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Developmental Specialist I


Matilda Theiss' Therapeutic Nursery and Preschool Program serves children ages six months to five years who are identified to be at high risk for emotional and behavioral disorders. We provide a stimulating early-learning environment and parenting education, support, and relationship-enhancement services to families. We are a NAEYC accredited Four Keystone Star Program with both Early Head Start and Head Start programming. Every classroom includes both educational and mental health professionals with a heart for children and decades of combined experience.

The hire for this role must have a bachelors degree. Experience in early childcare and lesson planning strongly preferred. Ideal candidates will have experience serving in a Four Star NAEYC accredited organization. This is a daylight position.



  • ? Complete all other duties as assigned.
  • ? Communicate with families on a regular basis and provide necessary support. Communicate any identified family needs with the treatment team.
  • ? Report pertinent clinical and non-clinical needs or concerns to appropriate classroom, clinical and administrative leadership.
  • ? Actively participate in assigned unit meetings, staff meetings, treatment team, educational enrollment meetings, and supervisory sessions as needed or assigned.
  • ? Consistently adhere to licensing, accreditation, regulatory, and partnership expectations. Actively engage in quality improvement projects and help to ensure inspection and audit readiness at all times.
  • ? Accurately complete all required documentation within assigned timelines. Maintain current and accurate client and program records that meet accreditation, licensing, regulatory, partnership standards.
  • ? Regularly assess, record, and communicate the developmental progress of clients. Utilize assessment information to inform care and to inform guardians of client progress during parent conferences.
  • ? Actively support the Development Specialist by assisting with lesson planning and preparation and curriculum implementation.



  • Bachelors degree in early childhood education, Child Development, Elementary Education, or Early Childhood Special Education.
  • Experience working in a child care setting preferred.
  • Desire to work with young children and ability to sensitively respond to their needs.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. 
  • Alignment with the core values of UPMC.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 114 PDE FBI Clearance with renewal
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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