Jobs at CFS

Thanks for your interest in working at Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan (CFS). We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving 20+ counties of northern Michigan. The mission of CFS is to strive to ensure the safety and well-being of children, youth, adults, and families in times of crisis, challenge, and life transition. Learn more about our work at We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate. See our full EOE disclosure below.

Current Job Opportunities:

Youth Services Counselor – Traverse City

CFS has an immediate opening for a full-time Third Level Youth Services Counselor. This position provides individual, family, and group counseling and case management services to runaway and homeless youth and youth in high risk environments in a variety of settings in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties.

Requirements include: MSW or MA in counseling, psychology, or related field with appropriate professional licensure; experience working with at risk youth, their families, and with community partners; strong verbal and written communication skills; and reliable transportation with valid driver’s license and motor vehicle insurance. Valid CPR/First Aid Certificate and Prevention Specialist Certificate with the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Providers is preferred, but not required.

To learn more about Youth Services, visit To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Nichole Dilloway, Youth Services Supervisor, at or 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.


Adoption Specialist – Traverse City

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you have a passion for helping children succeed?

Child & Family Services has an immediate opening for a full-time adoption specialist in our Traverse City office, providing adoption services to children and families in northern Michigan. Requirements include a BSW or BA in human services or related field, a valid driver’s license, strong written and verbal communication skills, an ability to work within a team and with diverse populations, and sound decision-making. Applicant should understand and interact well with children in all stages of development. Previous child welfare experience and CWTI training preferred. Learn more about Adoption at CFS at Submit resume and cover letter to: Lisa Wisniewski, Adoption Supervisor, Child & Family Services, 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI  49684 or via email to


Pete’s Place Shelter Direct Care Worker – Traverse City

Part-time position, up to 28 hours per week, with a flexible schedule including midnight shifts.

Pete’s Place is the only voluntary, free youth shelter in northern Lower Michigan. Pete’s Place staff help by providing non-judgmental support to help overcome life’s many challenges. Pete’s Place provides crisis intervention, information and referrals, individual and family counseling, and more.

Qualifications/Benefits: Minimum high school completion, college education preferred in human services. Successful completion of Direct Care training (provided). Having reliable automobile, acceptable driving record and adequate motor vehicle insurance are also requirements for this position. Valid CPR/First Aid certification preferred.

Responsible for daily shift assignments outlined for the purpose of providing direct care to residents of the Pete’s Place Shelter. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • working rotating shifts, intakes, discharges, collaboration with treatment team in facilitation of individual treatment goals, meal delivery, supervision of daily activities, cleaning and maintaining property, facilitating youth groups, supervising in house school, transporting to/from school or appointments, planning and implementation of recreational activities.
  • Responsible for the supervision, daily safety and well-being of youth residing in Pete’s Place.
  • Maintains accurate and appropriate records of shift assignments and shift reports.
  • Participates in case management and/or counseling sessions as requested.
  • Represents Pete’s Place at meetings as assigned.
  • Attends required staff meetings, in service or other functions.
  • Participates in and completes all required trainings.
  • Performs as requested all other duties necessary for the operation of CFS/Third Level.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit letter of interest and resume to Melissa Ryba, Shelter Supervisor, at or 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.


Family Support Worker – Harbor Springs

Immediate opening for a part-time position providing support to foster care specialists, foster parents, legal parents, and children. Family Support Workers facilitate supervised parenting visits, transport children to appointments and visits, and complete written reports related to these visits.  Associate’s degree in human services related field is desirable. Bachelor’s or equivalent experience preferred. A clean driving record and previous work with children is required.  Some evening hours may be scheduled.  Please submit resume to Michelle Nichols, Harbor Springs Site Supervisor, by email to


Third Level Crisis Counselor

Do people tell you that you’re a good listener? Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you want to support individuals as they overcome crisis?

Child & Family Services has an immediate opening for a PT Crisis Counselor to serve in its 24-hour Third Level Crisis Unit. The position is up to 28 hours per week with a flexible schedule including midnight shifts.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree in a human service field is required. Experience in crisis intervention preferred. Successful completion of internal crisis intervention training required.

Examples of Duties:

  • Provide crisis intervention, information and referral, and mental health emergency services by telephone, in person, and via text to a 19 county area in Northern Michigan, including service through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  • Respond to people calling about other Third Level/Child and Family Services programs, including after-hours calls.
  • Conduct lethality assessments on all persons served who may be considered a threat to themselves or others.
  • Dispatch on-call workers for organizations that contract with Third Level for such services.
  • Provide timely and accurate documentation of all work conducted.
  • Participate in the maintenance of Crisis Unit systems and functions.
  • Submit required reports on a timely basis.
  • Represent CFS/Third Level at meetings or events as requested.

Please submit letter of interest and resume to Mickie Jannazzo, Director of Crisis and Youth Services by email to or in writing to 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684. For more information, visit


Safe Haven Monitor – Traverse City

Child & Family Services seeks a part-time Safe Haven Supervised Visitation and Exchange Monitor in Traverse City to facilitate safe visits and exchanges for children in families sharing parenting time. Applicant must have availability weeknights (early evenings) and weekend days/early evenings. Bachelor’s degree in human services or comparable experience preferred. Please send resume and cover letter to Autumn Sleder, Safe Haven Coordinator, Child and Family Services, 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City 49684, or by email to

To learn more about Safe Haven or Child & Family Services, visit


That’s all for now. Please check back regularly for updates!


Interested in completing an internship? Contact Paula Smith, Director of Behavioral Health at or (231) 946-8975.

Interested in volunteer opportunities? Visit or contact Teri Hedrich, Volunteer Coordinator, at or (231) 946-8975 ext. 1038.

Child & Family Services does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services including foster care and adoption. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff,  clients, volunteers, vendors, and supporters. 

Child & Family Services is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take action to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or for any other reason.