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+ beautiful 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:

Foster Care Specialist

The Foster Care Specialist is primarily concerned with the placement and supervision of children in foster homes and with corresponding efforts with the legal parents in an attempt to return children to their own homes.  Foster Care is to be considered a temporary plan for the child and to that end, the Foster Care Specialist will focus treatment and goals for the child(ren) and his or her family that expedite effective permanency plans.  In the event that a child’s return to his/her legal parent(s) is not feasible, the Foster Care Specialist will seek to develop & implement long-term plans for such a child (i.e., adoption, guardianship, APPLA, independent living, placement with relatives, etc.).

Reliable transportation is necessary and the caseworker must have a valid, unrestricted Michigan driver’s license, a good driving record, and insurance as required by law.

Qualifications:  The Foster Care Specialist shall possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in: Behavioral Science, Community Services, Counseling (Psychology), Criminal Justice (Administration), Early Childhood Studies, Family Ecology, Family Life Education, Family Studies, Family and/or Child Development, Guidance/School Counseling, Human Development and Family Studies, Human Services, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology;  with background experience in foster care or adoption preferred.

Effective written and oral communication skills are essential and the successful candidate must be able to promote a positive image for the agency in the community and in relationships with other people.  They must have the ability to work with a diverse population, understand and interact well with children in all stages of development, make sound decisions and have a working knowledge of community resources.  Positive acceptance of supervision in order to acquire training in casework, diagnostic, and treatment skills is essential.  Competence and success in handling personal life situations, assertiveness, flexibility, self-organization, and self-direction are also required in addition to high moral character, evidence of no criminal record, and a high stress tolerance.  Experience as a volunteer, knowledge of differing lifestyles and cultures, experience or training in work with children or adults, training and/or practice in individual and family counseling, interviewing, family assessment, and crisis intervention, Child Welfare experience, and computer literacy are desired as well. Applicants can email a cover letter and resume to Amelia Mayhew, Foster Care Specialist, at, as well as view the job description and application process here.

Safe Haven Monitor

CFS has immediate opening for part-time Safe Haven Monitors. Safe Haven is a program that provides supervised visitation and a safe exchange program for families affected by domestic violence or high conflict. It is the only program of its kind in northern Michigan. Safe Haven’s goal is to provide a safe, supervised, age-appropriate, and friendly environment for children to visit with their non-custodial parent or exchange between parents for visits.When relationship problems between parents escalate into confrontations and violence that the children may witness the effect can be devastating, with long-term effects on the child. Safe Haven provides a safe, secure setting for children to visit with their parents. Safe Haven Monitors supervise, complete observation reports, and assist with scheduling parenting time visits.

Applicants can email a cover letter and resume to Autumn Sleder, Safe Haven Supervisor, at as well as view the full job description and application process here.

Human Resource Specialist

CFS seeks to fill an opening for a Human Resource Specialist in Traverse City, MI. This position will streamline, monitor, and oversee all Human Resource functions for the nonprofit organization.  View the full job description and application process here.

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 apply, please send cover letter and resume to Nichole Dilloway, Youth Services Supervisor, by email to or to 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.


Residential Youth Worker – 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 Angie Elliott at To learn more about Pete’s Place, visit

Family Resource Specialist – Traverse City

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you want to help families succeed? Do you like working as part of a team?

Child & Family Services has an immediate opening for a full-time Family Resource Specialist. Responsibilities include all aspects of licensing foster and adoptive homes and matching families with children who need them. Other duties include training, conducting home studies, ensuring compliance with State and agency policies, and submitting all forms and documentation required to license and to maintain these homes. An ability to learn and manage data systems will also be critical. Other assigned tasks related to program goals and standards will be assigned by the Family Resource Supervisor and 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.

Requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in social work or a related human services field. (List of acceptable degrees available by request). Full Job Description available on request.

Please express interest to Cheryl Buyze, Licensing Supervisor, at or to 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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 and Family Services of Northwest Michigan is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status, height, weight, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, citizenship and other protected classifications. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations.  This same practice is in place for the selection of volunteers, 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.