Family Specialist - Counselor - Tenders Global

Family Specialist – Counselor

Children & Families of Iowa


Children & Families of Iowa is listed as one of the top ten most influential non-profit organizations and with our mission of Restoring hope, building futures, Changing lives, you will have a sense of purpose in your work. Join a team in a supportive and high learning environment.

Starting Wage Range $17.50-$20.25/hour depending on education and experience.

Family Specialist Job Summary:

A great opportunity to work for an organization who makes the difference in the lives of others! CFI seeks qualified candidates to fill Family Specialist positions. CFI covers 15 counties across the Des Moines service area. Staff are assigned to unit supervisors based on county of residence. Will be responsible for providing direct service to children and families and will work under the general direction of the Unit Supervisor in the Family Centered Services Program. Training and job shadowing opportunities are offered in addition to solution-based casework and/ or Safe Care evidenced based models of practice. As a member of our staff, you will receive ample opportunities to work with different agencies and referral entities while offering support and resources to families in need.

An Example of Responsibilities:

  • Independent assessment of client strengths and needs, using evidence-based tools
  • Provide necessary counseling and skill development
  • Provide family interactions
  • Provide necessary crisis intervention services
  • Coordinate and schedule interactions and meetings with families, DHS, and FCS team members.
  • Complete and write case specific intake paperwork, assessments, notes and reports and enter those into electronic systems

About us

Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) is a private, non-profit organization committed to helping at-risk children and families learn to help themselves. Our programs make an impact in our communities and a difference in the lives of thousands of Iowans every year. CFI is restoring hope, building futures & changing lives!

Candidates with a diverse background and ability to speak other languages encouraged to apply! Children & Families of Iowa does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, identity, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, veteran status, political belief, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by law

For more information on what we do, view our website at


Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW), or closely related human services field. Successful completion of SafeCare and Solution Based Casework, onsite training provided. Proficient in time management and able to use agency computer system and software necessary to carry out job functions. Work independently and can effectively handle emergency situations. Above average verbal and written communication skills and be able to meet deadlines. Your own access to internet is required to perform the administrative tasks of the job. Ability and willingness to drive and transport clients. Must have a valid driver’s license and provide proof of auto insurance with liability coverage for client transportation and maintain a driving record acceptable by insurance carrier standards.

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