POSITION TITLE: Step Up Mental Health Specialist
PROGRAM: Step Up
REPORTS TO: Step Up Program Manager
FLSA STATUS: Exempt, full-time (40hrs per week)
REGULAR/TEMPORARY: Regular position
BENEFITS: Details of benefits outlined below
STARTING SALARY RANGE: $50,000 – $60,000
START DATE: Upon hire
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Open until filled. Applications reviewed as they are received
The mission of Open School is to develop connection, capability, and confidence in disconnected youth through relationship-based, quality learning experiences that result in their academic, personal, and community success. Over 80% of our students are youth of color, low income and from marginalized communities. We encourage you to explore our website at www.openschoolnw.org.
At Open School we recognize that there is an historic and persistent achievement gap between white students and students from marginalized communities; closing that achievement gap while raising the achievement of all students is a top priority of our organization. Race, Identity, ability and who one chooses to love must cease to be reliable predictors of students’ achievement and success. In order to achieve this goal, we are committed to deepening equity at every level of our organization including and not limited to staff, students, and leadership.
Please email a cover letter and résumé to email@example.com . Please reference position number 2020. in the subject line. Application reviews will occur as they are received.
We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, national and ethnic origin, political affiliation, ability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status in accordance with the requirements of local, state, and federal law.
Open School believes that each staff member makes a significant contribution to its success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities outlined below. This position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job conditions, but not limit the staff person nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each staff member will offer his/her services and ideas wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
The Step Up Mental Health Specialist is responsible for ensuring that all referred Step Up High School students are provided the advocacy, individual/group therapy, and social/emotional support necessary to be successful in school by working closely with the Step Up Site Leadership Team & School Success Advocates as well as, High School administrators & educators. Step Up teams operate at three PPS high schools – Roosevelt, Madison and Franklin and serves over 350 students. The Mental Health Specialist works in partnership with the Step Up Site Supervisors and Student Support Specialists at all three of the high school sites to ensure that the students have the tools/skills they need to effectively work through issues that arise due to their social/emotional and mental health needs. The Mental Health Specialist works with their students to promote social-emotional growth and provide students a safe space to process. Additionally, this position will serve in collaboration with counseling team as an expert in providing culturally relevant and specific services while ensuring it is done in an equitable approach.
SCHEDULE WORK HOURS
The Mental Health Specialist is a 12-month position split in two sections, summer (June – August) and the school year (Sept. 3,2020 – June 11, 2021)
August is usually Step Up camp month, Step Up is revising the August schedule this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. August will include two weeks of staff training and two weeks of student engagement activities. August-September will also include an on-boarding process for this position.
This position’s school year schedule is high school based at 40 hours per week for the entire school year. Monday through and Friday with occasional required evenings and weekends. Step Up plans to incorporate day and/or overnight retreats during the school year as health conditions are secured. Training and professional development will periodically take place during the 9-5pm work hours.
In the case of PPS continuing with distance learning or a blended form of digital and physical learning, Step Up will collaborate and align its work and support to students and families both physically and digitally within the PPS learning design.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Student Outreach, Advocacy, and Intervention Duties:
Advocate Support Duties:
Family Relationships Liaison Duties:
Program Administration Duties:
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
A Master’s degree in Social Work and currently have their CSWA and is in the process of gaining their LCSW. Three (3) years-experience working directly with diverse and under-served, multi-cultural youth and family population in a therapeutic setting.
Ability to be confidential and sensitive with program information and maintain a professional demeanor toward staff and students, while exhibiting passion for the mission and values of the organization and the students it serves.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to be collaborative and work with a diverse population to solve problems and provide high quality service.
Ability to work well with students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and with disengaged populations.
Strong group facilitation skills and ability to work effectively with a team and support others in a team environment. Strong organizational skills and ability to organize and prioritize tasks, communicate clearly verbally and in writing.
OTHER SKILLS & ABILITIES
Bilingual is preferred, especially Spanish. Multiple organization worksite locations require the ability to travel to alternate offices periodically.
Must successfully pass Oregon Department of Education fingerprint-based criminal history verification background check. Background checks are provided through Open School and Portland Public Schools partnership at no cost to employee.
Must attend Open School training and professional development workshops and activities. Must be able to position yourself as a learner and be willing to work with youth from a strength-based approach.
Must have a valid current driver’s license. First Aid/CPR certified preferred and can be provided by Open School.
Must have Masters in Social Work and have CSWA and is currently working towards their LCSW or already have an up to date LCSW.