Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant – Temporary, Limited Term

The ECMH Consultant – Temporary will fill a current vacancy on a limited, temporary basis and 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.

Who Are We?

As a problem-solving center for residents of San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties, Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) is a lifeline for children, families and older adults facing personal crises and challenges. We have over 40 programs, including home care for seniors, therapy for children, youth volunteer programs, services for people with disabilities, and so much more.

JFCS serves people of all faiths and backgrounds with our comprehensive system of care. Our professional teams bring years of experience to every client who walks through the door. As a national leader in developing innovative human services, JFCS incorporates the latest research and best practices to ensure everyone gets the highest quality services and care.

Founded in 1850, JFCS is one of the oldest and largest human service non-profit agencies in the United States. We are guided by the Jewish traditions of advancing human dignity for everyone, community responsibility, inter-generational ties, and repairing the world.

Who Are You?

  • Has masters degree in social work or psychology, and license or license-eligible
  • Experienced as a mental health clinician specializing in psychotherapeutic work with young children and their families
  • Has 1 year experience with assessment of young children’s social and emotional functioning
  • Experienced with and/or knowledge of group dynamics and intervention with adults
  • Experienced with assessment of young children’s social and emotional functioning
  • Is Bilingual in Spanish
  • Knowledgeable of early development, and a minimum of 1 year work experience in group care settings for children.
  • Knowledgeable in of word processing software, email and electronic health systems to maintain case records and communication with staff
  • Has ability to communicate effectively with clients, family members, community representatives and JFCS colleagues
  • Has good oral and written communication skills is required and must be able to demonstrate open communication and critical thinking skills
  • Has strong organizational skills
  • If operating a vehicle, a valid Driver’s License is required and proof of automobile insurance
  • Have the COVID-19 Vaccination card by date of hire (JFCS will provide reasonable accommodations to those individuals who are unable to be vaccinated for COVID-19 consistent with federal, state, and local law)

What Will You Do?

Mental Health Consultation: Case Consultation

  • 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 [when appropriate, 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

Mental Health Consultation: Programmatic Consultation

  • 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, as requested, and assists staff members to enhance their skills and ability to work with parents

ECMH Consultant Training Program

In order to understand appropriate interventions in the consultation context:

  • 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
  • Actively participates in JFCS and departmental meetings and trainings and represents the ECMH Program in a professional demeanor
  • Fosters a spirit of teamwork and unity among JFCS staff that allows for cultivating ideas, expeditious resolution of conflict, and the appreciation of diversity as well as cohesiveness, supportiveness, and working together to enable each employee and the department to succeed
  • Delivers timely and accurate results. 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

Why Work at JFCS?

  • 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
  • Great Perks and Benefits:
    • Competitive compensation
    • 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 time per year
    • 2 weeks’ sick time per year
  • Benefits: medical, dental, vision, life insurances, Employee Assistance Program, and commuter benefits
  • Educational Leave
  • Access to JFCS services
  • Full-time, temporary, and exempt position

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.