Mental Health Coordinator

27th Jul 2023
  • full time
  • Anywhere

CHILD, Inc. is seeking a full-time Mental Health Coordinator.

CHILD, Inc. is a private, non-profit early education and care program providing comprehensive services and supports to low-income pregnant people and families with children birth to five years in Kent County, RI. Programs included Head Start, Early Head Start, and RI Pre-K.

Interested candidates must be available to work between the hours of 8:00-5:00 at any of our four locations, and occasional evening hours.


The Mental Health Coordinator is a member of a multi-disciplinary administrative team responsible for the leadership, management and oversight of a high-quality early education and care program that offers trauma-informed services and supports.

The Mental Health Coordinator works under the direct supervision and guidance of the Head Start Director and Health Services Manager to ensure the effective delivery of high-quality mental health support services.

The Mental Health Coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of research-based best practices and current trends in mental health supports within an inclusive early learning program. The Mental Health Coordinator supports a program-wide culture that promotes children’s positive mental well-being and social and emotional functioning; and supports staff and family efforts to meet children’s needs.

General Responsibilities

· Follow the philosophy, policies, and procedures of CHILD, Inc.

· Demonstrate positivity, flexibility, punctuality, and dependable attendance.

· Demonstrate respect for diverse family practices, languages, cultures, and traditions.

· Demonstrate acceptance of all children, and support an inclusive learning environment.

· Demonstrate strengths-based partnerships with families, colleagues, and community partners to support high-quality service delivery.

· Communicate clearly and professionally with families, colleagues, and community partners while representing the agency.

· Maintain confidentiality at all times, respecting and preserving the dignity and privacy of children, families, colleagues, and program operations.

· Maintain professional boundaries at all times.

· Maintain timely, detailed, and accurate electronic records.

· Participate in ongoing professional development and in-service training during and after hours, as needed.

Specialized Duties

· Development and implementation of a continuum of mental health supports that are data driven and responsive to the unique needs of the population served and the workforce.

· Screening and assessment of children to identify potential emotional or behavioral concerns and risk factors for mental health issues.

· Staff support and workforce development based on observations and consultations which address teacher and individual child needs.

· Developmental and oversight of individualized support plans for children who may require additional attention or intervention to address specific mental health needs.

· Community collaboration, including coordination of resources, referrals, and service provision for children identified with behavioral health needs.

· Continuous quality improvement of mental health and wellness promotion and prevention, early identification, and referrals for treatment.

· Continuous quality improvement of staff wellness promotion.

· Advocacy for children, families, and the workforce.


· Rhode Island licensed mental health professional.

· Minimum of five years’ experience working with very young children and families impacted by mental/behavioral health needs.

· Outstanding organizational skills, and the ability to work independently, set priorities, multi-task, problem solve, and manage multiple situations effectively.

· Demonstrated experience of effective cross-systems collaboration.

· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

· Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and Outlook and other PC based software.

· Valid driver’s license and insured vehicle.


· Demonstrated experience working with families experiencing poverty and/or other significant life challenges.

· Demonstrated knowledge of high-quality practices and systems in the field of early education and care, specifically programming for infants, toddlers and/or preschoolers.

· Demonstrated experience in birth-five program administration.

· Demonstrated knowledge of the five communities served.

· Demonstrated knowledge of Head Start Program Performance Standards.

· Demonstrated successful experience working in a team setting.

· Bilingual and Spanish speaking candidates.


· Full individual health and dental coverage. Family coverage is available through payroll deduction.

· Individual Supplemental Retirement Annuity Program.

· Group Retirement Annuity Plan with no required employee match.

· Optional Individual Supplemental Retirement Plan.

· 15 days Paid Time Off for new employees for vacation, sick, family, or personal use.

· 15 paid holidays.

· Mileage reimbursement.

JOB TYPE: 40 hours; 52 weeks.

STARTING HOURLY WAGE: $35.00-$45.00, dependent on credentials and experience

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