Beta: Head of Mental Health and SEL

Caliber Schools - Richmond, CA - Full time

Caliber Schools - Richmond, CA - Full time

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Position Summary

The Head of Mental Health + Social Emotional Learning is responsible for ensuring that all students are receiving the socio-emotional services that meet each student’s identified and targeted needs. The leader establishes effective communication and accountability structures, manages student behavior challenges, manages/monitors the Multi-Tier System of Supports (SST Team), coordinates with outside service providers and interns as needed, and will assist in leading Social Emotional Learning professional development throughout the school year. This Head of MH + SEL will be embedded in one of our three small schools (K-2, 3-5, or 6-8) while also overseeing the other two SEL Associates who will be embedded in the remaining schools.

Our Core beliefs

We are looking for staff who are strongly aligned with our mission. Our foundational tenets include:

  • Unwavering belief in all children’s potential. We hold high expectations for every child and support their path to get to and through college.
  • Personalization. We believe every child is different and each learns differently.
  • Innovation and Technology. We embrace new ideas, continually refine our teaching model based on what works. We prepare our students for the jobs of the future.
  • Data-Driven Decisions. We are results-focused and use multiple measures to drive instruction.
  • A holistic approach. We believe children need explicit social and emotional skill development to support their success in college, career and life.

What We Look For

Caliber staff are…

  • Agents of change – you look to reimagine and make things better
  • Flexible and adaptable – you thrive in a dynamic, ever-changing settings
  • Strategic Thinkers – you are motivated, and think critically about complex problems
  • Highly collaborative – you work best being interdependent with your colleagues and making decisions collectively as a team
  • Personal Growth Enthusiasts – you are self-aware, reflective and seek out ongoing feedback and coaching to continue to improve
  • Committed – you are resilient in the face of challenge, you are proactive and take initiative to seek out solutions


In order to fulfill our mission we are seeking a highly qualified leader of socio emotional learning who serves as an important member of our team. Their role includes:

SEL Pedagogy

  • Acquire deep understanding of Caliber’s approach to developing students’ academic and socio emotional competence in order to develop a plan that is culturally syntonic with school’s mission and philosophy
  • Evaluate incoming student/family needs and create family and community partnerships
  • Create, manage, and monitor the school success team process
  • Model best SEL practices for staff and the larger Caliber community


  • Internalize and be the primary holder for our school-wide positive behavior integrated support plan (PBIS) to address student mental health, wellness, and socioemotional needs at multiple levels.
  • Support staff on the SEL infrastructure and coach staff on implementation
  • Create system for early identification, response, and referral systems for vulnerable students
  • Coordinate with outside agencies related to mental health
  • Work with Director of SPED on Tier 2 + 3 behavior intervention
  • Oversee student trauma intervention and practices

School Culture

  • Advise teachers, students, and families to effectively address the needs of our students through ongoing professional development
  • Partner with the community and work with the leadership team to discuss whole-school staff issues, such as school climate, staff self-care, and retention of teachers
  • Create long-term plans around student support that accounts for growth trajectory of school
  • Conduct data analysis to assess the successes and the gaps of the program on a monthly basis
  • Interface with parents on high level behavior challenges and SEL initiatives

Staff Training

  • Train incoming staff on all components of our SEL program and developmentally appropriate learning ready behaviors for students across grade levels (circle implementation, vision around restorative practices, PBIS, etc.)
  • Coach two other SEL Associates at Caliber Beta Academy (in two other schools)
  • Work with leadership team to build staff capacity to reinforce students socioemotional growth and development over the academic year
  • Manage mental health clinicians
  • Lead one school leader meeting per month on the topic of SEL


Skills + Experience:

  • Demonstrated commitment to students social emotional intelligence
  • Experience with varying levels of emotional intelligence and maturity in grades K-8
  • Spanish speaking preferred
  • Expertise in Restorative Justice and equity practices
  • Expertise in prevention, evidence-based practices and the Multi-Tiered System of Supports
  • Experience coaching others
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organization, time management and follow-up skills; high sense of urgency; demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple cases concurrently
  • Strong ability to bring a team together: Staff, Students, and Families
  • Ability to deal with obstacles and constraints positively
  • Teaching experience is a plus!
  • Experience/Certification in trauma interventions and supports


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Masters in Counseling or Social Work (MSW), School Social Work or MFT required

More About Caliber Schools

Our mission at Caliber Schools is to shift the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. We provide students with a challenging and engaging personalized education that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in competitive colleges, careers, and communities. Caliber graduates will be academically college ready; have emotional intelligence or ‘EQ’; be critical thinkers, and have the skills and desire to be changemakers in their communities and the world.

We are looking for educators and leaders who want the opportunity to use their voice to build something new; to be a part of a team that's building something from the ground up. Our first school, Beta Academy in Richmond, CA, opened in 2014 and is now a fully grown K-8 serving 800 students. ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, CA opened in fall 2016. ChangeMakers now serves almost 500 students, TK-4th and 6th/7th grades and will be fully grown in 2018. We plan to open additional schools in 2018-2021 as we grow to nearly 4,000 seats K-12 in the Bay Area.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.'

Caliber Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. 

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Our mission at Caliber Schools is to shift the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. 

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