Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston
  • CHAI Services - Mental Health
  • Waltham, MA, USA
  • Full Time
  • Generous Benefits Package

Jewish Family & Children's Service is seeking a Director to lead our Mental Health programming and initiatives. This is a high impact, high visibility role, with an opportunity to contribute significantly to JF&CS' response to the mental health crisis and mental health supports in the community.

JF&CS helps people of all faiths and races, reflecting our foundational values of social justice. We have long cultivated a stance of cultural humility and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This stance is critical to the development and expansion of our mental health services.


Our Services

With the motto of "helping individuals and families build a strong foundation for resilience and well-being across the lifespan," mental health and wellness services have been core to JF&CS offerings for decades. We've intentionally diversified our offerings beyond the conventional clinic-based care model that many people associate with mental health services, and offer an array of mental health offerings that focus on practical goals, relationship building, community, and a whole-person approach.

Our mental health services include group and individual support for new parents, older adults, caregivers for individuals with chronic illness, individuals grieving the loss of a loved one, and others coping with anxiety, depression, or persistent mental illness – helping more than 3,000 people each year. Our staff brings decades of expertise in approaches including dialectical therapies (such as mindfulness), trauma-informed care, solution-focused therapies, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Our programs also connect with a wide range of other services within JF&CS, addressing basic needs, aging supports, parent-infant relationships, and more.


The Role

The role of the Mental Health Director is multi-faceted – combining program development, clinical leadership, and strategic vision. The Mental Health Director will build on our strong base of mental health supports and expertise and will pursue new opportunities to expand our impact and effectiveness in the mental health realm. This will include identifying new funding opportunities, building connections and partnerships within the community, and assessing effective models of mental health programs to determine effectiveness within our community.

This role will work both internally and externally. Externally, they will work closely with other organizations in the mental health space, funding agencies, community partners, and donors, to develop and sustain impactful services, and, with our development team, to advocate for the financial resources to sustain them. Internally, they will create opportunities for mental health learning across the agency to support staff and interns, provide agency-wide clinical consultation, help JF&CS operate as a trauma-informed agency, and nurture excellence in our work. The internal focus of this role is on being a convenor, thought leader, clinical advisor and collaborator with no direct reports.

About You

Our ideal candidate is an articulate advocate for mental health supports with a program development mindset. We value a strong clinical background, particularly in trauma-informed care, and in-depth knowledge of the mental health system in Massachusetts. Experience with program start-up, assessment, and analysis is preferred, along with an ability to create and assess financial models and budgets.  We would especially appreciate candidates who understand of some or all of our funding mechanisms, including government grants, insurance, self-pay fees, and philanthropy. The ability to communicate effectively across teams, build influence among peers, and form strong relationships to collaborate both within JF&CS and across organizations are all essential to the role. The successful candidate will likely have 7+ years of experience combining clinical work with program development, assessment, and leadership.  An advanced degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related field is required. We are open to candidates of varied backgrounds, including clinical work, policy-making, academia, and public health, as well as other social service management roles. 

The Benefits

From generous paid time off to competitive pay and industry-leading insurance coverage, JF&CS supports employees with generous benefits. The salary range for this position is $90,000-$105,000.

  • 22 vacation days per year
  • 15 Sick days per year w/ carryover
  • 15 Federal and Religious Holidays
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Retirement Planning w/ Match, Disability, Critical Illness, Accident Insurance, Pet Insurance, Identity Theft Insurance, Wellness Benefits and more!

To Apply

To apply for this position, please submit your resume along with a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications.  Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


For more than 150 years, Jewish Family & Children's Service has been helping individuals and families build a strong foundation for resilience and well-being. We intentionally serve and employ people of all faiths, backgrounds, cultures, and abilities.

We have a strong culture of professional development, work-life balance, and promoting from within. 

JF&CS is an equal opportunity employer who serves and employs people of all cultures and faith traditions and highly values diversity, equity and inclusion. Employment opportunities are available to all without regard for race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability.

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