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Mental Health Coordinator, Early Childhood Education

Sheltering Arms (formerly Episcopal Social Services) strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Sheltering Arms is currently seeking a Mental Health Coordinator in the Early Childhood Education program. The Mental Health Coordinator will assist with the emotional, cognitive and social development of the children in our programs, working to meet an overall goal of social competence and school readiness. The Coordinator will play an integral role by providing direct support to children, parents, and staff; ensuring positive adult-child relationships, and promoting child, family, and staff well-being. This is a full time position in the Bronx; comprehensive benefits package included. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall planning/implementation of the total Mental Health services of the program, including: intervention, classroom observations, and staff support in behavior management
  • Providing regularly scheduled on-site mental health consultation to Early Childhood sites; providing short term consultation for immediate crises intervention; providing regular support and training to families, children and staff on topics relating to behavioral and childhood special needs; Providing mental wellness and disability education on mental health and disabilities issues to families and staff; Providing professional monitoring of children with mental health diagnoses
  • Participating in Staff Meetings and Group Case Conferences; Coordinating referrals and follow-up mental health services
  • Conducting home visits; Assisting in classroom activities as needed; Attending Health Advisory Committee meetings; Networking with Local Education Agency (LEA) and community service agencies as it relates to Mental Health and Disabilities for Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • Maintaining/updating data of individual mental health records on each child; Compiling/analyzing data on the effectiveness of the mental health services
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Licensed Master Social Worker or similar licensure Required
  • Previous experience working with toddler and preschoolers and their families is required
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of experience, including prior experience in conducting group workshops
  • Must have knowledge and experience in areas that include theories and principles of early child development and mental health, and with training and experience in securing and individualizing needed services for children with disabilities.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required (Duties require excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish)

It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms. Ability to perform physical restraint of youth using approved restraint techniques. Physical and PPD clearances required and reevaluated annually.

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