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Job Details
Company Name :
Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh
Company Location :
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Job Position :
Career Counselor, MH/ASD Specialist
Job Category :
Jobs in Pennsylvania

Job Description :
About JFCS Pittsburgh
In today’s world, it is important that your life’s work brings you value and purpose. By joining the team at JFCS, you will experience hands-on opportunities that directly help people in the Greater Pittsburgh region through life’s changes and challenges.

Proudly voted by JFCS employees as one of Pittsburgh’s best places to work for +10 years, our care and commitment to our employees and our clients is our top priority. We are looking for new employees who share our commitment to providing critical, high quality services to the community.


Collaborative work environment and diverse staff
37.5 hours work week with flexible scheduling to support work-life balance
Hybrid work model (part of the week in office, part remote)
Sick Time = 12 days a year
Vacation Time = starts at 2 weeks the first year and then increases with longevity up to 4 weeks total
Additional paid time off for all employees = most federal holidays, 3-5 floating holidays (to be used at employee’s discretion), and a number of Jewish holidays
Comprehensive health insurance – medical, dental and vision
Short and long term disability, life insurance and a 401k package for which JFCS contributes 4% of salary after the first year of service
Annual longevity bonuses after the first year of service

About the JFCS Career Development Center:
Holding down a job is part of life, but keeping a job or finding a job that you love is challenging. You can help improve peoples’ lives and careers at the JFCS Career Development Center. The team at JFCS helps people find their pathway to obtaining and maintaining satisfying employment by providing career counseling, workshops, job fairs, and other services for job seekers of all ages and backgrounds.

There is a strong ripple effect to our service delivery – happy and well-matched employees actively support the growth and wellbeing of our region’s economy. JFCS Career Development Center works holistically with all other departments in the agency to ensure that people who are struggling get the range of assistance they need.

About this position:
The Career Counselor, MH/ASD Specialist is a key team member of the JFCS Career Development Center’s career counseling team. This position will work to develop career pathways and long-term career goals for job seekers in Allegheny County who struggle with mental health challenges and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. This individual will ensure job seekers have all of the necessary tools, resources, and support to achieve their goals and be successful in their careers going forward; whether their goal be higher education, employment or career advancement.


Passion for helping individuals achieve career success through employment and education
Ability to form strong and compassionate connections with others
Belief in justice and equality in workplace opportunities for people from all backgrounds
Enthusiastic, patient, engaging and empathetic disposition


Previous experience working with individuals who have a mental health challenge, invisible disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder
Relevant education or experience in the area(s) of counseling, employment/workforce, education, human resources or a related field is preferred
Strong background in mental health and working towards certification. A CRC, LCSW, LSW or Counseling degree, or commensurate experience, is preferred
Skilled at presenting in individual and group settings, both virtually and in person
A general understanding of workforce and labor markets
Humility in working with individuals from culturally, racially and gender diverse backgrounds
Strong computer skills required, including Microsoft Office and CRM experience
Strong organizational skills with an ability to multitask
Detail oriented with excellent oral and written communication and writing skills
A bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling or related field; master’s degree preferred

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide individual assessment and career direction counseling for clients

Conduct individual career counseling sessions, both virtually and in person

Work with clients to develop individualized career pathway plan
Ensure each client has high quality materials needed to conduct a successful job search, including a resume
Identify and work to reduce barriers to accessing and retaining employment, including transportation, food insecurity, and other critical needs supports
Help to develop and deliver workshops, including Resume Writing, Goal Setting and Effective Communication and Feedback, targeted towards unique populations and/or community partners

Maintain contact with clients during job search and after placement to ensure successful job retention
Act as a liaison for JFCS and hold off-site office hours to best serve clients and community partners, including universities and/or other nonprofit organizations
Participate in trainings, meetings and professional conferences, representing the CDC as required
Work closely and collaboratively with other JFCS departments to best serve clients
Represent the CDC and specific programs to the community through community outreach, public speaking, and response to community concerns about the programs and clients
Track and regularly monitor program data including client engagement and case notes in agency database system and other required formats
Assume other related duties as assigned

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