Immediate Mental Health Practitioner

  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: School-based Support
  • Start Date: Immediate opening

Company Description

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system, that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of eighteen schools educating nearly 7,000 students and employing 1,200 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to our mission. As part of the KIPP network’s 255 schools, we share best practices and innovations with our peers across the city and country.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to excellence, equity, and justice. We believe all students have the right to rigorous, relevant, and joyful learning experiences led by exceptionally talented and diverse educators and support staff who promote student achievement and a sense of belonging. We are seeking an occupational therapist who is passionate about educational equity, driven by student and family relationships, and provides intentional support for their students.

Job Description


KIPP DC is looking for a dynamic, committed and flexible mental health practitioner to become part of a vibrant educational community. KIPP DC mental health practitioners are responsible for delivering effective, high-quality, interventions that are data driven. We are looking for a dedicated mental health practitioner that will drive the social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of our students and families through a responsive continuum of services to ensure academic growth. 


Service Delivery 25%

  • Provide core services including: prevention, consultation, intervention, assessment, and counseling. Services include, but are not limited to, conducting observations, collecting data, reviewing student records, conferring with teachers and parents, interviewing students, conducting functional behavior assessments, counseling (individual and group), planning behavior interventions, and conducting in-services and professional development. These core services are adapted to the particular needs of each student, situation, and setting
  • Deliver crisis response and intervention services to students, families and staff, when needed
  • Provide group and individual therapy and classroom support to special education students, and general education students, as well as monitor the students’ responses to the interventions identified
  • Develop and monitor student responses to behavior intervention plans, including providing support and consultation to general and special education teachers

Stakeholder Management 25%

  • Help all stakeholders understand child development and how it affects student performance academically and social/emotionally
  • Demonstrate positive, collaborative problem-solving orientation with students, parents and guardians, educators, administrators, community members, and colleagues
  • Serve in a consultative role with designated personnel to offer prevention and intervention strategies related to learning and behavioral problems of students; and provide consultation on an on-going basis to teachers, parents, and other school personnel to resolve students’ learning and behavioral problems
  • Assist in identifying needed community resources for students and makes appropriate referrals to resources to facilitate educational and behavioral interventions recommended for student success
  • Conduct functional behavior assessments and social history evaluations and communicate the results to all team members in parent-friendly language

School and Community Support 25%

  • Serve as a school liaison to social service agencies and community
  • Monitor and develop school-wide plans to address student attendance
  • Participate in mediations, administrative reviews, hearings and due process proceedings, as needed
  • Participate in disciplinary proceedings: expulsions, manifestations, and causation meetings
  • Be available for Open Houses, Parent-Teacher Conferences and other events involving parents outside of normal operating hours
  • Believe deeply in the mission and values of KIPP and subscribe to KIPP's Five Pillars
  • Hold high expectations for each student and exhibit positive rapport with all students
  • Demonstrate strong  knowledge of therapy models
  • Implement the school-wide student management policies within classrooms and everywhere on campus
  • Create and fosters a positive learning environment
  • Establish and maintain strong communication lines with all parents
  • Remain on call in the evenings (via school cell phone) to provide student support

Workflow Documentation 25%

  • Complete special education paperwork and attend multidisciplinary team meetings
  • Respond in a timely manner to Random Moment in Time Surveys with all of the required information requested in the survey as part of the Medicaid reimbursement process
  • Log progress notes in SEDs with all of the required information about the student’s specific IEP goals, responses to the designated interventions and plan for upcoming sessions, in a timely manner
  • Complete and monitor the pre-referral paperwork as it relates to the social/ emotional functioning of students
  • Complete paperwork for students with 504 plans, as well as monitor the implementation of the accommodations identified in the plans


  • Master's Degree in social work or counseling (Required)
  • Licensure as a social worker or counselor by the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) (Required)
  • Commitment to working with students with limited access to quality educational opportunities (Required)
  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Professional Counselor (Preferred)
  • Experience working in an urban public school (Preferred)
  • Pass a criminal background check, as required by law

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits:

  • KIPP DC offers its employees competitive rates for medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. KIPP DC’s plans include options for Health Savings Accounts, Flex Spending Accounts, and access to OneMedical.
  • KIPP DC also offers its employees a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after three years.
  • All employees who use public transit are eligible for pre-tax deductions for transportation costs through a partnership with WMATA
  • Staff are provided with a laptop computer for work and access to a discounted cell phone plan for staff/student/parent calls.
  • KIPP DC has various support programs in place during the pandemic, including extended sick leave and robust health and safety protocols and training programs

The standard work hours will be 7:30 am to 4:15 pm three days per week and 7:30 am to 5:00 pm two days per week.

Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit For questions or issues with your application, please contact [email protected]

KIPP DC Public Schools does not discriminate against, or tolerate discrimination against, employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis or protected class including, but not limited to, actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status (except as necessary to comply with federal, DC, state, or local law), religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), marital status (including domestic partnership status), genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy, family responsibilities, personal appearance, veteran status, uniform service member status, status of being unemployed, status of victim a survivor of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking, matriculation or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law. 

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KIPP DC requires all staff to provide proof that they have had all doses of a primary COVID vaccine or obtain approval for exemption for medical or religious reasons before beginning employment. New hires who have not received all doses of a primary vaccine or who are waiting approval for exemption will not be able to begin employment. New hires who have not received all doses of a COVID vaccine or who are awaiting approval for exemption will not be able to begin employment.

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