Alaska Baptist Family Services is now
Birchwood Behavioral Health

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Current Job Openings

Direct Care Treatment Counselors

  • Various shifts currently available including Full Time, Weekend, Night Awake and Relief options
  • Starting hourly wages ranging from $14.00/hr-$16.00 dependent on education and experience

We are looking for individuals with a passion for working in the field of children’s behavioral health. Applicants must have a strong work ethic, the ability to work well in a team setting and a desire to learn and further their professional development. Direct care staff must be able and willing to provide structure and consistency in a therapeutic manner. They must also be comfortable working in crisis situations that require sound judgement and strong leadership skills to handle. Experience with/knowledge of Trauma Informed Care and therapeutic interactions is required.

Direct Care staff are responsible for providing therapeutic interactions and supervision to youth who are placed in residential setting due to emotional and behavioral problems. Direct Care staff are responsible for implementing appropriate Trauma Informed treatment strategies with the students, timely documentation, cleaning duties, cooking duties, psycho-educational groups, and physical activities. The Direct Care staff adheres to standards and regulations set by BBH, State of Alaska and the Council on Accreditation. Direct Care staff duties are carried out in accordance with BBH Policies and Procedures, Mission, Values, Philosophy of Care and safeguards to protect the privacy of health information in compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Direct Care Staff assumes additional duties as assigned and may have responsibilities altered during the course of employment.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Treatment Counselors must have the ability to relate to and have experience in working with emotionally disturbed children/adolescents and their families.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English.
  • Knowledge and understanding of all agency protocol, policy, procedure, plans program requirements.
  • Must demonstrate display an understanding and sensitivity to serving a culturally diverse and/or special needs population.
  • Must possess a clean driving record and have a valid state of Alaska driver’s license along with a valid certificate of insurance and auto registration.
  • Must be able to pass a state and federal background check.
  • Must be organized, efficient, and able to multi-task

Clinical Director

Essential Functions of the Position

  • Direct, supervise and evaluate work activities of clinical staff.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and an understanding and sensitivity to serving culturally diverse boys, girls, and family members with developmental or emotional disorders or maladjustments.
  • Possess the ability to work effectively with emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children, youth and their families.  
  • Ensure that all program activities and operations are carried out in compliance with applicable BBH, local, state, and federal regulations, laws, and contracts.
  • Oversee all client care and ensure highest level of service delivery is maintained.
  • Provide excellent management and mentoring skills.
  • Possess ability to work in and adapt to the culture of a multi-cultural, faith-based organization.
  • Commitment to maintain client confidentiality as prescribed by BBH policy and state and federal law.
  • Understand and support the agency’s mission and culture and the ability to maintain appropriate boundaries with staff and clients in all circumstances.
  • Devise strategies and plans for the BBH treatment programs according to agency standards for excellent service and growth.
  • Plan and implement employee orientation and ongoing training for all staff members.
  • Understand and comply with all agency policies, procedures and program requirements.
  • Observe procedures and make appropriate suggestions and recommendations for improving techniques, policies, and procedures.
  • Review and analyze clinical activities and data to aid in planning, costing, and risk management, and to improve service utilization.
  • Recruit employees to ensure clinical team is staffed with qualified personnel.
  • Behave in an honest, trustworthy and ethical manner; show consistency in words and actions; model high standards of ethics.
  • Participate in required agency trainings and meetings.
  • Monitor compliance with regulations, internal policies, and quality standards.

Education, Experience, and Qualifications:

  • Possess a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology or other closely related field of study.
  • Five years applicable experience, with at least two years experience in the supervision and management of a residential (or similar) facility.
  • Possess knowledge of the theories and approved practices and procedures used in the treatment of children and youth with mental health diagnosis.
  • Experience with Medicaid billing.  
  • Posses a current knowledge of accreditation and licensing requirements.
  • Must excel in computer use to include, but not limited to, Google programs and email as well as other forms of communication through technology.
  • Experience and confidence identifying and implementing evidence based practices.
  • Experience working in crisis setting with individuals and families.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Must be reliable and consistent with attendance and punctuality to work.
  • Program development, evaluation, solid organizational skills, and public speaking
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be at least twenty-one years of age in accordance with State of Alaska residential care licensing regulation and Medicaid requirements.
  • Knowledgeable of and good in conflict resolution, problem solving, and using analytics.


  • Social Work Licensure by State of Alaska.
  • Professional Association membership (i.e., American Counseling Association, International Association of Family and Marital Counselors, American Association of Christian Counselors, etc.)
  • Board approved supervisor by either the Board of Professional Counselors or The Marital and Family Therapy Board, or both, or order to supervise BBH staff during licensure process.




Employment Application

Click the button above to fill out an employment application. Completed applications can be e-mailed to and a Supervisor will get back to you shortly. *Please note that the link above does not automatically submit your application; you must e-mail it to the address listed above*

Thanks in advance for your interest in joining our team!


Some of our valuable employees

Volunteer Opportunities

    • Mentoring– One of the best ways we can increase a child’s resiliency is to help them establish healthy social supports. Becoming a mentor is an opportunity to directly connect with clients to provide them with positive support and encouragement as they walk through treatment.


    • Tutoring– All of our clients are required to attend public school, yet are often behind in their academic journey for a number of reasons. We believe that helping them succeed in school (both socially and academically) is another vital part of their long-term success.This is an opportunity for volunteers to help with homework requirements by giving them more individual attention than they are able to receive in a classroom.


    • Summer Garden Ministry– Each summer our clients plant and maintain a vegetable garden. This ongoing project not only teaches new skills, but also promotes the value of healthy nutrition, which we believe is a vital part of our clients overall well being.


    • Backpack Ministry– We want to ensure that when every new client arrives at BBH, they feel safe, welcomed and cared for. One of the ways we accomplish this is by giving each child a new backpack filled with school supplies, hygiene items and a bible that have been put together with love from donors all over Alaska.


    • Maintenance Ministry- We believe that maintaining a safe, warm and inviting environment for our clients is extremely important. While we have a fantastic Maintenance Coordinator, we can always use extra hands for ongoing projects such as lawn care, painting, minor repairs, etc.

For more information on ways you can get involved, please contact our Office Manager at 349-2222

Volunteer Application