Inclusion Specialist


Job Summary

The Inclusion Specialist (IS) is responsible for consultation, collaboration, and monitoring of children with special needs and/or disabilities, who are enrolled in Allies programs, including providing supports in the classroom and at family childcare provider locations.  This position works within an interdisciplinary team setting to ensure full inclusion of children with disabilities. The Inclusion Specialist works closely with the education teams and Director of Inclusion Services(DIS), to ensure support for children with special needs and/or disabilities, monitor access to individualized services, and provide appropriate referrals to relevant community agencies to address developmental delays, as needed.

Agency Overview

Allies for Every Child (Allies) exists to give at-risk children and children living in poverty the foundation they need to increase their life choices and lead fulfilling lives. For over 30 years, Allies has been providing thousands of at-risk children and their families with critical, high-quality early education programs (including comprehensive Early Head Start services), family strengthening interventions, foster care and adoption services, and a range of vital, integrated services, including early childhood mental health, disabilities screenings, nutrition, dental and vision screenings, and pediatric health consultations.


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Director of Inclusion Services





To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Inclusion Services 

  • Responsible for supporting the administration of developmental screenings for children 0-5, agency wide
  • Monitors, tracks and processes completed developmental screenings, agency wide
  • Under the supervision of the DIS, provides coaching and consultation for Allies staff working with children with special needs and/or disabilities, as well as parents of children who have special needs and/or disabilities
  • Supports Allies staff in implementation of IFSP/IEP goals, and individualization of services, in the classroom and in the child’s natural environment; completes monthly classroom observation and provides feedback to Early Education Manager
  • Supports parents with the IFSP/IEP process, including attending IFSP/IEP meetings, and participating in IFSP/IEP goal setting
  • Attends required meetings, weekly supervision, Multidisciplinary Team Meetings (MDT), trainings, and evaluation meetings
  • Monitors ChildPlus data system, ensure inputting of updated IFSP/IEP goals, maintain IFSP/IEP documents in child files and ChildPlus, and collaborates with outside agencies to monitor progress towards goals
  • Mentor Allies staff in early identification of developmental delays, and eligibility for higher level services through Regional Center and school districts


  • In collaboration with the DIS and Early Education Manager, facilitate staff and parent trainings supporting Early Intervention
  • Evening or weekend hours may be required
  • Maintain confidentiality; obtain and maintain legal releases of information and consent documentation for confidential information
  • Comply with all applicable federal, state and county regulations, policies and procedures
  • Believe in and act in accordance with both the Agency’s and the program’s mission statements
  • Perform other related essential functions, as assigned. In accordance with our “team” philosophy, the person filling this position may be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description
  • In accordance with our “team” philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.
  • Associates Degree in Early Child Development, Psychology, Special Education, or related field, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience working with children 0-5
  • Experience performing developmental screenings, working with children with developmental delays preferred
  • Experience providing case management preferred
  • Experience providing social service referrals, working with multidisciplinary teams, and advocating for parents and children
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Bilingual English/Spanish required
  • Interest in learning about issues related to early childhood education, disabilities, and mental health
  • Passionate about learning and possesses curiosity about issues affecting children and families
  • All employees/contractors, regardless of position, serve as role models for children and adolescents who are served by our agency. Therefore, each employee/contractor must at all times be emotionally stable and able to function effectively with children, adolescents and adults who may have mental or behavioral health problems. The staff must be able to demonstrate appropriate daily behavior, appropriate expression of emotions, as well as appropriate role modeling. Hostility, aggression and unnecessary or inappropriate physical actions as well as inappropriate emotional expression are not acceptable
  • All employees, regardless of position, serve as role models for children and families who are served by our agency.
  • Staff must believe in and act in accordance with both the Agency’s and the program’s mission/vision statements, adopted theoretical frameworks, and philosophy.
  • Fingerprint background clearance (DOJ, FBI & Child Abuse Clearance Index), or approved exemption
  • Successful completion of pre-employment physical, PPD test/ risk assessment, proof of immunizations for COVID-19 + booster, pertussis (Tdap), measles (MMR) and influenza (can decline)
  • Class “C” driver’s license, proof of insurance and access to reliable transportation required
  • Competitive Pay
  • Paid Holidays per calendar year – 12 paid holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave per year – 10 days
  • Vacation Time per year – 10 days (increases with tenure)
  • Personal Days – 2 for birthday and anniversary of employment
  • Jury Duty – 10 paid days
  • 100% Employer Contribution to: Health – Kaiser or Anthem, Dental, Vision
  • Pet Insurance
  • 401k Retirement Plan with 50% employer match
  • 100% Employer Paid Life and Accidental Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – for team members and dependents
  • Discounts for movie tickets, amusement parks, travel, hotels, sporting events, shows, etc.
  • Initial and ongoing training and professional development opportunities
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Employee referral incentive award – $1500
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Credit Union Membership

PAY RANGE: $24.00 – $30.00 per hour (In accordance with California law, the expected salary range for this California position. The actual compensation will be determined based on experience and other factors permitted by law.)


Allies for Every Child actively seeks candidates who reflect the rich diversity of the communities that we serve. We are committed to a work environment that embraces and promotes individuality and inclusion. We believe that diversity and inclusion of varied perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences are essential to our organization’s effectiveness, and allows us to serve our clients in the respectful, responsive, and understanding way that they deserve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status and other unique attributes that make us who we are.

council on accreditation

Allies for Every Child has achieved accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA). This means our programs, services, administration, and management have been rigorously evaluated and meet best practice standards. Visit to learn more about COA Accreditation.

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