State of Massachusetts Contracted Behavioral and Mental Health Specialist in Malden, Massachusetts
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PURSUANT TO MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAW, CONTRACTED EMPLOYEES ARE NOT PAID FOR THE ELEVEN SCHEDULED HOLIDAYS, DO NOT RECEIVE ANY PAID, VACATION, PERSONAL LEAVE BENEFITS, OR CONTRIBUTE TO THE STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEM OR SOCIAL SECURITY. AS A STATE CONTRACTED EMPLOYEE, YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN DIRECT DEPOSIT AND CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS STATE ALTERNATE RETIREMENT PLAN, ("OBRA PLAN").
The mission for the Office of Family and Student Support within the Center for Educational Options at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is to provide programs and support systems that help all students gain the knowledge, skills and values needed to be well prepared for post-secondary options as well as a career and citizenship. The Office of Student and Family Support (SFS) works in partnership with educators, schools, students, families, and other agencies and organizations across the Commonwealth to advance the Department'smission. Our programs and initiatives aim to ensure access to high quality and student-centered pre-K-grade 12 education and strengths-based supports.
The Contracted Behavioral and Mental Health Specialist will work to coordinate a number of the Department’s efforts,regarding behavioral health and mental health (BH/MH) services for students, as well as social and emotional learning(SEL), in addition to supporting school districts to build internal capacity to meet the needs of their students, as wellas to develop their capacity to build partnerships with community-based providers.
The Behavioral and Mental Health Specialist will:
Coordinate related grant program(s), including developing and posting RFP(s), managing grant reviews and awards processes, and providing training and technical assistance (TA) to grantees and other interested districts;
Identify and coordinate professional development (PD) offerings, including overseeing the contracting process with PD provider(s) and working to align PD with other like offerings;
Develop a communications plan and other resources related to this work to help schools, districts and communities identify and leverage related initiatives and efforts;
Understand the landscape of behavioral health and mental health (BH/MH) services, as well as social and emotional learning (SEL), and support school districts to build internal capacity to meet the needs of their students, as well as to develop their capacity to build partnerships with community-based providers;
Participate in and facilitate, as appropriate, regular meetings of the Department staff who work on related initiatives to support alignment, and
Other duties as assigned.
It is not expected that candidates will meet all of the preferred qualifications:
ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team;
a strong desire to have collaborative, professional, customer-oriented communication with major work contacts including but not limited to agency staff, grant applicants, grantees, vendors, contractors, administrators, educators, parents and families, and staff of other local, state, and federal organizations;
strong interpersonal skills and ability to assist customers/stakeholders of diverse backgrounds and diverse abilities;
ability to practice self-reflection and self-correction to solve problems;
demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to diverse audiences;
ability to multi-task, respond to multiple demands, balance competing priorities and manage time efficiently;
ability to plan, coordinate, and administer professional development for adult learners;
strong public presentation skills and demonstrated ability to tailor presentation strategies for diverse purposes in multiple environments;
demonstrated cultural awareness and proficiency;
ability to learn and build on the varying cultural and community norms of students, families, school districts and other community members through awareness of one’s own cultural identity and views about difference;
experience working in and/or with schools or other educational settings;
familiarity with current research on BH/MH and SEL with school-age youth;
experience with health education materials and related curriculum development;
an understanding of youth screening for behavioral/mental health issues and treatment referral strategies;
experience working with community organizations to support BH/MH related efforts and to build collaborations with schools and districts related to this work;
experience with and/or an understanding of building multi-tiered systems of support related to BH/MH and SEL;
experience with the strategic planning process;
experience working with culturally diverse groups or populations;
strong project management skills;
familiarity with education legislation, policy, and programs, particularly in Massachusetts;
familiarity with public policy analysis, education policy, and/or public health related initiatives;
familiarity with the following areas: data-based decision making, creating and sustaining inclusive schools, educational access and equity, social emotional learning, strategic resource management, and/or academic content; and
this position requires traveling around the state and as such requires a valid driver’s license and/or ability to travel to meetings, professional development opportunities and other events as identified.
This is a full-time contracted position, 37.5 hours per week through December 31, 2020. The extension of this contracted position through December 31, 2020 is contingent upon funding availability and approval.
**Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Maureen O’Brien at
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and/or at least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program/or service;
A Master’s degree or higher in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience -- 30 semester hours equals one year of experience for substitution purposes. Education toward a degree in a specific or related educational content area will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Organization: *Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Title: Contracted Behavioral and Mental Health Specialist
Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street
Requisition ID: 2000004L