Mental Health Specialist

Position: Full time
Deadline: August 19, 2022

Certificate Number: N/A / Job Order: 2022-506/1 position (on-site)/ extended

Mission

Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) is a nationally recognized non-profit leader in child care and early education. RCMA operates more than 65 centers and 2 charter schools, with a staff of 1,600 employees, in 21 Florida counties. We have grown over the years through our policy of hiring from the communities served, forging a strong bond between parents and RCMA caregivers, teachers and staff.

Why work for us?

Would you rather have a fulfilling career than just a “job”? At RCMA, we feel lucky to work in fulfilling roles every day. Like one big family, we work hand in hand with families who need allies on their journey toward big dreams. Through empathy and compassion, we help cultivate a sense of dignity and pride in these valuable members of society and provide them with resources for growth. If this sounds like a family you’d like to become a member of, we’d love to hear from you!

Benefits

In addition, RCMA offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees. This includes a $40,000 Basic Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance covered 100% by RCMA. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, voluntary life insurance, short-term disability insurance, and a retirement plan. Eligible employees receive holiday pay, personal time off, and tuition assistance.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Mental Health Specialist will serve to help determine the needs of children, families, and staff in regards to mental well-being. In response to identified needs and opportunities, the Mental Health Specialist will aid in the development of skill sets that support the various components of mental health. The Mental Health Specialist will play a key role in the ongoing structuring and enhancement of a mental health program.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Due to the sensitive nature of concerns/issues with children, families, and staff confidentially and discretion is required for this position.
  2. Support the development and execution of quality behavior plans put in place to address the needs of families in which a child is demonstrating challenging behaviors.
  3. Participates in assessing and addressing strengths and needs in regards to professional development, community partnerships, and curricula resources pertaining to mental health and wellness for children, families, and staff.
  4. Provides reflective learning sessions to support knowledge and skill development in staff as related to mental well-being for children, families, and staff.
  5. Participates in team meetings as scheduled to address center, area, and regional updates, service planning, protocols, and other topics related to the mental health program.
  6. Complete thorough and timely documentation of planning, coordination, and follow-up done in collaboration with center, area, and regional teams in regards to supporting children and families demonstrating a need for mental health services.
  7. Provide assistance for completing the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional – 2 (ASQ:SE-2) and the  Positive Guidance process to support the social-emotional development of children.
  8. Adherence to all RCMA funding, DCF requirements and RCMA standards and policies

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor degree in Clinical Mental Health or related field required. Experience working with types of communities served, e.g. students, farmworker area, families from diverse backgrounds to include socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, family structure, etc.

OTHER: Able to work flexible hours, occasional evenings and varying daytime shifts during weekdays.  Some weekend work required.

Must have or be able to obtain Florida driver’s license and have a driving record acceptable to RCMA’s insurance carrier.

Ability to work with degreed and non-degreed professional staff and families.

DESIRED QUALIFICATONS:

Experience with economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse communities. Bilingual is a plus.

Additional Requirement:

  • RCMA believes vaccination is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the children and families we serve, our workforce, and the communities where we operate. To minimize the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus and maintain a safe and healthy workplace, vaccination is required.

Additional Comments: Employee must be bi-lingual, fluent in English and Spanish. Travel is a requirement for the position with overnights at times. Documented experience with children birth to age five and working with diverse cultures. Work location TBD based on applicant’s location. Location will be determined based on where applicant lives. Options include Hardee Area Office, Highlands Area Office, Homestead Area Office, Immokalee Area Office, Indian River Area Office, LaBelle Area Office, Palm Beach Area Office, Plant City Area Office

RCMA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and a drug‑free workplace.

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