Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston
  • CHAI Services - Mental Health
  • Waltham, MA, USA
  • $52-$55,000 or $59-$62,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time & Part Time

Jewish Family & Children's Service is seeking a Social Worker to partner with our community leaders in bringing our mental health programming and initiatives to their community members. This is a high impact, high visibility role, with an opportunity to respond to the current mental health crisis by helping community members access critical mental health support, both within JF&CS and within the larger community.

JF&CS has a long history of providing exceptional human services guided by Jewish traditions of social responsibility, compassion, and respect for all members of the community.  Our integrated services help people address mental health and well-being, economic insecurity, and disability supports'from infancy to old age. 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.


  • Combination of a creative start-up role within a highly respected organization
  • Varied responsibilities across a wide range of social work functions to help people access critical mental health services
  • Opportunity to collaborate with supportive colleagues with expertise in a variety of areas including older adults, families with young children, and individuals with disabilities.
  • Part-time (32 hours per week) or Full-time (36.25 hours per week) with flexible, hybrid schedule

The Role

The role of the Community Synagogue Social Worker is multi-faceted – combining direct 1:1 client work, community engagement and relationship building, and being a liaison to existing JF&CS services for mental health and other social service needs. The Community Synagogue Social Worker will partner with synagogues in selected communities (starting with Sharon and one synagogue in Boston), to support the mental health needs of their members through consultation, training, information and referral, case management, basic needs assistance, and more.

They will engage and build strong, trusting relationships with the synagogues and their members by coordinating mental health workshops, attending community events, and meeting with local community providers and resources. They will work closely with synagogue leadership to help identify general needs within the community, and specific needs of individuals who are struggling. They will also provide direct support to community members by providing consultations, referring them to existing services (ie: support groups, basic needs assistance, and specialized case management); and providing short term case management as needed, to help members fully access and utilize the community supports.

Throughout the Community Synagogue Social Worker's work, they will have the opportunity to identify unmet community needs and work with the JF&CS team to identify opportunities for program development to meet those needs. Being a liaison to these communities, the Community Synagogue Social Worker will help individuals get connected with the ongoing supports they need to improve their mental health.

This is a hybrid position with a flexible schedule but will involve some on-site work in both the Sharon and Boston communities and our Waltham headquarters each week. Travel expenses to Boston and Sharon from our headquarters will be reimbursed. 

This role would require occasional night and weekend events participation.

About You

Our ideal candidate will have strong relationship building skills and clinical background, with a good understanding of the mental health resources available in the community. The role is a good fit for a creative and resourceful self-starter, excited about the opportunity to define new modes of working in the community.  The ability to communicate effectively across teams and form strong relationships to collaborate both within JF&CS and across organizations are all essential to the role.

Applicants do not need to be Jewish to be considered for this role, but it is important that they are comfortable working within a religious setting and collaborating and forming partnerships with rabbis and other synagogue staff. Curiosity and genuine interest in learning about the Jewish religious, cultural and social values and customs is necessary to be successful in this role. Training and support will be provided. 

The successful candidate will likely have 3+ years of experience in the mental health field, with an emphasis on case management and resource navigation.   An advanced degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related field is preferred, but those without will be considered if they have extensive relevant experience.

The Benefits

From generous paid time off to competitive pay and industry-leading insurance coverage, JF&CS supports employees with generous benefits.

  • Best-in field paid time off: includes sick time, personal time, vacation time, national and some Jewish holidays.
  • Hybrid/flexible schedule: can offer part-time or full-time employment with ajusted salary details.
  • Travel/mileage reimbursement
  • Immediate eligibility for insurance and benefits, including
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans
    • Life Insurance (Basic, AD&D, & Voluntary 
    • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
    • 403(b) Returement Plan, with employer match 
    • Pet Insurance 
    • Health and Wellness Programs

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 promotion 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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