School Mental Health Counselor
Company: Kipp Texas Public Schools
Posted on: January 16, 2022
About KIPP Texas
KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter,
open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students
across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together
with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful,
academically excellent schools that prepare students with the
skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose college,
career, and beyondso they can lead fulfilling lives and build a
more just world.
Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018,
our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in
our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is
unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic,
collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief
that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and
champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy,
and help us rise together.
KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255
college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the
District of Columbia. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year
college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average
for all students and approximately three times higher than the
average of students from low-income communities.
About the Opportunity
Utilizing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, the School
Mental Health Counselor/Social Worker will promote student success,
provide preventative services, and respond to identified student
needs by implementing a comprehensive developmental school mental
health program that seeks to meet the needs of the whole student.
The School-Based Mental Health Counselor/Social Worker will seek to
develop and facilitate programming that effectively removes
barriers to learning and equip students with the necessary tools
needed to navigate their educational experience and beyond.
KIPP Student Support Services (S3) exists to prevent, respond to,
and minimize the barriers to learning that KIPP Texas students may
experience. Reporting to the School Leader/Principal, the
School-Based Mental Health Counselor/Social Worker is responsible
for developing, coordinating, and facilitating comprehensive mental
health programming at their assigned school. This may include
providing direct support to students, coordinating resources for
families, coordinating data-driven interventions and programming,
and facilitating professional development for staff and parents.
This position furthers the mission of KIPP Texas as it helps ensure
that all students have the tools they need to learn.
Duties And Essential Job Functions
The School Mental Health Counselor/Social Worker will have
responsibilities such as, but not limited to, the
- Selects and administers age appropriate assessment methods and
materials in order to determine the needs of the student.
- Develops and implements direct intervention strategies for
students, teachers, and families to resolve stressors and remove
barriers that interfere with student success.
- Conducts specialized individual and group counseling sessions
to address specific emotional, social, and behavioral needs of
- Mobilizes and coordinates community resources for students and
families to address academic, behavioral, emotional, and social
- Develops and creates strategies for parents, teachers, and
students on instructional and behavioral issues.
- Develops and builds community agency partnerships with service
providers to expand resources available to students and
- Provides crisis management services, including assessing for
- Advocates for student services and students best
- Provides case management services including, but not limited
to, referrals to community resources, collaboration with other
- Provides trainings and workshops to teachers, school staff and
- Serves as a liaison between the student, home, school, private
counseling facilities and
community resources such as social services, court services, and
family service agencies.
- Acts as a member of the regional and state crisis response
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Ability to synthesize knowledge and present it to stakeholders,
including parents, students, and administrators, in a comprehensive
- Ability to work both on broad-based strategy and everyday
- Independent, self-starter with a strong focus on student
- Strong organizational and planning skills
- Possession of a passionate and loving attitude toward all
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, and Outlook)
- Proficiency using computers, printers, copy machines, and fax
- Reliable transportation is needed to travel between
Required Education And/or Experience
Accomplished professional experience in one or more of the
following settings: PK-12 schools, early childhood centers,
out-of-school-time programs. The ideal candidate will have the
following experience, expertise, and skills:
- Masters degree in school psychology, social work, psychology,
counseling or related field.
- Must hold one of the following license types: LPC-I, LPC,
LPC-S, LMSW, LCSW, LMFT, or TEA School Counselor
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Training/adult education experience.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Demonstrated facility with utilizing data to inform
- Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a
- Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.
- Must be able to access and navigate each department at the
- Typical school environment with frequent interruptions
Compensation And Benefits
The School Mental Health Counselor will be funded directly from the
Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) grants
awarded by the Texas Education Agency under the Consolidated
Appropriations Act, 2021 (ESSER II) and the American Rescue Plan
Act of 2021 (ESSER III). This position will be funded solely (100%)
from the ESSER II and III allocation for direct expenses through
September 30, 2023, and may continue to be funded through September
30, 2024, depending upon the availability of ESSER grant funds. At
the end of the grant period this position may be eliminated unless
other sources of funds are secured to maintain this position or a
similar position. The employee must sign this job description
acknowledging receipt of the job description and signing their
acknowledgement that this position is grant funded and is
temporarily aligning with the terms of the grant period.by
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