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Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia serves children, families, and individuals with a diverse array of services.

Our team is comprised of dedicated, caring, and experienced professionals whose common denominator is a shared commitment to enhancing the lives of the people 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 and excellence, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. While we are rooted in Jewish values, we welcome and currently employ staff from all backgrounds and serve community members from all walks of life.

JFCS offers the opportunity to learn and grow in an ever-changing landscape.

Equal Opportunity Employment

JFCS supports and is committed to equal opportunity employment. 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.

If you are interested and passionate about applying for a job at JFCS and meet most of the qualifications listed, please submit your resume and cover letter 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

SOCIAL WORKER – ADOPTION & OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Open Arms Adoption Network, a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, is looking for an Adoption & Outreach Coordinator (Full-time at 35 hours per week) to be an integral part of their team in the Philadelphia area, Central and South New Jersey, and Delaware.

The Adoption & Outreach Coordinator works with pregnant women, new mothers, birthmothers, and families hoping to build their family through adoption. The Adoption & Outreach Coordinator also plays an important role in the program’s outreach and education activities by identifying and leading trainings with professionals in the community who work with pregnant and parenting women.

The Adoption & Outreach Coordinator position is split equally between two distinct roles; working with expectant parents, birth parents, and adoptive parents and the other role is playing a leadership role in our program’s outreach efforts.

Although this position’s daily hours will be 9am to 5pm, all employees of Open Arms need to have flexibility around their schedule as this position requires occasional and unexpected weekend and evening work based on the needs of new mothers and their babies. This position requires a person who is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, can multi-task well, and who can respond to and travel to meet clients in an expeditious manner as much of our in-person work with pregnant women and new mothers is not scheduled in advance.

The program maintains a local office in Bala Cynwyd, PA and Florham Park, NJ, but Adoption Coordinators works in a hybrid style – working remotely at home and also traveling to client homes and hospitals to provide counseling, facilitate adoptions, and to participate in community outreach efforts.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain a caseload that provides options counseling and case management services to pregnant women and new mothers.
  • Offer a non-biased/all choices counseling environment for clients’ decision-making process.
  • Participate in Outreach/Education in local community to promote services offered to professional community via visits, trainings, or online discussions.
  • Research resource options tailored to birthparents and pregnant women needing community assistance.
  • Coordinate adoption process and facilitate adoptions.
  • Facilitate adoptive family home studies and post placement supervision in clients’ homes.
  • Utilize online system for case notes and record retention.
  • Offer ongoing assistance and support for birth and adoptive parents.
  • Perform other program duties as assigned by the Director.

COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a hybrid work environment, utilizing agency supports appropriately.
  • Ability to work effectively and compassionately with individuals of various groups, including those of various racial and ethnic groups and religious groups. This candidate will also work with individuals of various sexual orientations, gender identities, with people of various socio-economic levels, and with people in addiction, with food and housing insecurity. and with non-managed mental health issues.
  • Demonstrate understanding of cultural competency and work within the framework of Agency Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.
  • Knowledge of community resources for pregnant and parenting women in North and Central New Jersey and New York.
  • Ability to coordinate paperwork/legal process required in an adoption process, after training, and to participate as a vital member of a small team.
  • Ability to document work in a clear, organized, and timely manner. Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated strong writing and verbal communication.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage, assess, and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Proficient use of technology (smartphone, laptop, webcam, etc.) and experience using MS Office applications is required.
  • Capacity for working with team and supporting program members at all levels.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree in Social Work or Counseling preferred, may consider a Bachelor’s in same fields with relevant experience.
  • 3 Years of relevant counseling skills required.
  • Demonstrated experience working with individuals experiencing personal crisis and having the sensitivity to counsel with them at the level needed.
  • Clinical skills and knowledge related to issues experienced by all members of the adoption triad (child, birth family, adoptive family).
  • Experience using an EMR/EHR system for documenting client information a plus.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • This position requires travel to meet with families within 60 minutes from home and potential train travel to Brooklyn, Manhattan, or other NYC boroughs.
  • Must have ready access to a car to travel to clients, hospitals, etc., as necessary.
  • Must have a current driver’s license and car insurance.
  • This opportunity requires the ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary.
  • Ability to lift and move materials up-to 30 pounds is required.
  • Current and clear criminal, FBI, and child abuse clearances are required prior to start. A physical and TB test is also required.
  • Ability to meet and maintain agency vaccination requirements.

CLINICAL THERAPIST – OIC

The OIC Clinical Therapist provides counseling to individuals within the OIC community and services including the reentry and career services programs.  They understand brief intervention therapies and are willing to address immediate needs as they arise, following the crisis response policies established by JFCS and OIC. They provide psychoeducation groups and make connections to integrated services and community resources as needed. The ideal candidate has strong clinical expertise, as well as interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with individuals who have had contact with the criminal justice system and reside in high-poverty, high-crime communities in Philadelphia. This role requires some evening hours, a flexible schedule based on program need, and in-person work primarily at the OIC site and JFCS office locations (when necessary).

OIC (Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center) is a vocational training center that strives to create jobs for North Philadelphians. Since 1964, OIC has equipped tens of thousands of Philadelphians with real-world skills and valuable experience that prepare them for personally fulfilling and financially rewarding careers.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The Clinical Therapist is responsible for bio-psychosocial assessments, individual therapy, participation in treatment team planning, and discharge planning.
  • Conducts comprehensive assessment of clients’ needs and assesses their goals to develop mutually agreed upon treatment/care plans. 
  • Maintains knowledge of a broad variety of community resources and refers clients when appropriate to support their treatment goals.
  • Maintains a therapy caseload in line with program needs and expectations. 
  • 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 OIC team meetings as well as weekly supervisory sessions with JFCS Clinical Supervisor.  
  • Delivers client-centered social services, education, and professional services in a collaborative community setting.
  • Links students to integrated services and community resources that address their individual needs. 
  • Communicate and collaborate with OIC and JFCS partnership, inform OIC of JFCS resources available to clients seeking additional support outside of therapist competencies.

COMPETENCIES

  • Possesses working knowledge of evidence-based, trauma-informed clinical practices, including but not limited to: DBT, CBT, MI, Crisis De-Escalation.
  • Excellent time management, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple assignments.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • 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 his/her own professional development.

REQUIREMENTS

  • MSW required, LCSW or working towards licensure a plus.
  • Two to three years’ direct service experience preferred.
  • Proficient user of technology (smart phone/tablet/laptop) and experience using MS Office applications required.
  • EHR/EMR database experience a plus.
  • Must be in good standing, maintain any pertinent license(s), and follow guidelines as required by the PA State Board. 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS​​

  • Employee must meet current vaccination requirements of the agency.
  • All employees must complete background checks required in keeping with individual departmental and agency requirements.
  • May host groups that run beyond normal business hours (schedule will be adjusted accordingly).
  • Travel may be required within the Greater Philadelphia Area based on program needs. Access to a car with valid driver’s license or ability to use public transportation.
  • The position may work at several office locations including Bala Cynwyd and North Philadelphia.  Remote work may be available as agreed upon with associate’s leader.
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