What We’re Looking For:
We are looking for a Disabilities & Mental Health Coordinator who is responsible for ensuring that program services are provided to families with children with emotional/developmental needs. The Disabilities and Mental Health Coordinator implements, coordinates and evaluates services and methods for both staff and families in providing the overall mental health approach in the program. This position works within an interdisciplinary team setting with other Head Start staff, using case-management protocols that integrate service areas, to address identified concerns for children. The ideal candidate will provide leadership and exceptional support services for the Head Start program services in the following areas:
- Ensures that children receive necessary services offered both by the program and outside organizations
- Provides prevention, early identification on suspected disabilities and mental health concerns
- Coordinates the preparation and updating of the Mental Health and Disabilities Service Area Plans
- Designs and implements a formal referral and follow-up systems for all children requiring disability, mental health services
- Primary supervisor for the Special Needs Aides including scheduling, performance appraisals and day to day oversight
- Compiles and maintains files on available community related resources including Local Education Agencies (LEA/SELPA).
- Procures contracts with outside licensed professionals such as psychologists who can provide services to children and their families and advise them on particular issues
- Develops interagency agreements, for planning and coordinating any specialized services with agencies and organizations in the community
- Utilizes a Child Study Team process to plan, develop and coordinate interventions and follow-ups
- Utilizes the identified Data Management System to track, monitor and follow-up on cases with identified concerns and for those children with Individualized Education Plans (IEP), receiving services or other diagnosed special need.
- Requests additional documentation from teaching staff regarding children and observed behaviors
- Provides onsite observations and follow-up with identified children as needed
- Supports and participates in the planning of the Health Services and School Readiness Advisory Committee meetings on a quarterly basis
- Participates in leadership meetings with the Health Services Manager
- Produces reports at least monthly on the status of services provided
- Participates in agency’s annual Program Information Report (PIR) process
- Develops scope of work for relevant contracts, and monitors the provisions of such services
- Implements active participation through the development of a broad community-based network of child development and mental health partnerships that foster applications to the program
- Other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES YOU SHOULD POSSESS:
- Bachelor degree in sociology, guidance and counseling, or social work.
- Two (2) years experience as a paraprofessional in a preschool, mental health or social services agency.
- Two (2) years administrative, leadership and training supervisory experience is highly desirable.
- Knowledge of Child Care Licensing Regulations and Head Start Performance Standards and best practices related to special education, early intervention and early childhood education.
- Knowledge of public health programs and other resources and the availability of such programs in the community.
- Knowledge of safety standards as they relate to health, food service and nutrition management for children with disabilities and mental health concerns.
- Knowledge of general business practices such as supervisory practices, administrative basics, general financials, and risk management.
- Knowledge of local resources, services, and networks
- Ability to know and implement Head Start Performance Standards, Child Care Licensing Regulations and agency policies and procedures
- Skill in the operation and maintenance of basic instruments and equipment used in patient care (e.g. items commonly found in a first aid kit). Ability to recognize problems in the area of mental health, health, nutrition and/or child safety
- Ability to effectively plan, coordinate and evaluate the nutritional and health requirements for children and families with disabilities and mental health concerns.
- Ability to exercise professional judgment in evaluating before making decisions
- Ability to communicate, both oral and written, to individuals with diverse backgrounds
- Ability to speak, read and write English well enough to understand and be understood by others; bilingual skills are helpful
- Ability to speak before groups of individuals
- Ability to stay current of Head Start and other applicable regulations/compliance requirements and provide timely updates on program procedures and ensure application.
- Ability to have a working knowledge of recent research and developments in the disabilities and mental health fields as they pertain to early childhood development.
- Must possess a valid California driver’s license, have use of a motor vehicle and provide evidence of automobile liability insurance.
- Must meet State health requirements, including TB clearance. Fingerprints must be on file with the Justice Department.
Crystal Stairs is committed to building and sustaining a diverse workforce and culture. As part of this commitment, Crystal Stairs provides equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, medical condition as defined by state law, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other legally protected status.
For more information about Crystal Stairs, please visit our website at: www.crystalstairs.org
All Head Start positions are implemented in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards in each service area.
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