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Student Assistance Professional - Behavioral Health, Fife Public Schools

Puget Sound Educational Service District seeks a dynamic, highly skilled Behavioral Health Student Assistance Professional to provide direct services to students (ages 10-21) at risk of mental health concerns and their families within Fife Public Schools in response to the increasing behavioral health needs of students due to the COVID pandemic. Behavioral Health Student Assistance Professionals provide an array of mental health services including administering and interpreting screening and assessment, utilizing evidence based mental health practices to guide prevention and intervention services, and coordinate with school staff and community resources for the purposes of mitigating and/or reducing behavioral health concerns, and improving health and learning preparedness.

Please note this position is anticipated to sunset 6/30/2024.

PSESD is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state approved charter and private schools in Washington. Serving over 39% of Washington’s K-12 public school students, our agency provides critical services designed to ensure that our students are ready to enter school, achieve at high levels in the K-12 system, and succeed in postsecondary endeavors. We are committed to becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Organization driven by equity in education. To learn more about PSESD, visit

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrates an understanding and commitment to using a racial equity lens
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, Education, Human Services, Psychology, or Social Work; OR Associate’s degree in one of the above fields AND 5+ years of progressively responsible job-related experience, OR in progress to attain AA/AAS degree in one of the above fields within one (1) year of hire AND 5+ years of progressively responsible, job-related experience
  • Professional experience working with youth ages 10-21 in a counseling or case management role 
  • Experience collaborating with professionals from multiple disciplines with the goal of improving behavioral health outcomes for children and youth

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with evidence-based mental health practices and child/family wellness and recovery
  • Professional work experience working within a school environment or youth serving agency
  • Experience with child/adolescent group counseling
  • Experience working with diverse populations

CULTURAL PROFICIENCY: Articulates and applies historical context of racism and understands the current reality of students and communities of color in order to support racial equity. Actively demonstrates a commitment to supporting equity and inclusion, and serves as an advocate with colleagues, partners, and communities to meet the Agency's End and goal of becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Organization in support of eliminating the opportunity gap.
RACIAL EQUITY ADVOCATE: Recognizes, supports, and engages in dismantling institutional racism. Partners with and is accountable to those with whom we are in a transformational relationship, including children, families, and communities of color.
RACIAL EQUITY MINDSET: Demonstrates awareness of biases, internalized racial superiority and oppression. Leads with a racial equity lens and actively uses the racial equity tool in meaningful ways.
TRANSFORMATIONAL VALUES: Contributes to valuable and positive, antiracist transformation in individuals, organizations, and social systems in an effort to actively progress across the antiracist multicultural institution continuum. Is able to foster a sense of community and shared purpose via collaboration and cooperation with others inside and outside PSESD. Embodies the principles and practices that form the Agency’s culture. Operates from an abundance mentality that recognizes opportunities, and is optimistic and realistic about the future.

: Demonstrates knowledge and expertise related to child/youth development and growth.
COMMUNITY AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT: Demonstrates knowledge and expertise related to engaging with stakeholders, including children, families and communities, to promote wellness and self-sufficiency.
KNOWLEDGE SHARING: Imparts relevant information to others to increase understanding and overall Agency effectiveness and alignment.
PLANNING, ORGANIZATION, AND PRIORITIZATION: Assesses the work to be performed, and considers how it should be organized and accomplished, with appropriate priorities and realistic time parameters.
RECORDKEEPING AND DOCUMENTATION: Gathers, organizes, and maintains records, following confidential information and security protocols as needed. Accurately documents relevant/essential actions, processes, and practices.

Applicants are required to include the following attachments within the online application in order to be considered:

  • Cover Letter: Clearly reflect how you meet the minimum qualifications (and preferred qualifications if applicable).
  • Resume: Provide complete chronological resume including all work history along with dates of employment (month and year) and job responsibilities,  education, and certifications.
    • Please note that salary placements for selected candidates will be based on related experience detailed in the resume provided via the application process
    • Additional Documents: In some cases, additional documents may be required and will be specified in the job opening announcement/advertisement.

Location: Surprise Lake Middle School, Fife Public Schools
Job Type: School Schedule (40hrs/week, ending 6/30/2024)
Hiring Salary Range: $27.64 – $36.26 Hourly (Salary Band D)
Full Salary Range: $27.64 – $40.03 Hourly (Salary Band D)
Department: Learning, Teaching, and Family Support - Early Learning

We attract, retain, and motivate exceptional people with an equitable and competitive compensation package. Salary offers consider candidate qualifications and relevant experience. New hires at Puget Sound ESD start employment on or around the 1st and 15th of each month. For awareness and planning purposes, linked here are the dates through August, 2025.


We offer comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • 12 sick days, pro-rated for school schedule staff
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Participation in Washington State Department of Retirement System
  • Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan
  • Subsidized ORCA card
  • Free parking
  • Electric Car Charging Stations (Renton office)

Open until filled; for best consideration, submit a complete application by  best consideration date of Sunday, January 28, 2024. 

Jobs are listed here for information only. To apply for a specific open position, you must be a registered applicant in PSESD - School Jobs and apply specifically for each position for which you wish to be considered.

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PSESD is committed to having a diverse workforce and encourages all candidates meeting the minimum qualifications to apply.
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