Careers and Internships

Current Employment Opportunities

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy: Family & Children’s Service provides equal opportunity employment to all employees and applicants for positions with the organization. No individual will be discriminated against in application, hiring or employment on the basis of race, age, culture, ability, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.  Additionally, Family & Children’s Service’s policies and practices in application, hiring and employment are developed to be consistent with all applicable local, state and federally mandated obligations imposed through regulation or statute, which govern employment practices. This policy applies to all agency positions.

Title: Director of Clinical Services
Department: Clinical Services
Status: Full- Time, Exempt (37.5 hours/week)
Responsible To: Executive Director
Starting Salary: $90,000

General Summary: When you join F&CS as the Director of Clinical Services, you will use an equity lens to provide leadership and direction to a New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) licensed outpatient mental health clinic, and a team of 40+ clinicians, specifically committed to anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices in all facets of service. You will ensure that community members at all life stages receive mental health services in a warm and welcoming setting in our office and through remote telehealth services. You will oversee the effective delivery of clinical services with an emphasis on responsiveness, integration, collaboration, and health equity. You will administer the counseling and psychiatry programs, and ensure adherence to OMH regulatory requirements for licensed outpatient mental health clinics.

Responsibilities:

  • Managing all clinical services, administrative functions, and regulatory requirements provided within F&CS’s OMH licensed outpatient mental health clinic
  • Collaborating with members of the agency management team
  • Providing clinical and administrative supervision to mental health clinic supervisors
  • Recruiting/hiring clinicians as needed with an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens
  • Participating in F&CS’ Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
  • Consulting in the management of high-risk cases
  • Developing and facilitating professional development activities for clinical staff
  • Overseeing clinical documentation including use of the electronic health records
  • Participating in relevant community groups and meetings
  • Contributing to agency communications and reporting

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants with the minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply

  • Master’s degree in a mental health related field
  • Clinical License (LMSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMFT, LMHC, Licensed Ph.D./Psy.D., etc.)
  • Demonstrated management, communication, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion best practices
  • Commitment to creating and sustaining an organizational culture that values diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural humility and that contributes to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • Experience in providing clinically sound, client centered, and culturally responsive care with a deep sense of accountability to client experience

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven track record of exceptional work in a mental health care setting
  • Experience leading and managing high performing and culturally diverse teams
  • Experienced facilitator of conversations about race and intersectionality
  • Proficiency in clinical supervision
  • Experience sustaining high quality services and operational efficiency
  • Familiarity with community services
  • Knowledge about the needs of community members with a mental health diagnosis
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations
  • Strong crisis management skills
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Ability to work in a fluid environment

We offer:

  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and holiday schedule
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage options for you and eligible dependents
  • Pre-tax savings options:
    • FSA, self-funded
    • HSA, employer contribution depending on medical plan participation
  • Enhanced Short Term Disability, Free Basic Life and AD&D
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with employer contributions after one year of employment
  • Help with relocation expenses to qualified candidates for this position

F&CS is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and, in that spirit, actively encourages applications from members of groups whose exclusion from the mental health field has been longstanding. No individual will be discriminated against in application, hiring or employment on the basis of race, age, culture, ability, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.

Contact Information: Email a cover letter and resume to ClinicDirectorSearch@fcsith.org.  In the cover letter, please specifically address relevant experience as it pertains to minimum qualifications and any additional qualifications, including equity, diversity, and inclusion experience, and reasons for your interest in this particular position.  For more information about Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca, please visit fcsith.org.  For more information about Ithaca, NY, please visit visitithaca.com.

Title: Clinician
Department: Mental Health Clinic
Status: Full- Time, Exempt (37.5 hours/week); Eligible for hybrid remote/in person work
Responsible To: Director of Clinical Services
Salary Range: $45,000 – $50,000 commensurate with experience

General Summary:

We are currently seeking a therapist to join our dynamic clinical team in providing high quality, client-centered, affordable psychotherapy services in a supportive and collaborative work environment.  Our client population is quite diverse in terms of age range, clinical presentation, functional ability, socioeconomic status, educational background and racial and ethnic identity, so the ability to work with a broad population is helpful.  The successful candidate for these positions will have experience with individuals, youth and families facing significant interpersonal and systemic challenges, and will demonstrate readiness to work in an inclusive agency culture specifically committed to anti-racist practices in all facets of service.

We offer professional development opportunities in the form of weekly clinical supervision (twice weekly for new staff), weekly clinical team meetings, reimbursement and leave time for outside trainings, and periodic in-house CEU-eligible staff presentations.  We believe that having a staff that represents different therapeutic disciplines is beneficial to both our clients and our staff.   We strive to maintain busy but manageable caseloads, for the dual purpose of quality of client care and staff resiliency. Our clientele comes from all segments of Tompkins County, giving our therapists the opportunity to have diverse clinical experiences.  We are a NYS Office of Mental Health licensed clinic, as well as a rural health services corps approved site (NHSC).

COVID – 19 update: We are currently in the process of transitioning to a fully hybridized (in person and telehealth) clinic.  Most therapists work from the office at least part-time.  We have, as an agency, prioritized staff and client safety, and will continue to do so; currently staff members are in the process of resuming in person sessions with clients who indicate their preference to do so.  We are able to offer a partial hybrid working situation, with most time spent in the office but some optional days spent working from home doing telehealth.  Telehealth experience is a plus but is not required.

Candidates must possess a master’s degree or PhD and related professional license in a counseling field (LMSW, LCSW, LMFT, LCAT, LMHC, PhD, PsyD).  Our ideal candidate would have at least two years of post-master’s experience in a counseling setting.  Experience working across the lifespan (children, youth, adults) preferred.    Candidates must be able build rapport with clientele who are diverse in their race, culture, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and abilities.

Part time positions may be available, please inquire.

F&CS is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and, in that spirit, actively encourages applications from members of groups whose exclusion from the mental health field has been longstanding.  No individual will be discriminated against in application, hiring or employment on the basis of race, age, culture, ability, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.

Contact Information:
Please send a resume and cover letter to the address or email listed below. Please highlight your supervisory experience and/ or approach to clinical supervision in your cover letter. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Attn: cmccarter@fcsith.org 
Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca
127 W. State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Title: Crisis Therapist – Open Doors Program
Department: Youth and Outreach Services
Status: Full- Time, Exempt (37.5 hours/week); Eligible for hybrid remote/in person work
Responsible To: Director of Youth and Outreach Services
Salary: $53,000

General Summary:

The Open Doors Crisis Therapist will be responsible for developing and delivering clinical support offered through the program, in addition to supervisory and training responsibilities.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience with and commitment to equitable and inclusive practice in all areas of service delivery. We are looking for someone who has demonstrated skill and success working with LGBTQ+ youth, especially trans youth. People with lived experiences relevant to this work will receive strong consideration, as well. Strong family therapy and mediation skills are also a must.

Responsibilities:

  • Provides emergency, intensive, and ongoing therapy for youth and families in crisis
  • Supervises two Open Doors caseworkers
  • Provides ongoing orientation, certification, training, and support for Host Home families
  • Represents the program and the agency on community-wide advocacy and planning teams
  • Provides after-hours crisis response one week per month
  • Assumes all responsibilities of a mandated reporter.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in counseling, clinical social work, or psychology, along with at least three years’ experience in counseling with adolescents and families in high-conflict family systems
  • Familiarity with community youth services, the juvenile justice system, and knowledge of adolescent social, emotional, and developmental needs.
  • Ability to work well independently and on a team.
  • Collaborate well with other organizations, advisory groups, and the public.
  • Ability to operate a computer and other general office equipment. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, candidates must be familiar with remote meeting platforms such as Zoom and must have reliable internet access.
  • A clean driving record and ability to reliably provide transportation.

The information presented is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Contact Information:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Mike Ellis, Director of Youth and Outreach Services at the email listed below.
All applications will be considered through Friday, February 10, 5PM.
If you have questions about the position prior to submitting an application, you can email or call.
Mike Ellis, Director of Youth and Outreach Services
Attn: mellis@fcsith.org
Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca
127 W. State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-239-7845

Title: DAP Family Caseworker
Department: Youth and Outreach Services
Status: Non-Exempt, Part-Time 25 hours
Responsible To: Director of Youth and Outreach Services
Salary: $27,750

General Summary:

The DAP (Dispositional Alternative Program) Family Caseworker serves as a therapeutic mentor and advocate for Tompkins County youth and families vulnerable to placement of the youth out of their homes. Responsibilities include developing and monitoring goals and case plans, facilitating group activities promoting positive youth development, providing advocacy in various community settings, and working collaboratively with DAP teammates and staff from partnering agencies.

The successful candidate for this position will have past experience working with youth and families facing significant interpersonal and systemic challenges, demonstrate readiness to work in an inclusive agency culture committed to anti-racist practices in all facets of service, and convey excitement for leading youth in outdoor activities and adventures. Candidates with life-experiences related to this work are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Case worker will carry a maximum caseload of four families. Basic expectations of case workers are as follows:
    a. Does intake, needs assessments, and determines case plan; implements and monitors case plan and develops appropriate end-of-service plan along with families.
    b. Meets once a week with youth and once a month with caregivers, every other month at their homes, providing counseling, conflict resolution, problem-solving and crisis management.
    c. Provides transportation to and from activities and participates in group activities along with youth.
    d. Maintains flexibility of time to accommodate client needs
    e. Has option of hybrid remote/site-based work arrangement
  • Maintains appropriate communication with all community stakeholders including regular written and oral reports.
  • Maintains working relationship with Tompkins County Family Court, Tompkins County Department of Social Services, Tompkins County Probation and all allied agencies.
  • Assumes all responsibilities of a mandated reporter.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a human service-related field, with additional experience working with vulnerable youth and families is preferred. However, candidates with relevant life experiences and/or previous success in related work will be considered regardless of degree and are encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with community youth services, the juvenile justice system, and knowledge of adolescent social, emotional, and developmental needs.
  • Ability to work well independently and on a team.
  • Collaborate well with other organizations, advisory groups, and the public.
  • Ability to operate a computer and other general office equipment. Candidates must be familiar with remote meeting platforms such as Zoom and must have reliable internet access.
  • A clean driving record and ability to reliably provide transportation.

The information presented is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Family & Children’s Service provides equal opportunity employment to all employees and applicants for positions with the organization. No individual will be discriminated against in application, hiring or employment on the basis of race, age, culture, ability, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status. Additionally, Family & Children’s Service’s policies and practices in application, hiring and employment are developed to be consistent with all applicable local, state and federally mandated obligations imposed through regulation or statute, which govern employment practices. This policy applies to all agency positions.

Contact Information:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Holly Fodge, at the email listed below.
All applications will be considered through Friday, February 10. If you have questions about the position prior to
submitting an application, you can email or call.
Attn: hfodge@fcsith.org
Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca
127 W. State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-7494

Title: Assistant Director of Development
Department: Development
Status: Full-Time, Exempt (37.5 hours/week), eligible for a hybrid work arrangement.
Responsible To: Director of Development
Salary Range: $46,000-$52,000 commensurate with experience

General Summary:
The Assistant Director of Development plays a role in building strong relationships and ties between the agency’s supporters and F&CS. This role designs, implements and supports all fundraising, stewardship and engagement events, including ensuring that event goals and objectives are met. This position is responsible for effectively stewarding new and existing individual donor relationships and business partners through gift receipts, acknowledgements, and personal contacts. The role is also involved in board development through support of the development committee.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the execution of four annual fund solicitation mailings a year, including preparing mailing lists for review, prepares and processes mailing materials for delivery to printer, mail house or post office and ensures all mailings leave on schedule from assigned vendor
  • Provide oversight to the execution of an annual plan for stewardship and appreciation of donors to strengthen donor retention rates, inspire increases in giving, and deepening connection and commitment to the organization.
  • Engage positively with donors, potential donors, visitors, and volunteers, document contacts and information in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Oversee the daily operation of the database (Raiser’s Edge) to enter and track gift/financial and biographical information on friends and donors.
  • Partner with the Director of Development on the creation of an annual plan and timeline for all engagement, stewardship and fundraising events, and determining goals, strategy and budget for each.
  • Function as the lead event planner for all events, including the Annual Meeting, coordinating tasks and ensuring each event enhances the reputation of F&CS and achieves the goals for attendance, revenue, and other outcomes identified.
  • Support the Board Development Committee

Estimated breakdown of role responsibilities:

  • Annual Fund Program Management – 20%
  • Donor Relations and Stewardship – 20%
  • Database Management – 30%
  • Event Management – 15%
  • Development Committee Coordinator – 10%
  • Other duties as assigned – 5%

Minimum Qualifications

  • 1-2 years in development; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of fundraising.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, outstanding personal initiative. Very detail oriented, highly motivated.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication (written and oral), project management, attention to detail, and time management skills are required.
  • Candidates must have proficiency with common computer software, e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, along with ability to effectively learn CRM systems such as Raiser’s Edge (donor database), and design software such as In-Design and Publisher.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with annual fundraising programs, such as direct mail and personal solicitation programs strongly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Experience in planning and managing events in a non-profit organization is preferred.
  • Strong Excel skills including formulas, pivot tables, and vlookups preferred; Experience with fundraising CRM and online giving programs highly preferred.
  • This position requires the ability to work effectively/cooperatively with colleagues, volunteers, and organizational leadership, and experience in volunteer management is highly preferred.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Family & Children’s Services.

We offer:

  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and holiday schedule
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage options for you and eligible dependents
  • Pre-tax savings options:
    • FSA, self-funded
    • HSA, employer contribution depending on medical plan participation
  • Enhanced Short Term Disability, Free Basic Life and AD&D
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with employer contributions after one year of employment

F&CS is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and, in that spirit, actively encourages applications from members of groups whose exclusion from the mental health field has been longstanding. No individual will be discriminated against in application, hiring or employment on the basis of race, age, culture, ability, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.

Contact Information:
Please send a resume and cover letter to the address or email listed below. In the cover letter, please specifically address relevant experience as it pertains to minimum qualifications and any additional qualifications, as well as reasons for your interest in this particular position. For more information about Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca, please visit fcsith.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Attn: cmccarter@fcsith.org
Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca
Attn; Lyn McCarter
127 W. State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Clinical Internships

 

F&CS accepts graduate students in mental health disciplines (social work, mental health counseling) for clinical internships.  (Psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and creative arts therapist trainees should inquire- availability may vary.) Mental Health Counseling Students: We are able to host students who wish to perform their practicum and internship at the same site successively, however we do not host practicum only students.

We require a two semester minimum commitment. Applications for the Fall-Spring semesters should be submitted in March of the previous academic year.  Students who are interested in an alternate start date are encouraged to inquire for availability. Students should be aware that typically our site requires more than the minimum weekly hours required by most programs to meet the required face to face hours components. Internship hours are scheduled during business hours only.

In our clinical internship, students will work with an identified caseload of individual psychotherapy clients. There may be opportunities to work with groups, and with our EAP or intake services. Students receive at least weekly individual supervision, group supervision, and access to staff trainings and professional development.

Strong preference is given to students with previous human service experience, and those looking to develop skills working with underserved populations, particularly older adults and young children.

Please send a resume, brief letter of interest, and any specific requirements of your program to Lead Clinical Supervisor, Judy Clay at jclay@fcsith.org.