The Institute for Family Development (IFD) is recognized as a leader in providing services designed to keep children and youth safe, strengthen families, and reduce the need for placing youth into state-funded care. Founded in 1982, we are one of the largest providers of evidence-based services to youth and families involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Washington State.

Social justice is a foundational value of our organization, and 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.
 "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

We are looking for an empathic family therapist who has amazing communication skills and a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and families in his or her community. The ideal person will also be bilingual (English-Spanish) and have experience serving Hispanic and/or Native American individuals and families. This individual will join a team of therapists who base their work on the following values:
  • The safety of children, parents and staff comes first.
  • It is best for children to be raised by their own families whenever possible.
  • Family members are our colleagues and partners.
  • All people have the ability to change, and a crisis is an opportunity for change to occur.
  • Reducing barriers to service improves family outcomes.
  • Providing information and teaching skills empowers families to become self-sufficient.

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.

Extensive Training and Support:
  • A small case load: Working with two families at a time provides the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of high-risk children and families.
  • Extensive training and development, including 10 or more days of workshop training in the first year (CEUs provided). In addition, our supervisors and program managers are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide individual consultation when you need it.
  • An opportunity to be on the cutting edge of the child welfare services field: Our HOMEBUILDERS program is now being replicated in seven US states and British Columbia. We have received recognition from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, the California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Our management team helps develop and advise on state policy regarding child safety and services for children and families.
  • A spot on one of our high caliber clinical teams: Regular team consultation gives you access to additional skills, support and assistance.

Competitive Compensation:
  • Master's degree: $53,825 - $58,131 annual salary, DOE
  • Bachelor's degree: $48,933 - $52,848 annual salary, DOE
  • Salary add-on for employees proficient in an approved second language
  • Paid mileage and paid travel time

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 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

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in social work, counseling or a related field + two years of related experience; OR a Master's degree in social work, counseling or a related field.
  • Experience working with diverse populations. Experience working with Hispanic families is preferred. Bilingual (Spanish-English) is preferred.
  • Residence in Moses Lake, WA is strongly preferred. A residence in another part of Grant County, WA may be considered. This therapist position primarily serves families who live in Grant County, as well as some families in the surrounding counties.
  • Ability and interest in working a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • 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 full time position

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