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Head Start Mental Health Manager

Posted: 02/21/2021

Summary of Position

Oversees the mental health services within the KS Head Start (HS) program. Collaborates with the grantee HS team to orchestrate program-wide initiatives that promotes culturally responsive and equity-based social-emotional practices. Engages community resource agencies to meet the needs of the HS program. Supervises the HS Mental Health (MH) Coordinator. Collaborates with HS Education/Inclusion and site leadership to improve the social-emotional climate of Head Start partner classrooms. Models age appropriate social-emotional interactions and provides training and technical assistance (T/TA) to teachers, site administrators, and family support staff. Manages the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) social-emotional screening system as well as ensuring compliance with HS requirements. Utilizes the DECA classroom profiles to define grantee-wide trends and areas for professional development. Oversees grantee-wide parenting curriculum implementation. Provides T/TA to parents in the form of mental health consultation, parenting classes, and other topics identified to support positive caregiving practices. Orchestrates grantee-wide and site level service coordination to meet the needs of children and families.

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Essential Job Results

Oversees the mental health services within the HS program at the following levels: grantee-wide, site level, family, and child to ensure that services are delivered in a client centered approach.

Maintains current best practice knowledge of trauma informed, culturally responsive, and equity-based social emotional practices that informs the service delivery within the HS program.

Actively engages with community resource agencies to form informal and formal partnerships to meet the needs of the children, families, and the HS program. Attends events to raise awareness about HS, the needs within the program, and to learn about new resources within community.

Supervises the MH Coordinator providing at minimum monthly supervision, guidance, and support to promote equity-based and positive social-emotional well-being at the site, family, and child levels.

Responsible for maintaining the DECA system and oversight of the recordkeeping and reporting requirements within Head Start related to child social-emotional screenings to ensure completion within the required time frames. Collaborates with the HS Education/Inclusion team to develop strategies based on the DECA classroom profiles to improve the social-emotional climate.

Oversees the implementation and completion of the Requests for Support as well as provides technical assistance as needed to meet the needs at the site level, children, and families. Also provides support during parent conversations to discuss DECA screening results, communication, and resource identification.

Monitors and enters child specific data related to the DECA screening at the grantee level to evidence site completion. Collaborates with site level staff to ensure the completion of all child data, family supports, and follow up. Includes monitoring ChildPlus, child files, compliance with quality improvement plans, and any other identified tasks as identified within Head Start.

Reviews child and family case notes upon completion of the Head Start intake process to prepare for classroom visits. Also offers support to families as needed prior to enrollment within the Head Start program.

Collaborates with Head Start Education/Inclusion staff to improve the classroom climate and instruction utilizing child screening results, child outcomes data, and program quality assessment results.

Develops relationships with partner staff during regularly scheduled visits in order to model and coach positive, trauma responsive interactions and effective behavioral guidance.

Reviews child and family case notes upon completion of the Head Start intake process to prepare for classroom visits. Also offers support to families as needed prior to enrollment within the Head Start program.

Drafts all grant-wide Mental Health Head Start policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) related to recordkeeping and reporting requirements for completion of child social-emotional screenings, follow-up, and family engagement. Supports the annual HS grant continuation application process. Participates within the HS federal monitoring process as defined by the HS Director and monitoring protocols.

Provides T/TA to partner staff during the request for support process to ensure compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS). Collaborates with the Education/Inclusion team to create an Support Plan for usage within the program.

Upon the receipt of a Request for Support provides strategies and encouragement to empower parents to implement classroom strategies and Support Plans at home. Also identifies community resources as needed to support with ongoing care and early intervention to meet child and family needs.

Partners with site level Family Advocates, Directors, Administrators, and the HS Education/Inclusion staff to identify and coordinate services needed to meet the needs of children and families. This may also include engagement within the referral process for an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and/or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Collaborates with site level Family Advocates to support the family goal setting process. This may include identification of community resources and referrals as well as individualized mental health consultation.

Builds relationships with site level staff to promote positive workplace climates, provide mental health consultation, community resources and referrals, and provide self-care strategies.

Completes regularly scheduled site visits to Head Start partner programs. Collaborates with Education/Inclusion staff during classroom observations. May support partner staff during the educational home visits or requested home visits to observe the child at home.

Supports Head Start partners during the development of their policies and procedures to establish positive program climates including, but not limited to, staff wellness initiatives, positive teaching practices, to define professional development trainings and topics, and to implement parenting curriculum classes.

Collaborates with the MH Coordinator and Education/Inclusion staff to develop training and educational materials related to mental health and social-emotional requirements for site level staff and parents. Topics may include culturally responsive and equity-based care, inclusive learning environments, positive behavior management strategies, trauma-informed care, child social-emotional development. These trainings will be provided as requested and may occur during staff meetings, parent activities, and 

Policy Council meetings.

Immediately reports safety concerns and potential hazards identified at partner sites to the Head Start Director. Assists with implementation of corrective action as needed to support safe environments and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

Mission

Effectively utilize agency technology to accomplish tasks (Microsoft Office Suite and G-Suite applications such as Excel/Sheets, Word/Docs and Gmail; program specific software; printers/scanners/fax/phone).

Carries out The Family Conservancy Mission: Helping Children and Families Achieve a Lifetime of Success.

Supports The Family Conservancy Strategic Plan and ensures accountability through successful implementation of assigned objectives where applicable.

As part of our Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) process, attends assigned meetings and contributes in a meaningful way.

Maintains confidentiality of all agency information, consumer nonpublic personal information (NPI) and personal health information (PHI), as well as records directly or indirectly identifying any per­son currently or formerly receiving services from The Family Conservancy.

Maintains professional standards and technical knowledge by a minimum of 15 clock hours of annual attendance at educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, informs staff and colleagues of the results of these activities.

Attends diversity training yearly. Application of knowledge will demonstrate awareness of the wide spectrum of socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and personal lifestyles/cultures found within the service populations. Employees are expected to apply knowledge gained from diversity training and to act in a sensitive, nondiscriminatory, professional manner.

Accepts, uses supervision, direction, consultation to maximize available resources in the completion of work duties.

Additional responsibilities will be assigned as needed to maintain and improve effective functioning of the department and to advance the mission of the organization.

All job responsibilities will be carried out under the direction of agency policies and procedures.

 

Reporting Relationships and Principal Contacts

Reports to the Head Start Director. Work involves public contact through connecting children and families to community resources.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervises the Mental Health Coordinator position.

 

Americans with Disability Specifications

Physical Demands

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move materials that may weigh up to 40 pounds.

Work Environment

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• As position requires off-site work at Head Start and other child care facilities, individual must have access to transportation, valid driver's license and adequate personal liability insurance coverage. Travel throughout the metropolitan area and counties within the service delivery area is required.

• Employment is contingent upon successful clearance of Criminal, Kansas and Missouri Child/Elder Abuse and Neglect and Sex Offender background investigations.

• Position involves extensive use of computer, telephone, fax and copy machines.

• Must have manual dexterity and experience to perform handwritten paperwork, recordkeeping, and filing.

• As an employee working with child care providers, must be free from tuberculosis.

• Some evening and weekend work may occasionally be required.

 

The Family Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

 

Requirements

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Master’s degree in Social Welfare, or related field required.

Appropriate state master's level licensure required.

Two years prior relevant working experience and expertise in serving young children and families.

Written and verbal communication skills required to interact with health professionals, vendors, and agencies in a professional manner, developing rapport and enhancing business relationships required.

Working knowledge of community resources required.

Individual must:

• Possess ability to work with families in a supportive manner throughout the assessment and referral processes.

Effectively utilizes agency technology to accomplish tasks (Google Suite; Gmail, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Drive), etc.

• Demonstrate ability to utilize identified databases for data entry.

• Provide compliance monitoring in a proactive and supportive manner.

• Possess excellent oral and written communications skills. Demonstrated teaching/training skills.

• Develop rapport with consumers including children and their parents.

• Lead and collaborate with a diverse group of staff; serve as a positive role model and team player.

• Present information to groups and individuals through verbal and written formats.

• Speak, read, write and hear English to communicate with community members, consumers, co-workers and others.

• Travel to all parts of the facility, Head Start and other locations and throughout the community.

• Maintain successful clearance on Criminal, Sex Offender, Medical, and Missouri and Kansas Child Abuse/Neglect Background Screenings.

• As a visitor in a child care setting, must maintain good physical health verified by physician and must be free from tuberculosis, as documented by TB test.

 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Prior relevant work experience with low income and diverse populations in a community or other relevant setting preferred.

Knowledge of Head Start federal regulations and prior experience preferred.

Bilingual fluency in written and oral English/Spanish, English/Arabic or English/Somali preferred.

Prior experience with social-emotional screenings, such as the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) or the Ages & Stages Social-Emotional screen, preferred.

 

 

the mental health services within the KS Head Start (HS) program. Collaborates with the grantee HS team to orchestrate program-wide initiatives that promotes culturally responsive and equity-based social-emotional practices. Engages community resource agencies to meet the needs of the HS program. Supervises the HS Mental Health (MH) Coordinator. Collaborates with HS Education/Inclusion and site leadership to improve the social-emotional climate of Head Start partner classrooms. Models age appropriate social-emotional interactions and provides training and technical assistance (T/TA) to teachers, site administrators, and family support staff. Manages the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) social-emotional screening system as well as ensuring compliance with HS requirements. Utilizes the DECA classroom profiles to define grantee-wide trends and areas for professional development. Oversees grantee-wide parenting curriculum implementation. Provides T/TA to parents in the form of mental health consultation, parenting classes, and other topics identified to support positive caregiving practices. Orchestrates grantee-wide and site level service coordination to meet the needs of children and families.

 

Essential Job Results

Oversees the mental health services within the HS program at the following levels: grantee-wide, site level, family, and child to ensure that services are delivered in a client centered approach.

Maintains current best practice knowledge of trauma informed, culturally responsive, and equity-based social emotional practices that informs the service delivery within the HS program.

Actively engages with community resource agencies to form informal and formal partnerships to meet the needs of the children, families, and the HS program. Attends events to raise awareness about HS, the needs within the program, and to learn about new resources within community.

Supervises the MH Coordinator providing at minimum monthly supervision, guidance, and support to promote equity-based and positive social-emotional well-being at the site, family, and child levels.

Responsible for maintaining the DECA system and oversight of the recordkeeping and reporting requirements within Head Start related to child social-emotional screenings to ensure completion within the required time frames. Collaborates with the HS Education/Inclusion team to develop strategies based on the DECA classroom profiles to improve the social-emotional climate.

Oversees the implementation and completion of the Requests for Support as well as provides technical assistance as needed to meet the needs at the site level, children, and families. Also provides support during parent conversations to discuss DECA screening results, communication, and resource identification.

Monitors and enters child specific data related to the DECA screening at the grantee level to evidence site completion. Collaborates with site level staff to ensure the completion of all child data, family supports, and follow up. Includes monitoring ChildPlus, child files, compliance with quality improvement plans, and any other identified tasks as identified within Head Start.

Reviews child and family case notes upon completion of the Head Start intake process to prepare for classroom visits. Also offers support to families as needed prior to enrollment within the Head Start program.

Collaborates with Head Start Education/Inclusion staff to improve the classroom climate and instruction utilizing child screening results, child outcomes data, and program quality assessment results.

Develops relationships with partner staff during regularly scheduled visits in order to model and coach positive, trauma responsive interactions and effective behavioral guidance.

Reviews child and family case notes upon completion of the Head Start intake process to prepare for classroom visits. Also offers support to families as needed prior to enrollment within the Head Start program.

Drafts all grant-wide Mental Health Head Start policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) related to recordkeeping and reporting requirements for completion of child social-emotional screenings, follow-up, and family engagement. Supports the annual HS grant continuation application process. Participates within the HS federal monitoring process as defined by the HS Director and monitoring protocols.

Provides T/TA to partner staff during the request for support process to ensure compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS). Collaborates with the Education/Inclusion team to create an Support Plan for usage within the program.

Upon the receipt of a Request for Support provides strategies and encouragement to empower parents to implement classroom strategies and Support Plans at home. Also identifies community resources as needed to support with ongoing care and early intervention to meet child and family needs.

Partners with site level Family Advocates, Directors, Administrators, and the HS Education/Inclusion staff to identify and coordinate services needed to meet the needs of children and families. This may also include engagement within the referral process for an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and/or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Collaborates with site level Family Advocates to support the family goal setting process. This may include identification of community resources and referrals as well as individualized mental health consultation.

Builds relationships with site level staff to promote positive workplace climates, provide mental health consultation, community resources and referrals, and provide self-care strategies.

Completes regularly scheduled site visits to Head Start partner programs. Collaborates with Education/Inclusion staff during classroom observations. May support partner staff during the educational home visits or requested home visits to observe the child at home.

Supports Head Start partners during the development of their policies and procedures to establish positive program climates including, but not limited to, staff wellness initiatives, positive teaching practices, to define professional development trainings and topics, and to implement parenting curriculum classes.

Collaborates with the MH Coordinator and Education/Inclusion staff to develop training and educational materials related to mental health and social-emotional requirements for site level staff and parents. Topics may include culturally responsive and equity-based care, inclusive learning environments, positive behavior management strategies, trauma-informed care, child social-emotional development. These trainings will be provided as requested and may occur during staff meetings, parent activities, and 

Policy Council meetings.

Immediately reports safety concerns and potential hazards identified at partner sites to the Head Start Director. Assists with implementation of corrective action as needed to support safe environments and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

Mission

Effectively utilize agency technology to accomplish tasks (Microsoft Office Suite and G-Suite applications such as Excel/Sheets, Word/Docs and Gmail; program specific software; printers/scanners/fax/phone).

Carries out The Family Conservancy Mission: Helping Children and Families Achieve a Lifetime of Success.

Supports The Family Conservancy Strategic Plan and ensures accountability through successful implementation of assigned objectives where applicable.

As part of our Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) process, attends assigned meetings and contributes in a meaningful way.

Maintains confidentiality of all agency information, consumer nonpublic personal information (NPI) and personal health information (PHI), as well as records directly or indirectly identifying any per­son currently or formerly receiving services from The Family Conservancy.

Maintains professional standards and technical knowledge by a minimum of 15 clock hours of annual attendance at educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, informs staff and colleagues of the results of these activities.

Attends diversity training yearly. Application of knowledge will demonstrate awareness of the wide spectrum of socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and personal lifestyles/cultures found within the service populations. Employees are expected to apply knowledge gained from diversity training and to act in a sensitive, nondiscriminatory, professional manner.

Accepts, uses supervision, direction, consultation to maximize available resources in the completion of work duties.

Additional responsibilities will be assigned as needed to maintain and improve effective functioning of the department and to advance the mission of the organization.

All job responsibilities will be carried out under the direction of agency policies and procedures.

Reporting Relationships and Principal Contacts

Reports to the Head Start Director. Work involves public contact through connecting children and families to community resources.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervises the Mental Health Coordinator position.

Americans with Disability Specifications

Physical Demands

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move materials that may weigh up to 40 pounds.

Work Environment

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• As position requires off-site work at Head Start and other child care facilities, individual must have access to transportation, valid driver's license and adequate personal liability insurance coverage. Travel throughout the metropolitan area and counties within the service delivery area is required.

• Employment is contingent upon successful clearance of Criminal, Kansas and Missouri Child/Elder Abuse and Neglect and Sex Offender background investigations.

• Position involves extensive use of computer, telephone, fax and copy machines.

• Must have manual dexterity and experience to perform handwritten paperwork, recordkeeping, and filing.

• As an employee working with child care providers, must be free from tuberculosis.

• Some evening and weekend work may occasionally be required.

The Family Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Master’s degree in Social Welfare, or related field required.

Appropriate state master's level licensure required.

Two years prior relevant working experience and expertise in serving young children and families.

Written and verbal communication skills required to interact with health professionals, vendors, and agencies in a professional manner, developing rapport and enhancing business relationships required.

Working knowledge of community resources required.

Individual must:

• Possess ability to work with families in a supportive manner throughout the assessment and referral processes.

Effectively utilizes agency technology to accomplish tasks (Google Suite; Gmail, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Drive), etc.

• Demonstrate ability to utilize identified databases for data entry.

• Provide compliance monitoring in a proactive and supportive manner.

• Possess excellent oral and written communications skills. Demonstrated teaching/training skills.

• Develop rapport with consumers including children and their parents.

• Lead and collaborate with a diverse group of staff; serve as a positive role model and team player.

• Present information to groups and individuals through verbal and written formats.

• Speak, read, write and hear English to communicate with community members, consumers, co-workers and others.

• Travel to all parts of the facility, Head Start and other locations and throughout the community.

• Maintain successful clearance on Criminal, Sex Offender, Medical, and Missouri and Kansas Child Abuse/Neglect Background Screenings.

• As a visitor in a child care setting, must maintain good physical health verified by physician and must be free from tuberculosis, as documented by TB test.

 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Prior relevant work experience with low income and diverse populations in a community or other relevant setting preferred.

Knowledge of Head Start federal regulations and prior experience preferred.

Bilingual fluency in written and oral English/Spanish, English/Arabic or English/Somali preferred.

Prior experience with social-emotional screenings, such as the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) or the Ages & Stages Social-Emotional screen, preferred.

 

 

 

Job Type: Full Time