Job Overview:

United for Brownsville (UB) is looking for an Early Intervention (EI) Ambassador to become the go-to person for EI in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. The EI Ambassador liaises between families and service providers to support referrals, evaluations and receipt of services.

  • For providers:
    • Troubleshoots pain-points and roadblocks for those referring to EI
    • Manages EI/Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) referrals for providers who lack capacity to help families navigate the system.
    • Facilitates workshops about EI, child development, and transitions to Preschool settings.
    • Partners and supports CBOs in standardizing their EI referral processes.
  • For families:
    • Provides families information, resources and support through each stage of the EI enrollment process.
    • Offers developmental screenings using the Ages and Stages Questionnaires: 3/ SE:2 to identify suspected developmental delays/disorders.
    • Supports transition from the EIP to preschool.
    • Facilitates developmental workshops, support groups, and socialization opportunities
    • Engages with families weekly/bi-weekly to support individualized goals in education, advocacy, and activities of daily living

The successful candidate will be the second EI Ambassador and will follow the template for the role developed by the current EI Ambassador. We are targeting a start date of September 2021 for this position, which will allow a successful candidate to train with the current EI Ambassador as they transition out of their role.

About United for Brownsville:

UB is a partnership between SCO Family of Services and Community Solutions, which have deep roots in the community providing essential services to families and children, preventing homelessness and gentrification, and spurring collaboration. UB is an innovative, community-driven initiative dedicated to improving the early childhood system in one Brooklyn neighborhood. Local residents and health, educational, and social-service providing professionals come together as an action-oriented think tank that creates equitable opportunities and outcomes for the 3,500 infants and toddlers in Brownsville.

UB has been building community and infrastructure for change since early 2018, when it began by asking families what their aspirations for young children were and about the improvements needed to let children succeed. Among those priorities were racial inequities in access to EI services, from which the position of the Early Intervention Ambassador emerged. UB’s other work includes projects that directly and indirectly improve language and social-emotional developmental outcomes for children, such as grass-roots literacy projects and weekend educational programming.

Defining Success for this Position:

The EI Ambassador is an integral part of a team working to improve the way children in Brownsville progress through the EI referral process. The team’s specific goals are to:

  1. Increase rates of referral to Early Intervention (EI) for black children compared to their citywide counterparts of any race.
  2. Increase rates of follow-through on those referrals to the evaluation stage for Black and Latinx children compared to their citywide counterparts of any race.
  3. Decrease the drop-off in receipt of services for Black children in Brownsville deemed eligible for EI to be no less than the citywide rate of dropoff.

Success will mean contributing to the improvement of these referral, evaluation, and receipt of services rates in Brownsville as well as the specific referral experiences of families and service providers engaged by the EI Ambassador.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish yourself as a trusted messenger and liaison for service providers and residents in Brownsville who are impacted by EI.
    • Become the go-to person in the community for families with children referred to EI, leading them through the process to ensure that children who would benefit from services receive them in a timely fashion.
    • Become the go-to person in the community for providers making EI referrals for their clients, particularly for providers who are experiencing difficulty communicating with families or who are unable to manage the referrals on their own.
    • Collaborate with community members in outreach efforts to promote the EIA role and opportunities to take advantage of EI services
    • Participate in advocacy efforts and present at conferences and other public-facing opportunities to advance issues surrounding equitable access to Early Intervention services
  • Establish relationships with key stakeholders in Early Intervention (EI) in Brownsville. This list includes:
    • Families of children who may be developmentally delayed and families of children referred to Early Intervention
    • Provider Action Team (PAT) members and other social, health, and educational service providers serving the community who already make or would like to make referrals to EI
    • Family Advisory Board (FAB) members who partner with UB to set priorities and assist in planning and implementation of related projects
    • EI service providing agencies operating in and around Brownsville
    • The Bureau of Early Intervention at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    • Advocacy organizations like Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York and Advocates for Children

Qualifications:

  • Must haves:
    • Experience working or living in Brownsville, Brooklyn, or nearby communities and the ability to be a relentless promoter of and advocate for EI services in Brownsville.
    • Personal or professional experience with Early Intervention.
    • An excellent verbal communicator who is equally comfortable speaking with physicians, children, custodial grandparents, and everyone else touched by this work.
    • Comfortable holding internal staff meetings and external meetings with service providers and residents via phone and videoconference (Zoom, Google Meet, etc.) until in-person work can resume safely.
    • Reliable and prompt — the window for addressing developmental delays between 0 and 36 months is narrow.
    • A detailed record-keeper who knows or is able to learn how to use: Gmail, Google Spreadsheets, Google Hangouts, Google Docs, and other means of communication and record keeping.
  • Bonuses (not required):
    • Fluency in Spanish or another second language common in Brownsville.
    • Coursework or employment in health, mental health, education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, related fields, or Early Intervention.
    • Two or more years of full-time work experience in an office, educational, medical, sales, or other setting.

Salary Range:

CS offers competitive salaries and benefits packages for every position. The salary range for this position starts at $50,000 and will be based upon experience.

Work Environment:

The Early Intervention Ambassador will report to the Co-Director of United for Brownsville for Community Solutions and will be an employee of Community Solutions.

Until United for Brownsville, Community Solutions, and SCO Family of Services resume full-time in-person work, this position will be approximately 70 percent remote, with in-person hours scheduled as needed and according to building safety plans.

Once full-time in-person work resumes, this position will be based out of United for Brownsville’s offices at the Gregory Jackson Center, 519 Rockaway Ave, Brooklyn NY 11212.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for all Community Solutions staff—full-time, part-time, and contracted. Vaccination documentation must be provided to Community Solutions. Vaccination information is completely confidential between the staff member and HR.

Travel Requirements:

Once in-person work fully resumes, the EI Ambassador will be expected to travel regularly (25-50%) within the neighborhood of Brownsville to meet with families, physicians, education providers, mental health professionals, and social services agencies.