Mental Health Specialist with talent for coordinating and facilitating services for the children that we serve. Strong knowledge of Early Childhood Development and Learning Disabilities. Communicative and team-oriented with proficiency in Microsoft. Proven history of fostering communication to meet team, individual and management objectives.
Contacts/negotiates with a consulting Mental Health Professional for provision of mental health services to children, families, and staff. Collaborates with the consulting Mental Health Professional to identify, observe and plan programs to meet the needs of Head Start children and families.
Provides or facilitates training and technical assistance to Head Start employees, parents, substitute staff, and volunteers designed to increase understanding and acceptance of disabling conditions and mental health issues, as well as the implementation of Positive Behavior Support concepts and strategies for classroom and home environments. Encourage collaborative training between Early Head Start Head Start, Babynet and local public school districts. Communicate regularly with Babynet and local public school personnel for the purpose of establishing/maintaining positive regard, open dialogue, and smooth transference of child information between Head Start and public school.
Scope of Work: Assures the compliance with all funding source mandates, all applicable laws and regulations, and assures that standards which exceed the minimum are being met. Work with Executive Director in providing leadership in planning, designing, implementing and evaluating program systems and in representing the agency in local, regional, state and national communities.
Budget: Work with Business and Finance Director to budget and monitor compliance of federal funding award in the amount of $14,293,026 for the Head Start and Early Head Start program that provides services for 1,337 children and their families in conformance with the Head Start Performance Standards and other regulatory requirements.
Systems, Evaluations and Development: Oversees and monitors agreements for the purchasing of goods and services assures that bids are solicited in accordance with state and federal regulations. In conjunction with the Board of Directors, staff and Policy Committee, leads planning meetings in which long and short-term goals for improvement are established; conducts a complete Community Assessment every three years and an up-date during the intervening years. With input from program participants and the staff, develops a funding application every year. In conjunction with the Board of Directors, seeks additional outside funding for the program; meets the non-federal share requirement.
Supervision: Provide leadership and encourage continuous improvement to the Head Start management team in the following areas: Education, Health, Nutrition, Family and Community Engagement, Data Monitoring, Professional Development, and Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance (ERSEA). Promote a consistent exchange of information across the Agency. Encourage and support professional development opportunities. Facilitate conflict resolution. Supervise and provide ongoing monitoring of approximately 290 employees through observation, monthly supervisory meetings, team meetings, and review of files and documentation. Facilitate continuous professional development of all staff as part of the commitment to excellence. Work with Center Managers to maintain the health and safety requirements of the 22 sites including health department inspections, fire drills, reporting general maintenance needs.
Coordination of Services: Responsible for coordinating and monitoring smooth, effective transition processes of all children entering/leaving Early Head Start and Head Start program. Coordinate and/monitor the Head Start mental health component. Develops and maintains a system whereby each child with a diagnosed disability is provided such special education services as are needed. Specifically, ensuring services by: 1. partnering with the Part B: BabyNet Services and Part C: Local Education Agency (LEA) to diagnose suspected disabilities and provide services and/or treatment to children with diagnosed disabilities. 2. In cooperation with parents and teachers, providing directly or facilitating the provision of an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for infants and toddlers; Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for preschool children with a diagnosed disability. 3. Providing directly to the child such special education services as are within the area of expertise of the Specialist.
Quality Control Specialist
Ongoing Monitoring – Training and Technical Assistance: Conduct center observations to promote developmental appropriate practices, sound program approaches to delivery of services. Observe teachers in classroom on a weekly/monthly basis and provide constructive feedback; models appropriate and high quality interactions with children in a classroom setting; facilitates the development of Individualized Coaching Plans for teaching staff; monitors progress of teaching staff with fulfillment of goals outlined in coaching plans; conduct individual coaching sessions with assigned teachers; administer either National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and/or Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale or Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) twice a year and analyze ongoing assessment data including literacy specific assessments to measure improvement in child outcomes.
Provide technical assistance on the High Scope curriculum to ensure that the staff is knowledgeable on the implementation of the curriculum in the classroom environment. Provide one-to-one strategies for improving teacher-child interactions and how to work with culturally, linguistically, and developmentally diverse groups of children. Conduct small group meetings for teaching staff to discuss appropriate curriculum planning and implementation, the ongoing assessment process, and how to individualize curriculum.
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