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Community Behavioral Health Specialist

Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 136,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment.

We are currently searching for a full-time Community Behavioral Health Specialist to join our  Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) Team!

  • Performs comprehensive, in-depth assessments for a variety of clinical services. Performs psycho-social assessments and intake as assigned.
  • Provides a full range of case management, counseling, advocacy, educational, and related services to CP4P participants.
  • Identifies and utilizes agency and community resources.
  • Assesses community conditions affecting clients to identify resource gaps and problems.
  • Joins or develops groups and coalitions to address community needs.
  • Recommends financial assistance for clients.
  • Provides group services as indicated by program need.
  • May be responsible for meeting contractual requirements such as 24-hour crisis coverage.
  • Represents and interprets programs of agency in community.
  • Support and attend "Light in the Night" events
  • May serve on regional or agency-wide committees.
  • May perform a variety of administrative tasks including student supervision and LSW supervision.
  • Establishes referral network/linkages with outside agencies for participants and their families.
  • Takes a proactive role in the development of social work services and programming that supports trauma informed care.
  • Meets agency expectation for quantity of direct service.
  • Complies with agency record-keeping expectations.
  • Works effectively with diverse staff and service population.

  • Master's Degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university, required.
  • Two years related post-Masters experience at an intermediate skill level, required.
  • Must be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or related license, required.
  • Requires mobility to work with a community-based caseload.
  • Ability to maintain assigned community and home-based services.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred.

  • MFS staff are required to provide proof of vaccination or have an approved Medical exemption prior to starting employment. If an approved Medical exemption is obtained, weekly testing is required. 

  • While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee is required to sit and stand for sustained periods of time, frequently talk, hear, use hands and fingers to feel, handle and operate objects or controls, and occasionally stand, bend, stretch, stoop, kneel and crouch.
  • The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing and viewing a computer terminal.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ health savings contributions.
  • Dental and Vision Insurance Options
  • 11 paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Flexible Spending
  • Opportunities for Student Loan Forgiveness
  • 401K Plan
  • Training and Professional Development Plan
  • E- Learning
  • Wellness Initiative Program
  • Employee Assistance Network



Verbal and Written Communication

Organizational Skills

Interpersonal Skills

Analytical Skills


Masters or better in Social Work.


2 years: Related post-Master's experience at an intermediate skill level.

Licenses & Certifications

Lic Clinical Social Work

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
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