Mental Health & Disabilities Coordinator

Vacancy Number:  999

Job Summary:  The Mental health & Disabilities Coordinator will design, organize, implement and monitor the mental health and disabilities services for all children and families enrolled in the Head Start/Early Head Start program. The Coordinator must comply with the policies, procedures and standards of the Fort Valley State University Head Start/Early Head Start Program. Implement all program and monitoring plans associated with the Mental Health and Disabilities Content Areas as outlined by Head Start Performance Standards. Support and engage the mission of the Fort Valley State University Head Start in service delivery.

Duties and Responsibilities:

List the primary job duties and responsibilities:

  • Assume primary responsibility for implementation, organization, monitoring and supervision of all mental health and disabilities services including provision of services which will meet the needs of children with mental health issues and/or disabilities and their parents in accordance with Head Start guidelines.
  • Implement the goals, policies and activities designed to meet the mental health and disabilities objectives as outlined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards.
  • Interpret state and federal guidelines related to serving children with mental health issues and/or disabilities in Early Head Start programs.
  • Develop and implement a system of continuous monitoring and evaluation of program activities related to mental health and disabilities services.
  • Assist teachers in providing special help for children with atypical behavior or developmental issues.
  • Oversee the identification of children who are at risk or have special needs.
  • Reviews screening reports, assessment information, and staff observations of children with suspected or identified special needs.
  • Utilize community mental health and disabilities resources as needed.
  • Provide referrals for children and families to appropriate mental health and disabilities services.
  • Work cooperatively with other service area specialists and family advocates in a team effort to implement the mental health and disabilities content areas goals.
  • Monitors the implementation of interagency agreements with local education agencies (LEA) and Part C providers in order to assure compliance.
  • Provides training for teachers in working with the children with special needs.
  • Consults with specialists and professional services providers to obtain advice, training, or assistance in meeting the needs of children with special and their families.
  • Participates in scheduled conferences with parents of children with special needs and professional services providers, including Individualized Educational Plan/Individual Family Service Plan meetings as needed or when requested.
  • Safeguard confidential information gained as a result of job.
  • Attends workshops, trainings and conferences to gain awareness of disabilities/mental health issues and concerns of low income families.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director.

Qualifications Minimum:

List the minimum qualifications required to successfully perform the job and are necessary to be considered for the position.

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Special Education, Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management, Psychology or related field.
  • Two years related experience working with preschool aged children with disabilities.
  • Must have knowledge of community resources and an understanding of the importance of healthy behaviors and physical activity for young children and their families.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules and procedure manuals, ability to write routine reports and correspondences, speak effectively before groups of young children, parents, staff and community groups.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, fractions, decimals as well as able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Preferred: (but not required)

  • Master of Science in Special Education, Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management, Psychology or related field.
  • Supervisory experience

Working conditions: 

  • Must be able and willing to travel to any of the Head Start/Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership locations that are located in the following counties: Dooly, Crisp, Macon, Taylor, Peach, Crawford, Pulaski, and Telfair.
  • Some evening/night/weekend work may be required
  • May have to transition from indoors to outdoors for observation purposes
  • Must posse a valid driver’s license in order to operate a state vehicle

Physical requirements:

The physical requirements of the job described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essentials functions. Employee performing the duties of this job is regularly required to stand or sit for extended periods of time, lift heavy objects up to 20 lbs., perform repetitive tasks, and so forth.


 Interested persons MUST submit a complete application packet which includes:

  • FVSU Application (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Cover Letter (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) – Diploma copies are not accepted in lieu of transcripts
  • List of three (3) Professional References including their contact information

Complete application packets should be emailed to, with the Job Title and Job Number in the subject line. Application packets that do not contain ALL required information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled

 The deadline to apply is September 2, 2016.