Virginia Quality Mental Health Specialist

Alexandria, VA, US
Jul 22, 2020
Job description:

Virginia Quality (VQ) is the state's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). QRIS is a method used nationally to define, measure, and improve the level of quality in early childhood programs. ACPS serves as a Local Coordinator for the City of Alexandria and is a part of the VQ Northern region. The VQ Mental Health Specialist will increase caregivers/teachers/directors use of strategies and practices to promote the social emotional development of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children.

This is a grant-funded position.


Education: Bachelor's degree in early childhood education, early intervention, educational psychology, developmental psychology, or a related field. Master's degree highly preferred.

Experience: Experience working in early childhood or a related field for five or more years. Experience working with adults (e.g. training, mentoring, or leading caregivers/teachers)

Licensure: Currently holds a Virginia Infant Mental Health Endorsement

Have transportation and be able to travel throughout the Alexandria region.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide training sessions on social emotional topics, ASQ:SE-2, Parents Interacting with Infants, and other approved training topics to child care providers and families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • Provide coaching on identifying, managing, and screening social emotional problems.
  • Assess quality of social emotional environments and identify strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Work collaboratively with the program director, caregivers to develop a written Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).
  • Provide on-site coaching; training; mentoring; modeling; problem-solving; and materials and resources to reach goals and outcomes specified in written plans.
  • Provide ACPS with written reports outlining the results of assistance of the assigned programs(s) or class(es).
  • Attend regional meetings and local meetings.


  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test


Similar jobs

Similar jobs