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Director of Student Health and Wellness

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Job Description

  • Do you want to help create a more just and kind world?
  • Do you believe that diversity is a powerful strength for a school community?
  • Do you want to ensure that every student can be successful and prepared to thrive in college, career, and life?

You are:

A kind, communicative, social justice leader with a strong belief that you can prepare students to thrive in college, career, and life. You believe a strong system of student health and wellness support are key to student academic success. You know the critical student wellness levers to prioritize in a school setting to have the greatest impact on students, their families, and the community. You want to support students and their families in order to create a more just and equitable world. You have a growth mindset, want to develop the perspective, agency, and urgency to make a positive impact in the world around you, and take actions that promote justice and equity in your community.

We are E.L. Haynes. 

A learning community where every student – of every race, socioeconomic status, home language, and ability – prepares to thrive in college, career, and life. Together, we create a more just and kind world.

Founded in 2004 and named for the first African-American woman to earn her Ph.D. in Mathematics, the award-winning E.L. Haynes Public Charter School serves more than 1,135 students in grades Pre-K 3 through 12th grade. E.L. Haynes operates two campuses in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC, and offers a rigorous educational program designed to prepare students to succeed in the college of their choice.

We believe that our most significant contribution to ending systemic injustice is through purposefully empowering our diverse community— as individuals and as a collective— with the skills and the conviction to be effective leaders for equity.

Our mission of student success is inextricably linked with our commitment to equity and the daily efforts of every member of our community to live our motto-Be Kind, Work Hard, and Get Smart.

We:

Lead For Equity: We challenge ourselves and each other to interrupt inequities and build equitable alternatives.

Choose Joy: We find, bring, and share joy in our work every day. We practice gratitude, celebrate wins, and offer praise.

Achieve Excellence: We deliver high-quality work every day. We set ambitious goals, embrace challenges, and hold ourselves and each other to high standards.

Own Our Learning: We model a growth mindset for our students. We own our actions, mistakes, and learning. We continually look for ways to improve and produce high-quality work.

Succeed Together: We value every member of our community and treat each other with kindness and care. We build meaningful relationships with students, families, and each other. We achieve more through collaboration and teamwork.

We are different. We are:

  • A diverse and inclusive community, with nearly 70% of our staff identifying as people of color.
  • The hub of the neighborhood. We are a community school and partner with neighborhood organizations to provide our families with comprehensive medical, dental, and mental health services.
  • A place where all community members have their voices heard in the decision-making process
  • A school where students learn in a rigorous and coherent PK-12 environment

We expect students to demonstrate the following skills and qualities in our graduate profile. 

ABOUT OUR ACADEMIC PROGRAM

We operate on an extended year calendar with an additional 1,000 hours of academic and extracurricular programming beyond the 1,200 hours that every DC student receives.

Please read more about our academic program here

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Director of Student Health and Wellness will oversee psychoeducation, prevention, and intervention services and programs that address students' physical, social, emotional, and behavioral health needs. The person in this role manages clinical staff and collaborates with administrators, operational staff, and teachers. Using the Multi-tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) framework, the Director of Student Health and Wellness, supports the implementation of evidence-based, multi-tiered interventions that support student success and provides programs to support overall student wellness.

This position reports to the Senior Director of Student Support Services.

You will:

Direct the E.L. Haynes Student Wellness Strategy and Coordinate Wellness Services across PK3-12th grade

  • Identify school-wide or classroom trends in physical, social, emotional, trauma, attendance, and behavioral health needs and provide recommendations regarding student policies and systems related to student wellness;
  • Provide a tiered approach to school mental health and wellness programming that includes programs for suicide prevention, bullying prevention, and social-emotional learning;
  • Maintain a robust professional network through collaboration with clinical and health education professionals; 
  • Develop student programming in mental health, truancy prevention and intervention, nutrition, and physical activity;
  • Serve as crisis interventionist; conduct student safety/threat assessments, interventions, and referrals;
  • Coordinate services provided by community partners offered to students and families on campus;
  • Act as the Foster Care Liaison, collaborating with CFSA and other agencies to support students' transportation, attendance, and support services within the foster care system;
  • Collaborate with families by sharing relevant resources, building a strong home-school connection with individual families, and making referrals to community agencies;
  • Participate and actively contribute to all multi and inner-disciplinary student support team meetings; 
  • Represent student wellness needs as a member of the Student Support Services leadership team; 
  • Maintain accurate data and records relevant to planning, implementation, and evaluation of student wellness services; 
  • Adhere to the ethics and values of the Social Work and/School Counseling profession and practice according to the NASW Code of Ethics, Professional School Counseling Standards, and IDEA regulations; and, 
  • Direct attendance strategy including overseeing compliance reporting, supporting campus leadership teams with attendance concerns, and partnering with other agencies to provide prevention services. 

Supervise the Student Wellness Team

  • Guide, supervise, and provide opportunities for growth and development of social workers, professional school counselors, and graduate social work, attendance coordinator, and counseling students; and
  • Lead, motivate, and mentor Student Wellness Team members in support of E.L. Haynes’ mission, core values, and strategic plan.

Facilitate Professional Development

  • Support teachers' trauma-informed knowledge and skills by sharing relevant professional and community resources, leading professional development, consulting with individual staff, and teachers, and supporting the school's social curriculum's practical use. 
  • Develop and facilitate staff training in mandatory child abuse and neglect reporting, anti-bullying/harassment/discrimination education and prevention, and social-emotional learning curriculum.

Performs other duties as required.

You have:

  • A degree and/or advanced training in public health administration, social work, or counseling;
  • Valid License Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW);
  • Seven or more years of work experience, with a concentration in school health and mental health services, in an educational setting serving historically marginalized communities;
  • Ability, stamina, and self-care strategies necessary to work with populations experiencing trauma, poverty, housing insecurity, healthcare inequities and other forms of disenfranchisement; 
  • Training and a commitment to ongoing, trauma-informed learning around racial and health justice, especially connected to children and families; 
  • Strong organizational, communication, and collaboration skills;
  • Proven ability to work as a member of a team and motivate, inspire, and hold others accountable to individual and team goals;
  • Experience recognizing and identifying solutions to address historical and systemic disparities that may impact student health and wellness; and
  • Commitment to meeting the needs of every child in a diverse population; and
  • Commitment to his/her learning and professional development.

You might also have:

  • An advanced degree in public health, nursing, nutrition/dietetics, social work, health education, or other similar field or related professional experience; 
  • Oral and written proficiency in Spanish; and
  • Experience working in a PreK3 through 12th-grade setting.

We look forward to meeting you!

We proactively recruit, intentionally develop, and deeply value all members of our diverse and highly talented staff community. Our work environment fosters inclusion and authenticity, supporting all staff to thrive in their roles and maximize their impact on our students.

Our hiring process consists of an online application, an initial virtual interview, and a final video interview with a lesson plan demonstration. Please see more here.

Spanish speakers and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Job Description

  • Do you want to help create a more just and kind world?
  • Do you believe that diversity is a powerful strength for a school community?
  • Do you want to ensure that every student can be successful and prepared to thrive in college…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 16, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Executive

Location

On-site
Washington, DC, USA

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