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Social Emotional Specialist 

Category Social Services  


Ensure that the Child Mental Health performance standards are met in Head Start and Early
Head Start.

1. Support timely and effective identification of and supportive intervention to family
and staff concerns about a child’s mental health.
2. Work with teachers, home visitors, parents/guardians, and program support staff to
use observations, screening results, and other systematic ways to identify and
address children’s mental health needs.
3. Track and monitor social emotional screenings to ensure compliance with the 45-
day requirement; ensure follow-up as needed.
4. Observe and visit classrooms on assigned caseload according to a consistent
schedule in order to understand program needs, to be recognized by center staff
and families as an approachable team member, and to provide effective
individualized supportive interventions to children with identified mental health

  • Design and implement program practices responsive to the identified

behavioral and mental health concerns of an individual child or group of

  • Assist in providing supportive intervention strategies for children with atypical

behavior or development;

  • Provide individual on-site supportive interventions to identified children; and
  • Utilize other community mental health resources, as needed

5. Schedule regular on-site mental health consultation involving program staff and
parents on how to:

  • Promote children’s mental wellness by providing group and individual staff

and parent education on mental health issues; and

  • Utilize other community mental health resources, as needed

6. Work with center staff, support staff, and parents to design a supportive intervention
program based on observation, staff input, parent input, and screening results.
7. Participate in case management meetings and file reviews for assigned center.
8. Identify and work with available mental health resources in the community; refer
families for further supportive and clinical services as needed.
9. Support the implementation of the University Practicum Student program within the
Head Start programs.
10. Coordinate with local mental health service providers as needed.
11. Work with Family Advocate and Center Manager to arrange for further, formal,
evaluation of a child when appropriate.
12. Complete postpartum depression screening (PPDS) with pregnant women within 2
weeks of delivery.
13. Assist with and attend Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC) meetings.
14. Assist with providing mental health training to teachers throughout the year and
during preservice training.
15. Assist with summer screenings at assigned centers.
16. Keep informed of current professional knowledge and strategies for socialemotional
development through participation in workshops and by reading
professional publications.
17. Maintain documentation in Child Plus on a weekly basis.
18. Assist with Program Information Report (PIR) data at the close of each school year.
19. Keep supervisor informed of relevant information related to the safety and wellbeing
of the child and family while maintaining compliance with ECS’s policies and
(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of duties
performed. Employees will be required to perform other related marginal duties as required.)

This position reports to the Social Emotional Services Manager

Position Requirements

• Licensed or Certified Mental Health Professional with knowledge of and
experience in serving young children and their families highly preferred
*consideration will be given to candidates who are eligible for licensing and hold a
current intern license in the state of Florida and a development plan in place to


  • Knowledge of sociology, child growth & development, mental health theory &

practice, human behavior/social environment, psychology, research methods

  • Knowledge of effective methods to improve a child’s emotional stability
  • Knowledge of social services available to link families with appropriate agencies
  • Ability to build and maintain good human relations with staff and parents
  • Ability to work with the public in a tactful and diplomatic manner
  • Ability to perform tasks with little direct supervision
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and emotional maturity
  • Commitment to strengthen families but with ultimate commitment to the well being of the child
  • Knowledge of applicable safety and abuse-reporting procedures
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products at an intermediate to advanced level
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to plan and organize work as well as maintain records and prepare reports
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in fast-paced environment


  • Valid driver’s license and proof of automobile coverage
  • Satisfactory Driving Record (as outlined in Vehicle Driving Policy)
  • Completion of 15 hours in-service / professional development training hours annually (July-June)


  • Works in early childhood classrooms and office settings
  • Local travel to multiple sites is required
  • Minimal night, weekend or out-of-town work possible


  • Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction)
  • Acceptable hearing (with or without correction)
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Salary Range $21.65-23.08  
Travel Requirements 50%  
Position Social Emotional Specialist  
Close Date 12/27/2020  
Post Internal Days 0  
Created By Raelyn Durham  
Number of Openings 1  
Number Filled 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Hiring Manager(s)  
Req Number SOC-20-00021  
Open Date 10/5/2020  
Location Alachua County  
About the Organization Episcopal Children's Services is a recognized leader in early childhood education serving more than 50,000 children and their families in seven counties in Northeast Florida - Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St John's. In addition, ECS recently became the new Head Start/Early Head Start grantee in Marion, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy, and Citrus counties and the Early Head Start grantee in Gainesville. As a result, we now serve another 1,500 children and their families in these areas.

ECS uses research and best practices to help families ensure their children enter school ready to learn. Our talented, dedicated teachers and staff work proactively with children from birth to age five and their families to build a strong educational foundation. It is a "whole" child approach - helping kids grow intellectually, emotionally and socially.
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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