Posting: Family Support Specialist Clinician - Oakland Family Services

January 17, 2023


$500 New Hire Signing Incentive

Who We Are

Oakland Family Services offers a warm and engaging work environment that is led by our cultural values. Oakland Family Services is a private, non-profit human service organization serving the area and building brighter futures for 100 years. We offer a continuum of prevention, education and treatment services that span the human life cycle, enrich the lives of children, strengthen families, rebuild lives and builds brighter futures for those we serve and those we employ. We are a proud recipient of the Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces Award for the 8th consecutive year!

What’s In It For YOU?

Our Culture 

  • Cultural values that are clear and lived each day
  • Peer-based staff recognition programs
  • Annual staff celebration (awards and luncheon)
  • Warm, supportive work environment
  • Work/life balance and wellness initiatives
  • Flexible work schedule/hybrid schedule where appropriate
  • Clinical supervision
  • Professional development to include paid trainings and leadership and succession opportunities
  • Team oriented approach to work processes
  • RISE – Employee Sponsored Task Force Committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Commitment to open, honest and transparent communication
  • Quarterly all staff lunch and/or meetings with the CEO
  • Employee engagement initiatives (road rallies, employee appreciation events, staff recognition programs, food truck lunch-truck event, ice cream day, spirit weeks, logo wear webstore, bring your child to work day, chili cook off/bake off contests, and more)

Our Employee Benefits 

  • Three medical insurance plans to choose from (2 HMO’s and 1 PPO with Health Saving Account)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts and HSA options*
  • 403B Retirement Plan with a company match (immediate eligibility)
  • Employer-paid Vision and Dental Insurance*
  • Employer-paid Long-Term Disability*
  • Voluntary Short-Term Disability Option*
  • Generous Paid Time Off Benefits* to include vacation (10 prorated days of vacation time for new employees with increases starting after 2 years of employment) Sick (10 prorated days of paid sick leave), Personal Days (1 paid personal day off in addition to sick leave and vacation time), 11 paid bank holidays (in addition to sick leave, vacation time, and your personal day)
  • Employer-paid Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Verizon Cellular Plan Discount and other available discounts

*Applicable to regular, full time employees

About the Opportunity/Work

Position Responsibilities

The Family Support Specialist Clinician in the Day One department assumes the responsibilities common to all direct service and administrative positions as described in the Agency Manual.

The Family Support Specialist Clinician in the Day One department will develop and use the various modalities of service offered by the agency. This position will provide SUD treatment specifically for those with children in the foster care system. The Family Support Specialist Clinician in the Day One department reports to the Supervisor of Clinician Services in Pontiac, Day One Department.

The following represents a summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents in this position. Incumbents may be requested to perform related tasks other than those specifically presented.

Specific Duties/Job Expectations

Professional Practice

  • The Family Support Specialist Clinician provides both clinical and case management services to individuals with substance use disorder, who meet the MDHHS guidelines for this position.
  • The Family Support Specialist Clinician provides individual and family services as indicated in the Individual Plan of Service (IPOS).
  • Provides service to the family for 90 days and up to an additional 90 days with an extension.
  • Provides a minimum of two hours of face-to-face contact with clients during the first month and one hour a week for the remainder of the program.
  • Supports families in recovery and expects families to maintain involvement in other treatment/recovery programs for one year after SUDFSP has ended.
  • The Family Support Specialist Clinician can expect to work at minimum 2 evenings a week to accommodate work schedules.
  • The Clinician provides appropriate home-based services to a caseload in accordance with agency needs and the skill level of the worker. Typical caseload size will be between 8-10 individuals and families depending on severity and may be subject to change based on program and individual needs.
  • The Clinician is responsible to: obtain, analyze and evaluate case data; develop an understanding of the individual's situation and to develop goals and planned responses; carry out the plan and/or alter the plan as new understandings demand; analyze and evaluate the course and results of the treatment process, utilize evidenced based practices as indicated.
  • Maintain clinical records in accordance with Agency, licensing, accreditation, Office of Substance Abuse Services (OSAS), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) standards and requirements. Maintain all records in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) within timeframes required by OSAS.
  • Actively coordinate cases with treatment team, foster care staff, school staff, probation, courts, protective services, OSAS and any other appropriate staff.
  • Participate in professional development activities in accordance with state licensure requirements and any requirements of the funder, specifically in accordance with the OSAS requirements.
  • Complete mandated trainings annually and as required to maintain eligibility to provide services under OSAS requirements.
  • Additional duties may include: individual intake; supervision of interns, assignment to specific agency work sites; assignment to a special project or contract; provision of leadership to educational, counseling or volunteer groups; to work with community problems as interest and skill indicates; and other duties as assigned.
  • Attend weekly department meetings and trainings as scheduled.


  • Perform the administrative tasks related to assigned caseload and other work assignments as required by the agency by effectively utilizing the various tools provided by the program and/or the electronic healthcare record system. This includes effective and efficient management of their individual caseload; completing documentation and responsibilities related to their caseload in adherence with the protocols outlined in the Clinician Training Manual and by various funding sources.
  • Maintain a caseload that facilitates the clinician’s ability to achieve their specified productivity requirements, and schedule clinical appointments (individual and/or group sessions) that allows them to meet these requirements.
  • Perform selected and additional administrative assignments as required, including student supervision.
  • Provide assistance, support and leadership to other staff members through consulting, teaching and other means as appropriate, and to coordinate program activities when assigned to do so.

Does This Describe YOU?

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited school of social work or related field, and licensure commensurate with accrued experience and degree obtained.
  • A minimum of one year of experience in the examination, evaluation, and treatment of individuals and their families. (One to two years post-masters experience with individuals/families preferred.)
  • Selected candidates for this position must possess a sensitivity to the diversity of the Agency’s service population including (but not limited to) differences of culture, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Special abilities, skills, and credentials such as substance abuse qualifications, child abuse or sexual abuse treatment experience, family systems work, trauma-informed care, delivery of home-based models and use of evidenced based models.
  • Ability and willingness to conduct outreach in the community.
  • Special abilities and skills necessary to perform the required tasks and that best meet the needs of the agency also will be considered. Any standard above may be waived when compensating specifications or circumstances exist.

Oakland Family Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status

Job Contact:

Sarah Jessome

Talent Acquisition Assistant Oakland Family Services

Phone: 248-858-7766 ext. 1354

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