Crisis Specialist (647/648)


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.? Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.? Other duties may be assigned.


  • Provide crisis intervention and related services throughout the campus
  • Assist resident children with developing positive coping skills within the living group, in the cottage and off campus
  • Administer appropriate discipline and set limits on acting out behavior of children in residence, in consultation with cottage supervisors
  • Provide supportive interventions to assist resident children in attending school
  • Be available to assume administrative and supervisory responsibility for the agency and grounds
  • Be available for emergency calls as needed
  • Work evenings, weekends and holidays as needed
  • Assist treatment teams with crisis follow-up.
  • Write mental health notes for the purpose of billing for these services
  • Provide consultation to staff in cases of behavior management issues, runaways, and drug involvement
  • Act on Agency policies and practices as they relate to work assignments and treatment practices
  • Other duties as required


  • Bachelors degree and equivalent related experience
  • Two years experience in residential treatment
  • 1 year experience working with an SED or similar population
  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs & dynamics of children
  • Ability to supervise staff and provide leadership
  • Valid California drivers license, driving record and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Hillsides' insurance carrier


  • Competitive salary
  • Medical insurance  with a $10 premium per paycheck for employee only coverage plan
  • Dental insurance 100% employer paid for HMO employee only coverage plan
  • Life and AD&D insurance 100% employer paid up to two times the annual salary
  • Flexible Spending Account with $500 roll-over limit
  • 401 k with no wait period, 5% employer match cap and no vesting schedule
  • 12 paid holidays per year and generous paid time off policy accruing up to 22 days off annually
  • Bilingual stipend of $2,000 or $4,000 for applicable positions


Every employee has the opportunity and responsibility to participate in one or more activities each year that support the performance quality improvement (PQI) of Hillsides' programs & services.  Activities might involve membership on a PQI committee or work group, service as a peer reviewer, data collection for PQI and evaluation purposes, completion of PQI questionnaires and surveys or participation in focus groups, or other activities as identified by PQI committees or work groups.


Hillsides practices Trauma Informed Care (TIC) principles which recognizes the signs, symptoms, and widespread impact of trauma; Employees are asked to comprehensively integrate knowledge of Trauma Informed Care into policies, procedures, and practices with the goal to prevent re-traumatization which promotes healing of families, youth, individuals, and communities.


This position performs tasks that may involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.  All Hillsides employees are offered the opportunity to receive the Hepatitis B vaccination series.

Hillsides is an Equal Opportunity Employer