2020-21 Special Education Mental Health Clinician, Peninsula

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


Position Summary
KIPP Public Schools Northern California is seeking an experienced Mental Health Clinician to support students receiving Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS). In this position, you will provide an array of therapeutic services to youth in a public school-based setting. The Mental Health Clinician will work closely with the school team to meet the needs of students whose emotional regulation challenges impede their participation in the general education setting. The ideal candidate cares deeply about children and adolescents, especially those who have experienced significant trauma in their lives.

Reporting to the school leader & receiving coaching from the clinical supervisor, the Mental Health Clinician will provide psychotherapeutic interventions, behavioral supports, and mental health treatment services including counseling, consultation, treatment, and case management for students receiving ERMHS. 

Preferred Qualifications


  • At least one year of experience (2+ years preferred) providing mental health services in school-based settings.
  • Experience providing Educationally Related Mental Health Services preferred. 


  • Master’s Degree (or higher)  in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a related field.
  • Clinical licensure in the State of California (MFT, LCSW, LPCC, Licensed Psychologist) as dictated by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences or the Board of Psychology. Applicants MUST have at the minimum an associate-level registration with the BBS that is current and in good standing. 

Knowledge/skills required:

  • Ability to communicate with the community in their native language. The community cnsist of a large amount of Spanish Speakers.
  • Familiarity with special education, IEP team participation, and Educationally Related Mental Health Services and the delivery of such services, highly preferred.
  • Strong commitment to the philosophy, goals, and mission of KIPP Northern California Public Schools and to providing community-based, culturally competent, and client-centered mental health treatment and 
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Northern California Public Schools’ mission and values

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Provide daily or weekly individual counseling, group counseling, and parent counseling/support per student IEPs or team recommendations.
  • Work collaboratively with the student's multidisciplinary treatment team to develop daily programming and interventions that will meet each client's educational, mental health, and behavioral needs.
  • Create and implement therapeutic interventions for the purposes of fostering better mental health and positive learning environments for students.
  • Provide crisis intervention, assessments, and triage of students as needed. 
  • Assess and evaluate students in conjunction with other staff at regular intervals via direct observations, interviews, and other data collection methods.
  • Participate as a member of the individualized education program (IEP) team. 
  • Determine IEP goals and services for students qualifying for ERMHS and monitor student progress toward IEP goal attainment using Special Education Information System (SEIS).
  • Provide case management services as well as make necessary referrals to community agencies to support continued treatment and discharge planning.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate administrative and treatment records related to client care in accordance with standards and policies specified by KIPP Northern California Public Schools.
  • Provide all services in a culturally appropriate manner and with consideration of the impact of traumatic life experiences. 
  • Practice professional renewal through a variety of means such as attending conferences, workshops, and seminars and through participation in professional growth opportunities provided by KIPP Northern California Public Schools. It may be required to travel throughout the region approximately once per month to attend conferences, workshops, or clinical supervision/development activities. 
  • Consistent & on-time attendance during school work hours. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands 

Sitting, walking, reaching, bending, use of both legs; use of both hands, wrist/arm motion, grasping/holding, use of all fingers; lift, carry/push objects 1-20 lbs.; use of both eyes, color vision, near-vision; a sense of smell, normal hearing, distinguish sounds in transmission, speaking.

The stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and general alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math problems, memorize and recall objects and people.

School environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions.  Ability to travel within the Bay Area with own transportation (mileage reimbursed).

Full-time, exempt position.

This is a school year calendar position, following the school year vacation calendar & leave policy.

About KIPP Public Schools Northern California

We are a thriving nonprofit network of 16 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. 

Our student community consists of over 6,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are English language learners, and 10% have special needs.  We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.

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. 

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume by clicking apply on this page.

Questions? Email careers@kippnorcal.org.