained throughout employment.
  • Must have valid NC driver’s license and reliable personal transportation.


  • Computer literacy, experience with Microsoft Word/Office required.
  • Thorough knowledge of the concepts, practices, and techniques in the field, including infant-toddler assessments and development of IFSPs.
  • Considerable knowledge of child development, family dynamics, developmental disabilities, and factors which place infant/toddlers at risk for developmental delays.
  • Skill in working with young children and their families.
  • Must be able to collaborate/communicate with parents, co-workers, and other professionals.
  • High degree of soundness in judgement and accuracy to determine eligibility, as well as application of and compliance with Medicaid standards, IDEA policy requirements, and familiarity with NC ITP policies and procedures.
  • Experience writing treatment or educational family services plans.  Experience working with community support systems and resources.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills which are effective, respectful, and sensitive with respect to a diverse and multicultural population of children, families, and coworkers.
  • Skills in problem-solving, mediation, conflict resolution, and teamwork are essential for collaboration as a CDSA team member, as well as for working with families and community agencies.
  • Individual must be able to independently drive from Winston-Salem or Lexington office to homes of clients in Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin as needed based on referrals and enrollment location and population (mileage reimbursed at IRS rate). Must be able to drive on a daily basis to meet with multiple families in their homes or in other agreed-upon community settings within a family’s local area.
  • Fluency in Spanish is desirable.


  1. Provide targeted case management/service coordination based on compliance with federal IDEA, part C, and NC ITP guidance governing infant-toddler early intervention.
  2. Ensure family procedural safeguards, meeting federal and state required timelines, compliance indicators, and paperwork for all service coordination activities.
  3. Responsible for explaining NC ITP early intervention to families and ensuring parents’ rights for eligibility, the child’s developmental strengths, needs, and services within NC ITP.  Explain enrollment based on eligibility status to parents, referral sources, and community professionals as needed.
  4. Responsible for gathering information from the family, beginning a “family-directed” identification of family needs, strengths, priorities, concerns, and resources.
  5. Participates as a member of a team in conducting developmental evaluations or child assessments determining program eligibility, and preparing, developing, monitoring, and revising Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP).
  6. Assists families in accessing other services and resources as needed.  This includes referrals and arranging service provision, with follow-up as needed.  Work with other CDSA staff and/or network service providers to meet identified child and family needs/outcomes.
  7. Assists families when child reaches two years of age to prepare for transitioning from the NC Early Intervention Program when the child turns three.
  8. Performs other related duties as assigned and assures that record-keeping and documentation at all times is compliance with NC ITP, WS CDSA and WFBH program requirements.


Clinic and office settings as well as individual homes and community settings for each child on Developmental Specialist’s caseload.

About Us

Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health have joined forces in a strategic combination that will enhance care, transform medical education and create economic opportunity for countless lives in North Carolina and beyond. As a part of that combination, the two health systems will be integrating technology and platforms, including our career sites.

This means that although you are applying on the Wake Forest Baptist Health Career Site, you receive communications from the Atrium Health Recruitment Team. Please know that this is an expected process, and thanks in advance for your flexibility.

Wake Forest Baptist Health ( is a nationally recognized academic health system in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with an integrated enterprise including educational and research facilities, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, and other primary and specialty care facilities serving 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia.

It comprises: a regional clinical system with more than 300 locations, 2,100 physicians and 1,535 acute care beds; Wake Forest School of Medicine; and Wake Forest Innovations, which promotes the commercialization of research discoveries and operates Innovation Quarter, an urban research and business park specializing in biotechnology, materials science and information technology.  Wake Forest Baptist’s clinical, research and educational programs are consistently ranked among the best in the country.

About the Team


Wake Forest Baptist Health's mission is to improve the health of our region, state and nation by:

  • Generating and translating knowledge to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.
  • Training leaders in health care and biomedical science.
  • Serving as the premier health system in our region, with specific centers of excellence recognized as national and international care destination.


Wake Forest Baptist Health is a preeminent learning health system that promotes better health for all through collaboration, excellence and innovation.



  • Demonstrate the highest standards of patient-centered care, education, research and operational effectiveness


  • Responsive to the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of all


  • Cultivate selfless contribution for the greater good


  • Demonstrate fairness, honesty, sincerity and accountability


  • Demonstrate respect for and inclusion of all backgrounds, identities, experiences, and perspectives


  • Foster mutual respect, facilitate professional growth and mentorship, and reward teamwork and collaboration


  • Promote creativity to enhance discovery and the application of knowledge


  • Embrace a culture of reliability through better process design and accountability

Patient and Family Promise

We promise to:

  • Keep you safe.
  • Care for you.
  • Involve you and your family.
  • Respect you and your time.

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