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Virginia Quality Mental Health Specialist

Alexandria City Public Schools
Alexandria, VA, US

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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



Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) is one of the most diverse school systems in the country and we celebrate that diversity. Our students come from more than 128 different countries, speak more than 75 languages, and represent a rainbow of ethnic and cultural groups.

Alexandria is a historic seaport community located on the Potomac River overlooking our Nation's Capital.  Rich in history, yet firmly focused on the future, ACPS is committed to making a difference for every child.

Located just 8 miles from Washington, D. C., ACPS offers many exciting opportunities for teachers and administrators. For more information on available positions please visit:

and click: "vacancies"

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