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The Children’s Shelter is an is a drug and smoke free, equal opportunity employer and does not, nor shall not, discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, creed, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or religion. Local and federal background checks, and drug screening mandatory. Must have valid driver’s license with clean driving record.

Please send resume to Patti Murray, Executive Assistant at For questions about the position in which you are interested in applying please call her at (305) 852-4246 ext. 236.

Community Based Counselor:

Location: Key Largo and Key West, Florida

Job type: Full-time

Description: Looking for two skilled Community Based Counselors (CBC) wanting to support at-risk kids and families. This full-time position is for our Children in Need/Families in Need (CINS/FINS) program. One position is based in the Upper Keys and the other in the Lower Keys; work directly with at-risk youth in the Monroe County School system their families and local support agencies.

  • The non-residential counseling services are designed to provide families with the tools and support necessary to stabilize in event of crisis. Counseling services are designed to aid in keeping families intact, minimize out-of-home placement, provide aftercare services for youth returning home from shelter placement and prevent the involvement of families in the juvenile justice and dependency systems.
  • Responsibilities include, filing a petition for truancy (or ungovernable or runaway behavior), individual therapy, family therapy, shelter placement or placing referrals for outward bound, psychological/psychiatric testing, tutoring, pediatric medical services and more.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with other case involved service providers and professionals, such as attorneys, school personnel, social workers, and probation counselors.
  • The position requires reliable transportation, proof of vehicle insurance, a current Florida drivers’ license and clean driving record.
  • The right candidate must be flexible, organized, detail-oriented and excellent with people.

Required education:

  • The right professional must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or other related degree; Masters in Social Work or other related degree preferred.

Required experience and qualifications:

  • Must have experience working with children and their families.
  • Representing agency and self in professional, courteous, and knowledgeable manner.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary based position
  • Retirement Plan
  • Earn paid time off

About Florida Keys Children’s Shelter

The mission of the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (Children’s Shelter) “Safe Kids, Strong Families, and a Healthy Community” drives every facet of its programming.  Serving Monroe County for almost 30 years, the private not-for-profit Children’s Shelter has touched more than 24,000 lives through its no-cost programs; emergency shelter, group homes, community-based counseling, respite services and drop-in center for homeless and run-away youth.  The Children’s Shelter is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA); a nonprofit accreditor of human services since 1977. For more information on services or learn how to get involved, please contact Jennifer McComb, Chief Development Officer at (305) 852-4246 ext. 222. or at

Join a Dynamic Team

We strive to build a caring family culture at the Children’s Shelter. Our team is made up of 37 multi-faceted professionals who are dedicated to serving our community and embracing the at-risk kids and families residing in the Florida Keys and Key West. Whether it be rocking a child to sleep, counseling a troubled youth, giving support to families, providing safe and comfortable shelter to kids in need or connecting homeless/runaway youth with vital resources, our team is there 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. If you want to make a difference in your community, then the Children’s Shelter is for you.

As a COA accredited organization, the Children’s Shelter underwent a formal evaluation of programs against best practice standards. Our accreditation signifies all of our programs meet standards of quality set forth by the accrediting body. It also involves an in-depth self-review of our programs against currently accepted best practice standards, an onsite visit by an evaluation team comprised of experts, and a subsequent review and decision by the accrediting body. (

Accredited Services:

  • Counseling Support & Education Services
  • Group Living Services
  • Outreach Services