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Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco Temporary Behavioral Health Specialist in San Francisco, California

Job Descriptions:


The Temporary Behavioral Health Specialist will provide direct service, paraprofessional staff consultation, training and support for the afterschool youth development program. We seek a licensed or license eligible clinician to serve as our temporary Behavioral Health Specialist in a non-traditional, mental health setting, using a trauma-informed, community social work model. Our setting requires youth development, behavioral coaching, and skill development with a trauma-lens, along with more formal mental health skills (assessment, therapy, referrals, etc.). We are designed to bring mental health services to communities that don’t normally access supports and are seeking a professional with youth development experience.

This 4 months temporary position is full time and goes through August 2nd , 2019. There is a chance that this position will be extended beyond the 4 months and become a regular Full Time position. This position works at our Don Fisher and Columbia Park Clubhouse.


  • Lead case conferencing for paraprofessional staff team to coordinate linkages and referrals to services for youth members

  • Provide consultation to afterschool staff on mental health issues impacting children and youth Club members

  • Intervene in milieu, teach skills, and model appropriate interventions for youth and for paraprofessional staff team.

  • Provide coaching and support of para-professional Case Management staff and social work interns

  • Coordinate with mental health providers to identify treatment options for members

  • Assist with the development and implementation of agency-wide mental health policies and procedures

  • Facilitate staff training regarding mental health issues, which affect youth and are helpful in the Clubhouse setting

  • Consult with clinical team (off-site) proactively and preventatively

  • Provide crisis and de-escalation services for youth

  • Provide short-term, individual or family stabilization therapy for youth

  • Provide clinical case management for youth

  • Perform accurate and timely record-keeping and documentation of all client related activities (e.g., progress notes and treatment plans)

  • Attend and participate in regularly scheduled clinical meetings and staff meetings

  • Work independently as the sole mental health triage provider on site, demonstrate effective critical thinking, decision-making and risk reduction

Required Experience:


  • Requires Masters (MSW/MA) or Doctorate from accredited school of Social Work, MFT or Psychology. Must be licensed or registered with BOP or BBS.

  • Minimum one-year previous post-graduate experience preferred

  • Spanish language skills preferred

  • Basic understanding of youth development services in an after school program

  • Experience working with high-risk adolescents and diverse communities

  • Criminal background clearance

  • Ability to move efficiently between locations

  • Current First Aid/CPR certification

  • Able to work afternoon and evening hours


  • Interfacing with paraprofessional team

  • Utilizing and partnering with community resources and systems

  • Providing crisis intervention and de-escalation for children, teens and families

  • Excellent organizational and oral/written communication skills

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

  • Independent, risk-reducing decision-making


  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.

  • Must be able to move about to accomplish tasks, particularly for events or moving from one Club to another.

  • Must be able to sit at computer workstation for long time periods


The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.

Keyword: Bi-lingual Behavioral Health Specialist

From: Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco