Mental Health Specialist - Wellness Program Coordinator - La Cultura Cura/Roadmap to Peace Initiative

Sign-On Bonus Available¹


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, and psychological and psychiatric interventions, as well as 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.


Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc. (IFR) is the lead agency for Roadmap to Peace (RTP) initiative, a community-driven initiative to advance economic, health, and safety outcomes for Chicanx/Latinx/Indigena (CLI) identified youth ages 13-24 citywide. Participants are violence impacted and/or in crisis. The RTP initiative is a collaboration of seven community-based service providers and has three interrelated strategies: Healing through a culturally responsive service network, community-building activities, and policy reform. We support every youth/young adult to get back on their path to healing and wholeness through a wrap-around care model while supporting a sense of belonging with community activities and events. The RTP Vision is that San Francisco’s Latinx youth, most vulnerable to violence, are able to heal, transform and thrive.

For decades, IFR has been part of a long-term violence prevention/peace-building effort in the Mission District. RTP was born as a community-driven vision to address youth and young adults holistically. RTP leverages IFRs mental and behavioral health services and provide CLI youth care management and mental health services. Specifically, services provided include individual/family/group and community interventions; mental health consultation to violence prevention staff in other agencies; parent engagement and psycho-educational interventions to build protective factors and reduce risk factors related to untreated trauma among youth and family; community level interventions including traditional (ancestral) approaches. Some examples include Drumming for Peace, Healing Circles, Community building and ancestral medicine.

IFR is looking for a bilingual (English/Spanish) mental health professional to join our team and work in a rewarding setting to provide individual trauma recovery and family crisis intervention for youth and their families. This position is part of La Cultura Cura, Trauma Recovery and Healing Services Team, providing services to program participants of Roadmap to Peace. This position will work with the RTP service provider staff and requires co-location (the RTP & LCC offices) with a flexible schedule.  They will embrace a youth development approach and restorative practices and act in accordance with IFR philosophy, values and best practices.

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

  • Coordinates services and identifies resources for the RTP initiative staff and RTP participants
  • Provides screening, referral information, and linkages to community services
  • Facilitates, participates, supports, and coordinates group wellness education, field trips, and educational workshops
  • Conducts mental health assessment and treatment care planning for youth clients in mental health services within timeline requirements and in compliance with the standard of care.
  • Provides individual trauma recovery and family crisis interventions to program participants
  • Conducts psycho-social educational services to parents and youth through individual, family and group interventions
  • Supports the planning, development and execution of RTP in-service network training as needed and appropriate for effective service delivery
  • Provides mental health consultation reinforcing and building capacity of the initiative staff around the quality of care/standards of care for the initiative - RTP WAY
  • Must maintain an active client care load of two individuals at any given time with a maximum of four youth clients per year
  • Supports the service network coordinator with care development meetings and our network of service providers
  • Documents all encounters/contacts in the client records and maintains statistical data as required
  • Completes monthly reports to LCC Director and to the RTP Initiative Director and to funding sources when needed
  • Plans and facilitates wellness activities, including healing circles and restorative practices with core staff as needed
  • Able to obtain jail clearance and comfortable working in an in-custody setting
  • May be assigned chart and quality assurance reviews responsibilities
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bilingual English-Spanish and/or indigenous (Mayan) language a plus
  • Experience with Crisis counseling and trauma recovery approaches
  • At least three years of experience providing mental health services to youth in and out of the juvenile justice and adult criminal justice systems
  • Experience in the group intervention process and team resolution strategies.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues of diversity in the Chicanx/Latinx/Indigenx communities, including gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, and language
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule at multiple locations, evening hours required, weekend work as needed
  • Experience with collaborative work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience working within healthcare environments and systems
  • Experience with non-profit community agencies


  • Bicultural –Mexico, Central and/or Latin American
  • Knowledge of juvenile justice and adult criminal court systems and experience with at-risk Latinx/Chicanx/Indiginx youth/TAY.


  • A Master's degree in Social Work is desired for this position. We will also consider Counseling, Clinical Psychology, or related behavioral sciences master's degree
  • Must be license eligible, registered, or licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences or Board of Psychology


Must pass a Department of Justice Fingerprint screening
Annual (TB) tuberculosis testing


This is a full-time (35 hours per week), exempt position with full benefits.  Hiring Range: Mental Health Clinician I: $72,500 - $81,500 annually; Mental Health Clinician II: $82,000 - $88,000 annually.

The incumbent will be hired as either a Mental Health Clinician I based on licensure and/or experience.

All full-time (35 hours a week) positions are eligible to participate in benefit medical health plans, including dental, vision, 403(b) plan, earn vacation, sick leave, life insurance, EAP, FSA, paid holidays, and ongoing opportunities for learning.


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

  • Working with children and youth involves extensive physical activity, mental alertness and enthusiasm. 
  • Good general health, physical stamina and emotional stability are essential
  • Ability to hear within normal range and communicate effectively in person or via telephone in a manner that can be understood by those with whom the person is speaking, including a diverse population
  • Requires physical ability to sit at the keyboard for long periods of time and manual dexterity to operate word processing equipment with skill, speed and accuracy
  • Ability to move quickly to address emergency or potentially dangerous situations 
  • Ability to move about the building and the organization as needed 
  • Ability to use public and/or private modes of transportation; duties are office-based, but travel to various offsite venues is required
  • Must be able to work outdoors in various types of weather conditions 
  • On occasion, must lift up to 35 LBS 

Please submit the following to Human Resources at [email protected]:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Two (2) references (one professional and one community)

Applicants who do not submit a cover letter will not be considered.

Position available until filled

Instituto Familiar de la Raza is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, age, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. People of color are encouraged to apply.

¹ First-time applicants hired between April 15, 2023, through December 31, 2023, are eligible for a one-time sign-on bonus. Conditions apply. Subject to availability.
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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