2020-21 Mental Health Clinician, Peninsula

Student Services East Palo Alto, California East Palo Alto, California Redwood City, California


About KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
KIPP is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools across the country educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice-filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, and for us all.

There are currently 15 KIPP schools across the Bay Area educating nearly 6,000 students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City and supporting over 3,000 alumni around the country.

Essential Job Duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Provide culturally appropriate school-based mental health and substance abuse services in the forms of individual, group, and family treatment, therapeutic case management, crisis intervention, intake assessment, clinical evaluation, and consultation services for the school community.
  2. Provide outreach and education on mental health and substance abuse services and issues to students, families, community members, other professionals, school staff, and in community settings as necessary.
  3. Develop and maintain administrative and treatment records related to client care in accordance with standards specified by funding source and Regional Support Office (RSO) policies.
  4. Participate in internal and/or external trainings as required by the position, school, or RSO.
  5. Perform other duties as assigned (not to include non-counseling or other duties that could compromise potential counseling relationships).

Additional Job Info:

  1. Collaborate with and be part of any coordinated meetings (such as CARE Team Meeting and SST meetings) as the mental health professional.
  2. Perform job assignments primarily at the school sites.
  3. Provide crisis intervention, assessments, and triage of students.
  4. Coordinate with other school support staff (i.e. School Psychologist, Instructional Aides) to provide direct counseling services to students.
  5. Establish, maintain contact with, and assist in collaboration with local community based social service agencies in order to refer students and families for further services in conjunction with or in place of (in cases in which counselor’s caseload capacity is reached) therapy.
  6. May provide on-site management of counseling intern(s).

Minimum Required Educational Level & Experience:

  1. Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a related field.
  2. At least one year (2+ years preferred) of post-master’s experience providing mental health and substance abuse services in school-based settings.
  3. At least one year (2+ years preferred) of  post-master’s experience providing mental health services in a community mental health setting.
  4. Possession of, or working towards, clinical counseling licensure as dictated by the California Board of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Other Requirements: 

  1. Familiarity with community behavioral health systems of care, including the philosophy of care, levels of care for counseling services, and the delivery of such services, highly preferred.
  2. Familiarity with local community resources/services (which may include health, mental health, substance abuse, vocational, housing, etc) highly preferred.
  3. Strong commitment to the philosophy, goals, and mission of KIPP Bay Area Public Schools and to providing community-based, culturally competent, and client-centered mental health treatment and prevention services for the school community.
  4. Commitment to engaging in professional development activities such as trainings, continuing education seminars, case conferences, and reviewing up-to-date material, etc., as related to treatment and intervention strategies for the school community.
  5. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively, function independently, and interact professionally with a diverse, multicultural, and interdisciplinary staff of all levels.
  6. Knowledge of crisis intervention, strong work ethic, demonstrated flexibility, superior time management and boundary-holding skills, and a commitment to KIPP Bay Area Public Schools’ philosophy as well as to the foundational school-wide systems at this campus.
  7. Strong skills in self-advocacy as well as for the advocacy of students and families.
  8. Commitment to systems change, equity and justice as well as to providing services with a trauma-informed care lens.
  9. Familiarity with socio-emotional learning competencies and restorative practices is a plus.
  10. Ability to effectively communicate with our Spanish speaking families and students. 

This position reports to their school site School Leader for administrative supervision and the Associate Director of Mental Health at the Regional Support Office for programmatic support.  KIPP Bay Area Public Schools will provide clinical supervision if in pursuit of clinical hours towards licensure through the Board of Behavioral and Social Sciences for the Professional Clinical Counseling, Social Work or Marriage and Family Therapy licensure tracks.

Salary & Benefits
We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits.

KIPP Bay Area Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ancestry, cultural background, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital/registered domestic partner status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, primary language, citizenship or immigration status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.