The Mental Health Manager (licensed or certified mental health professional) is responsible for providing early childhood mental health consultation services to staff, children, and families.
Essential Job Requirements & Duties:
(These include but are not limited to the following. The company reserves the right to add to, delete, change, or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.)
• Conduct individual child/classroom observations and review feedback with parents, teaching and leadership teams.
• Create supportive, inclusive improvement plans based on individual child or classroom observations.
• Provide trainings/workshops for families and co-workers on emotional wellness topics.
• Act as a resource for families and co-workers on mental health topics, including but not limited to appropriate developmental guidance, early detection/identification of special needs in young children, definition of mental wellness, and stages of learning, teaching, and embedding opportunities for social-emotional skill development.
• Support children with an IFSP or IEP; attend meetings, review plans with teaching teams, support staff and parents.
• Share strategies to support the plan and adapt the environment when necessary to accommodate children’s needs.
• Meet with families to consult on child and family needs and create plans to support those needs.
• Provide child and family referrals to community services.
• Build and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with families, service providers and internal CCA staff.
• Complete documentation and reporting requirements per funder expectations including on-going monitoring, tracking, follow-up and analysis of child services and outcomes within specified timelines.
• Attend quarterly Health Services Advisory meetings to provide expertise and consultation in the development and enhancement of the mental health component of the program.
• Plan and assistance with mental health related crisis and concerns (i.e., community violence, family loss) that may arise during the year.
• Supports teaching staff to utilize training in appropriate classroom management and positive behavior guidance.
• Coordinate’s training opportunities for Head Start staff in the area of Mental Health including screening and assessment techniques, classroom interventions, etc.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform.) The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
Chicago Commons is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, marital or parental status, sexual orientation including gender identity, gender expression, military discharge status, physical or mental disability, or any other status or characteristic protected by law. In addition, Chicago Commons provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. Qualified applicants will be required to complete a successful background and drug screening process upon hire.