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Bilingual Mental Health Specialist

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Mental Health Specialist -Bilingual (Spanish)

PEI Program

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.

We Offer:

  • Comprehensive health insurance coverage
  • Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
  • Employee wellness program
  • Generous PTO plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Diverse and inclusive work environment

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.


  • The development, implementation, and evaluation of an integrated treatment approach for youth with co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders and quality trauma informed youth programs that adhere to and uphold the rigorous standards of San Diego Youth Services as mandated by its mission, purpose, guiding principles and standards of quality. 
  • Acquire knowledge of the role and responsibility of the SDYS Board of Director and stay current.
  • Assist in updating agency policies and procedures.  Carry agency big picture and stay current on agency activities. 
  • Participate in training, developing and providing input for evaluating volunteers. 
  • Maintain service documentation, data collection and contract compliance of records as required in a timely, accurate and complete manner. 
  • Facilitate the Incredible Years evidence-based curriculum in school-based settings with children in large classroom groups and small afterschool groups.
  • Teach the Incredible Years evidence-based Parent Education curriculum with adults in school and community-based settings.
  • Organize and lead Family Wellness Events in school and community-based settings that focus on family health, stress reduction, and other wellness-based prevention activities.
  • Work with diverse groups of elementary school children (preschool to 6th grade) and their families in a culturally-sensitive and culturally-competent manner.
  • Provide services to children and families in high risk, low socio-economic communities with a high percentage of ethnic minorities, including Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders, and Chaldean and other Middle Eastern refugees / immigrants.
  • Collaborate with teachers, school staff, Promotoras (Family Partners), the Program Manager and other team members to provide high quality services to children and families.
  • Assist, guide and motivate families toward safe and healthy functioning as defined by agency and school standards.
  • Maintain fidelity to evidence-based curricula, as required by the program’s County contract.
  • Provide support in the form of reflective listening, emotional support, strengths identification, challenge identification, and solution seeking as needed.
  • Provide community referrals and resources to families as needed.
  • Participate in the School Oversight Team in conjunction with parents, Promotoras (Family Partners), the Program Manager, school administrators, teachers and other adults.
  • Remain culturally sensitive and respectful in all interactions with service partners, team members and other community partners.

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

SDYS is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
In compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended,
all new employees must verify their eligibility to work in the United States.

Job Opened: 8/19/21

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