Family Therapist / Counselor / Social Worker – Homebuilders

Website Institute for Family Development

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. 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 to advance social justice in their work.

 “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 a counselor with amazing clinical skills, excellent communication skills, and a passion for making a difference in his or her community to join our clinical team. S/he will be part of 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.

Position Available:
Hourly in-home therapist position (to transition into full-time regular position when full caseload is attained) is open in Kitsap/Pierce County. This position provides home-based family services  including crisis intervention, counseling, skill building, concrete services, and advocacy. This position reports to the program supervisor.

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, mandatory face coverings for all participants, physical distancing requirements, and alternate meeting locations when meeting in the home environment is not safe.

Rate of Pay and Benefits:

  • Master’s degree: $47,600 – $50,000 annual salary, DOE
  • Bachelor’s degree: $42,100 – $44,000 annual salary, DOE
  • Salary add-on for employees proficient in an approved second language
  • $1,500.00 hiring bonus allocated throughout the first year of employment
  • Paid mileage and paid travel time
  • Excellent benefits available to regular/salaried staff, including: Medical insurance (with staff paying only 6% of premiums)
  • Dental reimbursement plan
  • 20 paid vacation days per year
  • 11 holidays per year
  • 12 paid sick leave days per year
  • 401(k) retirement plan available to all staff (typically 5% annual agency contribution)
  • Benefits are pro-rated based on FTE.
  • IFD is a supportive work environment with excellent supervision.


  • An undergraduate degree in human services or related field and at least two years of experience OR a graduate degree in social work, counseling or a related field
  • Ability and interest in working a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • Applicant must demonstrate an ability to work with diverse individuals, exercise discretion, maintain client confidentiality and communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Applicant must have a valid driver’s license, a vehicle in good working condition, and automobile liability insurance that meets minimum agency requirements.
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check, including no history of DUI violations, required.
  • Current Washington State counselor credential (license, associate, or agency affiliated counselor), and First Aid and CPR certifications required.
  • Applicant must be 21 years of age and live in Kitsap County or close to the Kitsap County line (in Pierce County), as they will service Kitsap and some Pierce County families.

Need More Information?
Additional information about IFD and this position is on our website:

IFD participates in the e-Verify program and is an equal opportunity employer.

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