Director of Comprehensive Health Services
Community Action Marin Children and Family Services - San Rafael , CA
Job Title: Director of Comprehensive Health Services
Status: Full-time / Salaried / Exempt
Salary Range: $80k - $85k Annually + Benefits
Job Summary: Oversees the implementation of comprehensive health services to Community Action Marin children and families in order to meet the Head Start Performance Standards. Supervises and leads the daily operation of Children and Family Services team including Nutrition Services Manager, Disabilities Manager, Health Services Manager and, as needed, Behavioral Health Student Interns, assuring the implementation of Pyramid Model Approach to Social and Emotional programming. Performs management functions of planning, organizing, monitoring, mentoring, coaching and leading. Provides behavioral health consultation to a modest number of assigned classrooms directs the operation of the Mental Health Component to ensure compliance and provides consultation and referral services that assist families in the understanding of mental wellness. Works closely with the Director of Family Services and Director of Early Education to ensure the comprehensive well-being of all children in our care. As an agency director, this position is responsible for programmatic support of fund development, marketing, and communications efforts that strengthen the agency with all stakeholders, including families and funders.
Management and Monitoring
- Develop, update and recommend written policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable program performance standards and other Federal, State and local regulations.
- Participate in the annual community needs assessment and update the Mental Health area of the Integrated Work Plan with the Policy Council, staff, parents and appropriate community members.
- In partnership with the HS Management team, advocate for appropriate and accessible mental health services in the community and develop, update and recommend policies and procedures that support them.
- Provide data on a regular basis, as required, to the Health Manager, including information for timely program monitoring and for the PIR.
Coordination of Services Review overall behavioral assessments on each enrolled child including:
- Mental health observation of the entire class as a group and sharing observations with classroom staff.
- Makes recommendations and referrals as needed.
- Ensures that all Children and Family Services classroom sites have sufficient mental health consultation.
- Collaborates with the Early Education Team to ensure that the Second Step curriculum is integrated into the overall curriculum approach and training.
- Coordinates student success team and the red flag identification and referral process.
- Key contributor to agency planning meetings and continuous improvement practices.
- · Represents Community Action Marin in collaborative involvement with behavioral health agencies in the community in service to agency goals and in partnership with agency Mental Health programs focused on family and client well-being.
- Soliciting parental information, observations and concerns about their children.
- Discussing and identifying with parents appropriate responses to their child’s behaviors.
- Supporting parent’s participation in any needed mental health interventions.
- Convening meetings with other agencies to learn about their services.
- Establishing relationships with community organizations to promote the access of HS children and families to community services that are responsive to their needs.
- Bringing resources from other community agencies into the classrooms/centers, as appropriate to support staff, children and families in achieving mental wellness.
- Providing guidance and on-site supervision of behavioral health interns from local colleges and universities.
- Serve as a resource to program staff regarding mental health issues including a regular schedule of on-site mental health consultation to enable the timely and effective identification of and intervention in family and staff concerns about a child’s mental health.
- Promote children’s mental wellness by providing group and individual parent education on mental health issues.
- Support parent and appropriate community agencies involvement in the planning, implementing and evaluation of the program’s mental health services.
- Design and recommend program practices responsive to the identified behavioral and mental health concerns of an individual child or group of children.
- Consults with individual CFS families, as needed, regarding mental health needs of children, provides mental health counseling to parents and matches families with available community resources. Includes:
- Provides staff and parent training presentations as identified as part of the program in-service planning to appropriately implement the mental health standards.
- Connects with community agencies that provide mental health services to low income families by
- Meets regularly with the Comprehensive Health Manager team to plan and evaluate services to ensure that services are being delivered in an effective and efficient manner.
- Participates in case management meetings when mental health issues are involved.
- Acts as an advocate for child and family issues in the community on behalf of children 0 to 5.
- Orients new staff to agency policies and procedures for mental health.
- In partnership with the Children and Family Services leadership team, trains new staff and returning staff, as needed, to implement the Second Step Curriculum and the Parents 1,2,3,4 Program as needed.
- Models an attitude that values mental wellness.
- Promotes children’s mental wellness by providing group and individual staff education on mental health issues.
- Available to staff on an individual basis, for job related mental health issues and support.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, Early Childhood Education or closely related field.
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Clinical Psychologist or intern supervised by any of the above California Licensed mental health professionals.
- At least two years experience in working with young children and families.
- Knowledge of child development milestones; understanding of concepts underlying young children’s social-emotional development; strong clinical assessment skills including familiarity with attachment, mental illness and the impact of trauma, poverty, neglect and abuse on child development.
- Familiarity and/or formal training in infant mental health and/or mental health consultation for early childhood.
- Strong written and oral communication skills; experience training large groups of adults and familiarity with adult learning styles.
- The ability to work with diverse families, community groups and staff.
- Proven team and leadership skills with willingness to work with a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate program services and implement changes that will enhance the quality of services provided.
- Strong verbal/written communication and management skills.
- Bi-lingual English/Spanish skills desirable.
- Fingerprint clearance to work with young children.
- Deep understanding – and ability to articulate – the role equity, inclusion, and diversity plays in our work.
- Ability to sit, walk, stoop and stand intermittently.
- Ability to reach overhead, grasp, push and pull objects such as files and file cabinet drawers.
- Lifting, raising or lowering an object from one level to another (includes upward pulling) 10-25 lbs.
- Carrying: Transporting an object, usually holding it in the hands.
- Manual dexterity required for computer work.