Current Available Positions

Best Nonprofit to Work ForDirections for Youth & Families provides community based treatment and prevention services for the Franklin County area, emphasizing commitment to family, school, and work. The following opportunities exists for those who are interested in being part of our dynamic results-oriented team.

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Positions Available


Social Worker/Counselor, School Based

School Connections program provides year-round school and home-based mental health services to students in Franklin County who are currently experiencing or are at risk for mental health and/or behavioral issues. The program aims to assist youth in overcoming barriers that impede academic success using a trauma-informed/resiliency-oriented treatment approach. In addition to providing quality services to youth and families, workers provide collaboration, consultation and education to school personnel.

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work/Counseling preferred or Bachelor’s in Social Work, with LSW
  • LSW/LPC (LISW/LPCC preferred)
  • Experience with children and families
  • Prior experience working with schools and school personnel
  • Excellent communication and engagement skills
  • Strong diagnostic assessment skills
  • Valid drivers license and insurance

To apply for this position you may email your resume and cover letter, fax it to 614-294-3247 or mail it to DFYF HR Dept, 1515 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43201.


Development & Marketing Intern

Seeking an undergraduate junior or senior working in marketing, communication, media or a related field to assist with marketing, promotions and special events.

Your work will support the needs of the Development and Marketing team and assist in the creation and implementation of strategy and tactics. Raising awareness of our mission is key to us being able to provide needed mental and behavioral health services to those in need.

Projects and responsibilities may include:

  • Assist in developing and editing content for newsletters, promotional materials
  • Assist in coordinating and implementing a social media presence inclusive of Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn
  • Research and collect media items/topics that could be used by DFYF
  • Update/research and maintain media contact lists
  • Maintain a photography data base
  • Research grant opportunities in Central Ohio for Directions for Youth & Families
  • Serve as a Directions for Youth & Families advocate in the community and at events
  • Perform other duties as requested

Qualifications:

  • Passion for making a difference in the community
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail oriented
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office programs and various social media platforms
  • Experience in posting creative content in various social media platforms
  • Experience in video editing preferred

This is an unpaid internship, but college credit may be offered. Ideal – 10-15 hours per week with flexibility. Prefer a dedication of 3 months to this opportunity. To apply for this position please email Mary Margaritis  or call 614.294.2661.


After-School Prevention Specialist – Full Time

Seeking an energetic and creative individual to be a part of our After-School team and fill the position of full-time Prevention Specialist. Responsibilities include the implementation of prevention programming. Prevention Specialist should possess excellent engagement skills, ability to redirect youth, facilitate activities, multi-task, meet deadlines, and collaborate with peers. Additional trainings focused towards trauma-informed care will be provided.

Applicant should be comfortable working with youth between the ages of 8 – 18 years of age, completing all required documentation daily, and possess basic computer skills. After-school programming days are Monday-Friday, hours 3 – 8 pm, summer hours 9 – 3 pm, team meetings and occasional special events that may require coming in prior or staying later. Applicant should possess a valid driver’s licenses and insurance as they may be required to transport youth home or to special events. Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field preferred and experience facilitating activities and working with youth required.

To apply for this position you may email your resume and cover letter, fax it to 614-294-3247 or mail it to DFYF HR Dept, 1515 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43201.


Assessment Specialist / Intake Coordinator

The selected individual will be responsible for screening referrals, making case assignments, conducting diagnostic assessments, and other duties as assigned. This individual must possess strong engagement, communication, and writing skills in order to establish positive working relationships with clients, client families, and collaborating agencies. Solid knowledge of basic computer software programs and database programs is needed for this position. Intake Specialist services will take place on an outreach basis.

LSW or LPC is required. Masters preferred. LISW or PCC is preferred. Minimum of 2 years’ experience working with children and families.

To apply for this position you may email your resume and cover letter, fax it to 614-294-3247 or mail it to DFYF HR Dept, 1515 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43201.


Social Worker/Clinical Counselor – CWWV and COMPS

Children Who Witness Violence (CWWV) and Children of Murdered Parents and Siblings (COMPS) programs work with youth between the ages of 5 and 18. The program provides individual, group, and family counseling to survivors who have witnessed domestic violence and/or have lost a parent or sibling to homicide. These youth and families typically have a more complex trauma history. Goals of the program include safety planning, processing experiences and creating a trauma narrative, and building the protective factors and coping skills necessary to improve functioning in all life domains. The selected individual must possess strong clinical skills and knowledge of treatment strategies used to treat witnesses of domestic violence and those suffering from traumatic grief.

LSW or LPC required. Masters degree preferred, minimum of 2 years of experience working with children and families, and experience working with trauma survivors preferred.

To apply for this position you may email your resume and cover letter, fax it to 614-294-3247 or mail it to DFYF HR Dept, 1515 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43201.


Clinical Social Worker/Counselor

Full-time licensed professional social worker/counselor to provide mental health treatment services to adults and their families, community-based. Experience working with adults and families. Master’s degree required in Social Work or Counseling LISW/LPCC/LSW/LPC. No on-call expectations. No weekends.

Position Requirements:

  • LSW/LISW or LPC/LPCC
  • Experience with children and families
  • Excellent communication and engagement skills
  • Strong clinical skills
  • Experience with family systems-based therapy
  • Valid drivers license and insurance

To apply for this position you may email your resume and cover letter, fax it to 614-294-3247 or mail it to DFYF HR Dept, 1515 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43201.


Case Manager

Full-time Case Manager to provide case management mental health treatment services to youth and families in homes, schools, and the community. Experience working with youth and parents.  Bachelors or Master’s degree in related field. No on-call expectations. No weekends.

Position Requirements:

  • Experience with children and families
  • Excellent communication and engagement skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Valid drivers license and insurance

To apply for this position you may email your resume and cover letter, fax it to 614-294-3247 or mail it to DFYF HR Dept, 1515 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH  43201.


Directions for Youth & Families is an EOE M/F/D/V