Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S6012 / Sr Neonatal Devt Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 15

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.


Provides specialty leadership and direct treatment planning, critical therapy services, and education in newborn intensive care environments, within specified area of professional expertise. Plans, implements and manages education projects and community outreach and establishes education/outreach goals and objectives for the program. Serves as principal point of collaboration, consultation, specialty leadership and representation with individuals, businesses, organizations, and agencies on education and community outreach matters. Participates in the formulation and implementation of program protocols and procedures, and may participate in strategic and operational decision making.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Manages and coordinates assigned infant neurodevelopmental and family treatment services.
  2. Oversees the planning and provision of comprehensive therapeutic treatment, intervention, consultation, and evaluation, to high-risk newborns within the newborn intensive care unit and other neonatal inpatient settings
  3. Oversees the design of individualized, developmentally supportive environments, in order to promote neurobehavioral organization in newborn infants.
  4. Instructs families and other care-giving staff regarding appropriate therapeutic procedures involving developmentally at-risk infants.
  5. Serves as subject matter expert and principal point of liaison for education/community outreach projects; works with internal and external constituents in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs and outreach activities.
  6. Develops and implements a strategic plan for educational services and community outreach activities.
  7. Oversees the development and production of education/outreach content and outreach materials (brochures, pamphlets, PowerPoint presentations) for training.
  8. Develops and implements objectives as well as short- and long-range planning for education/community outreach activities.
  9. Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.
  10. Represents the organization, both internally and externally; promotes existing and new programs and/or policies for the benefit of infants at neurodevelopmental, bio-behavioral, or environmental risk and their families.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree in a directly related clinical field; at least 1 year 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

  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Program planning, development, implementation, and leadership skills.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of newborn intensive care principles, procedures, and requirements.
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical objectives, programs, methods, procedures, and standards within area of clinical expertise and program purvue.
  • Knowledge and understanding of all facets of professional treatment within area of expertise.
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
  • Familiarity with all areas of professional expertise within the specified inter-disciplinary program.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Employee supervision, development, and performance management skills.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) applies specialty expertise in the delivery of specialized critical intervention and professional therapy services to developmentally high-risk newborns; b) oversees the planning of treatment strategies and provision of services within a newborn intensive care/inpatient environment; c) oversees the performance of comprehensive needs analysis and program development for families of high-risk newborns; d) participates in complex contract management and negotiation at a State level; e) independent research, development and delivery of specialized education programs; f) representation of best practices applied in programs and services at regional and/or national levels.

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.
  • Must maintain certification status.
  • CPR Certified.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work is performed in an interior medical/clinical environment.
  • Moderate physical activity. May require physical effort including lifting up to 25 pounds and some extended periods of standing or walking.
  • 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