Mental Health Supervisor

Mental Health Supervisor – Next Door Milwaukee

Position Overview

The Next Door Mental Health Supervisor will oversee and coordinate efforts utilizing multiple challenging behavior frameworks and mental health consultation efforts to address challenging behaviors and mental health issues in children ages birth through 5 years old across all programming options. This person will lead the Positive Behavior Support team and support and maintain community mental health partnerships to align strategically with Next Door’s mission. This support will align with the Pyramid Model framework, Head Start Performance Standards and the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards that support continuous improvement in child outcomes in the domain of Social Emotional development and School Readiness.


  • Promote practices that support young children’s social and emotional development and prevent challenging behaviors.
  • Exceptional knowledge on infant and preschool mental health, interventions and strategies to help foster growth and knowledge of expertise in staff.
  • Ensure provision of mental health consultation for all Next Door programs on a consistent and regular basis.
  • Strategize about enhancement of mental health consultation processes that could require overseeing interns to help support to meet growing needs of Next Door.
  • Provide ongoing professional development, training and guidance regarding mental health and behavioral challenges to staff multiple times per year.
  • Work collaboratively with staff and parents in the development of behavioral plans.
  • Monitor implementation and quality of behavioral plans.
  • Monitor calming rooms once a month to pre-identify children with behavior concerns and teachers who may benefit from support from a PBIS staff member.
  • Effectively understand, articulate FAN approach, PTR-YC, IECMHC and Pyramid Model to staff, parents and other professionals.
  • Lead Liaison and Coordinator for EMBRACE (staff mindfulness project) which is a three-year grant project.
  • Build relationships and oversee coordination with ongoing and potential community partnerships for the goal of continuous quality improvement.
  • Monitor Child Plus mental health reports and create own tracking systems as needed. Further, analyze and monitor Program Information Report (PIR).
  • Provide oversight of agency grief response and development of crisis response resources.
  • Have an understanding of typical development in young children and processes when child is exhibiting atypical development.
  • Collaborate effectively with the Disabilities and Education Departments
  • May provide classroom observation and maintain small caseload dependent on workload of direct reports.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and have knowledge in effective Reflective Supervision skills.
  • Have an understanding of data analysis to help construct and maintain data reviews that will assist with continuous quality improvement.
  • Have an understanding of cultural competency with diverse populations
  • Assist in development and ensure adherence to Next Door’s Mental Health policies/procedures.
  • Ensure adherence and knowledge of the Early Head Start and Head Start Standards for oneself and direct reports.
  • Attend Next Door functions and family engagement events when necessary.
  • Attend mandatory trainings/meetings which may require out of state travel as required
  • Maintain Confidentiality.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervision of Staff:

  • Recruit, interview, hire and train Positive Behavior Intervention Specialists and CCP Disabilities & Mental Health Specialist.
  • Provide ongoing reflective supervision and evaluate the performance of PBIS staff and CCP Disabilities & Mental Health Specialist.
  • Conduct regular team meetings and assist with topics for quarterly PD days for direct staff.

Accountability and Performance Requirement:

All staff members are accountable for knowing and performing the responsibilities associated with their individual position in an efficient and effective manner; understanding that each of us plays in integral role in the success of our mission. All staff will support the agency mission, vision, standards of conduct/code of ethics, administrative decisions and strategic directions by maintaining a positive work environment and by behaving/communicating in an appropriate manner with children, families, colleagues, supervisors and the community while achieving performance expectations.


  • Master’s degree required; preferably in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related field.
  • Clinical licensure is required. Clinical experience is desirable.
  • Must have experience in infant and early childhood mental health and children with challenging behaviors.
  • Knowledge and expertise in implementing school-wide PBIS in early childhood programs
  • Must demonstrate effective listening and self-reflection competency.
  • Knowledge and experience in reflective supervision practices.
  • Knowledge and experience with the Wisconsin Pyramid Model for Social
  • Emotional Competence and Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards within early care and education settings.
  • Knowledge of appropriate curriculum and instructional strategies for students with behavioral and social challenges; current state and federal Early Childhood Education regulations; Early Childhood Education curriculum resources and materials; behavior intervention methodology/techniques including positive behavior intervention strategies and regulations; individual and classroom management techniques; principles and practices of instruction, curriculum, professional development, and assessment in an Early Childhood Education setting; student assessment methods.
  • Knowledge of Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and implications
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong organizational skills.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to relate well to children, families, staff and the community.
  • Must be culturally competent working with diverse, low-income children and families
  • Knowledge of infant and early childhood mental health principals, health services systems and community resources.
  • Knowledge and expertise in promoting growth and development in children for any of the developmental domains, (language and literacy, health and physical development, approaches to learning, social emotional development, creative arts, science, mathematics and sensory integration).
  • Successfully pass the Caregiver Background Check.
  • Successfully pass a physical examination upon hiring and every 2 years thereafter.
  • Successfully complete a TB test upon hiring and every 2 years thereafter.
  • Must have a valid Wisconsin’s Driver’s License, motor vehicle and adequate liability insurance as required by agency policy and state liability regulations.
  • Knowledge of childcare licensing requirements.
  • Have knowledge of screening and assessment tools, as well as referral and community resources.
  • Ability to work as a cooperative and supportive team member.
    Ability to communicate and cooperate with various professionals and community groups.
  • Must stay current in research trends in early childhood development.

Safety and Health

Next Door is committed to providing a safe work environment and to fostering the well-being and health of its employees. An essential part of each employees’ job is the development of safe working practices and the observance of safety rules, including:

  • Following safety warnings and directions at all times.
  • Using personal safety devices when required.
  • Reporting any unsafe conditions to supervisor.
  • Following process for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Reporting unsupervised children, after ensuring child’s safety.

Physical Demands 

  • Primarily active work; occasionally lifting up, holding or moving up to 50 lbs.

Physical Activity  

  • Bending, stooping, kneeling, sitting on the floor, walking/transporting, fingering, handling, feeling reaching, climbing, balancing, crouching, crawling, talking and speaking clearly, hearing conversation level, tasting, smelling and seeing; ability to interact daily with children outdoors in varied weather condition.

Work Environment

  • Mainly classroom setting and travel to various sites for meetings.


  • Ability to make frequent, significant decisions to understand and react to the development process of children.
    Ability to respond quickly and competently to an emergency or crisis situation in order to keep children safe.
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