Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant


Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) is the oldest non-profit in California and has been assisting residents of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties since it was founded in 1850. JFCS serves people of all faiths and backgrounds 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. We are guided by the Jewish traditions of advancing human dignity for all, community responsibility, intergenerational ties, and repairing the world.


Under the direction of the Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Program Director or Supervisor, the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant participates in specialized training and provides consultation to childcare centers that are part of a government or grant-funded project to enhance childcare services for low-income children birth to five years old and their families. Understands and works to fulfill JFCS’ mission and goals in compliance with the Agency treatment philosophy and standards of performance.

The Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant understands and assists in meeting the mission, service, and budget goals of Jewish Family and Children’s Services and works within the limitations of the Agency’s resources and performs all duties in compliance with agency standards.


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


  • Salary Range:  $65,000 – $90,000
  • Be part of a financially stable nonprofit with a long and rich history
  • Be part of a large multi-faceted organization serving 120,000 people with over 40 programs
  • Employer 403(b) retirement match plus additional employer contribution (subject to eligibility)
  • Cafeteria plan with medical, dental, vision, FSA, Employer-paid life, and disability insurance
  • 16 holidays (10 federal and up to 6 Jewish holidays), annually
  • 3 weeks of vacation and 2 weeks of sick leave, annually


  • 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 the 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 the referral process including collaboration with outside agencies, acting as a care manager, including sizes, and facilitating 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 mechanisms 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


  • Master’s Degree/Licensed (MSW, PsyD, PhD)/or equivalent experience is required
  • 1-year experience with assessment of young children’s social and emotional functioning
  • 1-year work experience in group care settings for children
  • Bilingual in Spanish
  • Knowledge of Early development
  • Knowledge of Word processing software, email, and electronic health systems to maintain case records and communication with staff
  • Valid Driver’s License is required as proof of automobile insurance
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate (orally and written) effectively with clients, family members, community representatives, and JFCS colleagues




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.

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. JFCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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.