Join the FSA Team

Thank you for your interest in careers with Family Service Agency. For all open positions, please send cover letter of interest and resumes to:

Attention:  HR
Family Service Agency
123 West Gutierrez St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Fax: 805.965.2178

Human Resources Supervisor

The Position:
Under the general direction of the Director of Operations, the Human Resources Supervisor oversees FSA’s day-to-day human resources functions. The position is responsible for developing, implementing and sustaining Human Resources programs, policies, and activities, and for processing payroll. The position supervises one part-time Human Resources Assistant and other staff as needed. The Human Resources Supervisor reports to the Director of Operations.

Employment Standards and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree; a combination of education and experience considered in lieu of degree
  • Minimum two years direct and extensive human resources experience
  • Minimum two years payroll processing experience
  • Minimum two years supervising and evaluating direct reports
  • Knowledge of current employment law practices and procedures
  • Experience working in a nonprofit or social service setting highly desirable
  • Excellent judgment and the ability to handle delicate and confidential information with sensitivity and integrity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, positive attitude, and team-oriented
  • Skillful in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook; additional computer skills a plus
  • Valid California Driver License, vehicle insurance, and vehicle required to travel to offices county-wide

Classification and Hours:
• Exempt, with benefits
• Pay rate dependent on experience

Holistic Defense Advocate (MSW, Santa Barbara)

The Position:

Co-located within the Public Defender’s Office, the Holistic Defense Advocate is part of a collaborative team working to provide high quality holistic representation to indigent adult clients accused of crimes in South Santa Barbara County. Through legal representation from public defender attorneys and targeted, comprehensive social work interventions from Holistic Defense Advocates, the program addresses life circumstances that lead to contact with the criminal justice system. The Holistic Defense team aims to stabilize lives, reduce recidivism, and create safer communities. An integral part of the defense team, the Holistic Defense Advocate conducts psychosocial assessments, provides mitigation reports, and makes referrals to treatment programs and social service providers. This pilot is a partnership between Family Service Agency, a nonprofit organization, and the Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office. The position reports to the Family Service Agency Operations Director.

Employment Standards:

  1. MSW or MA in a related field required; 2+ years post graduate MSW preferred.
  2. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred.
  3. One year minimum advocating for adults involved in the criminal justice system, who often have histories of trauma, substance abuse related concerns, and mental health diagnoses.
  4. Case management and / or experience working within complex societal systems (i.e. criminal justice, social services, medical, education).
  5. Knowledge of issues related to criminal justice involvement for poor and under-served populations.
  6. Demonstrated multicultural competency.
  7. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work collaboratively within a team environment.
  8. Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  9. Strong written and oral advocacy skills.
  • Computer and Internet literacy; excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Valid automobile insurance and a valid California Driver License.
  • Reliable transportation is necessary to travel throughout Santa Barbara County.

Classification, Hours and Pay Rate:

  • Position is full-time, non-exempt, with benefits
  • Pay rate dependent on experience


Deputy Executive Director (Santa Maria)

Family Service Agency (DBA Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center)

The Position:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director will assist the Executive Director in the

overall strategic and operational management of Family Service Agency’s culturally competent staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The Deputy Executive Director will be responsible for overall management of Santa Maria Valley operations, including overseeing programs; developing and directing staff; fiscal and contract management; representing FSA with funders, partnerships/coalitions and the larger community; and supporting FSA’s fundraising and marketing activities. Office will be in Santa Maria with some countywide travel.

Employment Standards:

The Deputy Executive Director must be thoroughly committed to FSA’s mission and should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Required: Graduate degree in applicable field such as public administration, social work, psychology, etc. and six years of senior management and supervision experience in human services field


Bachelor’s degree in applicable field and 10 years of senior management and supervision experience in human services field

  • Preferred: Licensed Practitioner such as LMFT, LCSW, etc.
  • Preferred: Bi-Cultural and/or Bi-lingual (Spanish)
  • Preferred: Familiarity with the Santa Maria Valley
  • Experience in program budgeting, design, implementation, and management
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and budget management
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer and internet literacy; Proficient with Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Valid automobile insurance and a valid California Drivers License; reliable transportation to travel throughout Santa Barbara County
  • Action-oriented and adaptable
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Classification, Hours and Pay Rate:

  • Position is full-time, exempt, with benefits
  • Pay rate dependent on experience

Deadline to apply is 5PM on April 27, 2017