Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant – FT


From fires to the pandemic, adoption to end-of-life care, and everything in between, Jewish Family and Children’s Services is a community resource to meet the many challenges individuals and families face. With over 40 programs and services supporting home care for seniors, therapy for children, youth volunteer programs, services for people with disabilities, and so much more.


JOB TITLE: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
REPORTS TO: Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Program Director
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time, with benefits
JOB LOCATION: Marin Location, CA

Join our team of passionate and dedicated professionals and gain experience. The ideal candidate is highly responsible, organized, and has the aptitude for working well with people and will play a key role in making JFCS a great place for everybody to work by bringing a positive outlook, people skills, and organization skills to the table. The ECMH Consultant will participate in specialized training and provides consultation to childcare centers that are part of a government or grant-funded project to enhance child care services for low income children birth to five years old and their families.


  • Opportunity to get hours toward licensure
  • Be part of a financially stable nonprofit with a long and rich history
  • Make positive differences in the lives of thousands of individuals and families we serve each year
  • 15 holidays total (Includes 9 federal holidays & up to 6 Jewish holidays each year)
  • Employer 403(b) retirement Match and Additional Employer Contribution (Subject to eligibility requirements)
  • 3 weeks’ vacation & 2 weeks’ sick time per year
  • Cafeteria Plan


  • Provides case-centered consultation to childcare staff individually and in groups to discuss children about whom they have questions or concerns
  • Meets regularly with staff and parents/families to assess and understand the individual needs of the child and work with all parties to develop appropriate strategies to address the concerns
  • Observes children in their childcare setting to assess functioning, relationships with caregivers and other children, and “fit” with the program
  • Formulates a case plan; completes assessments and consistent with level of competence
  • Meets with families to partner with them to complete assessments, provide developmental guidance and make referrals, including linkage to clinical services
  • Actively assists families in referral process to include collaboration with outside agencies, acting as a care manager, and organizes and facilitates case conferences
  • Meets regularly with childcare staff and the director to address programmatic concerns, as requested, i.e., inter-staff interpersonal relations, program-wide concerns/changes, staff turnover and curriculum
  • Provides consultation to center staff on programmatic issues that affect the quality of care provided to the children, as requested. Assists staff to build and maintain productive collegial relationships with one another
  • Discusses effective mechanism for working with parents and assists staff members to enhance their skills and ability to work with parents
  • Regularly attends and actively participates in a comprehensive training program that includes individual supervision, administration supervision, semi-monthly group supervision/case consultation and additional supervision focusing on the principles and practices of mental health consultation
  • Presents consultation work in clinical case conferences in order to gain feedback and support from his/her colleagues
  • Establish and maintain strong collaborative and professional relationships with staff across departments
  • Maintains up to date consultation and clinical records, charting regularly and accurately
  • Prepares demographic and service data on all site activities
  • Represents the Program in the community
  • Values the importance of delivering high quality, innovative services to JFCS employees and clients, respond promptly to inquiries and is accessible to JFCS employees and clients


  • 2nd year Masters degree or post doc students in social work or psychology, or license or license-eligible preferred
  • Experience in Group dynamics and intervention with adults
  • 1 year experience with assessment of young children’s social and emotional functioning
  • 1 year work experience in group care settings for children
  • Experience as mental health clinician specializing in psychotherapeutic work with young children and their families
  • Knowledge in Early development
  • Knowledge in Word processing software, email and electronic health systems to maintain case records and communication with staff
  • Valid Driver’s License is required and proof of automobile insurance
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate (orally and written) effectively with clients, family members, community representatives and JFCS colleagues
  • Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by the date of hire to be considered

Excited to Apply?


To be considered for this position, you must meet the requirements and competencies listed above. Application materials will be reviewed as they are received, and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Equal Opportunity Employer

JFCS is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and disabled individuals. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees so classified.