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Coordinator of Student Services - Mental Health

  • Management

Reports to: Director of Secondary Education


Provide leadership and supervise the effective delivery of counseling, psychological, and related mental health services. Provide for compliance with State and Federal regulations and work within the policies and regulations of the District.

  • Completion of a Master's degree
  • Demonstrated experience as a School Psychologist or equivalent experience in related fields
  • Possession of valid California Administrative Services, in appropriate content area, as required by the California Education Code
  • Specific preparation in the area of Educational Psychology
  • Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
  • Within 60 days of start, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code.
  • Provide administrative leadership to the Counseling and Psychological Services programs
  • Participate in recruiting and selecting, coordination, scheduling and staffing of Counselors, Psychologists and other related Staff
  • Facilitate appropriate Counseling, Psychological and Mental Health Services Staff Development activities
  • Represent the District at State, County and Community meetings relating to the Counseling, Psychological and Mental Health services programs
  • Work with the Guidance Staff and school leadership teams to ensure they are aware of mental health programs available to students
  • Maintain oversight of the District's 504 plans for students
  • Consult with general teachers and Administrative Staff concerning the social and emotional needs of students
  • Work with community groups focused on social and emotional health of students
  • Facilitate Counselors' and Psychologists' meetings
  • Facilitate Health Council meetings
  • Establish Mental Health Crisis Protocol and serve as the District's Team Lead
  • Facilitate annual in-service for staff on suicide according to Board Policy
  • Serve as liaison to Homeless families
  • Maintain oversight of the District's Kid-by-Kid process to promote consistency
  • Write and monitor grants to support and enrich the Counseling, Psychological and Mental Health services
  • Research and maintain current knowledge of local, State, and Federal laws, policies, procedures and funding sources for counseling, psychological and mental health services and communicate pertinent information to appropriate Staff
  • Perform other specific job-related duties as directed
  • Assist in planning improvements and implementations to Counseling, Psychological and Mental Health services.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists;
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form;
  • Ability to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate the work;
  • Ability to develop long term goals and objectives;
  • Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and make recommendations for improvements;
  • Ability to schedule and monitor development projects;
  • Collaborative yet decisive in decision-making, seeking consensus whenever possible;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment and its relationship to curriculum and instruction;
  • Demonstrated success and knowledge of software programs appropriate for the disaggregation of assessment data, with capacity to present assessment results in a variety of report formats;
  • Effective interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), and conflict resolution skills;
  • Knowledge of the District's counseling, psychological and mental services programs;
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local policies and procedures regarding school district counseling, psychological and mental health services programs;
  • Knowledge of the current literature, trends, and developments in the field;
  • Proficiency in a second language preferred.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

Revision Date: 04/13/2017

Initial date: 03/16/2016

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.

No portion of this job description shall supersede the Master Agreement between the Palo Alto Management Association and the Palo Alto Unified School District and applicable State or federal laws. Any changes in working conditions applicable to the current agreement shall be subject to negotiations at the demand of either party.