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Special Projects Coordinator – Part Time

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program

Part-Time (20 hours per week)

Mission: The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.

Program Overview: The Massachusetts Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program ensures that all babies in the Commonwealth receive a hearing screening by one month of age, audiological diagnostic evaluation by three months of age and are enrolled in an early intervention program by six months of age. Nationally, this is referred to as Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI). This position is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program.

Job Summary: The Special Projects Coordinator will report to the MA UNHS Program Director at DPH.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provide training to medical providers and others on the importance of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
  • Assist in the development of learning communities that may include pediatricians/family practices, midwives, nurses, audiologists and early intervention providers
  • Participate in learning community activities
  • Recruit additional families to participate in the learning communities
  • Assist in the review of existing care plans and develop a shared plan of care for children who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Conduct quality improvement activities
  • Connects families to appropriate resources, including audiological diagnostic centers approved by the Department of Public Health and statewide Early Intervention Program
  • Connects families with children identified with hearing loss to other parents and parent support services
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of all family activities including family support events and annual parent forum
  • Participate in parent leadership trainings
  • Collaborate with the staff of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program, Family TIES, Early Intervention, DPH Regional office staff, and Federation staff
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Parent of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing identified through newborn hearing screening
  • Working knowledge of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening system, including Early Intervention and Specialty Services
  • Bachelor’s degree (experience may be substituted for education)
  • Strong communication, interpersonal skills and public speaking skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and other office computer skills, including use of email, Internet.
  • Driver’s license and dependable transportation to be able to travel throughout the state is required.
  • Must be able to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

To Apply:
Send resume and cover letter by mail to: FCSN Human Resources, The Shrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Boston, MA 02129 or by Email to: jhyatt@fcsn.org

NOTE: This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week and is eligible for excellent benefits as determined by FCSN policies.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) embraces the diversity of our staff and is committed to increasing the diversity of our organization. As an Affirmative Action/EEO employer, FCSN is also committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and candidates for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally protected status or designation. We welcome parents of children with special needs or those with a disability to apply!