Inclusion Classroom Specialist

Coos Bay, Oregon, United States Full-time

Title: Inclusion Classroom Specialist        

Program: South Coast Head Start

Location: Coos Bay, Oregon        

Agency: Oregon Coast Community Action

Pay Rate: Hourly, $13.75 - $15.75 DOE  

Classification: Full-Time, Non-Exempt, Up to 52 weeks/yr

Reports to: Inclusion Coordinator            

Staff Supervised: Volunteers

Date Posted: 2/8/18      

Posting Expires: 2/22/18

HR Contact         541-435-7090    

Revised: February 2018


External Applicants:

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Internal Applicants:

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Job Description



Assists teaching teams with classroom implementation of Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP’s) and/or Positive Behavior Support Plans while promoting inclusion for children (from ages birth to five) with high needs. The duties vary depending upon the individual needs of the child or children served. Daily tasks are assigned by the Inclusion Coordinator and teaching team and have a direct focus on an individual child or small group of children.


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (Reason position exists is to perform these functions.)


Component Administration

  • Ensure individualized services to children consistent with IFSP’s
  • Support development and implementation of Positive Behavior Support Plans through partnering with staff and families
  • Assist and model for staff, effective strategies to support social, emotional skills and positive behavior
  • Coordinate and develop small group activities with individual children
  • Provide assistance with development and implementation of individualized child interventions and tools
  • Adapt materials and lessons for individual child needs
  • Implement teaching strategies that support communication, self-control, social emotional skills
  • Model positive social interactions
  • Reinforce positive behavior and redirect or intervene consistently when negative behavior occurs. Support implementation and utilization of Safety Net Plans.
  • Participate with and closely supervise children during activity time, playground activities, emergency drills, and field trips
  • Participate in family-style meals modeling appropriate behavior
  • Assist children with daily self-help skills, including toileting and diapering consistent with program policies and procedure and individual plans
  • Supervise and monitor children at all times
  • Provide extra support for children when in riding the bus safely/successfully, following all bus monitoring protocols.
  • Assist with completion of hearing, vision, developmental screenings when needed


Training and Consultation

  • Participate in Behavior Support Plan meetings, Child Staffing meetings and IFSP meetings, as assigned
  • Complete home visits, as assigned
  • Participate in training and team development to ensure that they have up to date awareness and training in supporting students with specific learning difficulties and/or physical disability.
  • Providing classroom staff with ongoing training opportunities related to preventing and responding to challenging behaviors (PBIS, Pyramid Model)
  • In collaboration with the Inclusion Coordinator, ensure mandated annual training completion for staff in Inclusion related training areas as required.
  • Provide staff with applicable resources
  • Consult with community health professionals as needed to perform job duties


Tracking and Monitoring

  • Observe, record and chart children’s developmental progress and behavior weekly
  • Utilize ChildPlus reports to monitor site and program-wide compliance with Inclusion needs, requirements, and follow-up
  • Network with other professionals and make referrals to community partners as needed
  • Oversee and monitor the gathering of component statistics and progress reports for PIR, program planning, grants, and monthly reports.



  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Ability to support and promote inclusive environments for children with special needs
  • Ability to follow individual special need plans for children
  • Ability and desire to work patiently and compassionately with children who have challenging behaviors and other special needs
  • Specialized knowledge of child growth and development ages birth through five
  • Excellent skills in listening to and speaking with children and adults
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships
  • Ability to engage in and support positive social and emotional interactions with children, families, and co- workers
  • Ability to relate to children of varying ages, disabilities and behaviors
  • Ability to relate to adults of varying social and economic backgrounds
  • Ability to communicate ideas, concepts and techniques to adults of various abilities
  • Ability to respond appropriately (both mentally and physically) to an emergency or a crisis situation
  • Must be able to ride a school bus with children for assigned periods of time



  • Attend staff meetings, center meetings, and/or other workshops/meetings as notified
  • Maintain a positive attitude regarding ORCCA and all its programs along with the Head Start program and philosophy
  • Model behaviors that demonstrate an understanding, acceptance and welcoming of diversity
  • Maintain respect and positive communication regarding all children, families and staff.
  • Maintain confidentiality of client and staff information.
  • Maintain open, two-way communication with staff
  • Accept suggestions and guidance from supervisor and other management staff
  • Seek feedback on job performance and evaluate suggestions and guidance to incorporate in performance
  • Commit to further training. Develop an individual training plan using program tools, as appropriate.
  • Communicate with supervisor regarding any needed changes or concerns with work schedule.
  • Adhere to agency procedures as a mandated child abuse reporter
  • Regular attendance is a requirement of the position.
  • Ability to perform the job with or without reasonable accommodations



  • Associate’s Degree related to Special Education, Social Service, Health, Education required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree related to Special Education, Social Service, Health, Education preferred.
  • Two years demonstrated work experience directly related to the position preferred.
  • Course work or training in working with children with special needs or child mental health preferred
  • Experience working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers preferred
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Ability to work effectively with adults and children.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.



  • Must be enrolled in the Oregon Department of Education-Child Care Division Central Background Registry at time of hire and update it as required.
  • Pediatric First Aid/CPR Certification within 30 days of hire and update it as required.
  • Oregon Food Handler’s card or ServSafe® Food Safety Certification within 30 days of hire and update it as required.
  • Health Appraisal within 30 days of hire and update it as required.



  • Geographic Area: Coos, Curry, and Coastal Douglas Counties; Primary Worksite: varies throughout the region
  • May lift items up to 51 pounds with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Access to indoor office, in a climate-controlled environment; may not have access to sunlight.
  • Regular kneeling, bending, stooping and sitting on the floor will be required.
  • Walking and standing for prolonged periods of time may be required.
  • Work outside of the office at irregular hours may be required.
  • Attendance at off-site staff training events will be required.
  • Driving to home visits will be required if a function of the position.



  • A current Oregon Driver’s License is required.
  • Proof of automobile liability insurance @ $100,000/300,000 liability limits and maintain such limits.
  • Reliable transportation for getting to work.
  • Must be free from illegal drugs, may be subject to suspicion testing.


The specific statements reflected in each section of this position description are not intended to be all-inclusive, but rather the basic elements and criteria considered being necessary in order to satisfactorily perform the duties associated with the position.

Oregon Coast Community Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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