SDYS Job Announcement
Mental Health Specialist -Bilingual (Spanish)
San Diego Youth Services provides vital services to more than 28,000 youth every year at 100+ community and school locations. We provide safe places to live and long-term solutions through shelter, foster homes, community centers and housing. Through prevention, early intervention and treatment, we also help youth before they need higher levels of care or become homeless.
Join us in building futures.
Status: Full-time, $46,446/year, plus $1,500 bilingual differential
Responsibilities: Accountable to the Program Manager and Division Director. Responsible for the development and maintenance of an integrated treatment approach for youth with co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders and quality trauma informed youth services, including prevention and early intervention services to school-aged children and their families.
Perform other related duties as required.
Physical Requirements: Must have ability to bend at the waist, kneel or crouch to assist youth. Must have ability to hear and speak to exchange information and make presentations. Must have ability to lift and carry 20 pounds--lifting books, materials and equipment to execute lessons and presentations. Seeing to read, prepare and review a variety of activities and to monitor youth activities. Sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Walking extended lengths to move around campuses. Potential exposure to physical injury from aggressive behavior.
Qualifications: License-eligible (MFT, MSW, MHC) by the state of California, and a minimum of three years of job-related experience, including direct service experience with at-risk, multiple families and children on a school campus and/or home-based settings. Bilingual English/Spanish required. Experience with child, family, and community development. Must possess excellent oral and written skills and be able to provide services to small and large groups of children and adults. Must work well autonomously with other agencies and program staff in varying disciplines. Must be highly organized with the ability to focus on multiple priorities and meet deadlines. Must have the ability to work in a fast-paced and busy school-based environment. Must be willing to develop or possess working knowledge of trauma-informed care and dual diagnosis treatment; experience working in trauma-informed and dual diagnosis programs preferred. Must be able to work with and represent a culturally and ethnically diverse community. Must have reliable vehicle and relevant auto insurance, plus a clean driving record (mileage reimbursed). Some availability after 5:00PM and on weekends to meet community needs. Must be able to lift and carry 25 lbs. Employment offer will be subject to clearances, which may include fingerprinting, background checks, TB testing, and drug testing. Must be able to follow all the guidelines provided by the agency, government, and health authorities to maintain safety and health when the job requires physical presence and/or contact with others during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the submission of proof of vaccination as mandated by the California Public Health Order.
An Equal Opportunity Employer