Come join the Child Welfare team at Jewish Child and Family Services! Our holistic approach to reunifying and helping families heal encourages true collaboration among Child Welfare case managers, clinicians, families, and foster parents – we know that when we work together and develop strong relationships, there are better outcomes for the kids and families we serve. The JCFS Child Welfare program pays close attention to leadership and supervisory support; while the work is challenging, you will have the support and guidance of a skilled supervisor. Our program model encourages professional and personal growth and pays attention to the overall health and well-being of our employees.
Families come to the JCFS Child Welfare program after something so serious has occurred, that the state determines the family cannot live together. The work of a JCFS Child Welfare employee is to help families find the path to come back together, in the way that’s right for them. We do this difficult and rewarding work through collaboration, trauma awareness, and a curious approach to family dynamics, culture and race.
We are always excited to add to our team of hard working and dedicated employees, please take a moment and see if this is the right job for you!
JCFS has a specialized program to support young people who are placed in Emergency Foster Care [EFC]. Children in EFC are in a temporary foster home and require extra therapeutic support during this time of transition. While the clients in EFC transition in and out with some frequency, the foster parents remain! The JCFS EFC clinician provides ongoing support to these foster parents, including identifying training needs, providing educational resources, and encouraging self-care and growth. This unique hybrid therapeutic position is a wonderful entry point into clinical work in Child Welfare. We are looking for someone who is ready to get out there and do the work! This is a largely field-based position and allows the EFC clinician to provide services in the emergency foster home.
As a member of our Clinical team, you will have monthly clinical training opportunities, monthly group supervision, as well as weekly reflective supervision.
Masters in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy or related Human Services field from an accredited college or university
Flexible scheduling necessary; requires evening hours based on client and program needs
As this position requires site visits and client transportation to locations which may or may not be accessible by public transportation, must be able to drive, have a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and reliable access to a vehicle to travel in the Cook County/Chicago metropolitan area
Willingness to work towards obtaining clinical licensure: LCSW, LMFT or LCPC
Experience working with children and knowledge of child welfare and trauma
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Conducts a brief assessment of client strengths and needs and creates a treatment plan with goals focused on transitioning successfully to a permanent placement
Provides intensive therapeutic treatment, two times per week, clients placed in emergency foster care
Builds and maintains long-term relationships with emergency foster care parents
Participates in agency staff development programs, professional group seminars, committees or conferences to increase professional knowledge
Interpersonally flexible; able to shift gears quickly based on situation or changing priorities
Independent with demonstrated use of sound judgement
Demonstrated ability to remain calm in high-stress situations while maintaining an understanding and supportive demeanor
JCFS offers an array of benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Wellness, Paid sick and vacation time, Agency holidays, Pension, 403(b), Flexible Spending Plans, and Life Insurance.
Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS) is committed to serving the needs of the diverse Chicago metropolitan area. Accredited by COA, Charter member of CWLA, Licensed by DCFS
JCFS is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. JCFS provides a reasonable accommodation to those who need assistance in completing this application
About JCFS Chicago
Jewish Child & Family Services provides vital, individualized, results-driven, therapeutic and supportive services for thousands of children, adults and families of all backgrounds each year, facing challenges with life transitions, mental health, developmental/intellectual disability and basic human need.