Job Title: Mental Health Coordinator

Reports to:Director of Early Childhood Programs
Typical Schedule:206 days/7.5 hours
Bargaining Unit:N/A

 

FLSA:Exempt
Job Code:5215
Salary Schedule:84N

JOB GOAL

Responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of services that promote social and emotional well-being to children and families in the early childhood program.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.
  1. Plan, organize, and coordinate program services that provide assistance to eligible participants and help support mental health and emotional well-being of children and families while ensuring all efforts comply with Head Start performance standards and other state and local regulations.
  2. Collaborate with interventionists, coaches, social services coordinators, nurses, teachers/caregivers, and other stakeholders to provide Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) that promote academic and emotional success and ensure effective classroom management and positive learning environments for students and families.
  3. Assist teachers and caregivers with ways to help model developmentally appropriate social skills lessons within the classroom setting, including ways that promote positive mental health, social, and emotional well-being.
  4. Assist staff with identifying and addressing social and mental health issues with children and families to ensure proper behavior modification and treatment programs are instituted; follow up with health professionals and family members to ensure treatment programs are meeting established goals.
  5. Implement processes that help identify students at risk of behavioral issues and address ways to limit suspension and expulsion.
  6. Build community partnerships to help facilitate access to additional mental health resources and services for students and families.
  7. Provide training and guidance to district stakeholders and families in mental health and social well-being processes that help identify community agencies and services for children in need, ensuring quick support and intervention to struggling students.
  8. Follow up with students, families, and community partners to ensure at risk youths are attending prescribed counseling services.
  9. Consult with parents on successful behavior management programs and suggest community resources that address student needs.
  10. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records as required by law, policy, and administrative regulations.
  11. Support intervention, referral, and staffing processes for children and families with suspected developmental delay concerns, including transition planning for children and families entering, transitioning within, or exiting the program.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Ability to work with expectant mothers, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and families
  • Knowledge and understanding of community resources and agencies
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders in written and oral form, including electronic media
  • Ability to prepare and maintain required program records
  • Ability to maintain collaborative working relationships with all stakeholders
  • Ability to effectively use technology in daily work
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, manage, and carry out duties efficiently and within established timeframes

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

  • Must meet all State and Federal requirements for the position according to Head Start Performance Standards
  • Master’s degree
  • Licensed or certified mental health professional
  • Experience working in mental health, school psychology, behavior intervention or related field
  • Must be at least 21 years of age

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES & REGISTRATIONS

  • Valid Florida driver license
  • Must maintain a driving record that meets the standards of the District Safe Driver II Plan. Driver license must be maintained as a condition of continued employment
  • Initial health examination that includes screening for tuberculosis

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Considerable experience working with families in poverty
  • Experience facilitating meetings with parents and other community members
  • At least three years of experience working in mental health, school psychology, behavior intervention or related field

Current and former parents or guardians of children served by the Head Start program will receive preference for employment in vacancies for which they apply.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

None

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Light Work:  Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. If the use of arm and / or leg controls require exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as Light Work.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, and hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.

MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT

  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Mental Health Coordinator;   EST: June 5, 2018;   REV: n/a;   Board Approved: June 5, 2018