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Permanency Counselor

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of youth and families? Join our dynamic Wraparound Team at Seneca today!


As a Permanency Counselor your primary role is to ensure that all parties are working together toward stability for the youth and family. Partnering with youth and families, you will identify and engage caring adults to serve as lifelong supports, while also providing coaching to integrate innovative practices like Family Finding and family group decision-making into the system of care.



Seneca Family of Agencies has been nominated among the Bay Area’s Top Workplaces for several consecutive years. We’re committed to providing traditionally marginalized communities with a network of excellent mental health, community-based, and educational services. We are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage people of color to apply. Our programs are deeply engaged in conversations and training on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to bring equity and justice to the youth and families we serve.


  • Collaborate with youth and families to identify and involve relatives and natural supports to provide resources for the youth and family
  • Facilitate meetings with youth, natural supports, and service providers to create a plan for achieving permanency and a successful transition to adulthood
  • Commit to and engage in self-evaluation as well as organizational efforts goals, strategies, and systemic practices regarding diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Work closely with partner agency staff to ensure consistent engagement and support from a team of lifelong natural supports, contributing to the development of youth's skills and resources
  • Offer ongoing consultation to partner agencies, county staff, and fellow Seneca staff on matters related to permanency
  • Exhibit dedication to concurrent planning, which involves assisting parents in either reunifying with their children or exploring alternative permanency options, leveraging your experience and evident interest in the field
  • Demonstrate expertise in positive client engagement and communication, particularly when working with parents whose children have been removed due to abuse and neglect
  • Engage actively in self-evaluation and contribute to the organization's initiatives regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Participate in the crisis response/on-call system



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1 year of experience working with children in out-of-home care and with families with recent Child Welfare system involvement
  • Flexible schedule with ability to work evenings and weekends in the community as needed
  • Be part of a rotating emergency on-call system, scheduled with supervisor ahead of time
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Own vehicle, Valid California driver's license and insurability with Seneca's automobile policy
  • TB test clearance, fingerprinting clearance, and any other state/federal licensing or certification requirements
  • Must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination


  • Master’s degree or Bachelor's degree with MHRS certification/eligibility
  • Bilingual Spanish/English skills
  • Strong organizational, critical-thinking, and communication skills


  • Full-time:
    • Mon - Fri; 10AM - 6:30PM
    • Flexible schedule based on client need with the ability to work some evening/weekend hours as needed
    • Availability to be part of on-call rotating emergency pager system, scheduled with supervisor ahead of time


  • Starting at $22.66 - $25.16 per hour, actual salary is dependent on creditable experience above the minimum qualifications for the role
  • Additional compensation provided upon passing bilingual language proficiency exam
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Salary increases each year
  • Comprehensive employee benefits package:
    • Medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, acupuncture, and fertility coverage
    • Long-term disability, family leave, and life insurance
    • 50% paid premiums for dependents
    • 403b retirement plan
    • Employer-Paid Assistance Plan
    • 5 weeks of Paid Time Off and 11 paid holidays
  • Seneca is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness certified employer
  • Abundant promotional opportunities across the agency in California and Washington


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Please apply directly through our website by clicking here!