Social Worker - Intake/Poverty Counselling

Full-time; $71,000 – $94,000 based on experience and credentials

Jewish Family and Child Service is a multi-service, client-centered agency, and a Children’s Aid Society supporting the healthy development of individuals, children, and families. JF&CS offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including dental, vision, and health coverage, a Healthcare Spending Account, and a defined benefit pension plan. We offer ample vacation and sick days and are closed on most Jewish and all Statutory holidays. We are conveniently located at 4600 Bathurst Street in Toronto. On the premises, you will find free parking, a daycare centre and a gym (with subsidized membership). 


This position requires the incumbent to work in the office.  

We are seeking a Social Worker – Intake/Poverty Reduction Counselling to respond to community and client calls providing information, referrals, assessments, crisis intervention and counselling.


The successful candidate will:​​

  • Understand clients’ needs, answer questions about services offered, review program materials with clients and/or their family members, and make decisions on treatment.

  • Complete assessments, conduct crisis intervention, and provide brief telephone and face-to-face counselling as required.

  • Facilitate coordination of services which includes the provision of information, advocacy and referral to both agency and outside resources.

  • Provide direct service to individuals, families, and groups in the form of counselling, crisis, intervention, therapy, advocacy, and coordination of resources.

  • Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, to assess their situation and problems to determine types and range of services required. 

  • Assist clients fill out multiple forms, outline clients’ reasons for seeking treatment, and review history of past treatment efforts.

  • Assist clients with their financial plans, basic budgeting and completion of government forms and provide enhanced Supplementary Financial Assistance Program assessments.

  • Refer clients to  external agencies that provide services such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, medical treatment, etc. as appropriate for client needs 

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master of Social Work

  • Registered member of OCSWSSW and in good standing.

  • Minimum 3 years clinical or related experience required.

  • Experience in assessment and delivering clinical service.

  • Fluency in Hebrew and/or Russian is an asset 

  • Comprehension of French or another language is an asset 

  • Knowledge of Matrix, CPIN and other data management systems is a strong asset. 

  • Knowledge and/or expertise in specific clinical therapeutic interventions such as single session, brief therapy, CBT, and/or group psychotherapy is an asset.

  • Understanding of adult mental health and how  it manifests in client situations

  •  Working knowledge of the Child & Family Services Act in Ontario


Jewish Family and Child Service is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds. Accommodations during all phases of the hire process will be made wherever possible. Please advise us if any accommodations are required. 

We thank all applicants for their application and interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No agencies please.