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Director of Social, Emotional and Mental Wellness

Bend-La Pine School District
Closing date: 
Friday, February 5, 2021

Contract Days: 238
Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2021 - May be earlier due to candidate availability
Salary: $114,205 - $121,651 depending on experience - plus exceptional benefits

*Position closing date is 2/5/21*


The Director of Social, Emotional, and Mental Wellness is a role exclusively focused on developing and sustaining a coherent and aligned K-12 system for the promotion of social, emotional, and mental wellness in Bend - La Pine Schools.

The Director will be responsible for strategic leadership in helping the district to fulfil its mission, acting as a resource and partner with administrators, staff, students, families and community partners to develop, lead, and nurture a multi-tiered system of supports for social and emotional learning and school-based mental health programming.

Bend - La Pine Schools will utilize a model of integrated clinical/coping support, behavioral support, academic coordination, family support, and overall care coordination, with the intent of helping students develop resilience, regain health, maintain social connection, and continue (and, ultimately, complete) their education. This includes developing school-based interventions at all grade levels that address the needs of students who have fallen behind due to social and emotional challenges, serious mental health challenges, or medical illness. Working in collaboration with district and school leaders and teams, our Director of Social, Emotional, and Mental Wellness will help schools develop these programs, from initial assessment through program planning, implementation, and continuous improvement via customized technical assistance as well as network-wide professional learning. In concert with the other district administrators, the director operates with autonomy in alignment with all applicable local, state, federal laws, regulations and district policies. Independent judgment and decision-making, aligned with peer administrators and district goals, are required in matters not having established rules, regulations, or policies.


-Partner with senior leadership to ensure that the district’s strategic plan incorporates critical actions to promote social, emotional, and mental wellness.
-In collaboration with other district leaders and building principals, develop and continuously revise the district’s aligned vision, framework, and implementation plan for social, emotional and mental health program development within a multi-tiered systems of support framework.
-Facilitate district and school-level meetings and trainings to to establish and maintain a coherent and aligned K-12 model for social, emotional, and mental health across the district, including responding to all inquiries about the model from school and district staff
-Facilitate and support school-level planning processes resulting in adoption of customized operational plans for multi-tiered social, emotional and mental wellness supports
-Recruit candidates for and help facilitate school-level hiring processes for school-based coordinators/clinicians
-Lead and supervise a team of coaches that provide training and ongoing coaching for building leaders and staff
-Support the staffing and management of classified staff that support school- based coordinators/clinicians
-Provide clinical consultation upon request to school-level school-based coordinators/clinicians
-Develop a comprehensive plan for professional development for staff of school-based model programs and, when appropriate, wider school staff responsible for supporting school based efforts.
-Lead planning, organizing, scheduling, and facilitation of professional development sessions
-Help review and structure organization-wide processes and policies that promote social, emotional, and mental wellness
-Network with external groups and/or organizations to gain knowledge of trends in the field and build partnerships to leverage district efforts
-Keep current on best practices to facilitate student success and professional growth of staff
-Maintain effective communication and working relationships with staff, students, and parents
-Maintain confidentiality in student and personnel matters
-Encourage multiple points of view to form solutions
-Effectively use student, grade-level, school, department, and district data
-Exercise sound judgment and leadership in crisis situations


-Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, supervisors, and administrators at all levels to promote social, emotional, and mental wellness.
-Demonstrated experience working in and with milieu-based mental health programming and/or school based therapeutic programs
-Demonstrated effectiveness with development and continuous improvement of student support programming within a school environment
-Knowledgeable and trained in best practices related to prosocial skill development such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma --Informed Practice, Restorative Practices, and Collaborative Problem Solving.
-Knowledge of special education and 504 law.
-Knowledge of school based social and emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, mental health treatment modalities, and behavior support modalities
-Experience providing/facilitating both customized technical assistance and group-level networking and learning activities for programs at multiple stages of development
-Experience collaborating with stakeholders from multiple organizations and systems
-Availability for daily travel among schools in the Bend - La Pine Schools, and occasionally to other districts for professional learning and networking
-Ability to lead and manage certified and classified staff
-Effective oral and written formal and informal communication skills, including public speaking
-Skills in system design, problem solving, and data analysis

-Minimum of five (5) years leadership experience
-Masters in mental health, social work, or counseling related field
-Demonstrated track record of success in the following areas:
-Design and delivery of effective professional learning
-Facilitation of large-scale system change
-Effective engagement of family and community stakeholders
-Comprehensive program development and implementation

-Current state-required administrative license, or the ability to acquire such a license by July 1, 2021
-Fluency in Spanish language
-School-based leadership experience
-Large district or organization leadership experience

The employee performs under extreme heavy workloads and inflexible deadlines. Requests and issues are often received which require immediate attention setting up conflicting priorities. Sound judgment is required in stressful situations. The employee needs to be able to lift materials, boxes or equipment weighing up to 30 pounds and/or maneuver up to 50 pounds. This position generally works in an office environment with occasional travel to schools and other locations for meetings.

The statements herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principle functions of the job, the
level of knowledge and skills typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work and physical requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work or otherwise to balance the workload.

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