Employment Opportunities

Jewish Family Service of Greater of New Haven currently has the following job opportunity.

School Social Worker for Jewish Day Schools

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven, CT

Job Details

Full-time | Part-time Estimated: $43,000 – $50,000

Full-time position is 35 hrs./week, year round.  When school is out of session or on breaks, the candidate works at the JFS clinic and/ or Jewish Summer Day Camps in New Haven.

Part-time position is a 35 hrs./week, 42 weeks per year following the New Haven area Jewish Day School calendars.


  • Generous Paid time off
  • Defined Pension Plan and 403(b) Plan
  • Comprehensive Health Benefits
  • On-Going Clinical Supervision


  • Master’s degree required
  • Must have LMSW or must show proof of LMSW test scheduled within two months of hire; or LCSW
  • Familiarity and use of SEL curricula (Preferred)
  • Proof of COVID 19 vaccine
  • Driver’s License
  • Personal Car Insurance 1,000,000/ 3,000,000 liability

Full Job Description

JFS Greater New Haven (JFSGNH) is currently searching for a part-time or full-time school social worker for our three Greater New Haven area Jewish Day Schools; focusing on their K-8th Grade student body.

This is an exciting opportunity for any social worker who is interested in teamwork, creating safe and empowered spaces, and who believes in evidence-based practices.  Utilizing specific Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curricula, the ideal candidate will be able to navigate the similarities and differences in the Jewish practices and values that each school community offers, while adhering to the overall goal of increasing social-emotional skills for students, faculty, and guardians. 

The school social worker will serve as a specialized resource for youth, guardians, teacher populations, and for the year round position, providing clinical assessment and supports to the Jewish summer day camps.  As Synagogues and the JCC are a major part of these communities, it is expected that part of this role will be education, support, and interventions around emerging events that impact the community.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide on-site consultation and intervention to the social-emotional needs of youth utilizing SEL curricula.
  • Provide one-on-one counseling, support groups and trainings to youth, parent, and teacher populations.
  • Provide community outreach and programming to synagogues, day schools and JCCs.
  • Serve as a mental health leader in youth group settings.
  • Utilize electronic recording system, tracking statistics and community needs surveys, and providing weekly reporting and updates to school administrations and in supervision at JFS.
  • Attend weekly supervision, bi-weekly group supervisions, and all staff meetings and trainings for all staff at JFS.
  • Actively participate in school development and in-service days at each school.
  • Demonstrate strong computer skills in MS Office Programs, especially Word; and web-based applications including telehealth platforms.

Primary Relationships

The School Social Worker is directly supervised by JFS but will work collaboratively with the administration and staff of each school to enable a holistic learning environment for students. This employee will see themselves as a member of the clinical team at JFS, as well as part of the three independent school communities.

Cultural Competence

Employee will be sensitive and responsive to the ethnic, racial, cultural, socio-economic, religious, and national diversity in JFS’s service population and among its employees. Further, employee will be able to demonstrate interest and knowledge in Orthodox Judaism heritage and customs as taught by the faculty, administration, and school community at large of all three schools. 

Ideal candidates will possess the following:

  • Master’s degree in social work
  • LMSW or LCSW
  • Knowledge of Jewish culture and customs.
  • Experience with and interest in working with youth and families.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to travel to program and meeting sites
  • Knowledge and behaviors that reflect understanding and support of the values set forth in the mission and expectations of both Jewish Family Service and the independent communities of each day school. 
  • Knowledge of Evidence-Based Practices, and other relevant bodies of knowledge pertaining to school social work and child development.
  • Knowledge of social and economic problems facing the community, neighborhood and families.
  • Ability to provide behavioral health services to individuals with learning or developmental disabilities, including social inclusion and family support. Full-time position is 35 hrs/ week, year round.  When school is out of session or on breaks, the candidate works at the JFS clinic and/ or Jewish Summer Day Camps in New Haven.

Work Location: Three New Haven Jewish Day School Campus’; JFSNH office; occasionally remote during remote school days/ breaks

In addition to these three communities, the social worker is a member of the JFS Adult and Child Outpatient Mental Health Clinic.  If appropriate, this will allow the social worker to take on some brief clinical cases; the opportunity for clinical hours and supervision towards their LCSW. 

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Alissa Wurtzel, CEO, at awurtzel@jfsnh.org.  Jewish Family Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). 

Mission:  Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven (JFSGNH) supports and strengthens individual, family, and community life by providing a wide range of social services.  We welcome people of all ages, abilities, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and faiths.  JFS is guided by the compassionate and ethical values of Judaism.