Part-time Mental Health Counselor

Job Type

Part Time




San Jose
United States


About KIPP Bay Area Schools

KIPP is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools across the country educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice-filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, and for us all.

There are currently 15 KIPP schools across the Bay Area educating nearly 6,000 students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City and supporting over 3,000 alumni around the country.

This position specifically will work about 24 hours a week out of our high school in San Jose. They will support a caseload of about 20 general education students. The position is available immediately. 

Essential Job Duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Provide culturally appropriate and sensitive school-based mental health and substance abuse services in the forms of individual, group, and family treatment, therapeutic case management, crisis intervention, intake assessment, clinical evaluation, and consultation services for the school community.
  2. Provide outreach and education on mental health and substance abuse services and issues to students, families, community members, other professionals, school staff, and in community settings as necessary.
  3. Develop and maintain administrative and treatment records related to client care in accordance to standards specified by funding source and Regional Support Office (RSO) policies.
  4. Participate in internal and/or external trainings as required by the position, school, or RSO.
  5. Perform other duties as assigned (not to include non-counseling or other duties that could compromise potential counseling relationships).

Additional Job Info:

  1. Collaborate with and be part of any coordinated meetings (such as CARE Team Meeting and SST meetings) as the mental health professional.
  2. Perform job assignments primarily at the school sites.
  3. Participate in weekly or bi-weekly supervision meetings with the Regional Mental Health Services Manager.
  4. Participate in monthly Mental Health Counselor Community of Practice meetings at various locations.
  5. Provide short-term and/or long-term mental health services, including substance abuse treatment of clients, as clinically indicated.
  6. Provide crisis intervention, assessments, and triage of students.
  7. Provide consultation and in-service training (professional development) to school staff at least two times per school year, and as needed.
  8. Provide group intervention: subject, frequency, and a number of students to be determined by capacity; with a minimum of two (2) 8-12 week groups per semester.
  9. Coordinate with other school support staff (i.e. School Psychologist, Instructional Aides) to provide direct counseling services to students.
  10. Establish, maintain contact with, and assist in collaboration with local community based social service agencies in order to refer students and families for further services in conjunction with or in place of (in cases in which counselor’s caseload capacity is reached) therapy.
  11. Consult with Grade Level Teachers and Chairs individually and during group meetings to assist with the development of intervention plans for students of concern.
  12. May provide on-site management of counseling intern(s).

Minimum Required Educational Level & Experience:

  1. Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a related field.
  2. At least one year (2+ years preferred) of post master’s experience in providing mental health and substance abuse services in school-based settings.
  3. At least one year (2+ years preferred) of post master’s experience in providing mental health services in a community mental health setting.
  4. Possession of, or working towards, counseling licensure as dictated by the California Board of Behavioral and Social Sciences or relevant state licensing board.

Other Requirements: 

  • Familiarity with community behavioral health systems of care, including the philosophy of care, levels of care for counseling services, and the delivery of such services, highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with local community resources/services (which may include health, mental health, substance abuse, vocational, housing, etc) highly preferred.
  • Strong commitment to the philosophy, goals, and mission of KIPP Bay Area Schools and to providing community-based, culturally competent, and client-centered mental health treatment and prevention services for the school community.
  • Commitment to engaging in professional development activities such as trainings, continuing education seminars, case conferences, and reviewing up-to-date material, etc., as related to treatment and intervention strategies for the school community.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively, function independently, and interact professionally with a diverse, multicultural, and interdisciplinary staff of all levels.
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention, strong work ethic, demonstrated flexibility, superior time management and boundary-holding skills, and a commitment to KIPP Bay Area Schools’ philosophy as well as to the tenets of the school to which assigned.
  • Strong skills in self-advocacy as well as for advocacy of students and families.
  • Commitment to systems change, equity and justice as well as to providing services with a trauma-informed care lens.
  • Familiarity with socio-emotional learning competencies and restorative practices is a plus.


This position reports to their school site School Leader for administrative supervision and the Regional Mental Health Services Manager at the Regional Support Office for clinical and/or supportive supervision.


We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package, depending on experience and qualifications. This position also includes our full scope of benefits, including medical, vision, dental, retirement, etc - at no cost to the employee. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement