The City of Madison’s Child Care Unit is seeking a qualified, motivated Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant to fill an important position on our child care team!
The City’s vision is that all children have equitable access to opportunities to meet developmental milestones and succeed in school and life.
By all children, we mean especially children facing barriers to success.
Access means equitable access to resources, programming and services at the time they are needed.
The Child Care Unit plays a key role in working toward that vision through child care accreditation, funding, scholarships and community training and collaboration. We seek to impact the lives of Madison’s youngest residents through our work with the child care and school-age programs in which they are served. We are driven to provide resources and supports that will increase the opportunities for child care and school-age programs to foster child and youth development and succeed in school and life. We are seeking an individual who has a deep commitment to our goals in equity, diversity and inclusion and whose skillset compliments a competent team of professionals.
The Child Care Unit seeks to fill a new position, which supports and provides expertise to ensure quality social/emotional support is available to children within accredited child care programs in the City.
The Child Care Unit sits within the Community Development Division (CDD). CDD plays a central role in the City’s efforts to provide equitable opportunities for all residents of Madison. We collaborate with a broad network of community partners on programs and activities that provide basic resources and services that can materially affect the quality of life for residents and open doors for future success.
This is advanced-level infant and early childhood mental health consultation work within the City of Madison. In coordination and partnership with City Accreditation staff, this position supports and provides expertise to ensure quality social/emotional support is available to children within accredited child care programs in the City. Working with child care center staff and City Accreditation staff, this position provides the following services:
Assesses the needs of individual child care centers
Provides mental health consultation
Conducts training and/or reflective facilitation to staff, families and children at the center
Coordinate and/or provide professional development opportunities to bolster the skillsets of Child Care Accreditation staff in relevant infant and early childhood mental health topics such as the impact of trauma on child development and behavior, appropriate social/emotional development, managing challenging behaviors in children, etc.
The consultant may work with individual children on occasion to assist in the assessment of social/emotional function and needs, but work will primarily be with child care center staff and administration.
With general supervision, the position exercises considerable discretion and professional judgement in the provision of mental health consultation services. Outside of consulting work, the position participates in and collaborates with various organizations, work groups and coalitions in the City focused on early childhood or school-age issues, specifically dealing with topics relevant to infant and early childhood mental health.
IMPORTANT: THERE ARE 3 SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAY QUESTIONS ON THE JOB POSTING. YOU MUST ATTACH YOUR ANSWERS IN THE ATTACHMENTS SECTION OF YOUR APPLICATION.
(To view the questions, click on the supplemental question tab OR view the bottom section of the job bulletin)
**APPLICATIONS RECEIVED WITHOUT ATTACHED ESSAY RESPONSES WILL IMMEDIATELY BE ELIMINATED FROM CONSIDERATION.**
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide infant and early childhood mental health consultation
In coordination and collaboration with the child care specialist assigned to the child care center, provide relationship-based consultation to a caseload of child care centers accredited by the City of Madison.
Support child care centers to develop capacity to meet the needs of children in their care who have complex social and emotional needs.
Provide consultative services to child care center administrative staff, teachers, support staff or other related staff to process challenging situations and provide support to them as they meet the needs of the children in their care.
Provide reflective feedback to child care center staff in a responsive and compassionate manner while maintaining professional objectivity and the consultative stance.
Assist child care center staff or related professionals to determine appropriate screening and assessment needed for individual children, particularly in the area of social/emotional development and occasionally conduct such screening or assessment, as appropriate.
Recommend outside resources available within the community to child care centers, as appropriate and facilitate referrals to appropriate services.
Participate in staff professional development to remain current in the field.
Gather, analyze and summarize data about early childhood mental health needs in Madison and effectiveness of the initiative.
Participate in individual and group reflective supervision that is marked by an atmosphere of trust, respect, reflection and collaboration.
Provide or coordinate professional development opportunities in the area of infant and early childhood mental health
Train and consult with child care specialists in the area of infant and early childhood mental health, as needed, to enhance their ability to better meet the needs of child care centers in their caseload.
Create and provide training to child care center staff and other early childhood professionals, as needed, in relevant topics related to infant and early childhood mental health.
Research, pursue and coordinate the administration of professional development opportunities in infant and early childhood mental health for the early childhood community in Madison such as Pyramid Model, Conscious Discipline, etc.
Participate in relevant work groups, collaborations, or advisory committees related to infant and early childhood mental health.
Maintain a network of community resources and assets to assist child care centers and families in their care to meet the social/emotional needs of children such as Birth to Three and other children serving agencies in Madison.
Maintain a connection to the Madison Metropolitan School District staff, especially those providing services to children with special needs. Work to create systems to ensure a successful transition to kindergarten for students with special education or behavioral needs.
Provide information to relevant City and community boards, committees and commissions, as requested.
Perform other duties as required.
Master’s degree in social work, psychology or related field.
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Two (2) years of experience as a mental health professional/clinician, specializing in relationship-based work with infants, young children and their families.
If an applicant does not possess the specific requirements outlined above, HR will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience:
Four (4) years of experience in applying the following:
Infant and early childhood mental health and mental health disorders
Early childhood development (birth through age 5), preferably social-emotional development
Entering and understanding the culture of early childhood settings.
The impact of trauma (including historical trauma and family violence) on child and family development
Evidence-based strategies for mental health promotion, prevention and intervention.
Modules from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
Familiarity with the following:
Implementing developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood settings.
The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its residents and visitors. Therefore successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to effectively work with multicultural communities.
For a complete list of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, please see the class specification.
A Wisconsin license in one of the following: Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT), Clinical Social Work (LCSW) or Professional Counselor (LPC) or related license.
Travel in and around Madison is required. A valid driver’s license is required within 6 months of hire. City cars can be used, so a personal vehicle is not needed.
In order to support the safety, health, and wellbeing of our employees and the public we serve, the City of Madison is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine or get tested for COVID-19 weekly, except where a reasonable medical or religious accommodation can be granted. Upon hire you will be required to provide proof of your vaccination in the form of your vaccination card or through immunization records.
Ability to access all areas of a child care or school-age facility (classroom, playground, etc.),
Must navigate uneven terrain for up to one mile and have ability tolerate extreme weather fluctuations while observing programs outdoors.
Must be able to work sit or stand at a desk for an extended period of time using standard office equipment.
*Classification title is Mental Health Specialist.
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant Supplemental Questionnaire
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY--YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO ANSWER THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS AS PART OF YOUR APPLICATION. You can answer the questions using a word processing program and attach as a .docx or .pdf file. You must attach the document in the "Attachments" section of the application or you will not receive further consideration for this position. Your responses will be evaluated on your writing ability including: spelling, grammar and your ability to express your thoughts in a logical fashion. By checking this box, you acknowledge the above and understand that your response is required and failure to attach your essay response will immediately eliminate you from consideration.]
Please describe the training and education you have completed to prepare you for an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant position. Include any relevant licensure, training or experience in: a. Mental health counseling or consultation b. Screening and assessment of children c. Reflective supervision or consultation d. Working with parents and families with mental health, substance use concerns, and/or trauma history
Please describe your experience providing mental health consultation in programs serving low income, culturally diverse populations. What factors are important to consider when providing consultation in diverse programs?
Please describe your experience providing presentations or trainings to adults including your knowledge of adult learning principles.
* Required Question
OPENING DATE: 11/04/21
CLOSING DATE: 11/28/21 11:59 PM
Applicants must complete and submit application via City of Madison website. https://agency.governmentjobs.com/madisonwi/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=3275365
About City of Madison Community Development Division
The City of Madison Community Development Division plays a central role in the City's efforts to promote the general well-being of its residents and the neighborhoods in which they live. We collaborate with a broad network of community partners on programs and activities that seek to make available to all Madison residents the basic resources and services that can materially affect their quality of life and open doors for future success.