Behavioral Health Specialist
Job Type

Working for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco gives you the chance to be part of a dynamic and passionate movement that is out to change the world - starting right here in our community. Founded in 1891, our organization has 130 years of experience in the field; however, we continue to find new ways to learn, grow, and innovate. We are nationally recognized for the high-quality of our programs and comprehensive approach to serving youth. Whether you’re joining our administrative team, a Clubhouse team, a school-based team, or our Camp Mendocino team, you’ll be surrounded by enthusiastic, talented, and passionate colleagues who wake up every day ready to inspire young people to reach their full potential. 

The Behavioral Health Specialist will provide direct service, paraprofessional staff consultation, training and support for the afterschool youth development program. We seek a licensed or license-eligible clinician to serve as our Behavioral Health Specialist in a non-traditional, mental health setting, using an anti-racist, trauma-informed, community social work model. Our setting requires formal mental health skills (case management, assessment, individual & family therapy, referrals, etc.) and informal behavioral coaching, social emotional support, youth development and skill development. We are designed to bring mental health services to communities that wouldn't normally access support and are seeking a professional who will commit to the community.

This is a Full Time Exempt position located in San Francisco and includes comprehensive benefits. 


Clinical Care (40%) 

  • Provide individual, family and/or group therapy for youth 
  • Provide clinical case management for youth 
  • Develop, monitor, and implement treatment goals and interventions for all modalities of direct service
  • Perform accurate and timely record-keeping and documentation of all client related activities (e.g., assessments, progress notes and treatment plans) 
  • Coordinate with mental health providers to identify treatment options for members 
  • Work independently, demonstrate effective critical thinking, decision-making and risk reduction 
  • Consult with clinical team (off-site) proactively and preventative 
  • Attend and participate in regularly scheduled client review meetings, clinical meetings, and staff meetings 
  • Orient afterschool staff regularly on referral process 

Socioemotional Support (40%) 

  • Facilitate living skills or social emotional programming for youth and families
  • Integrate supports into traditional youth development programming 
  • Develop/increase accessibility to socioemotional resources available to youth and families
  • Familiarity with and ability to facilitate restorative practices 

Staff Capacity Building (20%) 

  • Lead case conferencing for paraprofessional staff team to coordinate services for youth members 
  • Provide consultation to afterschool staff on mental health issues impacting children and youth Club members
  • Support school-based Clubs by providing consultation to staff on program structure and mental health issues impacting members, facilitating youth consultation and plan development for individual participants, providing linkages and referrals for youth
  • Provide mentorship/supervision to MSW students in compliance with graduate school and/or BBS requirements 
  • Assist with the development and implementation of agency-wide mental health policies and procedures
  • Facilitate staff training regarding mental health issues, which affect youth and are helpful in the Clubhouse setting



  • Interfacing with paraprofessional team 
  • Providing therapy for children, teens and families 
  • Utilizing and partnering with community resources and systems 
  • Excellent organizational and oral/written communication skills 
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to successfully navigate Google Workplace and Zoom 


  • Masters (MSW/MA) from accredited school of Social Work, MFT or Psychology
  • Must be licensed or registered with BOP or BBS
  • Minimum one-year previous post-graduate experience providing individual & family therapy and case management with emphasis in youth services  
  • Basic understanding of youth development settings in an after school program
  • Experience working with high-risk adolescents and diverse communities
  • Criminal background clearance 
  • Ability to move efficiently between all BFCSF locations 
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification within 60 days of employment 
  • Able to work afternoon and evening hours 


  • Language Skills: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin


  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon employment. 
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs. 
  • Must be able to stand for at least 2 hours consecutively. 
  • Must be able to sit at a computer workstation for long periods of time.


  • Comprehensive Health Benefits + Employer Contributions
  • 401K + Discretionary 7% Employer Contribution After One Year of Service
  • Employee Assistance Program: In-Person Counseling + 24/7 Confidential Mental Health Support
  • Education Assistance
  • Pre-tax Transportation Savings Account
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid Time Off + Paid Holidays
  • Life + Disability Insurance
  • Mandatory summer + winter Weeklong Organization-wide Closures
  • Professional Development Opportunities


The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. The organization has the discretion to relocate/reassign a person, as needed.