Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$80,354 - $105,840/year
East Campus
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#120839 Family Support Specialist

Extended Deadline: Thu 6/1/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/13/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Preuss School UC San Diego is a public charter school located on the East Campus, serving students in grades 6-12. Dedicated to providing a rigorous college prep education for motivated low-income students who will become the first in their families to attend and complete college, Preuss serves as a model school to study and develop promising practices in education.

The Health Center at The Preuss School plays a leadership role in creating a strong and active wellness culture that enables all students to flourish in body, mind and spirit. A full-time nurse and health assistant are onsite daily to support 850 scholars from dozens of zip codes throughout San Diego.

Under the supervision of the Vice Principal, the incumbent will support students to enhance their educational experience and reduce the impact of mental conditions and personal distress on their well-being through appropriate assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and referrals to campus and community resources. The incumbent will develop interventions, treatment plans, monitor their progress, and assure effective coordination of care between providers at Preuss, other campus resources, and mental health providers in the surrounding community. The services provided will include triage, crisis intervention and brief psychotherapy. Treatment plans may result in off-campus referrals to intensive outpatient and inpatient programs and specialized and/or long-term psychotherapy. The incumbent helps to develop resiliency strategies, programs, and services that build self-esteem, nurture positive development, and help to bond students to the school community.

  • Must have flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed, for outreach and emergencies.


  • Master's degree from an accredited school of social work. Possession of a clinical social worker license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners (and three (3) years of post-master's experience preferred).

  • Proven ability to manage difficult and complex mental health cases with thorough understanding of the legal issues surrounding working with higher-risk students.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills in general, and specific to mental health consultation work, are required including the ability to: develop strong working relationships; positively represent Preuss across diverse communities; and interact effectively with both health care professionals and non-professionals regarding mental health concerns.

  • Experience directing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating case management services for individuals with multiple personal and life problems.

  • Proven ability and experience coordinating care with community mental health resources.

  • Knowledge and experience providing time-limited counseling and psychotherapy, evaluation, diagnosis, and crisis intervention.

  • Proven ability to consolidate clinical information from a variety of sources into assessment and the treatment planning process, including the ability to plan and conduct treatment interventions.

  • Knowledge of various psychological theories, therapeutic interventions, pharmacology, and differential diagnoses using DSM-IV and ICD-10.

  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, to asses, analyze, prioritize and solve an array of clinical and psychosocial problems.

  • Knowledge of student development theories to explain K-12 student behavior, including psychosocial theories, cognitive/structural theories, and ecological and integrative theories.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both written and oral form. Effective presentation skills. Ability to write coherent and timely reports, evaluations and case summaries.

  • Knowledge and understanding of state and federal health care privacy laws, Title IX, VAWA, ADA, Title II, HIPAA and FERPA, as well as professional ethics or regulations that govern the work.

  • Group facilitation skills to lead meetings and groups.

  • Proven ability and experience in utilizing word processing and electronic mental health records, accessing resources as needed for client care and own professional development.


  • Must possess a Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy or Social Work, or hold an MFT, LPCC, or LCSW license.

  • Must successfully complete credential verification, background check, and TB screening in order to be granted practicing privileges.

  • This position is a mandated reporter of known or suspected child abuse or neglect, according to the California law, Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $80,346 - $105,846 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $38.48 - $50.69

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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