Mental Health Specialist (SC)

Alexandria, Virginia
Jun 12, 2021
Sep 06, 2021
Full Time
Job Description

This is a two-year grant-funded position.

The Mental Health Specialist (School Counseling), through the lens of anti-racism and equity, supports the provision of mental health services across the school division. The specialist leads programmatic efforts through the MTSS Tier 1 and/or Tier 2 social-emotional curriculum and interventions across the division and serves as a representative of ACPS in collaborations with community partners. The specialist provides professional development to school counseling professionals and other student support team staff regarding school-based strategies to promote the improved social/emotional, academic, career, and behavioral functioning of students.

This job falls within the Department of Student Services and Equity.


Education: Master's Degree in School Counseling

Certificates & Licenses: Virginia education licensure in school counseling; additional clinical mental health licensing preferred (e.g. LPC, LCP, LCSW)

Experience: Progressive experience supporting school mental health and wellness in educational settings. Elementary school counseling experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Possess a commitment to condemning systemic racism and affirming educational equity
  • Demonstrates an understanding of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) and the role of social-emotional and academic learning within the framework
  • Demonstrates an understanding and knowledge of school counseling theories, practices, and programs
  • Possesses a knowledge of evidence-and-research based social/emotional and mental health programs and practices
  • Demonstrated understanding of PBIS and Restorative Practices preferred
  • Ability to design instruments for assessing programs and then collect and analyze data
  • Ability to design and facilitate professional development to staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing

Essential Functions
  • Provide training and support to schools in order to implement Tier 1 social-emotional academic learning curriculum (e.g. RULER) and/or Tier 2 social-emotional interventions (e.g. Bounce Back, Kimochis, Social Thinking) through an anti-racist and equitable framework.
  • Compile and coordinate information to create a repository of social-emotional and academic lessons and resources in support of evidence-based programs such as RULER and in alignment to applicable events during the calendar year (e.g. Bullying Prevention Month, Mental Health Awareness Month).
  • Support the cross walking and alignment of the CASEL Competencies, the July 2021 Virginia Social-Emotional Learning standards, and programs and pedagogies (e.g. RULER, Restorative Practices)
  • Serve as a consultant to school-based mental health providers in the provision of services.
  • Coordinate with community agencies and partners, including social service and mental health services, for the purpose of meeting the needs of ACPS
  • Assist with the development and implementation of evaluation measures to assess program effectiveness.
  • Support Student Services & Equity procedures and training around suicide risk and the applicable components of threat assessment.
  • Participate in meetings, workshops, and seminars as assigned for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions.
  • Prepare a wide variety of written materials for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference, and/or conveying information.
  • Research resources and methods (e.g. intervention and treatment techniques, assessment tools and methods, community resources, etc.) for the purpose of providing appropriate interventions across all tiers of MTSS.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the department.
  • May perform other additional duties or tasks in support of school counseling professionals

  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test.


Primary Location:
Central Office
Salary Range:
Teachers and Other Licensed Staff Salary Scale (
Shift Type:

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