Jewish Family Services of Western New York
  • Buffalo, NY, USA
  • Full Time

4+ weeks of PTO, 13 Paid Holidays, Generous Health Insurance (IHA) plan, 401k, Life Insurance and LTD

JFSWNY is accepting applications for a full-time RICH Counselor in our Psychosocial Support Program who will work specifically with the Ukrainian community.

  • Do you have a desire to work with refugees and survivors of torture and trauma?
  • Do you have a passion for providing preventative education and building out cultural programming?
  • Are you trained in the trauma-informed care approach that recognizes and addresses the effects of trauma, works to avoid re-traumatization, and promotes individualized support for healing and recovery?

If so, then this position provides a unique and rewarding opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of many.


The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Healing (RICH) is an interdisciplinary team of providers, comprised of JFS staff and community partners, with a goal to provide wrap-around services to refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in WNY.

This position will assist JFS and other refugee agencies in the development of processes that reflect a low-barrier, flexible model for mental health services for Ukrainians that will provide support upon arrival. Using a refugee trauma-focused methodology, this individual will offer mental health screening and supportive counseling including facilitation of support groups for all Ukrainians arriving to the United States. The Counselor will also provide education to arrivals and agency staff members. The model will help bridge the gap between arrivals, mental health services, and staff.


  • Master's degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or related field. Licensure preferred
  • Required experience in direct client service providing mental health support and referral linkages
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Familiarity with community and health promotion resources for refugees and immigrants
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in services for trauma survivors
  • Additional language skills desired including Russian and Ukrainian


Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. For more than 150 years, Jewish Family Services of WNY has been committed to providing high quality services to all in need in the interest of helping to "repair the world."

Our broad range of services is available to all individuals regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity, race, culture, or gender. In every service area offered at JFS, we focus on client-directed treatment of the whole self. We rely on our top-notch team to help those we serve find greater happiness and peace in their lives. This is why, in addition to offering competitive compensation and truly exceptional benefits, we are committed to providing a work environment that encourages the sharing of ideas and empowering of our employees.


This position offers a competitive salary of 50k and great benefits including 4+ weeks of accrued Paid Time Off plus 13+ paid holidays, excellent health insurance options (IHA), a 401k plan with match, life insurance, and more! We also have a reduced 35 hour work week with an early close on Fridays.

We are conveniently located off of Delaware Avenue with free parking. Since this position requires work in the community, you must have a reliable vehicle, clean drivers license with 100/300k liability insurance and the ability to produce evidence of having received the Covid-19 vaccine if hired.

If you are seeking a rewarding career where you can make a difference in people's lives, apply today. We look forward to meeting you!

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