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 We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate. See our full EOE disclosure below.

Current Job Opportunities:

Residential Youth Specialist – Pete’s Place Youth Shelter, Traverse City

Pete’s Place Youth Shelter has an immediate opening for a Residential Youth Specialist. This position is part-time, up to 28 hours per week, with a flexible schedule including midnight and weekend shifts

Pete’s Place, a program of Child & Family Services/Third Level, 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. To learn more about Pete’s Place or about CFS/Third Level, visit

Qualifications/Benefits:  Minimum high school completion, college education in human services preferred. 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. Position offers paid time off, sick time, and an increased hourly wage for holiday shifts.

Reports To:  Pete’s Place Shelter Supervisor

Examples of Duties:

  • Responsible for daily shift assignments outlined for the purpose of providing direct care to residents of Pete’s Place, 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.
  • Responsible for the supervision, daily safety, and well-being of youth residing at 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 this position, please submit letter of interest and resume to Melissa Ryba at To learn more about Pete’s Place, visit

Family Support Worker – Traverse City

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you want to help families succeed?

Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan has an immediate opening for a part-time Family Support Worker in its Traverse City office. This position provides support to foster care specialists, foster parents, legal parents, and children in achieving treatment plan objectives of foster care cases. Family Support Workers provide and facilitate supervised parenting for referrals from DHHS, Friend of the Court, and others. Transporting children to appointments and visits is also required. Associate’s Degree and previous work with children required; Bachelor’s or equivalent experience preferred.

Submit resume and cover letter to Amber Wiggins, Family Support Services Supervisor, 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City 49684, or by email to


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



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 or in writing to 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684. For more information, 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.