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Mental Health Coordinator - (LA County)

Children's Services | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896. We provide a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.

Through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs, we work with children (ages 2 – 5) and their families to provide the skills, confidence and stable home life necessary for a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond.

Responsibilities: 

The Mental Health Coordinator establishes and promotes family relationships and identifies resources pertinent to Head Start and Early Head Start children, families, and staff.  The Mental Health Coordinator performs the following:

  • Provides resources for early intervention and identification of children's needs
  • In coordination education staff, assists all children in emotional, cognitive, and social development toward the overall goal of social competence.
  • Provides all children with the necessary mental health services to ensure that the children and families achieve full benefits of program participation
  • Provides staff and parents with an understanding of children's growth and development, an appreciation of individual differences, and an understanding of the need for a supportive environment
  • Mobilizes community resources to serve children with problems to help them cope with their environment
  • Encourages classroom and home environments that enhances feelings of self-esteem for children and parents
  • Conducts mental health planning, inter-agency procedure formulation and community resource mobilization
  • Supervises staff and coordinates staff development and evaluation

 Requirements: 

  • Master's degree from a recognized (accredited) college or university in the field of social science, preferably in psychology. A MFT or MSW with 2-4 years clinical experience with children preferred
  • Excellent computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Fingerprint clearances required prior to employment
  • Valid California driver's license and access to automobile with adequate insurance (or have easy access to other means of reliable transportation) to make home visits and travel to other school sites

Health Requirements:

  • Proof at the time of hire
    • TB clearance within 6 months prior
    • Annual Influenza vaccination (between Aug 1 – Dec 1)
    • Pertussis (whooping cough) and measles immunization
  • Health screening at the time of employment
  • Requires ability to interact with children in a busy environment including, but not limited to:
    • Able to lift up to 50 lbs
    • Frequently kneel and squat
    • Ability to move quickly

Additional Requirements:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and oral) desirable

 

VOALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer