Director of Mental Health
About United Community Schools (UCS): Founded in 2012 by the United Federation of Teachers, UCS operates the largest community school network in New York City. Having started with just six schools, UCS has grown to a network of 32 schools that touches more than 20,000 students in all five boroughs of New York City and beyond. The community school model is predicated on the notion that students cannot reach their full potential in the classroom if their basic needs are not met. Community schools actively work to improve student achievement by addressing the educational, emotional, social and health issues that can stand in the way of learning. Community schools connect the entire school, including students, teachers, principals and counselors, to the entire community – parents and other caregivers, non-profits, local businesses and government agencies. By mobilizing these diverse elements, the school becomes a community hub often open well beyond traditional school hours, a welcoming place where problems are solved and barriers to learning are eliminated so that teachers can do what they do best: teach. UCS is an equal opportunity employer.
United Community Schools seeks a full-time Clinical Director to oversee its Mental Health Program. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic setting that has a dedicated and diverse team of Service Providers and a supportive Administrative Team. Strong leadership, administrative and supervisory skills are required. The candidate also must have skills in community collaboration and ensure the mental health program is fully integrated with a community school strategy.
The Clinical Director reports directly to the Associate Executive Director and will work closely with the staff from the Department of Education, United Federation of Teachers, Member Assistance Program and United Community Schools.
Duties and Responsibilities:
a. Provide clinical and administrative supervision to the 6 school-based Social Workers serving elementary and middle school students currently. This team may grow and include supporting high school students as well.
b. Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate Social Workers staff; arrange for external training and provide and/or coordinate in-service training for staff development where needed. Interface, coordinate and collaborate with representatives from other clinical programs to ensure the latest and most empirically based programs and services are offered to students and families.
c. Oversee clinical activities and social programming at 6 schools within the United Community Schools.
d. Plans, organizes, implements, and directs the social services necessary for each of the 6 UCS schools.
e. Must have an understanding of community mental health and psychiatric services.
f. A successful track record working with, and sensitivity to, multi-cultural populations and issues in urban settings are highly desirable
g. Develops and maintains a productive work relationship with school principal and other community resource collaborators in the building.
h. Actively participates in meeting the social workers needs and adapting to the ever changing needs of the school community at all times.
i. Acts as the program's liaison to the central UCS office, ensuring initiatives are implemented and maintained.
j. Consult with community groups, linkages and other community based organizations to discuss service issues and concerns, respond to community needs, enhance public relations, and coordinate referrals and other activities.
k. Support the collection, review, and analysis of data (i.e. outcome measures) to address barriers to effective treatment and utilization.
l. Ensure the 6 Social Workers maintain records of all case notes, meetings and supervisions
m. Facilitate good working relationships between the UCS Social Workers and the UCS Community School Director.
n. Attend all required meetings at school, UFT and several other locations
o. Recruit, assign to school and supervise graduate Social Worker interns
Education, Experience and Skill Requirement:
a. LMSW (and currently applying or in the process of acquiring LCSW) or LCSW (strongly recommended)
b. SIFI Certified
c. Familiar with the New York City Public School system and / or worked in schools.
d. Experience supervising a team or group of clinicians
e. Experience coordinating, managing, and developing partnership with variety of community/non-profit agencies
f. Strong group facilitation and communication skills
g. 5 years of clinical experiences with youth and families in school and/or mental health setting
h. Experience and expertise utilizing differing treatment modalities such as play therapy, family therapy, and group therapy
i. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
j. Ability to work collaboratively with school staff, including mental health and administrative.
k. Organization, computer and confidential record keeping skills.
l. Knowledge of New York City neighborhoods is a plus
m. A valid Driver’s License with a good driving record and have access to a reliable vehicle to make school visits as plus. You are flexible to drive, take public transportation or car service within any of the five boroughs.
Director of Mental Health
About United Community Schools (UCS): Founded in 2012 by the United Federation of Teachers, UCS operates the largest community school network in New York City. Having started with just six schools, UCS has grown to a…