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Mental Health Specialist - Bilingual Preferred (Spanish)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Gurnee, IL 60031
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Are you passionate about helping others? Do you want to unleash your purpose and potential?

Come join our dynamic social service enterprise as we help over 200,000 individuals across the Chicagoland area.

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is the oldest and largest women's organization in the region, with a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. To learn more about the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, please visit our website at https://ywcachicago.org.

Mental Health Specialist assures the identification, appropriate intervention and services for children and families who may have social emotional, sensory or regulation challenges. Also provide training and consultation to the teachers that support those children and families.


  • Knowledge of ASQ. ASQ/SE, ACES and Executive Function.
  • Work with teachers, teacher coaches, and center directors to identify children who may have social emotional concerns.
  • Develop a system to track referrals and services provided and monitor the implementation of a follow-up plan to meet any treatment needs associated with social emotional concerns.
  • Build community relationships/partnerships to facilitate access to additional mental health resources and services at needed.
  • Works with partner child care providers and staff to implement policies, plans, and procedures to ensure the social emotional and physical safety and security of children.
  • Works with teacher coaches to evaluate the training and technical assistance needs of each site.
  • Collaborates with teacher coaches to create site specific training and/or coaching sessions.
  • Participate in quarterly meetings at each site to discuss child progress with each teacher in support of children with Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) and Individual Education Plans (IEP).
  • Provide supports for effective classroom management and positive learning environments; supportive teachers practices, and strategies for supporting children with challenging behaviors and other social emotional, and mental health concerns.
  • Provide mental health observations on a schedule of sufficient and consistent frequency to ensure consultation is available in a timely manner.
  • Provides technical assistance and training presentations to families.
  • Coordinates training and technical assistance efforts with the Child Care Resource and Referrals Quality Team
  • Works with teachers to implement Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) and Individual Education Plans (IEP).
  • Maintains a strong understanding of Head Start Program Performance Standards, Head Start Curriculum, and ExceleRate Illinois as it relates to Mental Health


  • Meets or exceeds deliverables stated in the Head Start Contract.
  • Function as member of the children's mental health team to ensure quality and alignment across YWCA's early childhood programming.
  • Data and reporting entered accurately and on time within COPA.
  • Increases the level of teacher's understanding of mental health through training and technical assistance of staff and child care providers.
  • Actively participates in YWCA events and activities.
  • Promotes trauma informed practices with Head Start partners.
  • Builds and fosters relationships with child care providers and teachers.
  • Teaches child care providers to identify children with disabilities and social/emotional needs.
  • Strong understanding of Early Head Start and ExceleRate standards of quality.


  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred but not required.
  • Effective communication skills -- oral and written -- and strong organizational, problem solving and time management skills.
  • Early Childhood Classroom experience.
  • Ability to pass a health examination and a criminal background check.
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently, while prioritizing and managing multiple assignments simultaneously as needed.
  • Must be able to travel to schools and centers in Kane, DuPage and Cook Counties.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Well-developed problem-solving, communication skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills incorporating all strategies for all learning areas
  • Ability to adapt to change.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with individuals from various education, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Thrives in an environment in which collaboration, partnership, and empowerment are the key cultural elements.
  • Must become an ITN trainer within 1 year of employment with agency.

EDUCATION REQUIRED: Master's Degree in social work or counseling field or equivalent in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, with at least two courses in Special Education and the inclusion of children with disabilities, plus two courses in case management or the human services field.

CERTIFICATION(s) REQUIRED: Licensed or certified in mental health. Must have a knowledge of and experience in serving young children and their families. Completion of Illinois Model of Infant Mental Health Consultation within 1 year of employment.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday Friday, 8:00 4:00 this position may require work on some evenings and weekends. schedule can vary depending on the needs of the agency.

Pay Range: $59,000 - $64,000


  • Generous amount of PTO & Sick Leave,12 Observed holidays, & Floating Holidays
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Short & Long Term Disability Insurance, & 401(k)
  • Flexible Benefits - employee, dependent, commuter & HSA
  • Employee Assistance Program (24/7)
  • YWCA Retirement Fund (after completion of 2 years of service)
  • Pet Insurance
  • 37.5 hour work week

MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY DISCLOSURE: YWCA Metropolitan Chicago requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receipt of the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (e.g., Pfizer, Moderna) or two weeks after receipt of a one-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson). Candidates who are offered a position must provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date. Individuals in need of an exemption from this policy due to a medical reason or because of a sincerely held religious belief, or as otherwise required by law, must submit a completed Request for Accommodation form to HR.

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

***This job description is not intended to represent a complete list of all duties and responsibilities. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.***



Posted: 2022-06-17 Expires: 2022-07-18

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Mental Health Specialist - Bilingual Preferred (Spanish)

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