Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization's impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.
Reporting to the Network Director of Special Education and High School Principal, the High School Mental Health Provider will support the school in addressing the social, emotional and developmental needs of the school's students and families and ensure students have access to appropriate resources and services.
- Embody DREAM's maxims and ensure that students exhibit the same values;
- Ensure all weekly scheduled mental health services are in compliance with mandates;
- Create Counseling Reports and Quarterly IEP Progress Reports for all students with IEPs by the set deadlines and participate in IEP Meetings when appropriate;
- Maintain updated progress monitoring session notes in NYC DOE SESIS documentation system;
- Support teachers in understanding each learner's strengths and needs and supporting appropriate differentiated instruction by participating in Grade Team Meetings, completing monthly classroom observations, implementing teacher consults when appropriate, etc.;
- Support students and groups of students through intervention programming in accordance with DREAM's Response to Intervention;
- Write Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) for students in need when appropriate;
- Embrace and use school culture systems with all DREAM students;
- Collaborate with parents and families to ensure a positive partnership by providing consistent communication aligning to student progress;
- Supervise students' paraprofessionals and collaborate with them when reviewing the student behavior intervention plan and discussing appropriate strategies when supporting the student, when appropriate;
- Initiate and maintain communication with outside student support agencies (SCR/ACS systems, foster care system) tied to student needs as needed.
- Master's Degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or similar field required;
- New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LCMH); Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) required;
- Certified to provide Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) or experience supervising interns preferred;
- Bilingual (Spanish speaker) highly preferred;
- 3-5 years of previous school-based counseling experience preferred;
- Extensive clinical experience and in-depth knowledge around supporting adolescent youth and families in a diverse, underserved communities;
- Experience facilitating groups and providing crisis intervention with a trauma informed and restorative justice approach;
- Experience working with and navigating through the SCR/ACS systems, foster care system;
- Have a working knowledge of state regulations related to child abuse, neglect, and other urgent care issues;
- Skillful collaborator and case manager with the ability to bringing together all stakeholders to ensure youth is receiving all necessary supports and services;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Must be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment;
- Deep embodiment of DREAM's mission, including a belief that all students can succeed, and organizational values of teamwork, diversity, integrity and fun.
- The salary range for incoming Mental Health Providers with a Bachelors is $66,000 to $85,000. The salary range for incoming Mental Health Providers with a Masters is $69,000 to $88,000.
- Incoming salaries are determined based on their number of years of experience as a mental health provider and internal equity. Staff are eligible for annual performance-based salary increases.
- We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for medical plans and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time and paid holidays, referral bonuses, professional development, an employee assistance program (EAP) and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer matching up to 4%.
DREAM's VACCINATION POLICY
DREAM requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable Accommodations based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.
From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.
Come dream with us.
All Kids Can. This Kid Can.
DREAM is Family.
Fun is a Serious Value.
Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.
Fail. Persist. Exceed.
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