Mental Health Specialist - Si a la Vida: Promesa Youth Services Prevention


Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc. is a multi-service community health and social service agency with an emphasis on serving the Chicano/Latino/Indígena community in San Francisco with a special focus on the diverse needs of the Mission District. Services include a wide range of mental health, HIV-related services, and social services, including health promotion, education, prevention, early intervention, case management, psychological and psychiatric interventions, and cultural/social and spiritual re-enforcement. The agency serves children, youth, adults, and families. It has a rich history of working collaboratively with other agencies to meet the needs of the Chicano/Latino/Indígena community and other cultural/racial communities in San Francisco.


Promesa LGBTQ+ Youth Services is a program of IFR’s Si a la Vida programs and services supporting the LGBTQ+ Latinx community and those with/at risk for HIV. Promesa provides free, culturally-based & affirming support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) Latinx youth living in San Francisco, with an emphasis on newcomer monolingual Spanish-speaking youth. 

Latinx LGBTQ+ youth regularly face multiple institutional and social barriers related to their race, ethnicity, language, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression. Promesa supports  LGBTQ+ Latinx youth in addressing and minimizing the unique challenges they face at the intersection of being Latinx and LGBTQ+ while also celebrating and amplifying their resilience, leadership, and full potential. 

Promesa’s services include: LGBTQ+ related education, harm reduction-centered individual counseling, mental health services, case management, youth advocacy, community workshops, and weekly support groups.

Essential Job Duties include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Provides individual and family therapy services to LGBTQ+ youth and their families, including Transitional Aged Young Adults within a multidisciplinary team setting and other providers as part of a community mental health model 
  • Creates treatment plans with clients and monitors them to improve symptoms and increase functioning
  • Maintains all documentation, progress notes, billing, and client records in compliance with HIPPA and standards of care and in a timely manner 
  • Complies with all legal and ethical requirements set forth by the Board of Behavioral Science and with the policies of the San Francisco Behavioral Health Department 
  • Participates in clinical supervision as required 
  • Attends required training and agency meetings 
  • Facilitates a psycho-educational/support group 
  • Works closely with other psychotherapists, case managers, and other staff to achieve treatment goals
  • Develops and maintains relationships with other providers and agencies, ensuring that clients have maximum  access to community resources


  • Bicultural strongly preferred  
  • At least two years of clinical services experience with an emphasis on working with the  Chicanx/Latinx/immigrant community
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues of diversity in the Latinx/Chicanx/immigrant youth community, especially around sexual orientation, culture, language, and gender
  • Experience working with issues of immigration, social and structural barriers, and access to services in  the Latinx community
  • Experience and/or training in providing services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer  individuals
  • Experience with community mental health settings
  • Experience and/or training in using various clinical models
  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Group therapy experience


  • Must speak Spanish and English fluently (the majority of clients are Spanish-speaking)


  • Master’s degree in Behavioral Sciences, Social work, Psychology, or related field  
  • Must be license eligible or CA Licensed (registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences or Board  of Psychology)


  • Must pass and maintain annual tuberculosis test  
  • Must pass Department of Justice fingerprint screening  
  • Complete annual recurrent online training  


The hiring Range salary is $72,500 up to $81,500.00 annually—depending on experience. This is a full-time (35 hours per week) exempt, eligible to participate in medical health benefit plans, including dental, vision, sick leave, fourteen paid holidays, two paid days off (birthday and hire date), and ongoing learning opportunities. This position is limited to up to 18 months with the possibility of becoming a permanent position.


The physical demands described here represent what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  

  • General ability to communicate effectively in person or via telephone in a manner that can be understood by those with whom the person is speaking too, including a diverse population  
  • General alertness to address emergency or potentially dangerous situations   
  • Requires physical ability to remain seated at a desk for long periods of time when needed 
  • Basic manual dexterity to operate work processing equipment with skill, speed, and accuracy  
  • Must be able to view computer for long periods of time  
  • Ability to use public and/or private modes of transportation; duties are office-based, but travel to various  offsite venues is required  
  • Activities that occur infrequently are: bending, squatting, crouching, kneeling, twisting, reaching straight, above  or below shoulders  
  • On occasion, must lift up to 35 LBS 


Interested applicants should send an email to j[email protected] with “Mental Health Specialist - Si a la Vida: Promesa Youth Services Prevention” in the subject line and include: 

  • A cover letter indicating why you wish to join the Si a la Vida team and a description of your work experience or affiliation with the LGTBQ+ community 
  • Your Resume.

Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission site. Revised: 01/09/24

² Please note that IFR reserves the right to change its benefits and contributions at any time at its sole discretion.

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