Neighborhood House Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans).  To read more about this, view the EEO is the Law poster and this EEO is the Law Poster Supplement

ABOUT NHA:
The Neighborhood House Association is a non-profit organization. Head Start positions are funded in whole or in part by money provided through the State and Federal Government. Additionally, some Social Service Program positions may be funded in whole or in part through grant funds. Because positions and salaries may be funded through grants, and State and Federal funds ongoing employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these funds.

BENEFITS:
Eligible employees receive the following benefits:
Vacation 401K Retirement Plan  Account (FSA) 
Sick Leave Medical Life & Disability Insurance
Two (2) personal days Dental Supplemental Life & Voluntary Products
Four (4) days annual bereavement Flexible Spending Account Social Security
**Medical and dental benefits are provided to regular employees who work a minimum of 30 hours per week**

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD:
All regular appointees serve a six (6) month introductory period.

CITIZENSHIP/IMMIGRATION STATUS:
In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Neighborhood House Association hires only U.S. citizens and others lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. 

This Job Announcement is not an offer of employment. The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any of the provisions contained in this job announcement may be modified or revoked without notice. Any person who is hired may voluntarily leave their employment upon giving proper notice, and may be terminated by the Agency at any time and for any reason.  Any oral or written statements to the contrary are hereby expressly disavowed and should not be relied upon by any prospective or existing employee.

Please note that offers of employment are only valid if they are made by the Human Resources Department

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.



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HEAD START COORDINATOR (MENTAL HEALTH)
Req. No.:RFP-01980
Starting Pay Range:$30.93-$34.14
Status/Hours:FT Exempt
Location:HHC Admin. Office-Copley
Dept./Program:Head Start Program
  

Basic Job Assignment:

Under general direction, to provide training and technical assistance on standards, to plan, develop, and evaluate Mental Health plans for Head Start programs and services throughout the area served by Neighborhood House Association; to coordinate and monitor the mental health of children; to ensure that enrolled children have the necessary mental health screening; to plan and implement a mental health service plan and consultation when needed; to assist with program performance monitoring and evaluation; to provide training and technical assistance to Head Start staff; to serve as staff liaison to the Health Services Advisory Committee; to prepare an annual assessment of the mental health components of the NHA Head Start program; and to do related work as required.


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

This is a specialized classification for positions assigned to the development and evaluation of mental health programs provided by grantee operated Head Start program in the area served by Neighborhood House Association. Responsibilities include program development, training, monitoring, and direct service.



Employment Requirements:

           Knowledge of:

  • Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health (IF-ECMH)
  • Trauma-informed services and interventions
  • Head Start and NHA programs and functions;
  • Principles of mental health and psychology;
  • Common Behavioral issues of children;
  • Psycho-social assessment methods;
  • Challenges and needs of low-income families;
  • Staff development and training;
  • Child behavior management and family crisis intervention.

           Ability to:

  • Develop and implement mental health assessments and written behavioral plans which meet the needs of young children and their parents;
  • Provide training programs and workshops for parents and Head Start staff;
  • Promote parent involvement with Head Start mental health assessment and written plan;
  • Work effectively with low-income families and parent groups;
  • Speak and write effectively;
  • Ensure the proper maintenance of mental health records;
  • Ensure program compliance with mental health regulations and standards;
  • Maintain records and prepare reports;
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with persons seeking information and expressing concerns about program policies and functions;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff as they support families.

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES:

Licensed as a Mental Health Professional (e.g., LPCC, LMFT, LCSW, PSY)  is required. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C Driver's License is required.  A good driving record of at least two (2) years duration, as evidenced by freedom from multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents, is required. Must meet and maintain State law and County licensing requirements regarding employment in a child care center (fingerprints, TB, physical, immunizations). 



Qualifications:

Training & Experience:

Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain knowledge and abilities would be: At least five (5) years of work experience in a mental health related field, in providing and/or coordinating mental health services,  dealing with the mental health issues of young children and their families; Two (2) years or more of experience in I-F ECMH; supervisory experience; possession of a Master’s Degree in Counseling or related mental health fields or higher; Licensed as a Mental Health Professional (e.g.,LPCC, LMFT, LCSW, PSY)  is required .



Example of Major Functions:

Assesses needs and develops goals for mental health in the Head Start program; develops training on mental health challenges of young children, preventive therapeutic methods, and availability of community services; assists with the identification of disabled children; serves as a liaison with county mental health resources; conducts workshops and discussion groups on child mental health for program staff and parents; ensures the implementation of regulations regarding mental health screenings (issues); provides assistance with follow-up for identified mental health issues; ensures proper maintenance of progress notes and file documentation of mental health contacts; coordinates with community providers to ensure accessibility of services for the families enrolled; monitors grantee (and subcontractor agencies) operated programs and delegate agencies for compliance with mental health standards; provides psycho-social (socio-emotional) assessments; behavioral interventions prepares reports; works with parent groups.