Mental Health & Wellness Specialist

About the Position

Reports To: Executive Director | FSLA: Exempt, Full Time | Hybrid, some evenings and weekends required

Our mission at Peace4Kids is to create an environment where youth in foster care and transition age youth (TAY) thrive. The Mental Health & Wellness Specialist [MHWS] will contribute to uplifting a culture of health and wellness as a key path to mitigating the effects of trauma and toxic stress. This position will lead the development, implementation, and oversight of mental health and wellness services with a deeply conscious and heart-centered team.


You'll be responsible for...

Leading the development, implementation, and oversight of all mental health services. Top- level responsibilities include:

  • Developing processes for screening and assessing participants.
  • Directing culturally responsive interventions for mental health and wellness initiatives.
  • Engaging volunteers in mental health goals by developing training and reporting tools.
  • Recruiting clinical providers and provide them with our current training curriculum for implementation in their practices.
  • Implementing a 1:1 coaching model to ensure that TAY receive timely health and wellness support.
  • Coordinating the implementation and management of our Heart Centered Certification Training.
  • Overseeing, managing, and coordinating external mental health resources.
  • In collaboration with the Program Manager, the MHWS will revise and inform our TAY Services program:
    • Developing best practices for implementing Individualized Development Plans (IDPs)
    • Contributing to the development of a caregiver training program that will enable them to intervene effectively in the positive mental health outcomes of youth in their care.

Who Are You?

It is essential for a prospective candidate to believe in and be driven by our core values and mission. You will have lived experience in foster care and/or a deep sense of empathy, compassion, and a clear understanding of the child welfare system. Leading social change by breaking ground motivates you. You have demonstrated experience synthesizing information and engaging others in social change initiatives. Additional requirements are:

  • Advanced clinical mental health degree [PsyD, LCSW, MFT, etc.] required. *Maintaining a safe community requires background checks and fingerprinting for all positions.
  • 7 years related professional experience working with youth in foster care or youth with complex toxic stress, trauma, and ACEs.
  • Results Driven: A track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line focus; proven ability to make good decisions based on analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.
  • Leadership and Organization: Inspirational; team builder with great communication skills; able to connect individually and in groups with diverse stakeholders; accountable and responsible.
  • Action Oriented: Proactive, self-directed, and/or reactive when necessary; compassionately explores opposing points and resolutions; able to take unpopular positions if they believe they're right.
  • Technology: Possess advanced technical and computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suite, as well as an ability to effectively use the Internet.

Physical and Environmental Requirements

Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer / standing and exposure to the outside elements.  Good vision, hearing and speech; use of hands, dexterity, and cognitive abilities.  Ability to travel and be mobile.  Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.

Local travel needed throughout Los Angeles County


Compensation + Benefits

Base salary range: $78K - $83K

Attractive nonprofit benefits package includes:

  • PTO: Personal, Vacation, 11 Paid Holidays
  • Health, dental, and vision coverage
  • Home Office and Professional Development stipends

This position is being supported by a 3-year grant from the California Community Reinvestment Grants.


It takes perspective like yours to accomplish a mission like ours.

At Peace4Kids, we value every background, identity, and experience. We believe that a diverse, strengths based team, informed by different cultures and perspectives, makes us stronger. 

We're committed to doing the work and challenging each other to be an organization where everyone is respected and heard. As an anti-biased and anti-racist community, we continue to embed diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity in everything we do.

Maintaining safe community requires background checks and fingerprinting for all positions.

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