Assistant Director of Wellness

Job Description

Position Overview: The primary task of the Assistant Director of Wellness is responsible for oversight of  services to students, staff and families to enhance their emotional well-being and improve their respective performance. This individual brings to the educational process an understanding of the psychosocial development of children and the influences of family, school, community, and cultural differences as they interact with the educational process.  The Assistant Director of Wellness is called upon to serve as an expert in developing services for students, families, and staff to address issues such as truancy, social withdrawal, maladaptive behaviors, and the effects of physical, emotional or economic problems.  The Assistant Director of Wellness assists students with academic learning by providing strategic services that identify and address the social, emotional and environmental issues that interfere with the education process.  While working with the parents/guardians, teachers, school leaders (or appointed designee), and community based resources, this individual implements strategies that promote students’ positive school adjustment and the creation of an inclusive, welcoming environment for all.

Primary Areas of Accountability- Programming, Policy and Procedures

  • Lead the efforts of organizational wellness programming effective health and wellness services for Paul PCS students, families and staff.
  • Leads the development and implementation of Social Emotional Learning initiatives
  • Plans and directs health and wellness related trainings for all stakeholders
  • Provides oversight of trends in wellness services, including the latest educational research findings, and brings successful practices to the organization that promote wellness and services for our stakeholders
  • Works with the Executive Director of Student Support Services and other stakeholders to design and implement the organization’s vision and plan for wellness 
  • Work closely with the culture leaders of the organization to promote health and wellness school-wide and support overall school climate
  • Develop and implement ongoing wellness outreach and communications to staff, scholars, parents and the community
  • Identifies and assesses academic problems through observation of factors impeding on student adjustment including factors in the home, school and community.
  • Identified and secures funding sources, including grants to support the organization’s health and wellness programs.
  • Develop and administer ongoing wellness surveys to stakeholder; analyzes the data regularly; develop action plans based on trends identified
  • Makes referrals to public or private agencies with appropriate follow-up.
  • Identifies and resolves ethical issues related to wellness.
  • Supports the organization to improve academic achievement for all scholars by creating an equitable and inclusive environment
  • Works closely with school leaders to increase family and community engagement across the organization
    • Serves as the organizational lead for connected wellness initiatives:
      • Anti-Bullying 
      • Scholars in Foster Care
      • Scholars in Military Families
      • Scholars in Virtual Learning
      • Home hospital care 
      • Homeless scholars
      • Scholars in crisis
      • Nursing programming
  • Leads the organization’s clinical teams, attendance and mental health programming and related initiatives:
      • Provides direct supervision for social workers, counselors and the attendance counselor
      • Ensures compliance with laws, codes and regulations related to clinical evaluations, student attendance, support and wellness services; and performs related work as required to ensure that all services are in alignment with providing effective and efficient delivery of support services for staff, scholars and families
      • Responsible for oversight of development and implementation of the organization’s policies and regulations related to health and Wellness, Attendance, Social Emotional Learning, Counseling services and other applicable programs
      • Maintains required clinical records and submits appropriate documents for statistical reports with adherence to standards in National Counseling Association and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
      • Adheres to federal legislation that mandates child protective services and the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect.
      • Understands and maintains the continuing education requirements social work and counseling professional and keeps up-to-date on any changes that could potentially impact licensure status.
      • Adheres to the values, principles, and standard set forth by the National Counseling Association Code of Ethics, American School Counseling Association and School Social Work Association of America.
      • Assumes practitioner duties and responsibilities when necessary.
  • Responsible for oversight and coordination of counseling services, policies and procedures including crisis responses team (during the day and after hours)
  • Responsible for oversight on counseling interns across the organization, which includes building partnerships with university counseling programs
  • Develops a process to ensure strong implementation of risk assessments on referred students are conducted including barriers to learning, physical and emotional functioning, substance use and support systems.
      • Participates as a member of the IEP team, Response to Intervention Team (RtI) and other school based teams to develop interventions for promoting students’ academic success.
  • Complies with all responsibilities and mandates for medicaid billing.
    • Oversight of psychological evaluation processes. Responsible for oversight of wellness partners and CBOs (LAYC, DBH, Off site supervisors for SWs)

Location

Washington, DC

Benefits

Competitive salaries, excellent benefits, an innovative work environment, and an opportunity to rethink school as we know it and change the lives of our students. This is a 12-month position.

Requirements

Core Requisites:

  • At least a Master’s degree in Counseling or Psychology  from an accredited college or university 
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred
  • Must have a valid DC clinical license
  • Experience in a school setting preferred
  • Supervisory experience
  • Thorough knowledge of child development, human behavior, learning theory, family systems theory, crisis intervention theory/skills and consultation.
  • Familiarity with federal laws and regulations as they apply to school systems.
  • Ability to work well with targeted population students, parents, and staff.
  • Excellent skills in psychological assessment, evaluation and feedback, group process and therapy principles.
  • Ability to analyze data to inform work and decision making, analyze and evaluate available data, assess student needs and develop and implement procedures and policies to support student achievement.
  • Belief that all students can achieve at the highest levels with no excuses
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Strategic thinker and proactive problem-solver
  • Embodies the highest ethical standards
  • Works independently with little direct supervision and as part of a team

Other Non-Negotiables:

  • Demonstrated success using data to drive practice
  • Belief that all students can achieve at the highest levels with no excuses
  • Ability to effectively analyze school data to improve student and staff achievement
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Strategic thinker and proactive problem-solver
  • Embodies the highest ethical standards
  • Works independently with little direct supervision and as part of a team

Application Information

Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to careers@paulcharter.org. The subject line should read Application for Assistant Director of Wellness. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered and replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.

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