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Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia serves children, adults, seniors and families with a diverse array of services. We are committed to serving the community–particularly our most vulnerable members–during times of challenge and crisis throughout their lives.

Our team is comprised of dedicated, caring and experienced social workers, care managers, prevention specialists, chaplains and other professionals.  The common denominator we share is our commitment to enhancing the lives of the families, children and individuals we support.

We are looking for passionate, energized and skilled professionals who share our goals and want to make a meaningful difference every day. By joining JFCS you become part of an organization with a tradition of service excellence, a tradition guided by Jewish values within a diverse community.  JFCS offers the opportunity to learn and grow in an ever-changing landscape. JFCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer by choice.

Equal Employment Opportunity

JFCS supports and is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. It is our policy to provide equal opportunities in any term, condition or privilege of employment to all associates and potential associates on the basis of their merits and ability to perform, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, citizen and veteran’s status, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, or any other prohibited factor.

Applying for a job at JFCS is simple

  • Identify the job best suited to your background and expertise from the positions listed below
  • If you meet the qualifications and are interested in applying, send an email to careers@jfcsphilly.org
  • Your email application must include
    • The job title in the subject line (or we will not be able to route your resume)
    • Your cover letter and salary requirements in the body of the email
    • Your resume as an attachment

Job Openings

Art Therapy and Studio Manager

Working within JFCS’ Therapeutic Art Studio at the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center, this individual develops and facilitates therapeutic programing for identified populations including children, older adults, and persons living with disabilities. In addition, this person will manage and maintain the art studio and work within a team approach with agency directors to create new programs.

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RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and facilitate quality programming with various identified populations served by JFCS and its community partners.
  • Engage, relate to and facilitate art therapy groups and one-on-work with many different types of personalities and functioning levels.
  • Instruct individuals or groups in the use of various forms of art media such as paint, clay, yarn, etc
    Create and facilitate a new expressive socialization art and craft program with older adults.
  • Coordinate art showcases to display artwork produced by clients
  • Manage the art studio, maintaining supplies, set-up, safety, and organization of the workplace, including maintaining overall cleanliness and good condition of the area and equipment
  • Evaluate participants and identify the need for additional interventions.
  • Maintain strong clinical documentation, utilizing JFCS’s behavioral health database if necessary
  • Supervise staff, volunteers, practicum students, or interns that participate in programming, including providing supervision as required for partnerships with local colleges and universities
  • Participate in team meetings to discuss good practices, client issues, and new programming ideas.

COMPETENCIES

  • Able communicator who can rapidly assess his/her audience and adjust message to best suit each listener; sound listening skills; ability inspire and mobilize his/her team to move in a unified direction
  • Ability to work effectively and compassionately with individuals of various ethnic and religious groups and to understand the meaning of cultural competency
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative and innovative; to see beyond” what exists” and express what “could be”
    Capable and concise presenter of art techniques utilizing different media
  • Capacity for working with team members at all levels
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and utilize agency supports appropriately; show good independent judgment and the ability to be self-directed and take initiative to complete goals and initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to develop programs
  • Tech savvy; Must demonstrate proficient use of technology (smart phone/tablet/laptop) and experience using MS Office applications; database entry to a EHR a plus
  • Exhibit an understanding of mental health disorders and the physical, psychological and social needs of JFCS clients
  • Demonstrates excellent communication, listening, writing, and observational skills
  • Show creativity, intuition and imagination.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and difficult issues.
  • Demonstrates emotional strength and the ability to cope with challenging situations.
  • Demonstrates empathy and the ability to gain clients’ trust.
  • Show creativity and ability to draw from a variety of art forms for different types of groups.
  • Flexible and open to change.
  • Demonstrated excellent organization skills.

QUALIFICATIONS / EDUCATION

  • Must hold a Master degree in Art Therapy from an accredited college or university.
  • An ATR-BC is preferred, but will consider an ATR working towards board certification. Certified or registered by the National Expressive Therapist Association, American Arts Therapy Association, or licensed, certified, or registered by another recognized state or national body.
  • Must have at least three years’ experience, with at least one year of continuous Art Therapy experience
  • Previous experience working with older adults, children, and individuals with disabilities preferred
  • Experience in the fine arts also a plus
  • Understanding of DSM-V desired
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet programming needs. This may include Sundays and some evenings
  • Must be able to physically meet the requirements of the position:
    • Ability to lift up-to 30 pounds from the floor to counter/table and counter/table to above head
    • Ability to bend down to reach the floor and reach above head
  • Employee must own a car, must have a safe driving record on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state in which the employee is licensed to drive and provide a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile liability insurance at time of employment. Employee must maintain a valid driver’s license and carry liability insurance as a condition of continued employment.
  • Some evening work may be required.

EOS Parenting Education Specialist

The Parent Education Specialist facilitates evidence-based group services to parents/caregivers in need of strengthening their skills as a parent/caregiver. Also provides case management and referral to community resources as needed.

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RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitate up to 8 evidence-based parenting groups weekly
  • Meet with parents to provide warm hand off to community resources on an as needed basis
  • Co-lead Parent-Child Summer Program in collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia
  • Co-lead Social -Emotional Learning groups for children as part of comprehensive parenting program
  • Assist program manager with marketing, recruitment and scheduling of group sessions.
  • Complete and submit all required paperwork in timely manner based on EOS policies and procedures
  • Complete and submit all data entry in a timely manner based on EOS policies and procedures
  • Participate in bi-weekly team meetings and supervision
  • Assist program manager with all funding reports
  • Attend meetings with community partners
  • Display initiative in program development and motivation for advancing skills through participation in training workshops
  • Maintain awareness of JFCS vision, mission and program components
  • Perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as requested

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Education, Counseling, Psychology or a related field strongly preferred. Will consider Bachelors (same fields) with a minimum of 3 years of group work experience with parents and children
  • Proficient use of technology (smart phone/tablet/laptop) and experience using MS Office applications and database entry is required.
  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development.
  • Knowledge of group dynamics
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups with children, adolescents and adults
  • Experience working with families in an urban setting
  • Knowledge of best practices in the field of prevention
  • Knowledge and experience utilizing evidence-based prevention curriculum.
  • Demonstrated ability to be well-organized, work independently, and as part of a team
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships with staff, parents and other professionals.
  • Knowledge of community resources including the county agency, educational, health and other social welfare agencies.
  • Flexibility of time in order to schedule groups to meet participant needs.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • All prospective employees must pass a criminal background check, child abuse check and FBI fingerprint clearance.
  • Due to the movement of presentation materials from office to work locations, the employee must be able to lift up to 30 pounds and be able to move materials from their vehicle into the work location
  • Employee must own a car, must have a safe driving record on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state in which the employee is licensed to drive and provide a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile liability insurance at time of employment.
  • Employee must maintain a valid driver’s license and carry liability insurance as a condition of continued employment
  • Ability to work at least one evening a week is required; flex hours or comp time provided

ELECT Recruitment and Retention Specialist

ELECT is a cooperative venture designed to improve educational opportunities and social service supports for pregnant and parenting teens. The goals of the program are to promote high school graduation and reduce repeat teen pregnancies. The Recruitment and Retention Specialist will take the lead, and in coordination with the ELECT Program Manager, Supervisor and Case Managers will engage in activities to actively recruit and enroll students into the ELECT program and assist students to remain enrolled through high school graduation.

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RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Hold regular recruitment events in all JFCS ELECT school sites
  • Manage the timely collection of documents needed to enroll and engage students as soon as possible
  • Provide an orientation to the ELECT program for all students and their families to ensure a smooth transition into the program
  • Manage JFCS assigned community/school sites with no current enrollment
  • Market and promote recruitment through community organizations such as health centers, etc.
  • Attend monthly school meetings with school personnel to review program needs
  • Assist case managers in reaching out to students with 2 week no contact
  • Assist case managers with reengaging exited students
  • Participate in monthly Saturday events with ELECT students and families
  • Participate in development and implementation of summer activities for students
  • Provide case management coverage when needed
  • Maintain program records and files, compile data and prepare reports as needed to comply with funding requirements promptly and efficiently.
  • Establish a positive working relationship with all school and community site personnel and be knowledgeable about resources within your school or community sites
  • Attend staff meetings and supervisory sessions.
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of the EOS strategic plan.
  • Maintain awareness of JFCS vision, mission and program components.
  • Seek and take advantage of opportunities for professional growth and attend mandatory trainings and meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by immediate team leader and other management as requested.

COMPETENCIES

  • Knowledge of effective marketing strategies for recruiting youth
  • Knowledge of prenatal and child development.
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care.
  • Proficient use of technology (smart phone/tablet/laptop) and experience using MS Office applications is required.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in an area of activity for which procedures cannot be standardized.
  • Ability to meet and interact respectfully, patiently and courteously with a variety of types of clients and families from various racial, ethnic and religious groups.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Personal and professional integrity.
  • Ability to manage and flex time to attend to client’s crises and emergency needs.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience utilizing evidence-based practices and curriculum.
  • Demonstrated ability to be well-organized, work independently, and as part of a team.
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships with staff, parents and other professionals.
  • Maintain dress and appearance appropriate to a professional office setting.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • S.W. or B.A. in Human Services or related field; MSW or equivalent preferred
  • Experience working with youth in an urban setting.
  • Prior experience working with pregnant or parenting teens is preferred
  • One to three years’ experience in a children’s services program environment highly preferred.
  • One to three years prior experience facilitating educational workshops preferred.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • All prospective employees must pass a criminal background check, child abuse check and FBI fingerprint clearance.
  • Due to the movement of presentation materials from office to work locations, the employee must be able to lift up-to 30 pounds and be able to move materials from their vehicle into the work location.
  • Must own a car, have and maintain a safe driving record on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state in which the employee is licensed to drive.
  • Must provide a valid driver’s license, maintain proof of automobile liability insurance and must maintain coverage.
  • Due to reduction in summer service hour requirements, ELECT Recruitment and Retention Specialist may be assigned additional direct service responsibilities in the Summer Work-Ready Program, Parent- Child Collaborative Program or other programming as needed
  • Some occasional evening and Saturday work may be required

Mobile Mental Health Social Worker (two positions available)

Under the supervision of the IFS Assistant Director, the Social Worker works with an integrated team approach in providing clinical counseling for Individual and Family Services (IFS) clients. The SW works with individuals 65+ in their homes to develop individualized treatment plans, complete bio-psychosocial assessments, and provide appropriate therapeutic interventions. Therapy may be provided to individuals, couples, and families (all who include a individual 65+). Services are mainly provided in the individual’s home, some may be provided at the office if deemed appropriate. The Social Worker will also plan and facilitate regularly scheduled group therapy programs at our Brodsky Center and possibly the Northeast office location.

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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The Clinical Social Worker is responsible for bio-psychosocial assessments, individual, group and family therapy, participation in treatment team planning, and discharge planning/case management service, and liaison services with referral and community sources.
  • Coordinates and provides supportive counseling and care management services for IFS clients both through direct services in the client’s home and in the office.
  • Conducts comprehensive assessment of clients’ needs and assesses their goals to develop mutually agreed upon treatment/care plans.
  • Collaborates with community resources (job coach, housing) and assists clients in daily life skills to help them function on as high a level as possible.
  • Maintains knowledge of a broad variety of community resources and refers clients when appropriate to support their treatment goals.
  • Prepares and documents accurate and timely records including clinical and progress notes, and billing information in compliance with department documentation guidelines and expectations and external regulatory policies.
  • Participates in team conferences, peer supervisory sessions, and other meetings related to special needs and care management issues.
  • Assists in facilitation of monthly cultural and educational outings for individuals with special needs.
  • Other duties as assigned by Care Management Team Leader.

COMPETENCIES

  • Knowledge of public benefits and general community resources
  • A high level of communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple assignments.
  • Demonstrate a professional demeanor no matter what the situation; must be able to meet and interact professionally, patiently and courteously with a diverse population of clients and families.
  • Ability to work independently—can follow up and follow through.
  • Must be able to exercise independent judgment in an area for which procedures cannot be standardized.
  • Ability to recognize implied problems underlying initial statements of need and to ask questions appropriate to gathering more information to better serve the client and the agency.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to participate as a contributing team member of the department.
  • Ability to work as a team member with other clinicians and care managers to ensure best service to clients.
  • Ability to establish good working relations with other professional both internally and in the community.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt to changes in schedule and assignments.
  • Demonstrates initiative in contributing to the development of the department’s programs and services as well as his/her own professional development.

REQUIREMENTS

  • MSW required along with LCSW, may consider without LCSW at hire, but is required within three months of hire.
  • Two to three years direct service experience required
  • Has an understanding of best practices and knowledge to assess and implement appropriate therapeutic interventions including, but not limited to: DBT, CBT, MI, Crisis De-Escalation, and TIC.
  • Has the ability to appropriately assess an individual in crisis to determine if a higher level of care is needed, can include psychiatric emergencies that may lead to hospitalization.
  • Proficient user of technology (smart phone/tablet/laptop) and experience using MS Office applications required
  • EHR/EMR database experience a plus

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Work hours may include staffing one Sunday program per month (hours will be adjusted for the week following)
  • May host groups that run beyond normal business hours (schedule will be adjusted accordingly).
  • Employee must be physically able to negotiate stairs, doorways and entrances to client’s home.
  • Employee must be able to operate and drive their own car to travel to client’s residences.
  • Employee must have a safe driving record on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state in which the employee is licensed to drive. Employee must provide a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile liability insurance. In addition, employee must provide security clearances free of any citations.
  • Employee must pass all necessary criminal and/or background checks.

Suicide Prevention Specialist – Education and Outreach Services

JFCS prevention services are designed to decrease adolescent risk factors while increasing protective factors to buffers against the risks present in their communities The Suicide Prevention Specialist utilizes research and evidence-based prevention curricula to facilitate group, whole class and/or individual sessions with children and adolescents in the Philadelphia Public Schools. The Suicide Prevention Specialist is assigned to specific schools throughout the city of Philadelphia. Prevention Specialist will be responsible for direct education and support for students enrolled in each session. In addition, the Suicide Prevention Specialist will consult with school administration regarding the implementation of suicide prevention policies and procedures and provide workshops for school administrators, faculty and parents.

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RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Meet with school personnel to establish program in assigned schools.
  • Fulfill required monthly direct service hours per EOS policies by providing up to 5 groups daily in assigned elementary, middle, and/or high school settings
  • Provide program orientation to students, school staff and parents
  • Prepare lessons utilizing EOS approved research and evidence-based curriculum
  • Consult with individual students to assess need for further intervention
  • Complete and submit student referral form to school counselor, supervisor and other appropriate school personnel as warranted
  • Provide ongoing consultation for school personnel regarding the progress of services provided
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of special projects
  • Facilitate workshops with school personnel, parents and other professionals on the topic of suicide prevention.
  • Display initiative in program development and motivation for advancing skills through participation in training workshops
  • Enter data and submit all required paperwork within the time frame specified in EOS policies and procedures
  • Adhere to EOS procedure for recording daily attendance
  • Participate in bi-weekly staff meetings and supervisory sessions
  • Maintain daily communication by checking e-mail and phone messages at least once per day
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of the EOS strategic plan
  • Maintain awareness of JFCS vision, mission and program components
  • Perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as requested
  • Adheres to OAS training requirements

COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to facilitate groups with children, adolescents and adults
  • Knowledge of anxiety, depression, and suicide as related to children and adolescents.
  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development.
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care.
  • Must be computer/technology savvy and can use Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in an area of activity for which procedures cannot be standardized.
  • Ability to meet and interact respectfully, patiently and courteously with a variety of types of clients and families from various racial, ethnic and religious groups.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Personal and professional integrity.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience utilizing evidence-based practices and curriculum.
  • Demonstrated ability to be well-organized, work independently, and as part of a team.
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships with staff, school personnel and other professionals.
  • Maintain dress and appearance appropriate to a professional office setting.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or a related field.
  • 2 or more years’ clinical experience working with youth required.
  • 1 year working with youth in an urban setting highly preferred.
  • Previous experience working with a suicide prevention program or certification to do so a plus.
  • Knowledge and experience utilizing evidence-based prevention curriculum preferred.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • All prospective employees must pass a criminal background check, child abuse check and FBI fingerprint clearances and any other required clearance for working in a school setting
  • Due to the movement of presentation materials from office to work locations, the employee must be able to lift-up to 30 pounds and be able to move materials from their vehicle into the work location.
  • Must own a car, have and maintain a safe driving record on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state in which the employee is licensed to drive. Must provide a valid driver’s license, maintain proof of automobile liability insurance and must maintain coverage.

Program Manager – ELECT and Parenting

The Program Manager works with the Director of the Education and Outreach Services department and its leadership team to oversee JFCS’ work on prevention services and related programs. Specifically, the Program Manager is responsible for the daily administrative oversight of all parenting program activities, and the educational component of the ELECT program, including the Supervision of Group Facilitator/Case Managers positions assigned to the Parenting and ELECT programs.

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RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides overall supervision and direction for Group Facilitators/Case Managers
  • Meets with each GF/CM weekly on an individual or collective basis
  • Provides ongoing communication to ensure that team members are aware of changes and upcoming activities, Agency updates, programmatic announcements, etc.
  • Oversees marketing and recruitment and retention efforts
  • Monitors GF/CM compliance with all program components and data collection requirements
  • Daily oversight and maintenance of ELECT and Parenting budgets
  • Collaborates with community partners
  • Identifies best practices and evidence-based curricula for the programs
  • Communicates with and attends meetings with funding liaisons as required
  • Prepares grant reports as required, including program summary, evaluative outputs and outcomes and budget
  • Develops ELECT annual educational plan and schedules workshops
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of special projects including weekend trainings and summer programs.
  • Works with the Director of Education and Outreach Services to contribute to and implement the strategic plan for ELECT and Parenting Programs
  • Contributes to the completion of all grant applications
  • Facilitates parenting groups when needed
  • Works with overall agency leadership as needed to implement agency’s goals and outcomes
  • Performs other duties as assigned by immediate leader or other management as requested.

REQUIREMENTS

  • MSW or MA in related field required
  • Minimum of 5 years’ group work and/or case management experience with children and adolescents.
  • Three years supervisory experience, will consider a mix of programmatic and staff supervisory experience

COMPETENCIES

  • Proficiency in MS Office application including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, and data base entry.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate data/information, and make appropriate changes and recommendations
  • Ability to understand program budgets and budget planning
  • Demonstrates organizational and leadership skills.
  • Communicates effectively with a variety of audiences
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Must be computer/technology savvy and can use Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Demonstrates a positive demeanor and maintain professionalism at all times
  • Demonstrates ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledgeable about child and adolescent development
  • Understands group dynamics
  • Ability to facilitate groups with children, adolescents and adults
  • Has experience working with youth in an urban / and school setting, including with teachers and administration personnel
  • Knowledgeable about best practices in the field of Prevention.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced utilizing evidence-based curricula.
  • Knowledge of case management and home visitation best practices

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must own a car, have and maintain a safe driving record on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state in which the employee is licensed to drive
  • Must provide a valid driver’s license, maintain proof of automobile liability insurance and must maintain coverage
  • Must provide PA state police, child abuse and FBI fingerprint clearances on an annual basis
  • Some occasional weekend and evening hours required
  • Due to the movement of presentation materials from office to work locations, the employee must be able to lift-up to 30 pounds and be able to move materials from their vehicle into the work location.
  • Position may have reduced hours between July and September based on program needs and funding

Child Welfare – Resource Parent Recruiter / Certification Specialist

Under the Supervision of the Recruitment Team Leader, the Resource Parent Recruiter/ Certification Specialist is responsible for recruitment and certification of prospective resource parents. Additionally, Resource Parent Recruiter/ Certification Specialist will be responsible for the pre-service training of prospective resource parents, and the re-certification of the resource homes. This worker may carry a small foster care caseload when necessary.

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RESPONSIBILITIES

Referrals and Placement

  • Conducts home studies and family profiles
  • Helps coordinate acceptance of referral from county agencies
  • Assists in the matching of child to resource home
  • Oversees initial placement documentation and contacts with child and foster family prior to permanent assignment.
  • Complies with county, state, and other regulatory agency requirements
  • Flexibility of time to deal with client’s schedules which may include evenings and weekends

Recruitment

  • Develops and carries out recruitment efforts in the community
  • Assists with home study and family profile process and approves certification of homes
  • Facilitates the Pre-Service Orientation meetings and Saturday Pre-Service training

Case Load Assignments

  • Begins the intake process with new referrals, which involves resource parent placement packet and organizing referral material
  • Carries small caseload, when necessary, which involves ongoing support to resource parents as well as children and birth families when appropriate

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field
  • Minimum of two-years’ experience in Child Welfare Services
  • Demonstrated ability in planning and implementing resource parent recruitment
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, proficiency in Microsoft office, and excellent oral and written communication
  • Ability to work with individuals of various ethnic, religious groups, alternative family composition, and to understand and apply cultural competency

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Criminal, child abuse, and FBI clearances required
  • A medical evaluation, including a TB test
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and safe driving record on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Must have proof of automobile liability insurance.