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Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN)

Inclusion Specialist

Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN)


Job Summary

JOB TITLE: Inclusion Specialist

REPORTING: Director of Belonging

STATUS: Full-time, exempt


Scientific research has shown that our brains develop at a rapid pace in the earliest years of life. Positive relationships with adults during this critical time have a profound impact on brain development, providing the support and stability necessary for long-term health and well-being.

The Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN) concentrates on prenatal care to the child’s sixth birthday by delivering education, training, and resources to assist caregivers, educators, healthcare providers and other professionals in their everyday interactions with infants, young children, and their families. By focusing on early relational health, AIMHiTN contributes to healthy communities and a productive workforce for generations to come.

AIMHiTN values diversity, equity, and inclusion and intentionally seeks to embed these principles in our services. We have an unwavering commitment to individual and organizational efforts to recognize and address bias, to embracing cultural and lived experiences, to removing historically oppressive barriers to inclusion, and continuing to evolve as an organization where all infants, young children, and the caregivers and professionals who care for them feel that they belong.

The Inclusion Specialist will provide programmatic support to the Belonging Team in the area of inclusion.

General Summary

The Inclusion Specialist is responsible for:

  • Conducting needs assessment to identify resources, needs, and gaps in services for children with differing abilities.
  • Identifying trainings and/or experts in the field of training for inclusion of children with differing abilities.
  • Development of resources and tools for IECMH workforce and our partners to support their work and service to all young children.
  • Coordinate bi-monthly meetings with partner agencies to ensure support of the inclusion work in early education settings.
  • Work with marketing and communications team for development and sharing of communications regarding inclusion posts and awareness.
  • Facilitate training throughout the state related to inclusion.
  • Serve as the AIMHiTN representative at local, regional, and statewide meetings.

Job Responsibilities

Program Activities:


  • Implement and distribute survey and other methods of gathering data to conduct needs assessment of resources, needs, and gaps for inclusive early childhood services in TN.
  • Collaborate with community partners and stakeholders to provide training and technical assistance to provide inclusive services and to implement the EP toolkit.
  • Represent AIMHiTN and present education and awareness at community events and meetings.
  • Work closely with the AIMHiTN Professional Development division to collaborate on training opportunities and technical assistance.
  • Assist in the development of resources, products, and processes aimed at increasing awareness and education.
  • Inform and facilitate accessibility and inclusion for AIMHiTN’s programs.
  • Research and share with AIMHiTN staff laws and policies that may affect the IECMH community.


Qualifications and Characteristics:


  • Master’s degree with 3-5 years’ experience preferred; minimum bachelor’s degree with 5-7 years’ experience required, in Human Services, Social Work, Early Childhood, Disability Rights, or related field with significant program development, inclusion of differing abilities.
  • Understanding of characteristics, service needs, and programming for target population.
  • Culturally astute: Understands, communicates, and works effectively and respectfully across demographical, socioeconomic, and all other diverse cultures.
  • Understanding of engaging the early childhood education and infant and early childhood mental health professional populations.
  • Effective leadership skills, experience in working in collaborative environments, and excellent communication skills.
  • Proficient in independent work environments.
  • Knowledge of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (social emotional development).
  • Hold or achieve IMH Endorsement® within the allotted time frame at the Infant Family Associate (IFA) category or above.
  • Familiarity with results-based accountability practices (data collecting, surveying, etc.)
  • Excellent speaking, communication, writing, and relationship building skills.
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple sources and types of information.
  • High degree of comfort and competency in using MS Office Suite, Outlook, listserv, and social media.

Additional Information


Benefits include:

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance.
  • Monthly cell phone/internet coverage stipend of $150.
  • In the absence of an employer-sponsored retirement program, employees will receive a 5% retirement stipend included in the staff’s bi-weekly payroll direct deposit.
  • 1.5 days of paid leave per month (or the number of days established in the current Policy and Procedures Manual, whichever is greater) – annual leave can be carried over from one calendar year to the next and accumulated up to a maximum of 10 days.
  • Sick leave at the rate of one day per month- sick leave can be carried over from one calendar year to the next and accumulated up to a maximum of 45 days and up to 3 days paid leave for a family death.
  • 10 paid holidays, self-selected by staff.
  • Winter respite holiday from December 25th through January 1st.

How to Apply

To apply:

Send a resume and a cover letter addressing the questions, “Briefly describe what an environment looks and feels like for an infant or young child to belong?” Also, please speak to the following: “How do you envision your role in supporting the mission and vision of AIMHiTN?” and a 1-3 page professional writing sample to Keena Friday-Gilbert atkeenafg@aimhitn.org.


  • Date Posted: October 27, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: $42,000-$52,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F, remote