Mental Health Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Maximum: $60,000
Details: Schedule / Duration: Full-Time/ Limited-Term. Overtime Eligible: No, Exempt.



Start Date


Application Deadline



310 8th Street
Suite 309
United States


Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) is a non-profit based in Alameda County, California established in 1973. FAJ is a service, leadership development, community organizing and civic engagement organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity. More information at:

JOB OVERVIEW: FAJ's Community Health and Wellness program ensures that the Filipino community, particularly youth and young adults, caregivers, and immigrants in central and southern Alameda county have access to psycho-social and case management support to serve their needs as well as ensure additional culturally and linguistically sensitive preventative counseling and mental health referral support services. This includes offering mental health screening and then referring clients with emotional distress and trauma to the Mental Health Specialist or relevant partners. The Mental Health Specialist will implement the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) program funded through Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. The Mental Health Specialist will provide preventative counseling and supportive services to individuals who are isolated, trauma exposed and anyone at-risk of early onset of serious mental illness with a focus on serving the Filipino community. This position reports to the Youth Services Director and would support FAJ's work through its Oakland and Union City offices.


  • Provide culturally sensitive case management for individuals who are socially isolated, have previous exposure to trauma and are at risk of mental illness.
  • Perform intakes, screenings, and service planning to ensure clients mental health needs are met.
  • Provide in-field and office based preventative counseling sessions including problem solving, empathetic listening, crisis intervention and stabilization.
  • Oversee development of psychoeducation sessions to target populations in group settings.
  • Provide risk management for clients, and triage with referrals (i.e., with special attention to culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health partners) and provide technical assistance for staff with case management clients.
  • Maintain strong collaboration with the Youth Services Director to seek out community partners for the development of psychoeducation curriculum and workshop schedule/calendar.
  • In collaboration with the Youth Services Director seek out community partners and collaborations to increase clients’ access to mainstream mental health services.
  • Attend meetings requested by ACBHCS and/or other state and local partners.
  • Adhere to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations with client records, notes, and all documentation (i.e. ensure completion of documentation in a timely manner, maintain security of confidentiality, and ethical usage of Efforts to Outcomes system).
  • Provide data required for contract reports and assist with reporting.
  • Become familiar with and abide by the standards of service delivery outlined by FAJ, State of California, and Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services.
  • Ensure that program services are provided in accordance with quality assurance standards of FAJ, State and accrediting organizations.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • LCSW, LMFT Licensing in California Required.
  • Ability to speak and write Tagalog fluently.
  • 2 years of relevant work experience in the mental health field servicing isolated and/or under resourced communities (i.e., including, but not limited to newly arrived immigrants, low-wage workers, youth-at-risk or displaced populations).
  • Driver's license, car insurance and access to a car; Willing and able to travel to and reach out Alameda County- wide.
  • Strong understanding of impacts of migration on mental health, cross-cultural awareness.
  • Familiarity with and empathy for challenges faced by immigrant/migrant communities.
  • Strong abilities and experience with crisis management.
  • Superior time management skills.
  • Well versed in mandated reporting and client safety policies and procedures.
  • Proven ability to work as a team member in a cross-cultural environment and provide strong interpersonal cultural competency to develop a therapeutic relationship with clients.


  • Intergenerational experience/skills.
  • Energetic and inspired by individual and community empowerment.
  • Comfortable in a fast paced (sometimes intense) work environment; self-starter, detail-oriented and organized; able to ask for help.
  • Appreciation for and experience working in collaboration with diverse community stakeholders.


Benefits include medical, vision and dental.

Level of Language Proficiency

Ability to speak and write Tagalog fluently

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter no later than Friday, July 20th to:

Judith Olais at or call (510) 465-9876 for more details