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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S0002 / Child Development Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 11

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides developmental assessment, evaluation, and limited intervention services to infants born at biological and/or environmental risk. As an interdisciplinary team member, performs complex assignments and provides training and guidance to others.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides infant inpatient follow-up through medical rounds and patient assessments; establishes developmental programs and care plans that support optional outcomes.
  2. Provides outpatient developmental follow-up and evaluations at inpatient and/or outpatient locations.
  3. Collaborates with medical specialists and social service personnel in providing continuity of care from hospital to the local community, according to infant and family needs.
  4. Provides developmental care instruction to individual students and conducts group education sessions as required.
  5. Participates as a member of multi-disciplinary clinical team which provides cross-training within and across specialties to develop a broad knowledge base and interchangeable roles and responsibilities regarding target population.
  6. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  • Ability to evaluate the progress of therapeutic programs and to make individual modifications.
  • Knowledge of developmental issues specific to at-risk infants and/or children.
  • Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate individual patient care programs.
  • Knowledge of child development theory and practice.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017