Rock Hill Schools

Director of Mental Health

Minimum Qualifications:

Certification in Administration preferred

Experience in the field of counseling, social work, psychology, or related field preferred

Maintains awareness of research and advancements in school-based mental health and

substance abuse services to lead program advancements and improvements

Skill in evaluating, planning and implementing services for students needing assistance

Ability to work with individuals, groups and communities to improve mental health

Supporter and advocate of the inclusion model for students
Knowledge of instruction and innovative teaching methods of common behavioral/mental health diagnoses (DSM-5) and evidence-based therapeutic treatments for school-aged children
Experience dealing with issues, including depression, addiction, stress, grief, low self-esteem and anxiety
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
Skill in providing/assisting with inservice training of school personnel related to Mental Health     Skill in interpersonal relations with pupils, parents, teachers, staff and the general public
Outstanding references from current and former supervisors
Satisfactory SLED (SC Law Enforcement Division) report


Salary Range:        Administrative Group 4


Length of Contract:    12 months


Starting Date:          2021 – 2022 School Year


College transcripts, three references, and a copy of appropriate credentials should also be submitted during the application process.


Prior to employment, the District will request a criminal record history check for past action of crimes.  For this reason, information about date of birth, gender, and race is requested as a part of the application process.


The district reserves the right to make changes to the job posting/description as necessary to meet the district’s needs.






Director of Mental Health


Purpose Statement:

The Director of Mental Health under general supervision, performs a variety of professional, administrative, and leadership work to lead and coordinate activities in the area of Mental Health Services for Rock Hill Schools. The purpose of this position is to address the mental health needs facing the students of Rock Hill Schools. Work involves functioning as a member of the district-wide and when needed, school level MTSS team; providing professional development in classrooms and classroom coaching when dealing with students with mental health needs; ensuring the implementation of required policies and procedures affecting students and schools with mental health needs. Reviews school requests for student enrollment in school-based mental health services.  Supervises and evaluates the work of staff. Employee is responsible for receiving and reviewing psychological reports, medical reports, IEPs, and achievement test results to assist in determining needed services and interventions for specific students. Work is guided by and must be in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations.


Position reports to Chief of Strategic Planning, Engagement, Program Support


Essential Functions

  • Remains current with school-based intervention research and using evidence-informed practices in service delivery. Interventions shall be designed to enhance positive educational experiences and involve the student, the family, other team members, school personnel, and community resources as needed.
  • Provides crisis intervention services related to family violence, substance abuse, and behavioral disorders.
  • Engages in advocacy that seeks to ensure that all students have equal access to education and services to enhance their academic progress.
  • Ensures the implementation of required policies and procedures affecting students with mental health needs.
  • Assists in the collection and analysis of data needed for the purpose of planning, reporting, securing services, and making decisions.
  • Coordinates the provision of technical assistance to assigned schools including needed staff development.
  • Facilitates the dissemination of best practices regarding behavioral and mental health supports.
  • Establishes and maintains an on-going system of communication with school personnel, parents and community partners.
  • Serves as a resource for principals, teachers, school staff and families regarding students with significant mental health needs. Provides recommendations, strategies and community resources to staff and families.
  • Advocates for student transitions/mainstreaming opportunities by assisting IEP teams and/or MTSS teams with planning and supports to ensure successful outcomes for students with mental health needs.
  • Utilizes collaborative approaches for involving all stakeholders in educational planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Gathers information, conducts observations, and reviews data to assist in placement recommendations regarding classrooms with mental health supports.
  • Serves as a liaison to state and local agencies providing mental health support.
  • Develops and administers a comprehensive, coordinated approach to providing mentalhealth support services on school sites by developing and maintaining strong partnerships between providers, schools, county departments, managed care organizations, and community based agencies.
  • Directs the Rock Hill Schools collaboration with community agencies for School Based Mental Health Services (SBMH).
  • Evaluates and responds to training and support needs, and guidance for Rock Hill Schools and agency staff providing services to schools.
  • Develops and implements criteria for annual program evaluations of all school-based providers.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships across departments including Exceptional Student Services, Student Services, MTSS, Community Partnerships, and Instruction and Accountability.
  • Provides direction for central office and school administrators to ensure consistent referral processes and delivery of services at all participating schools; responds to feedback and troubleshoots concerns.
  • Serves as the liaison to local and regional in-patient facilities’ administrators to establish healthy transitions for students and families.
  • Maintains awareness of research and advancements in school-based mental health and substance abuse services to lead program advancements and improvements.
  • Ensures that program work align with district goals and objectives.
  • Seek grants to close service gaps and improve overall quality of services available to Rock Hill Schools students.
  • Reviews all requests for student enrollment in Rock Hill School Day Treatment Center.
  • Develops memoranda of understand to ensures that partner agencies adhere to policies and applicable confidentiality laws.
  • Advocates for underserved student populations to broaden availability of mental health Services.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications



Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


SKILLS are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skills required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: planning and organizing programs of a complex nature, developing subordinates to insure a high level of efficiency, dealing with the public, providing leadership and managing a staff of professional personnel.


KNOWLEDGE is required to perform advanced math; review and interpret highly technical information, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions. Specific knowledge required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job includes: pertinent codes, policies, regulations and/or laws; federal and state grants management; education code; instructional needs in other areas such as advanced placement and special education, instructional research, testing and innovative teaching methods.


ABILITY is required to schedule a number of activities, meetings, and/or events; often gather, collate, and/or classify data; and consider a variety of factors when using equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing a variety of complex processes; and operate equipment using a variety of processes. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of widely varied types and/or purposes; and utilize a variety of types of job-related equipment.  In working with others, independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans.   Problem solving with data requires analysis based on organizational objectives; and problem solving with equipment is moderate to significant.  Specific abilities required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: communicating with diverse groups; meeting deadlines and schedules; setting priorities; working as part of a team; flexible to changing conditions; making quick and accurate decisions; working with multiple projects; maintaining confidentiality; and facilitating communication between persons with frequently divergent positions.



Responsibilities include: working independently under broad organizational policies to achieve organizational objectives; managing major organizational components; and supervising the use of funds for multiple departments. Utilization of significant resources from other work units is routinely required to perform the job’s functions. There is a continual opportunity to significantly impact the Organization’s services.


Working Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; and significant fine finger dexterity.  Generally the job requires 50% sitting, 25% walking, and 25% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.



Job related experience within specialized field with increasing levels of responsibility is required.



Master’s degree from an accredited university or college

Experience in the field of counseling, social work, psychology, or related field preferred


Required Testing                                                                  

Pre-employment TB Test


Certificates & Licenses

SC certification in Administration

Experience in the field of counseling, social work, psychology, or related field preferred


Continuing Educ. / Training                                                 

120 renewal credits every 5 years



Satisfactory SLED (SC Law Enforcement Division) report; outstanding references from current and former employers


FLSA Status                                                                          



Salary Grade

Administrative Group 4

Administrative / Counseling / Education / Training

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