Jobs at CFS

Thanks for your interest in working at Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan (CFS) & Third Level. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving 20+ counties of northern Michigan. The mission of CFS/Third Level 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 www.cfsnwmi.org/about. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate. See our full EOE disclosure below.

Current Job Opportunities:

Family Resource Specialist – Traverse City

Child & Family Services has an immediate opening for a full-time Family Resources Specialist to perform all aspects of licensing foster and adoptive homes and matching homes with children who need them. Some elements of the position are training, assessing families, conducting home studies, and submitting all forms and documentation required to license and to maintain these homes. An ability to learn and manage data systems is also critical. Assigned tasks related to program goals and standards will require some evening and weekend work. Excellent communication skills, follow-through, self-organization, self-direction, dependability and strong assessment and writing skills are essential.

Please submit a letter of interest and cover letter to Cheryl Buyze, Licensing Supervisor, to cbuyze@cfsmail.org.


Youth Shelter Counselor – Traverse City

Do you want to help people? Do you enjoy working with youth? Child & Family Services/Third Level has an immediate opening for a Shelter Counselor to serve youth at Pete’s Place Youth Shelter in Traverse City. The position is part-time, up to 20 hours per week.

Qualifications: Master’s Degree in a human services field, as well as two years of counseling experience with at-risk youth are required. Appropriate licensure or working toward licensure under appropriate supervision is also required. Having a reliable automobile and adequate motor vehicle insurance are also requirements for this position.

Examples of Duties:

Provides intake and assessment, individual and family counseling, and case management, and independent living skills training services to runaway and homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness during their stay at Pete’s Place shelter

Provides intake and assessment, individual and family counseling, and case management, and independent living skills training services to runaway and homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness during their stay in a Basic Center Host Home

Provides intake and assessment, individual and family counseling, and case management, and independent living skills training services to youth who have been discharged from Pete’s Place shelter and agree to ongoing services

Provides non-residential intake and assessment, individual and family counseling, case management, and independent living skills services to 12-17-year-old youth to reunify youth with their family and/or to prevent out of home placement.

Provides non-residential intake and assessment, individual counseling, case management, and independent living skills services to 16 to 21-year-old youth to help them secure their own safe and affordable housing.

Provides community based outreach services to provide information about service availability to potential homeless youth, runaways and youth at-risk of running away, including presentations at events, MDHHS offices, private foster care agencies and community agencies that work with the target population.

Provides crisis intervention and information and referral services to runaway and homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness.

To apply, please submit letter of interest and resume to Melissa Ryba, Shelter Supervisor, 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684, or by email to mryba@cfsmail.org. To learn more about Pete’s Place Youth Shelter, please visit www.cfsnwmi.org/programs/petes.


Third Level Crisis Counselor – Traverse City

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 two immediate openings (one part-time and one full-time) for a Third Level Crisis Counselor to serve in its 24-hour Third Level Crisis Unit. The position requires a flexible schedule including some weekend and 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 mjannazzo@thirdlevel.org or in writing to 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684. For more information, visit www.cfsnwmi.org/thirdlevel.

 


Youth Shelter Direct Care Worker – Traverse City

Pete’s Place Youth Shelter has an immediate opening for a PT Direct Care Worker. The position is part-time, up to 24 hours per week, with a flexible schedule required. 

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:  Minimum high school completion, reliable automobile, adequate vehicle insurance, and valid CPR/First Aid certification (which we will provide upon hire). Candidate should have effective written and oral communication skills and must be able to promote a positive image for the agency in the community and in relationships with other people. Candidate must have the ability to work with a diverse population of runaway and homeless youth, understand and interact well with adults and adolescents, be able to make sound decisions, and have a working knowledge of community resources. Competence and success in handling personal life situations, assertiveness, flexibility, self-organization, and self-direction are also required. This person also must have high moral character, no evidence of a criminal record, and a high stress tolerance.

Examples of Duties: Responsible for providing crisis intervention and direct care to adolescent residents of Pete’s Place Youth Shelter including but 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. Direct Care Workers are responsible for the supervision, daily safety, and well being of youth residing in Pete’s Place, for maintaining accurate and appropriate records of shift assignments and shift reports, participating in case management and/or counseling sessions as requested, representing Pete’s Place at meetings as assigned, attending required staff meetings or other functions, and participating in all required trainings.

Candidates should exercise sound judgment in all areas relative to direct care duties, departmental services and agency functions, set high standards of conduct, which benefit the position and by example, show leadership qualities in areas of appropriate professional ethics, demeanor, dress, and punctuality, and perform as requested all other duties necessary for the operation of CFS/Third Level.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent understanding of adolescent development with the ability to easily relate to youth and to provide and maintain appropriate boundaries and expectations with youth at shelter.
  • Strong human relations skills with the ability to address client concerns respectfully and directly using good listening and communication skills, empathy and compassion.
  • Must possess the necessary skills such as conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques in order to manage clients in highly emotional and potentially volatile situations.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Flexible to work beyond regular office hours and adapt to an unpredictable schedule.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit letter of interest and resume to Melissa Ryba, Shelter Supervisor, 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684, or by email to mryba@cfsmail.org. To learn more about Pete’s Place Youth Shelter, visit www.cfsnwmi.org/programs/petes.

 


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

 

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

Interested in volunteer opportunities? Visit www.cfsnwmi.org/volunteer or contact Teri Hedrich, Volunteer Coordinator, at thedrich@cfsmail.org 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.