Employment - JFCS of Greater Philadelphia


Do you share our mission?

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

Prevention Specialist -Suicide Prevention Curriculum – EOS

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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  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

 Adoption Coordinator – Open Arms Adoption Network

Under the leadership of the Adoption Supervisor, the Adoption Coordinator works with pregnant women, birthmothers and adoptive families. This position is based in Elkins Park, PA and will serve clients in the surrounding Philadelphia area, including parts of South New Jersey and Northern Delaware as needed.

This position provides both direct client service and administrative management duties and serves as an integral member of the Open Arms team. This position requires the person to be flexible with schedules as this position requires occasional weekend and evening work.

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  • Counsels and provides options counseling to pregnant women and provides case management services
  • Offers a non-biased counseling environment for clients’ decision-making process
  • Researches resource options for birth parents and pregnant women needing community assistance
  • Coordinates process and facilitates adoptions
  • Facilitates adoptive family home studies and post placement supervision
  • Participates in outreach efforts to expand visibility of Open Arms
  • Utilizes online system for case notes and record retention
  • Performs other duties as assigned by either the Director or Adoption Supervisor


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field with at least three years working in a social services field
  • Demonstrated counseling skills with sensitivity around the issues experienced by those in personal crisis, those with addiction, those living in poverty, and/or those living with mental illness; at least three years utilizing these counseling skills is required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community resources, child development, and parenting issues
  • The ability to coordinate, oversee, and independently manage the paperwork process of an adoption process, after training
  • · Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and complete them as prioritized
  • · Proficient use of technology (smart phone/tablet/laptop) and experience using MS Office applications is required. Experience using an EHR (electronic heath record) a plus
  • · Ability to work effectively and compassionately with individuals of various ethnic, religious groups, sexual orientations, gender identities, with people of various socio-economic levels, with people in addiction and to understand the meaning of cultural competency.
  • · Capacity for working with team members at all levels and across programs as needed
  • · Demonstrated ability to work independently and utilize agency supports appropriately


    • Beyond the focused geographic coverage area, this position requires occasional and unexpected travel within @90 minutes travel from office. Mileage expenses are reimbursed through agency policy.
    • Qualified candidates must have access to a car and have a current license and insurance.
    • This opportunity requires the ability to work occasional evenings and weekends when necessary
    • Current and clear criminal, FBI, and child abuse clearances are required prior to start. A medical physical and TB test is also required.

Social Worker, Care Manager- IFS

Under the supervision of the IFS Team Leader, the social worker, Orthodox Services works with an integrated team approach in providing care management services and supportive clinical counseling for Individual and Family Services (IFS) clients of all ages. The SW/CM identifies needs of clients and provides care management services (resource navigation, benefit application/enrollment, and financial stability improvement). The Social Worker/Care Manager will also implement maternal mental health groups. Additional responsibilities may include coordination of Orthodox community programming, supervision of a social work student or participation in community outreach initiatives to establish community partners. Services are provided in the Orthodox communities.

This is a 21 hour/week position that is benefits elegible.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Works with client to enable access to resources appropriate to their individual needs (e.g., budgeting, financial issues, and accessing public entitlements).
  • Run support groups on topics related to maternal mental health.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned by Team Leader.


  • 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.
  • Ability to recognize and navigate community dynamics strongly preferred.
  • 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 professionals and organizations both internally and in the community.
  • Must be in good standing, maintain any pertinent license(s), and follow guidelines as required by the PA State Board of Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Counselors, and Professional Counselors.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and implementation of practices based on the NASW code of ethics.
    Participate in annual Trauma Informed Care training(s)
  • 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 their own professional development.


  • MSW required
  • Two to three years direct service experience required
  • Knowledge of and experience applying for Public Benefits (SNAP, LIHEAP, SSI, etc.) a plus
  • Proficient user of technology (smart phone/tablet/laptop) and experience using MS Office applications required
    EHR/EMR database experience a plus

Additional Requirements

  • Employee must have a car.
  • 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.