Employment Opportunities

Friday, 14 February, 2020

Clinical Specialist on Community Impact Team

Community Connections seeks energetic, experienced licensed mental health professionals to join our team. We have several positions within the Community Impact Department focused on in-community supportive services for youth (18-24), seniors (65+), and veterans, and homeless in-community outreach. Each position will have to benefit of reporting to an experienced manager and working with dynamic and diverse team on socially impactful issues related to housing and income. New members to the Community Impact team can expect to receive on-the-job training in housing and homelessness support, coordination and intervention practices for adults, veterans, seniors, and youth (18-24) as well as annual trainings required by the program contract. Team members will have an opportunity to express their views and give suggestions to influence policy related to the services we provide.

Clinical Specialist Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with PSHP, LIFT, and Homeless Services Program Managers and Program Director to regularly identify program top priorities
  • Provide crisis intervention to program participants and consultation with program staff on complex presentations (e.g., unusual incidents, suspected abuse or neglect, participants who are less engaged or involved with multiple systems, etc.)
  • Use relevant theoretical frameworks and evidence-based practices to provide direct services to housing program participants as well as to enhance program staff’s clinical conceptualization and applicable interventions (e.g., working knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, stage-wise case management, critical time intervention, etc.)
  • Assist program staff with developing progressive engagement skills and building trusting relationships with program participants
  • Support program staff with completing and updating bio-psycho-social assessments in collaboration with program participants
  • Support program staff with developing, implementing, and revising service plans (aka treatment plans), including SMART goals in collaboration with program participants
  • Support program staff with service planning and documentation of those services that flows from the assessment and service plan
  • Liaison/team with clinical teams, mainstream service providers, and community partners to facilitate appropriate service referrals and foster connections to needed services
  • Advocate for appropriate match in services and resources when appropriate
  • Deliver direct service to program participants as needed in their residences or in the community
  • Ensure documentation necessary for highest quality care and accurate billing is completed on time. One hundred per cent compliance is expected
  • Attend program team meetings, required trainings, one-on-one and provider meetings with DHS and other government stakeholders as assigned
  • Monitor program staff completion of required trainings, or other contract deliverables
  • Maintain contract compliance with federal and local funders
  • Maintain clinical license

Clinical Specialist Skill Set Sought:

  • Experience working with Veterans, Seniors, and Transition-Aged-Youth (youth ages 18-24)
  • A strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
  • Excellent communication skills as evidenced by the ability to communicate complex ideas both in writing and verbally, as well as the ability effectively communicate complex knowledge and processes in a more succinct and straightforward manner.
  • Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and think strategically, both independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to set, manage, and meet multiple deadlines simultaneously
  • Strong knowledge of Washington DC neighborhood navigation
  • Experience using HMIS and basic office software   
  • Knowledge implementing evidenced based practices in affordable housing/homelessness programs

Clinical Specialist Qualifications:

  • Required Master’s Degree (MSW or MA) in social work, counseling or relevant human services discipline and corresponding DC License in Social Work or Counseling e.g., LGSW or LGPC).
  • Preferred Clinical License in Social Work or Counseling at independent level e.g., LICSW or LPC.
  • 5 years relevant experience.
  • Car, valid driver’s license, and clean driving record as much of work is done in the community.


  • Opportunities to earn CEUs
  • PTO
  • Medical/Vision/Dental/Prescription Drug Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Long-term disability
  • Voluntary life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Immediate 403(b), with employer contribution after two years of employment
  • Credit union and banking partners including M&T Bank and State Employees Credit Union of Maryland
  • Educational assistance after one year of employment
  • Professional and leadership development
  • Pre-tax Metro cost
  • Mileage reimbursement for eligible employees

To Apply: Please email a resume and cover letter to Ishan Heru at iheru@ccdc1.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We encourage people of color, women, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities to apply.

Contact: iheru@ccdc1.org

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