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6 May 2021

Operations / Administration Mental Health Program Specialist

Colorado Charter School Institute
 Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

REPORTS TO: Director of Student Services

SALARY RANGE: Starting at $6,250 – $7,500 per month (This position is year-round and salary is based on a 12-month payroll cycle)

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

The Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) is a statewide charter school authorizer whose mission is to foster high-quality public-school choices offered through charter schools, particularly schools that are focused on closing the achievement gap for at-risk students. Governed by a board of nine members appointed by the Governor and Commissioner of Education, CSI currently serves a diverse portfolio of 42 schools across the state of Colorado serving over 20,000 students. CSI is uniquely positioned to serve and promote charter school innovation in communities throughout Colorado and to be a leader in improvements in authorizer practices. CSI aspires to continue growing the quality and quantity of its portfolio of schools in Colorado in response to the need for high quality, innovative charter school options. Our organization is at an extraordinary point of opportunity and is poised to make additional systemic changes that will yield improvements within the portfolio’s overall student achievement.

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Please note: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This position is non-classified and is not subject to appeal rights.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) is committed to creating and sustaining a portfolio of high-quality school options that meet the needs of all students. CSI is seeking passionate, equity-oriented Mental Health professionals to assist CSI in furthering the organization’s mission of increasing access and equity for students across all CSI schools. This position will collaborate with other staff to create an organization wide approach to supporting student mental health needs through relationship-building, training, and guidance with CSI school staff. The Mental Health Program Specialist will lead the organization’s work on social-emotional learning and mental health initiatives to improve outcomes for students attending CSI schools.

Strong candidates will be high-capacity individuals with a background in addressing student mental health needs in school based or community settings. This position requires high levels of collaboration and excellent communication skills, as well as the ability to manage multiple projects at once and the ability to relate to school staff. Our organization offers a positive, collaborative and mission driven culture. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply!

 

Please see below for a complete position description:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND ROLE-SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Essential duties of this position include the following.  Employees in this position perform some or all of the following tasks.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Advance CSI’s mission of increasing access and equity for students across all CSI schools.
  • Provide direct support to school mental health professionals, school leaders, teachers, and staff on mental health and social-emotional learning programming, including standards, curriculum, assessment, and professional development.
  • Manage grant funds to ensure effective allocation of CSI’ social and emotional resources.
  • Provide regular communication and customer services to schools in all school program areas.
  • Establish a mental health professional network as a resource for communication and peer collaboration on evidence-based practices.
  • Ensure that all training, technical assistance, and compliance monitoring includes tiered processes and actions based on school performance.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the development of the cooperative efforts between schools and other community agencies in providing services to students.
  • Collaborate with the SS Department to provide schools regular communication and customer service in all school program areas.
  • Collaborate with Student Services Department to support the training, technical assistance, and compliance monitoring of all school program areas.

 

DEPARTMENT RESPONSILBITIES

  • Ensure that all training, technical assistance, and compliance monitoring includes tiered processes and actions based on school performance, including serving as a Case Manager for assigned schools.
  • Provide school performance and operational evaluation for inclusion in the CSI Annual Review of Schools for all managed programs.
  • Participate in the review of all charter applications as a member of the CSI Review Team.
  • Provide operational support for the Director of Student Services.
  • In coordination with the Data Services unit, provide technical assistance and validate programmatic data for state and federal reporting.
  • In coordination with the Grants Fiscal Coordinator, review and approve monthly Request for Funds for programmatic alignment and financial compliance.

 

BENEFITS

As an employee of the Colorado Charter School Institute (State of Colorado), you will have access to a variety of benefits to include medical, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, paid vacation and sick time, flexible scheduling, a work-life balance culture, no-cost life and disability insurance (with additional paid options), Flex Spending and Health Savings Account options, professional development opportunities, wellness offerings, a performance based bonus and membership in Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA).

 

CSI INCLUSION STATEMENT

As a statewide charter school authorizer, CSI recognizes that autonomy and diversity can drive innovation and improved outcomes, both in our schools and in our organization. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture and strive to demonstrate this commitment in our recruitment efforts. We value the unique contributions that result from different perspectives and experiences as they make us stronger. CSI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on gender, race, color, religion or belief, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.

 

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

At a MINIMUM, we are looking for the following:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, School Psychology, or School Counseling
  • Active Colorado Department of Education Mental Health Provider License
  • Minimum of 3 years work experience in a school based mental health role
  • Experience responding to student suicide and threat assessments and developing appropriate recommendations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A proven ability to design and facilitate effective trainings to a variety of stakeholders
  • A proven ability to proactively improve systems and identify potential internal and external customer issues
  • Detail-oriented with demonstrated ability to follow-through on projects
  • Experience developing and implementing training resources and procedures
  • Experience managing multiple ongoing programs or projects with internal and external stakeholders
  • All final candidates must successfully pass a thorough criminal background check.

 

Ideal candidates will have some, or all, of the following education, skills, and abilities:

  • DORA Mental Health licensure
  • Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating process documentation and resources for various stakeholders
  • Familiarity and experience with state and federal laws associated with exceptional students

 

LOCATION & TRAVEL

This position is based in Denver but does require some state-wide travel to provide training and technical assistance to CSI schools.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment includes a standard office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

 

NOTE

This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions or working conditions associated with the job.  This job description is not a contract of employment or a promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment.  CSI may add to, modify or delete any aspect of this job (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable.

 

CURRENT COVID PRECAUTIONS:

  • Remote interview process
  • Mostly virtual meetings for the time being
  • Social distancing guidelines in place (when in the office)
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place (at the physical office)

How to Apply

Does our organization and this role sound like a great fit for you? If so, please email your resume and cover letter to CSIEmployment@csi.state.co.us.  The cover letter should detail how your experience meets the minimum experience requirements listed in the above position announcement. No phone calls please.

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration. Job Tags: charter school, mental health, and psychology. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.