Behavioral Health Specialist

1 Full Time Position


Pili A Pa‘a - North Kohala, Big Island


Project Director

Primary Purpose

Provide supportive interventions to families and/or student to promote positive behavioral changes in students in the selected school complex.

Essential Duties

  • Act as the liaison with school and mental health community for the purpose of supporting the community resource and needs assessment identified for the selected school complex;Administer culturally appropriate social/psychosocial/ behavioral treatment services by serving students identified by the faculty and staff as needing treatment and intervention;
  • Provide professional case management, information, and referral services;
  • Provide in-service/presentations to teaching staff/students/parents designed to educate them regarding relevant social issues and prevention strategies;
  • Administer crisis prevention and intervention strategies;
  • Prepare monthly reports for submission to school and agency leadership regarding resource activity and progress;
  • Maintain up to date records for all community school programs;
  • Participates as a member of the Leadership Teams.

Other Duties

Other duties as assigned.

Work Hours

  • Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or as otherwise determined by the supervisor;Position requires regular and predictable attendance;
  • Some events on evenings or weekends at various times.

Working Conditions

  • Office setting; Travel in personal vehicle to and from program sites;
  • Travel to the neighbor islands is required;
  • Travel to the U.S. continent may be required.

Equipment Use

Personal vehicle, computer and/or lap top, printer, scanner, copier, fax machine, office and/or work cell phone/Bluetooth, paper cutter, nametag maker, speaker system, video and camera equipment, and microwave.

Mental, Physical, and Communication Demands

  • Consistent adherence to the practice of PIDF’s five core values that are used as a guiding force in the success of all of its programs;
  • Be keenly aware of and attentive to school and community partners and members;
  • Must analyze and problem solve issues;
  • Must be organized and able to multi-task and prioritize;
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills.
  • Require lifting and carrying up to 15 pounds on a regular basis;
  • Must be able to sit and work on floor; kneel and bend.
  • Must exhibit courteous and professional demeanor towards program participants, staff and administration via verbal, written, physical, and electronic correspondence;
  • Require good oral and written communication skills;
  • Must feel comfortable conducting workshops in front of large audiences;
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, marriage/family therapy, or psychology required;Master’s degree in social work, counseling, marriage/family, or psychology preferred;
  • Must have at least two (2) years of experience in counseling or providing guidance in situations where individuals had difficulty in grasping or understanding the nature of their problem(s), choosing between various possible courses of action, adjusting to environmental conditions and/or acquiring or sustaining appropriate individual control or motivation;
  • Provide social work or counseling in a school setting preferred;
  • Applicants must possess a current Hawai‘i State Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, Psychologist, or Marriage and Family Therapist License;
  • Understanding and knowledge of the Hawai‘i DOE public school system AND the selected community preferred;
  • Working knowledge of personal computer software applications such as Word and Excel;
  • Must have access to a vehicle, have a valid driver’s license, a safe and responsible driving record, and current no-fault auto insurance, with at least the $100K in bodily collision per person and $25K in property damage liability.

All positions require that the incumbent have no convictions of any crime against a child or other vulnerable person. We conduct periodic criminal background checks as a condition of employment.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job. Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this description. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.