Developmental Services Intake Specialist

Fulfill Developmental Services intake responsibilities associated with our role as a Designated Agency for Chittenden County.  Responsibilities include educating clients/families about the System of Care, reviewing evaluations, conducting needs assessments, determining eligibility, developing funding proposals, creating individualized support budgets and maintaining State waitlists. 

This is a Monday-Friday position but may include hours outside traditional business hours.


  • Face-to-face meeting providers to start application process and provide information about internal/external programs, resources and services
  • Provide support necessary to navigate the Developmental Disabilities System  of Care to clients, family, teams of providers, and community partners
  • Conduct or arrange assessments including cognitive testing, Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic evaluations, assessments of adaptive behavior, and Needs Assessments
  • Interpret assessment results to make a determination about eligibility for Developmental Services
  • Accurately assess the service needs of individuals who present multiple and complex support issues
  • Identify alternative funding resources within the local community
  • Develop funding proposals and create individual service budgets
  • Present and defend the proposals to local and state funding committees
  • Works closely with Access and Intake team to ensure that clients gain access to needed supports as quickly as possible.


  • Bachelor's Degree in related field with a Qualified Developmental Disabilities Professional (QDDP) certification or eligibility.
  • At least 3-5 years' experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Experience assessing individuals with developmental disabilities and identifying their support needs. 
  • A valid driver's license and use of a personal vehicle.


  • This is a full time position
  • This is an exempt position

Perks & Benefits:

- Comprehensive BCBS Medical with agency-paid premium support for individuals, couples, and families
- Delta dental
- Generous time off starting at 36 days of combined time off per year for full-time employees (and increasing with years of service); pro-rated for positions 20 hours or more
- Agency paid 401K retirement and additional incentive match program
- Life insurance
- Flexible spending account
- Childcare stipend
- Employee Assistance Program
- Employee referral program with financial payment
- Discounted online undergraduate/graduate courses through Champlain College truED
- Award-winning workplace wellness program HC4ME including physical fitness groups for staff, financial wellness incentives, and ongoing workplace wellness advocacy and education
- Voluntary benefits from local/international businesses: discounted gym memberships, mobile phone service, ski/snowboard passes, auto/home insurance, and more!

Howard Center is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The agency's culture and service delivery is strengthened by the diversity of its workforce.  Minorities, people of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  EOE/TTY. Visit "About Us" to review Howard Center's EOE policy.