Founding Mental Health Provider and Family Engagement Manager

DREAM - New York, New York - Full time

Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization's impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit

Reporting to the School Principal and the Director of Special Education, the Founding Mental Health Provider and Family Engagement Manager will be responsible for addressing social, emotional and developmental needs of students and families, and in helping students access appropriate resources and services, in addition to developing, promoting and supporting the Family Engagement Council at DREAM. As a member of a founding school, the ideal candidate should also demonstrate the drive and persistence required to lead a new school in its founding year.


  • Mental Health Provider:
  • Provide mandated counseling services to students with IEPs and additional counseling services for students with social-emotional needs who do not have an IEP;
  • Ensure all services are in compliance with mandates and maintain case records, monthly reports, and IEP reports on SESIS;
  • Create Counseling Reports and Quarterly IEP Progress Reports for all students with IEPs by the set deadlines and participate in IEP Meetings when appropriate;
  • Support teachers in understanding each learner's strengths and needs and supporting appropriate differentiated instruction by participating in Grade Team Meetings, completing monthly classroom observations, implementing teacher consults when appropriate, etc.;
  • Support students and groups of students through intervention programming in accordance with DREAM's Response to Intervention;
  • Write Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) for students in need when appropriate;
  • Collaborate with parents and families to ensure a positive partnership by providing consistent communication aligning to student progress;
  • Collaborate with students' paraprofessionals when reviewing the student behavior intervention plan and discussing appropriate strategies when supporting the student, when appropriate;
  • Initiate and maintain communication with outside student support agencies (SCR/ACS systems, foster care system) tied to student needs as needed.
  • Collaborate with teachers and leaders on school-wide interventions regarding topics such as stress, anxiety, conflict resolution, bullying, etc;
  • Provide crisis intervention, assessing high-risk situations and making immediate recommendations and referrals;
  • Family Engagement:
  • Build and maintain positive trust-based relationships with DREAM scholars and families;
  • Plan, execute, and track Family Engagement activities and events including Family Visits, Cafes, and Conferences;
  • Manage and support the growth and development of the DREAM Family Action Council (DFAC);
  • Drive production of DREAM family communication including family facing fliers, emails, texts, robo calls, letters and handouts.
  • Founding School and School Culture Responsibilities:
  • Share responsibilities for lunch, recess, and late scholar pick-up as needed;
  • Collaborate with leadership to support teachers in understanding learners and families strengths and needs and support differentiated instruction and communication;
  • Attend and be an active participant in all professional development opportunities.


  • Bachelor's degree, required;
  • Direct experience in Mental Health and/or family engagement in a diverse, low-income community;
  • Masters in Social Work, Masters in Mental Health Counseling, or Masters in Creative Arts Therapy required;
  • New York State LCSW or LMSW, LMHC, or LCAT, required (or in the process of obtaining licensure);
  • 3-5 years of previous school-based counseling experience, preferred;
  • A track record of engaging and supporting students by partnering with families;
  • Ability to embrace the opportunities and challenges that come with founding a new school, including assuming the best, leading with a learning and solutions-oriented mindset, and demonstrated ability to persevere and think quickly;
  • A desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community;
  • Deep embodiment of DREAM's organizational values of teamwork, diversity, integrity, and fun;
  • Bilingual Spanish/English strongly preferred.


DREAM requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees, including a booster dose. Part-time staff hired for the summer season only, are exempt from the booster dose, however they must have received a 2-dose series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Reasonable Accommodations based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law.


At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.

From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.

Come dream with us.


All Kids Can. This Kid Can.

DREAM is Family.

Fun is a Serious Value.

Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.

Fail. Persist. Exceed.


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Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs.
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