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Mental Health Specialist - Early Childhood Education

Posted: May 16, 2022

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Position Type

Full-Time Employee

Job Description

PROGRAM: Early Head Start/Head Start

STATUS: Full Time - Exempt

REPORTS TO: Department Director


Human Services Association requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.


Under the direction of the “Pasitos” Early Childhood Education (ECE) Department Director, the Mental Health Specialist will perform a full range of social casework and administrative tasks related to Early Head Start and Head Start families, as assigned by the Department Director.


• Assume management responsibility for all mental health services and monitor all activity of the EHS/HS programs in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and Best Practices.

• Provide screenings, referrals and crisis intervention as needed.

• Review screenings for development, sensory and behavioral concerns.

• Provide case consultation and crisis intervention supervision; coordinate referrals to outside agencies; assure principles of case management and integration of services are applied to programs and services offered to families.

• Responsible for compiling and analyzing the information for areas of concern.

• Ensure that Family Advocates obtain all needed documents from families.

• Provide information to families about community resources.

• Conducts classroom, home and socialization observations to provide recommendations for evaluations and referrals.

• Attend the Parent Policy Council (PPC) monthly meetings, and other meetings deemed by the Department Director and/or the Program Design Manager.

• Work in collaboration with the Management Team to plan and implement the EHS/HS trainings and other trainings for staff and parents to maintain compliance with EHS/HS Performance Standards and State policies.

• Establish formal and effective flow of communication between all staff.

• Responsible for ongoing monitoring, including regular site visits, to assure each enrolled family receives the support and services required by Performance Standards.

• Assist with annual Program Self-Assessment and follow-up reporting information to complete the assessment in a timely manner.

• Establish and maintain formal communications with public and private mental health agencies.

• Discuss concerns with parents and provide education regarding mental health issues that affect children.

• Adhere to other assigned tasks, as per the Program Design Manager and/or the Department Director.

• Bilingual (English/Spanish), preferred.

• Willing to work evenings, weekends and to travel locally and out of the service area for trainings.


• Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs; principles and practices of case management and crisis intervention programs.

• Ability to train and provide presentations to large and small groups as well as individuals.

• Ability to collaborate with, and have working knowledge of, local community resources.

• Ability to communicate (verbal and written) effectively and appropriately with others.

• Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.

• Attention to detail and accuracy.

• Ability to prioritize and manage a complex workload with deadlines.

• Excellent diagnostic and problem-solving skills.

• Ability to meet the needs of all families, specifically those with special needs, and with culturally diverse populations.

• Possess flexibility with regards to driving to sites and/or conducting home visits.

• Must meet HS Performance Standards by attending trainings (local and out of state) to acquire or increase professional skills required to fulfill the job responsibilities.


• Master’s degree in Social Work or Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy or related field

• Minimum of two years’ work experience in a position that directly relates to service delivery to low income families

• Minimum of two years’ work experience with children 18 months to 5 years’ old


• Valid California driver license, proof of current auto insurance and access to daily transportation

• Criminal background clearance, which includes a child abuse index check

• Negative TB screening results

• Health screening before employment can begin

• Pediatric CPR/First Aid certification, or willingness to be certified

• Licensed in Clinical Social Work (LCSW)/ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist or related field by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, active status and in good standing


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 or that an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Mental Health Specialist’s work location can be in any one of the following cities: Bell Gardens, Huntington Park or South Gate, CA. The majority of the job duties are performed within the Huntington Park office (Clarendon office). These tasks require the following physical demands which include but are not limited to: constant walking, bending; occasional lifting (25 pounds), pushing, squatting and climbing stairs (as needed) in the office, at one of the preschool sites or outside locations such as a park. Documentation will be completed in the office, a location with moderate noise levels, peanut free food items, and that is a non-smoking facility.

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Human Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. In addition, we complete criminal background checks via Live Scan method (fingerprinting) on all new hire employees.

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Human Services Association (HSA) is a private nonprofit agency whose principal mission is to provide families with compassionate and comprehensive care to promote wellness and build strong communities.

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