Mental Health Specialist – Fairfax and Stanford

Swords to Plowshares: A Veterans Rights Organization, San Francisco, CA

Published 17 days ago

About Swords to Plowshares 

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, rapid re-housing and eviction prevention services, employment and training, supportive housing, and legal benefits assistance for low-income, homeless and at-risk veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swords to Plowshares promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state and national entities. Learn more about the work of Swords to Plowshares, and ways in which you can help, by visiting our website at:


Job Title 

Mental Health Specialist – Fairfax 



Fairfax Hotel - 420 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109  

 Stanford Hotel - 250 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108 


Job Type 

Full-time, Exempt 



8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 



The full-time, exempt Mental Health Specialist implements mental health and substance abuse services to a caseload of formerly homeless veterans. The Mental Health Specialist provides individual case management, group facilitation, intake and assessment, advocacy and referrals. This position works at two different locations in San Francisco, the Fairfax and Stanford Hotel. This position reports to the Clinical Director for Residential Programs. 

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Provide case management to a caseload of veterans who have experienced homelessness, utilizing a harm reduction approach 
  • Provide Substance Abuse and Mental Health services for veterans as needed 
  • Conduct a monthly community meeting in conjunction with the Property Manager 
  • Collaborate with Property Management as needed and attend weekly Coordination meeting 
  • Complete reporting in a timely manner based on agency and external funder requirements 
  • Complete internal data input into case management tracking software (currently using ETO) 
  • Complete all required program documentation to include but not limited to: ?intake and assessment, progress notes, group notes, Individual Development Plan (Life Plan), data for in-house reports, correspondence, etc. 
  • Collaborate with community partners to ensure resident stability and retention of housing 
  • Facilitate connection to recreational activities 
  • Assist veteran residents to meet program goals regarding Housing Retention, Increased Skills or 
  • Income, connection with Mainstream Resources, Payment of Rent, and Money Management 
  • Attend required meetings and training 
  • Maintain after hours availability for veteran emergencies using company cell phone 
  • Perform comparable related duties as required by management, such as accompanying veteran 
  • residents to appointments when needed, supporting Property Management in acquiring and distributing food received from community resources, occasional meal preparation and front desk duties, and wellness checks 
  • Attend ongoing training 



  • Bachelor’s degree required.  
  • Master’s in social work, Psychology or Counseling preferred 


  • Two (2) years of experience providing direct services to people experiencing homelessness 


  • Familiarity with Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing 
  • Knowledge and application of the DSM V 
  • A working understanding of the needs of veterans who have experienced homelessness, with an emphasis on mental illness and substance use disorders 
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques 
  • Ability to walk up and down stairs and sitting for long periods of time 
  • Employee must be able to carry out the essential duties of the position within what can be considered reasonable accommodation 
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative 


  • Ability to provide individual case management and group facilitation regarding concurrent substance abuse, mental health, and medical disorders 
  • Good listening skills 
  • Ability to be a team player 
  • Ability to role model for clients and staff healthy boundaries and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite Programs, Internet based programs, Email, Online Timecard 
  • Entry system, scanner, fax, multi-line phone system

Salary & Benefits 

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits: 

•            Excellent medical and dental packages 

•            403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution 

•            17 vacation days in the first year 

•            12 holidays every year 

•            Wellness program 


About Swords to Plowshares 

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, rapid re-housing and eviction prevention services, employment and…

Details at a glance

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  • Full Time Schedule


San Francisco, CA

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