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Riverside Community Care Early Childhood Developmental Specialist in Somerville, Massachusetts

Join us in our mission to provide high-quality, trauma and culturally sensitive care to the diverse communities of Cambridge and Somerville!

The Early Childhood Developmental Specialist :

  • participates on our interdisciplinary Early Intervention (EI) team providing home-based clinical services to families with children (0-3 years) who have or are at risk for developmental delays or disorders

  • completes initial intakes and developmental assessments, and partners with families to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) based on family’s goals, priorities and routines

  • implements the IFSP through relationship-based services, which focus on supporting the caregiver’s interactions with their child

  • supports overall development with particular attention to the social-emotional well-being of children and their families, while providing the right dose of parent psychoeducation at the right time

  • may lead and/or support group activities

  • provides services via Tele-Health as needed the within context of safety, funder regulations, and treatment needs

    The Early Childhood Developmental Specialist ensures the delivery of high quality, developmentally sound and progressive services that are consistent with both DPH and Riverside Community Care standards.

    Home visiting families with very young child is fascinating and challenging work. We believe in supporting staff so they can, in turn, support families and deepen their clinical knowledge and skills. Staff support includes thoughtful onboarding, weekly clinical supervision from a qualified supervisor, weekly team meetings and monthly staff meetings that focus on peer supervision, reflective practice and exploration of our work.

    Why You'll Love Riverside

We make a true difference in people’s lives through rewarding work. Most of our jobs come with great benefits – including healthcare, numerous professional development opportunities, and generous time off - all in a respectful and inclusive environment, perhaps why Riverside was named a Boston Globe Top Workplace and a best-in-state employer by Forbes.

Benefits include:

  • Comprehensive, high-quality health, dental, and vision insurance options

  • Flexible Spending Accounts – both medical and dependent care

  • Eleven paid holidays

  • Separate accruals for vacation (increases with tenure), personal, and sick time

  • Tax-deferred 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match

  • Employee Assistance Plan / Travel Assistance Plan

  • Employee bonus for referrals resulting in hiring

  • Discounts to movie theaters, sporting, and entertainment events

  • Employee YMCA discount: 10% off a YMCA monthly membership and 50% off the joiner’s fee

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Required Skills

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills required

  • Good computer skills

  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation required

  • Multilingual candidates preferred

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Special Education or Early Childhood required; Master’s degree preferred. CEIS preferred

  • At least one year experience with infant/toddler development, early intervention or special needs is required; experience with autism preferred.

    Riverside Community Care is dedicated to respect, integrity and engagement of all individuals. We are committed to building an inclusive and culturally competent organization and we value the richness of having a diverse applicant pool. As an employer committed to equal opportunity, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, national origin, disability, or any other characteristic as established by law.