Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S5008 / Neonatal Devt Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

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.


Oversees and evaluates comprehensive developmental care services, including needs assessment, treatment planning, and critical therapy services to ill and/or developmentally high-risk newborns and families in a newborn intensive care environment. Designs, develops, and manages developmental education and/or therapeutic programs, and represents these programs within the community. Provides direct therapeutic services to high-risk newborns within a specified area of professional expertise.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serves as principal point of collaboration, consultation and specialization in the planning and provision of neonatal comprehensive therapeutic treatment, intervention, consultation and evaluation to high-risk newborns within the newborn intensive care unit and other neonatal inpatient settings.
  2. Independently designs individualized, developmentally supportive environments, in order to promote neurobehavioral organization in newborn infants.
  3. Interacts and collaborates with various medical providers in the development and implementation of coordinated treatment strategies for optimal infant and family health and developmental recovery.
  4. Identifies needs and resources for families of children born at high risk, and researches, conceives, designs, coordinates and advocates for the implementation of new, responsive programs and initiatives.
  5. Coordinates and leads the planning, negotiation, development, and implementation of State-contracted programs targeting developmentally at-risk newborns and their families; ensures that programs are integrated within the overall Developmental Care Program.
  6. Provides individual and group education regarding neonatal innovative therapeutic services, methodologies, strategies, and approaches to families, care providers, and other interested groups.
  7. Represents program initiatives and activities to local, state, national, and/or international constituencies.
  8. Monitors expenditures against budgets.
  9. Develops and maintains program records and systems in keeping with contractual and clinical requirements, regulations, and policies.
  10. May supervise assigned clinical and administrative personnel, as appropriate to program activities.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree in a directly related clinical field; no experience required.
  • 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 develop and deliver presentations.
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Program planning, development, implementation, and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of therapeutic theory, techniques, and practice specific to the targeted population, within area of specialty.
  • Knowledge of newborn intensive care principles, procedures, and requirements.
  • Ability to analyze budgetary expenditures for compliance with approved budget.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the nature and treatment of high-risk developmental disorders in newborns.
  • Knowledge of the needs of developmentally at-risk newborns and their families, and available resources.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of the organization and operations of State public health agencies.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Ability to negotiate and manage contractual arrangements.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) delivery of critical intervention and professional therapy services to developmentally high-risk newborns; b) planning of treatment strategies and provision of services within a newborn intensive care/inpatient environment; c) needs analysis and program development for families of high-risk newborns d) contract management and negotiation at a State level; e) development and delivery of individual and group education programs; f) representation of programs and services at regional and/or national levels; g) supervision of assigned staff.

Conditions of Employment

  • May be required to submit to annual TB and rubella screening.
  • UNM will provide Hepatitis vaccination, candidate may decline vaccination through declination form or may provide record of vaccination from previous employer.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Discipline-specific licensure/certification is a requirement for positions in this classification.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • CPR Certified.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work is performed in an interior medical/clinical environment.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

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

Revised Date: 05/01/2024