Job Postings


October 18, 2017


At D.A. Blodgett St. John’s, we provide counseling, fostering, adoption, and residential care. Each service is different, but all share a common thread – life-changing love.

We provide 20 community-based services, impact 9,000 lives every year, and work tirelessly to ensure all children and families have the love, support, and resources they need to thrive – today and into the future.
Strong communities start with families. Strong families start with kids. Since 1887, that’s where our focus and passion has been. We believe in kids, no matter their story, background, or the cards they’ve been dealt. If you believe in helping kids and families in our community, we would love to hear from you.


Grand Rapids, MI offers a remarkable combination of a big city along with small-town warmth. Ranked as the second largest city in the state, it is known for its philanthropic and sustainability-driven community, and is rated one of “America’s Top 100 Places to Live.” Located on the banks of the Grand River, Grand Rapids offers all the big-city excitement, featuring hundreds of restaurants and nightspots, galleries, theaters, museums, sports and concerts. The safe and clean downtown is surrounded by an eclectic mix of walkable and attractive neighborhoods. With a medical and life sciences industry boom, strong entrepreneurial activity, dedication to green building and living, and innovative employers, Grand Rapids’ diverse economy continues to grow and thrive.


  • Competitive wages – While the nature of our work is the greatest reward, we all have to earn a living!

  • Insurance Benefits – A great variety of options to best suit your needs!

  • 403B Retirement Plan with a generous agency contribution – We’d love to have you stay forever, but you better save some cash for fun during retirement!

  • An abundant amount of Paid time off – Self-care is important. Take some time off; you deserve it!

  • On-site Continued Education Training – to keep you on top of your game (and to keep some cash in your pockets to help avoid off-site training costs)

  • Wellness – It’s all about Fitness 

  • DABSJ is proud to have achieved the Level 1 Endorsement with Partners for a Racism Free Community. Diversity and Inclusion is an Agency value that we take seriously. Our Inclusion Council has been working diligently on this process and we are happy to be associated with this initiative.

Application Deadline: October 31, 2017


The Director of Family Preservation Services functions as the Clinical and Administrative leader of the Division, which provides a variety of mental health and youth and family development services to children and families through a community-based model. The Director reports to the Chief Program Officer and is responsible for assuring programs and services are responsive, effective, integrated internally and externally, and financially and programmatically sustainable. Serves on the Agency Leadership Team and functions as the Division’s representative to and from that team.



  • Direct supervision of Clinical Program Manager and Youth and Family Development Program Manager, in accordance with established agency policies and practice.

  • Facilitate a culture of exceptional client care in the context of productivity expectations, including specific strategies to assist managers and supervisors to support staff in this balance.

  • Initiate, facilitate and manage program development efforts, including systems alignment and strategic direction.

  • Participate in financial processes, including budget development, implementation and monitoring. Review monthly financial statements for issues, trends, opportunities and challenges.

  • Function as the Division expert regarding capacity, utilization, emerging and ongoing trends, community needs, public and private funding and regulatory issues.

  • Develop and maintain a working analysis of all programs and services, including personnel, utilization, sustainability, capacity, quality, relevance and program development.

  • Assure all programs and services meet funding, regulatory and accreditation standards, including participation in all external and internal reviews and development of corrective action plans when necessary.

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with FPS Division leaders and inter-Division Directors.

  • Participate in grant and other funding requests and reporting, under the oversight and direction of the CPO.

  • Maintain theoretical and operational knowledge of all contracts, including comprehensive and thorough input to revisions, extensions and problem solving.

  • Provide leadership and direction in hiring and onboarding processes for new staff.

  • Participate in community collaborative, committees, workgroups and ad hoc discussions, in partnership with the CPO and Division leaders.

  • Assist in the preparation of budgetary, statistical, financial, contractual agreements and documents as directed. Track, tabulate and monitor for issues, monthly service statistics. Provide input in preparing annual report, annual highlights and Quick Fact information.

  • As requested by the CEO and/or CPO, act as the agency representative and/or spokesperson in dealing with and coordinating media inquiries relative to Division programs and services

  • Perform other agency responsibilities as set forth in agency personnel policies as amended.

  • Develop, monitor and evaluate utilization and capacity management processes, including identification of data points and management of data to inform practice and program development

  • Identify, document and analyze program, systemic and community trends

  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge and understanding of all contract, accreditation, and regulatory standards.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as social work, psychology, counseling, health administration, or related discipline.

  • Minimum three years of program supervision and/or management experience in services to children and families, preferably in some combination of behavioral health and youth/family development programming.


  • Thorough understanding of the strengths, needs, challenges and resilience of the target population of children, youth and families.

  • Excellent writing, speaking, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

  • Highly effective communication and engagement skills at peer, supervisory, and community levels. Proven ability to effectively "manage upward."

  • Knowledge of or ability to quickly learn and leverage community resources, especially as they may support agency and client needs.

  • Able to work with the school, court, mental health, and child welfare systems with dexterity and fortitude on behalf of agency, program, and clients.

  • Ability to work and thrive in the private nonprofit human and social services arena – where rapid change, fast pace, multiple demands, high intensity, and scarcity of resources are commonplace.

  • Willingness to flex schedule according to the needs of the agency and model a whatever-it-takes work ethic.

  • Computer competency including above average proficiency with Microsoft Office and electronic case management and clinical record systems.

  •  An understanding of and visceral commitment to the agency’s mission, vision, and values.

  • Total compatibility with a leadership model that demands the highest levels of collaboration, cooperation, communication, participation, trust, respect, and mutual accountability.

Please apply online at EOE.

I love my job because of the team of staff I am surrounded by, the support we receive from each other, and genuine desire each member has to help the students we work with, despite the difficult positions we are put in at times.” - Evan, Therapist

150 years in the heart of Detroit