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Executive Director - Behavioral Health

Date Posted: Jul 21, 2021

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Executive Director, Behavioral Health  

Location: Central Office  

Salary: $110,000 - $155,000 

Reports to: Deputy Superintendent, Partnerships & Innovation  

Bargaining Unit: Non-Union Administrator

Benefits Eligible: Yes  

Position Summary 

The Executive Director of Behavioral Health is responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive strategy to advance the board approved Coordinated School Health Plan and provide school-based mental health supports across the District, aligned with a multi-tiered system of supports framework (MTSS) and grounded in culturally-affirming, evidence-based practices.  The Executive Director relies on strong interpersonal skills to liaise with other District departments, including the school health and wellness, social work, school counseling and partnerships departments. 

Position Funding:

This position is funded through Federal COVID Relief funding. The position will expire on June 30, 2023 and is not guaranteed to be funded beyond that date. Prior to the expiration of the funding, your employment with the District will be non-renewed unless you are offered a funded position for the following fiscal year.  

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possess and provide evidence of a Master’s degree¿in a social or behavioral health field (Social Work, Psychology, etc)¿from an accredited institution 

  • Possess and provide evidence of at least six (6) years of demonstrated expertise in best practices in school-based mental health supports and a variety of levels of prevention and intervention 

  • Demonstrated leadership and project organizational skills, (planning, implementing, evaluation) 

  • Demonstrated experience successfully planning,¿implementing, and evaluating¿school-based mental health services. 

  • Experience with community schools and Behavioral Health efforts, preferred. 

Essential Functions:¿ 

  1. Lead implementation of the board approved Coordinated School Health Plan. 

  1. Complete and maintain a comprehensive Districtwide Behavioral Health needs assessment and gap analysis that includes:  

  1. Documentation of current services provided  

  1. Analysis of Tier I, Tier II and Tier III needs  

  1. Assessment of common barriers faced by students and families seeking services and advocate for support to overcome obstacles and increase services  

  1. Development of a comprehensive, coordinated approach to providing mental and physical¿health support services on school sites by developing and maintaining strong partnerships¿within schools and with community partners, and strengthening coordination between District employees and community partners 

  1. Implement recommendations developed through the Districtwide needs assessment and gap analysis 

  1. Implement TRAILS partnership 

  1. Implement annual mental health screener process 

  1. Analyze policies, procedures and administrative guidelines affecting Behavioral Health, and develop new guidance as appropriate 

  1. Facilitate and coordinate Mental Health services related to student services, suicide prevention, social emotional learning curriculum, trauma sensitive schools, mindfulness, etc. 

  1. Communicate and coordinate work with the Chief Health Officer, nurses, PBIS coordinators, Social Work and Counseling Supervisors, Principals, Teachers, Staff, etc. to ensure fidelity of implementation related to the Coordinated School Health Plan. 

  1. Build capacity of District staff to provide essential Behavioral Health supports to students and connect them to community supports when needed 

  1. Create communications and referral process for community partners and the District  

  1. Collaborate with local hospitals and community mental health agencies to streamline referral processes for students with urgent psychiatric needs 

  1. Advocate for underserved and/or high-risk student populations to broaden availability of mental health services 

  1. Remain current with school-based intervention research and use evidence-informed practices in service delivery 

  1. Proactively seek and secure funding for mental health supports through grants, collaborations, MOUs and partnerships 

  1. Establish monitoring and evaluation systems related to Behavioral Health services and programming outcomes 

  1. As needed, travel to multiple District locations using a personal vehicle 

  1. Perform duties outside of the regular school/District operating hours including nights and weekends 

  1. Perform other duties as assigned   

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.  

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.  

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.  

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

DPSCD¿does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or¿detroitk12.org/compliance

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