General Educator

Hilo - Hawaii (HI), 96720

Easterseals Hawaii

Job Description:


Easterseals Hawaii (ESH) provides exceptional, individualized, family-centered services to empower people with disabilities or special needs to achieve their goals and live independent fulfilling lives.


As a member of a multidisciplinary team, provide support to families using a Primary Service Provider model and evidence-based coaching techniques.

Daily Responsibilities:

  • Adheres to Department of Health - Early Intervention Section (DOH-EIS) and ESH ii guidelines.
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of a comprehensive developmental appropriate program for children with special needs and their families.
  • Provides Care Coordination services, if selected by the family.
  • Participates in the development of the Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) with the family and other team members.
  • As part of an IFSP team, helps families develop outcomes that are functional and based on children’s and families’ needs and family-identified priorities.
  • Pre-plans and debriefs with teammates in order to effectively coach families through routine-based activities which incorporate communication skills, motor skills (gross/fine), adaptive skills, cognitive skills, and social emotional/personal social skills, utilizing a Primary Service Provider model.
  • Provides consultative services to parents and other team members; interprets and applies special instruction techniques; and ensures proper follow through and competence with techniques using a coaching approach.
  • Provides ongoing monitoring of the child and family’s needs, concerns, and strengths and assists with linking the child and family to appropriate resources as needed.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative and collaborative relationships with families and community agencies, public and private.
  • Participates and assists with the transition planning for children exiting the program.
  • Maintains billable hours as outlined by the DOH-EIS and keeps participant records in accordance with Federal, State, and ESH requirements.
  • Attends and participates in staff and team meetings.
  • Provides services within natural environments (e.g. home, day care, and community).
  • Other duties as assigned

Other Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the supervisor for participants and/or volunteers within the program.
  • Assists in maintaining a clean, hygienic, safe and “childproof” environment. Reports any safety concerns to the Program Manager.
  • Participates in training sessions and continuing education.
  • Participates in and/or coordinates ESH events (such as program activities, community fairs, fundraising, etc.), as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Scheduled Hours: Monday through Friday, occasional Saturday hours, early evenings and mornings, as directed by Program Manager

Equipment Used:

  • Program materials and equipment
  • Computer, mobile and respective software and applications
  • Multi-line Telephone with Intercom System
  • Copy and Fax Machine


Minimum Education & Experience Equivalent To:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field from an accredited college or university program.
  • One (1) year experience working as a teacher or educational assistant is highly preferred.
  • Experience working with children with special needs in the field of early intervention is highly preferred.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Significant knowledge with developmental disabilities, familiarity with ADA and Individuals with
Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA) guidelines, and inclusion.
  • The ability, understanding and compatibility to interact with families, professionals, and paraprofessionals within a Primary Service Provider model of service delivery, using an approach that involves giving and receiving peer coaching.
  • Understanding of and respect for children with special needs and their families. Ability to be attentive to input from families regarding their child’s preferences by utilizing a strength-based approach with culturally competent practices.
  • Positive public relations attitude and approach when interacting with those we serve and the general public.
  • Organizational ability to work independently and take initiative to complete assignments.
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • Operating knowledge of a computer, applications and software, standard office equipment and Microsoft (Outlook, Word and Excel). Must be able to use an iPhone or work cell phone if applicable.
  • Mental Requirements:

    • Ability to work calmly with behavioral and health related incidents.
    • Alertness to respond to audio and visual cues from participants and their families, other staff members and the environment.
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks, adhere to timelines, and process urgent projects while maintaining an attention to detail.
    • Ability to respond appropriately and immediately to emergencies as defined by ESH Emergency Procedure Guide/Safety Manual.
    • Logic and reasoning for forecasting future needs, goals, and events.

    Physical Requirements:

    • Frequent bending, reaching, squatting, kneeling, twisting in order to observe, assess, and interact with clients.
    • Ability to sit in office chair and typing for periods of up to one hour without a break.
    • Ability to sit on the floor in families’ homes to administer evaluations that can last up to 90 minutes.
    • Occasional lifting, carrying, and loading/unloading toys and materials up to and including 25 lbs. to 50 lbs. used in home visits.
    • Visual and auditory ability to work with clients, staff and others in the workplace continuously.
    • Frequent speaking and listening (50%) to clients, staff, and other professionals in meetings and on the phone.
    • Frequent driving (to and from office and client homes).
    • Frequent exposure to disability disorders in clients; occasional emergency situation; occasional exposure to trauma; constant client contact and decision making; constant concentration required when working with clients.
    • Frequent work inside client homes; occasional work in outdoor settings.

    Conditions of Employment:

    • Ability to obtain and maintain criminal record clearance through the Department of Justice (DOJ). The HR Department must analyze DOJ/FBI live scan reports in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, as well as fitness for the position.
    • Ability to travel to multiple work sites and client homes; must have access to a reliable personal vehicle.
    • Valid driver’s license with an insurable driving record
    • Proof of current vehicle registration and safety check.
    • Must pass health screenings, obtain vaccinations and clear annual TB testing based on company policies. Freedom from any communicable disease or medical conditions that would interfere with the physical requirements of this position.
    • Ability to obtain and maintain clearance through the Office of Inspector General.
    • Ability to obtain and maintain First Aid and CPR certification.
    • Must attend all ESH required training.

    Easterseals Hawaii is an equal opportunity employer

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