Company: U.S. Army Medicine Civilian Corps
Location: België

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Overview

Who May Apply: Current, Permanent Army Medicine Employees – Early Childhood Intervention Services Program Manager GS-1701-12

This position is located at US Army Health Clinic SHAPE, Belgium

SHAPE is 45 minutes from Brussels, and one and a half hours from Antwerp and Bruges (actually, just about everywhere in Belgium is less than two hours away). Belgium borders France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Luxembourg. SHAPE is 25 minutes from the French border, two hours from Aachen (Germany), less than three hours from Paris and Amsterdam, and just a few from London. Belgium itself is drenched in history from both world wars and further back, has beaches on the North Sea, and includes small but beautiful wild mountains in the Ardennes.

Responsibilities

Duties: Serves as the Program Manager for the Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and managing the special education program provided to children with disabilities or at risk of having disabilities who are entitled to receive DoD privileges, benefits and services and to their families in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Supervises the professional and support staff, provides oversight and accountability for Early Intervention Services (EIS) to infants and toddlers and special education related services provided by EDIS to the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS); and provides early intervention services depending upon professional training, licensure, and credentialing. Performs a wide variety of duties designed to integrate a number of program services and functions into the overall management of the EDIS organization, requiring a thorough knowledge of program policies and objectives, services, methods, and techniques necessary to effectively accomplish program goals. EDIS managers must possess credentials in one of the disciplines employed within EDIS, have demonstrated competence in service delivery to infants/toddlers with disabilities and their families, and have documented skills in leadership, program administration, and management of multidisciplinary teams.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Works under the general supervision of the MTF Commander, Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, Behavioral Health Section Chief, or other designated supervisor. Performs independently with assignments received in broad terms as objectives to be achieved with the expectation of autonomous implementation. Exercises full professional responsibility and individual accountability for professional recommendations, decisions and actions within existing policies and program objectives.

MAJOR DUTIES

1. Program Management and Staff Supervision (50%): Plans, coordinates, and administers all aspects of the EDIS Early Intervention Services (EIS) in the area of responsibility. Manages resources through analyzing program requirements, developing and submitting budget, tracking obligations of funds, and monitoring services to ensure appropriate use of EIS personnel and funds. Plans for short and long-range goals and requirements through strategic planning. Maintains database systems for tracking and planning fiscal requirements. Uses the Special Needs Program Management Information System (SNPMIS) and other authorized automated tools and analyzes workload data to recommend program improvement initiatives. Prepares reports and gathers information through the data collection systems to help improve organizational performance. Analyzes data and prepares training opportunities consistent with findings in data analysis when necessary. Incorporates changes based on identified needs, monitors

Changes using identified methods and procedures implemented to avoid adverse events and safety risks.

  • Assures EDIS complies with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates, MEDCOM, Joint Commission, DoD, and DA published standards. Develops local implementing policies and procedures. Coordinates with other technical proponents within the medical treatment facility as well as installation support agencies such as Army Community Service, Child Development Services, and the DoD Schools to establish a comprehensive network of EIS support services. Develops Memorandums of Understanding with local installation agencies, as needed. Incumbent will develop and maintain orientation processes and guidelines, as needed, for documenting the processes and regulatory guidance directing the program.

  • Supervises a multi-disciplinary professional staff to ensure eligible children and their families receive a full range of early intervention services and that required related services are provided to support to the DoDDS-E special education program. Assures that staff has the necessary training, orientation, documentation instruments, and resources to maintain accurate records and reporting of time and attendance. Approves or disapproves leave based on the workload, priorities, and schedule to be met. Assigns work based on priorities, difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employee. Develops performance standards and plans, completes performance assessment/rating, submits recommendations for recognition and awards, and hears and resolves complaints from subordinates, referring serious complaints not resolved to the appropriate supervisor. Effects disciplinary actions, such as warnings and reprimands, and recommends actions in more serious cases. Ensures all provider files are maintained in a current status by regulation and staff are credentialed and licensed by the appropriate authority as required. Ensures services are consistent with provider credentialing or certification. Provides the logistical and administrative support necessary to facilitate all personnel matters for civil and contract service employees.

  • Prepares guidance, assistance, training, and instructions to subordinates for technical and administrative matters. Makes selection of candidates referred for placement, promotion, or reassignment based on approved affirmative action, equal employment, and merit policies. Approves new or revised job descriptions. Plans, directs, supervises and coordinates the functions, work operations and activities of the office. Identifies career and professional development and training needs of employees and provides or arranges for training as needed. Responsible for day-to-day and long-range planning necessary to provide responsive support to MTF and outside agencies.

  • Coordinate and provide oversight for provision of special education related services to DoDDS-E and establish and maintain effective working relationships with DoDDS and other agencies within the AOR.

2. Screening, Evaluation and Service Delivery: Coordinates EIS Child Find marketing information and activities to ensure that infants and toddlers with special needs are identified and referred for screening and evaluation, if needed. Establishes screening procedures to identify children who may require early intervention services. Reviews medical, mental health, family advocacy, and other records on children under three years of age in relation to screening, evaluation, and services. Observes children in varied relevant environments; consults with referral sources; meets with parents to discuss the needs of children referred; and consults with service providers and day care workers who interact with children. Collects data from other team members and agencies involved in the evaluation process. Collaborates with early intervention team members utilizing system-oriented evaluations, discusses assessment results with parents, and provides feedback to referral sources.

  • Participates in the evaluation of children and collects data on family priorities. Conducts family interviews and administers, scores, and interprets individually appropriate assessment measures. Conducts visits in the natural environment, such as home or community, to collect evaluation information and provide services as needed. Collects data from other team members and agencies involved in the evaluation process. Collaborates with early intervention team members utilizing system-oriented evaluations, discusses assessment results with parents, and provides feedback to referral sources.

  • Coordinates development of Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), ensuring that the IFSP is completed in a timely manner and is reviewed at least every six months. Mediates between the team members and the family as needed to clarify issues related to services. Ensures that meetings are scheduled at a time convenient for the parents and all required team members participating in the plan. Ensures that services specified in the IFSP are provided. Ensures that meetings are conducted to transition children from the EIS to preschool services. Maintains ongoing contact with families to detect and respond to changes in family or child needs. Coordinates services across agency lines for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Informs families of their due process rights provided under IDEA and applicable DoD regulations. Performs quality improvement reviews.

  • Provides full range of discipline-specific early intervention services depending upon professional training, licensure, and credentialing

3. Staff Development and Training: Plans, coordinates, and conducts workshops and in-service training for EIS personnel, other community groups, and MTF personnel. Keeps current with developments in pertinent subject matter for certification, licensure and/or credentialing and participates in continuing education activities to maintain professional knowledge and expertise.

Performs other duties as assigned.

TDY may be required up to 90 days per annum or 25% of time.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

Must be able to satisfy the requirements of the 26JUL12 DODI 1400.25 V1230, DoD Civilian Personnel Management System: Employment in Foreign Areas and Employee Return Rights. Visit http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/140025v1230.pdf.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
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RETURN RIGHTS
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  • Return rights are granted to civilian employees hired from stateside DoD activities to overseas positions per 10 U.S. Code § 1586 – Rotation of career-conditional and career employees assigned to duty outside the United States
  • Apply only to current employees recruited from non-foreign areas for employment outside of CONUS
  • Employees have return rights to their original position for five years and must exercise those return rights unless forfeited or formally extended.
  • Employees lose return rights when taking a new position outside of DOD or non-appropriated funds positions.
  • When an employee exercises their return rights they will be placed in the position they held prior to their assignment outside of the United States.
  • If the employee voluntarily stays overseas for longer than five years, they will forfeit their return rights.
  • If the employee voluntarily returns to a different position in CONUS, return rights are automatically forfeited.
  • Any employee who leaves government service automatically forfeits their return rights.


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
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The U.S. Army Medical Command does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.