Service for World Class Schools

Mental Health/Family Partnership Consultant

Region 14 Education Service Center | Abilene, TX

Posted Date 8/26/2020


Provide leadership and technical assistance for school districts serving 

Head Start and Early Head Start children birth to five.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field of social services, mental health
  • Master’s Degree 
  • Licensed or certified in a mental health field
  • Knowledge and skills appropriate for serving children birth to five.




  1. Program Planning/Organizational Skills
      • Maintains awareness of Head Start Performance Standards and

                        ESC Policy, and disseminates information to support staff, 

      • Head Start classroom staff, councils, and LEAs, regarding social-emotional development and access to family social services, with approval of Head Start Director.
      • Works cooperatively with school districts to support implementation 

                         of Head Start Performance Standards.

      • Ensures that proper and adequate documentation is maintained, in accordance with job-related confidentiality.
      • Cooperates with ESC staff concerning reports, policies, 

                         guidelines, etc. for Head Start.

      • Assists Head Start Director in writing Refunding Application-

                        Head Start Grant, as necessary.

      • Assists Head Start Director in conducting annual Community Assessment.
      • Assists Head Start Director with Policy Councils, and Parent Meetings.
      • Assist with completion of Program Information Report (PIR).
      • Assist with Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA).
      • Assists with all aspects in the area of mental health.


  1. Fiscal Management
      • Assists Head Start Director by making recommendations for budget 


      • Produces documentation to support expenditures as authorized by 

                        Head Start Director.

      • Responsible for contracts for outside mental health professionals. 
      • Utilizes cost effective methods of reaching identified objectives.


III. Leadership

      • Demonstrates leadership in Family Services/Mental Health and in the development of decisions and innovations affecting the education of Head Start children.
      • Assists in guiding the daily work of Head Start staff in implementing

                         the Head Start Performance Standards.

      • Provide leadership and direction in recruitment, eligibility, and enrollment of Head Start children.
      • Provide leadership to Family Service Workers in technical assistance and with web-based data system.
      • Coordinates and collaborates with community agencies and social services agencies.
      • Demonstrates a high degree of self-motivation and initiative.
      • Provides training for classroom staff in meeting Head Start Standards and correcting deficits identified during self-assessment and federal reviews.
  1. Communication Skills
      • Demonstrates effective/positive communication techniques and utilizes proper communication channels with administrators, teachers, students, parents and ESC staff.
      • Maintains positive contacts with outside service providers as needed.
  1. Consultative and Technical Assistance
      • Demonstrates accessibility through periodic campus visits.
      • Responds to Head Start staff requests for assistance through workshops and other services including follow-up services, training, and selection of programs to meet identified needs.
      • Assists in providing parent trainings to meet Head Start Performance Standards.
      • Facilitates and monitors documentation for the mental health/social services component of Head Start.
      • Disseminates information and provides training to personnel on materials/activities/assessments promoting social-emotional development, and supporting Head Start children and families.
      • Assists Head Start staff in locating appropriate resources for families and making referrals as needed.
      • Assists Head Start staff with Mental Health issues and concerns.
      • Assist with GED and literacy issues.  
      • Works cooperatively with Head Start staff to plan and develop the services provided in the area of preschool children.
      • Provides leadership and ongoing communication about best practice, research, and trends in preschool education.
  1. Human Relations
      • Demonstrates professional courtesy during personal interactions with LEAs and ESC staff.
      • Responds promptly to requests/inquiries by LEAs, Head Start staff, and parents.
      • Demonstrates a willingness to cooperate with other staff members for the achievement of common goals.
      • Displays an attitude of personal and professional concern in group and individual settings.

VII. Specialized Knowledge

      • Seeks training in professional areas and provides up-to-date information regarding the Head Start Performance Standards.
      • Recommends and prepares effective in-service and instructional resources for staff and clients.
      • Recommends a variety of human and instructional resources appropriate for meeting children’s needs.


  • Personal and Professional Image                                                                                                           


  • Maintains self-control and good working relations with other staff, LEAs and parents, when facing problems and frustrations.
  • Exhibits enthusiasm, self-motivation and maintains professional appearance toward fulfilling job assignment requirements.
  • Participates and cooperates in community activities which are ESC related.


  1. Required Training for Continued Employment
  • Head Start Orientation-Overview of Head Start Performance Standards and ESC 14 Head Start Policies and Procedures.
  • Head Start sponsored trainings
  • Head Start content area trainings.


NOTE:  Employment in this position is contingent upon performance, need and funding.


NOTE:  This job description is designed to outline the function and position requirements. It does not identify all tasks that may be expected, nor address the performance standards that must be maintained.

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