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Mental Health Professional ( Orcas / San Juan)

Northwest Educational Service District 189
Northwest Educational Service District 189
Job Functions:
Administration, People & HR
Employment Types:
Orcas, WA, USA
36 – 41 USD per hour
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This position will support the San Juan Island and Orcas Island locations.

Position Summary

The Mental Health Professional works collaboratively with Discovery Center staff, parents, and students to implement comprehensive mental health and behavioral support services. The Mental Health Professional utilizes evidence-based practices, in response to identified student needs and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) while working with others to align the efforts of educators, caregivers, community agencies, or other service providers in meeting behavioral support goals.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides mental health behavioral support for students in a specialized behavioral education setting.
  • Helps students to more effectively understand and manage emotions and behaviors through the implementation of Cognitive Behavioral and/or other evidence-based practices.
  • Works collaboratively with school counseling, administrators, educators and specialists to develop and implement effective behavioral/emotional support plans for students, to include participating in IEP planning or consultations as needed.
  • Utilizes Individualized Education Plans and Mental Health Treatment Plans for behavioral support plan development.
  • Assess student’s strengths and needs using WA-CANS and other applicable screening tools.
  • Provide support to students individually and in the classroom setting. Deliver positive and relevant instruction and feedback to students.
  • Measure student progress towards goals.
  • Work with students caregivers and support team members to develop continuity and alignment in behavioral support goals.
  • When designated, provides case management and serves as a contact for other agencies and service providers interacting with specific students.
  • Serves as a member or the IEP team as appropriate and other staff/consultation meetings.
  • Provides individual and/or group counseling services to students as determined necessary and appropriate according to the treatment plan and/or the IEP.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of the field of assignment sufficient to perform completely and accurately the full scope of responsibility as illustrated by example in this position description.
  • Familiarity with Community and/or Education-based Mental Health treatment programs.
  • Knowledge of effective techniques used in the assessment of students with social/emotional development and educational difficulties or at-risk behaviors.
  • General and special education principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of individual, group, crisis counseling/consultation practices and procedures.
  • Experience with effective strategies to manage and change student behavior consistent with program expectations and procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic computer programs in order to complete assigned reports and record keeping.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based programs and practices for high-risk/emotionally and behaviorally challenged students.
  • Knowledge of effective team processing, leadership, and decision-making techniques.
  • Ability to utilize standardized and formative assessments to evaluate students’ social-emotional development and assist teachers and parents or caregivers in providing appropriate support.
  • Ability to promote positive public relations between the school, staff, students, parents, and community.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and coordinate with service agencies, school district administrators/staff, and other support agencies that may have direct and/or indirect impact on individual student needs.
  • Ability to problem-solve, intervene responsibly, and constructively manage crisis and high stress situations.
  • Ability to work independently using effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written format.


Master’s degree or higher in related field required. Must have active Washington State Licensed Mental Health Clinician (LMHC), Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Psychologist, or equivalent license. Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) preferred. Five or more years of experience working with diverse school-aged youth affected by mental health, educational, family and societal challenges in an educational, clinical, residential or similar setting required. Must have valid Washington State driver’s license. WSP/FBI criminal history background clearance required.

Employment Conditions and Benefits

This is a school-year position. Currently posting for 2022-23, with start date of 9/22/2022. This position is based on 8 hours per day, 190 days per year at hourly rate of pay.

Per Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1, all employees working for public and private K-12 schools in Washington must be fully vaccinated* against COVID-19 or obtain a religious or medical accommodation by October 18, 2021. Please be advised that all candidates offered positions within the NWESD will be required to comply with this order. *You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your final dose of the vaccination.

Salary Range

Schedule III, Range 1, Schedule III, Range 1 ($36.59 per hr. - $41.10 per hour)

How to Apply

Submit a complete application at Applications for this position must include:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Copies of Official Transcripts
  • Copy of current WA Dept of Health License
  • Other documents may be included at your discretion
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