Since 1982 IFD has provided intensive, in-home family services to keep children safe, strengthen families, and reduce the need for placing children into state-funded care. Evidence has overwhelmingly shown that empowering families and teaching parents new skills produces better outcomes and is less expensive than removing children from the home.

We provide an array of evidence and research based services. Our HOMEBUILDERS® model of Intensive Family Preservation Services is internationally known. The model has been identified as an evidence-based practice by Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) and the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, and it has been designated a “model family strengthening program” by the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).

Social justice is a foundational value of our organization. We are fully committed to creating an anti-racist, equitable and inclusive agency culture where all staff thrive. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruitment, support, and retention is how we will obtain the most diverse, highest quality workforce that shares and helps us advance our mission and values.  We are interested in individuals who are representative of the diverse populations we serve, and who want to “be the change” in their communities to advance social justice in their work.

 "A Social Justice approach to child welfare requires confronting racial and class bias, it requires concrete help for poor families, it requires humble tasks, and it requires stepping out of the role of noble healer and into the role of partner."  Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

The safety of our clients and employees is our top priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have implemented strict safety guidelines for in person sessions, including health screens, mask requirements, physical distancing requirements, and alternate meeting locations when meeting in the home environment is not safe. In addition, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all IFD staff.

A HOMEBUILDERS® therapist:
  • Maintains a caseload of only two (2) families at a time, providing the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of high-risk children and families.
  • Provides a range of clinical, concrete and advocacy services tailored to each family.
  • Works with families in their homes and, when applicable, community settings.
  • Schedules client sessions at times that are convenient for families, and at times family members most need our help and support, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Is available on a 24/7 basis to respond to families when there is a crisis or urgent need.

Extensive Training and Support
  • Initial and ongoing training
  • Weekly team consultation
  • Regular individual supervision
  • Access to crisis consultation with supervisors and program managers on a 24/7 basis
  • Ongoing quality enhancement activities to support model fidelity and clinical practice

Excellent Benefits:
  • Medical insurance (with staff paying only 6% of premiums)
  • Dental reimbursement plan
  • 15 paid vacation days during the first year of employment, cumulative accrual with each year of service up to plan maximum
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • 12 paid sick leave days per year
  • 401(k) retirement plan (typically 5% annual agency contribution)
  • IFD qualifies for PSLF, TEPSLF and Perkins Loan Forgiveness programs
  • Agency issued cell phone

Competitive Compensation:
  • Master's degree: $53,825.00 - $58,131.00 annual salary; DOE
  • Salary add-on for employees proficient in an approved second language
  • Paid mileage and travel time
  • $1,500.00 hiring bonus

Minimum Requirements:
  • Graduate degree in social work, counseling or a related field
  • Qualify as a Mental Health Professional (required) and a Child Mental Health Specialist (preferred)
  • Ability and interest in being on call on a 24/7 basis to the families on your caseload and working a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Residence in Spokane County, WA (or willingness to move upon hire)
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal history check
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, a vehicle in good working condition and automobile insurance
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (employees who cannot be vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons may request an accommodation plan; accommodations will be considered on a case by case basis).

Need More Information?
Additional information about IFD and this position is on our website: www.institutefamily.org.

IFD participates in the e-Verify program and is an equal opportunity employer.


This is a non-management position
This is a full time position

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