Program Manager - Mental Health Emphasis

Milpitas Unified School District - Milpitas, California - Full time

BASIC FUNCTION: Under the general supervision of the Director of Student Services will manage/coordinate integration, monitoring, implementation and supervision of social emotional services for students.  The Program Manager ensures implementation of IEP and educationally based goals, collects and analyzes data, and provides leadership to ensure appropriate services are delivered to provide educational benefit for students in need.


 Monitor, evaluate, and provide direction on the implementation of a consistent and efficient referral procedures for Mental Health

 Coordinate and direct, and provide administrative support for program providing services for students on IEPs

 Manage supervision and monitoring of NPA or other contracted staff providing mental health services

 Plan, organize, and implement staff development as needed

 Coach and direct site administrators to utilize the established process to access mental health services for students

 Provide direction to mental health staff on District policies and procedures

 Collect and analyze data of program effectiveness

 Supervise all District classrooms for students with emotional disturbances

 Draft proposed procedures and formulate recommendations for administrative approval, when needed

 Coordinate a monthly meeting with mental health service providers

 Foster collaboration with SELPA, District, and school committees

 Participate in professional activities, conferences, and research to keep abreast of trends, practices, and continued growth in the development in services for students

 Develop and supervise a program for psychology/ counseling interns

 Collaborate and participate with other Learning and Development leaders in establishing proactive interventions such as PBIS

 Communicate and consult with District leaders, staff, community organizations and families regarding community resources

 Implements approved changes and monitors work activities to ensure compliances with federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations

 Coordinates school improvement efforts, resolves issues and conflicts, shares resources and ensures consistent implementation of effective practices District-wide

 Assists in the evaluation of special education staff

 Perform other related tasks as assigned

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


• Master’s Degree

• Administrator Credential

• Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC)

 At least five years of successful experience working with children and families.


• Child growth and development.

• Characteristics of Autism Spectrum and related developmental disorders.

• Family systems and sensory integration.

• Visual strategies, developmental relationship based methodologies, language development, theories of behavioral systems, communicative methodologies.

• Current research regarding methodologies, interventions and treatment, behavior management strategies and techniques relating to pupils who experience atypical control problems

.• Data collection and data analysis methods.

• Applicable Special Education laws, codes, policies, procedures and regulations.

• Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.

• Oral and written communication skills.

• Operation of a computer to enter data, maintain records and generate reports.

• District organization, operations, policies, objectives and goals.

• Five years’ experience in an Autism Spectrum Disorder related field.

• Training in a variety of Evidence Based Practices with students with Autism.

• Professional experience working with school aged children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, including multiple experiences in applying communicative and behavior methodologies in the support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

• Designing and revising as necessary individual programs for students.

• Training families, teachers and/or tutors in behavioral and communicative strategies.

• Conducting training workshops with families and schools.

• Participating in student progress meetings.

• Developing appropriate behavior intervention plans for an educational setting.


• Demonstrate an understanding, patient, sensitive and receptive attitude toward students of varied age groups, exhibiting specialized needs, and on the Autism/Moderate-Severe Disabilities and other families.

• Possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to build teams, utilize community resources, train and provide leadership to other staff members.

• Appropriately manage student behavior and guide students toward socialized behaviors.

• Utilize a variety of instructional materials, methodologies and procedures to create and enhance positive educational environments.

• Perform routine clerical tasks and operate a variety of educational and office related machinery and equipment.

• Communicate, understand and follow both oral and written directions.

• Understand the complexities of working with diverse, multi-cultural and mixed socio-economic student populations.

• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a diverse range of children and adults.

• Advocate for the needs of children on the autism spectrum, their families and for the success of the District Autism Program.

• Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.

• Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines.

• Make presentations and deliver in-services in area of specialty.

• Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.

• Learn new or updated computer systems and programs to apply to current work.

• Provide direction and support to site leaders, coordinators, and staff in support of District goals and initiatives.

• Focus and appropriately allocate resources toward identified goals.

• Negotiate skillfully in difficult situations and create solutions to promote compromise.

• Communicate using patience and courtesy in a manner that reflects positively on the organization.

• Actively participate in meeting the District goals and outcomes.

• Apply integrity and trust in all situations.

• Work with constant interruptions.

• Work with dissatisfied or abusive individuals.

• Investigates, identifies and recommends appropriate placement based on diagnostic decisions regarding students’ instructional needs.

• Identifies, clarifies and participated in the resolution of concerns regarding the provision of appropriate services to students.

• Directs and trains others of comparable skills.

• Coordinates and reconciles input from diverse sources.

• Functions as a team member in a variety of settings.

• Utilizes advanced interpersonal skills.


• Physical, mental, and emotional stamina to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; sustain moderate to heavy physical effort for eight (8) hours.

• Ability to meet minimum physical requirements as prescribed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

• Conduct verbal conversation in English.

• Hearing sufficient to communicate in person and hold telephone conversations in normal range(approximately 60 decibels).

• Employee must have visual acuity for the purposes of reading printed materials such as labels, safety materials, equipment manuals, etc.

• Physical agility to sit, stand, kneel, walk, push/pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, stoop and to reach overhead.

• Physical stamina sufficient to climb slopes, stairs, ramps and ladders.

• Physical strength sufficient to frequently lift and/or carry 25 or more pounds; occasionally lift 50or more pounds with assistance.

• Occasionally push and/or pull a variety of tools, equipment or objects weighing 40 or more pounds.

• Exhibit a full range of motion for shoulder external rotation and internal rotation, shoulder abduction and adduction, elbow flexion and extension, shoulder extension and flexion range of motion capable of reaching.

• Exhibit a full range of motion for back lateral flexion, hip flexion, extension and knee flexion.

• Work in a classroom, school site, office and/or professional environments of outside service providers, and student homes.

• Physical tolerance if exposed to dust, pollen, specific agents/chemicals, cleaners and foul smells.

• Demonstrate manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer or other office equipment.

• Mental acuity to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments, decisions and demonstrate manual dexterity necessary to drive a motor vehicle and to respond to emergency situations.


• Valid California Teaching Credential in Special Education, BCBA or a Pupil Personnel Services

• Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s license and evidence of appropriate insurance.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

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K12 School Operations

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