Careers at Wellnest

Founded in 1924, Wellnest has been treating children with serious emotional and behavior problems for over 98 years. Wellnest has both a local and national reputation for its leadership in establishing and implementing innovative service delivery models, which result in positive mental health outcomes for children and their families. A wide range of employment opportunities are available for competent individuals seeking to be part of a dynamic team that is committed to helping children, and their families, in Los Angeles.

Would you like to make a difference in our community?

Join Our Team! If you have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and an interest in working with children and families, visit our Jobs Table and check our open positions at Wellnest.

Wellness Benefits

At Wellnest, our employees are encouraged to practice self-care and are offered benefits to help support their individual needs, including but not limited to:

  • An accrual of up to ten days of Paid Time Off (PTO) in their first year, a total of twelve paid holidays, up to five paid days off between Christmas and New Year’s Day, three paid days off for external training, and one Wellnest Day (paid floating holiday).
  • Wellnest offers $10,000 annually to cover the cost of a personalized benefits package built from available medical, dental, and vision plans; an employer-paid life insurance policy valued at $50,000; and access to supplemental coverage plans and benefits, like a Flexible Spending Account for dependent care and medical expenses, accident and critical illness insurance, disability coverage, and other benefits.
  • Wellnest employees benefit from an employer-sponsored 401(k) company match of up to 4% and profit-sharing contribution benefit of up to 5% to invest towards their future.
  • Relocation expense reimbursement of up to $3,600 for select positions.


Every staff at Wellnest, regardless of position or tenure, has access to various professional development opportunities to enhance their skills. Our internal program, Training Corners, offers live training, recorded webinars, and support materials tailored to meet the professional development needs of our clinicians and support staff so that they can better serve our communities. Many of the clinical training opportunities offered as part of this internal program are eligible for Continuing Education Credits (CEU) for our mental health providers, which are offered free of cost to our staff. In addition, as a company-sponsored benefit, every employee is offered up to three paid days off to participate in external training to augment their learning.

Diversity Equity & Inclusion

At Wellnest, we are committed to being intentional about creating programs, systems, and opportunities that value the unique contributions of our staff. Together with our staff, we are diligently working on developing a clear structure that defines and guides how we will embed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles into our organizational culture and clinical practices.

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Career Opportunities

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Assistant Director for Life Learning Center

Annualized Salary Range: $95,024 to $106,770

The Assistant Director for the Life Learning Center will provide overall management and direction to one or more social service or mental health programs of the organization, including but not limited to: management of supervisory staff; development and control of program budgets; ensuring program activities comply with contracts; development and implementation of policies and procedures; active participation in obtaining funds and grants; coordinating or integrating the program within the organization; representing and furthering the program and the organization to the community; providing supervision to supervisors/managers in respective division.

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Case Manager - Outpatient Services (Exposition Park)

Annualized Salary Range: $47,098 to $52,919

Case Managers provide an array of services and activities in support of the program’s goal of promoting children’s emotional well-being. The Case Manager conducts groups for children, high-risk teens and adult parents of young children. These groups focus on building healthy relationships and promoting positive parenting. The Case Manager promotes a strengths based approach to service that empowers families, supports a community based philosophy of service, and ensures that all services and community events case managers attend while representing Wellnest are aligned with our mission, vision, and core values.

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Child and Family Specialist

Annualized Salary Range: $45,987 to $51,671

Specialists will work on a team providing services to children and their families/caregivers involved in the Los Angeles County foster care system using a Wraparound services delivery model. In Wraparound, the team assists high need children to be successful in school, home and their communities with the goal being to maintain children in community settings. Specialists work together with Facilitators and participate on the Child and Family Team, work directly with the children and family/caregivers per the Plan of Care in their respective environments, including but not limited to in homes, out-of-home placement(s), schools and/or in the community to help achieve permanent placement for the child(ren). Services provided will include but are not limited to mental health, crisis intervention and case management per requirements of a Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Services contract. Specialists who understand and demonstrate independent initiative to perform in a team environment that endorses the family-driven, group decision making process at the heart of this model are preferred. Use of own car, and timely completion of duties including but not limited to paperwork, keeping records, and performing other, similar paraprofessional job duties are required.

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Clinical Therapist - Early Intervention Day Treatment

Annualized Salary Range: $67,704 to $83,410

The Clinical Therapist will work as part of our Early Intervention Day Treatment Program providing mental health services to children ages 2.5-5 and their families/caregivers.

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Clinical Therapist - Early Intervention Outpatient Services

Annualized Salary Range: $67,704.00 – $83,410.00

The Clinical Therapist will work as part of our Early Intervention Outpatient Program providing mental health services to children ages 0-5 and their families/caregivers.

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Clinical Therapist – Outpatient Services (Leimert Park)

Annualized Salary Range: $67,704 to $83,410

The Clinical Therapist provides a variety of mental health services to culturally diverse population in Central and South Los Angeles Community. Clinical activities include but may not be limited to 1) assessment and diagnosis using DSM 5 and ICD-10 manuals, 2) collaboration with clients and caregivers to develop treatment plans focused on reducing impairment, improve resiliency and family functioning, and connecting families with supportive community resources, and 3) providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy in the office, at home, in schools, and in the community. Therapists work with a multidisciplinary team within and outside the agency which can include caregivers/parents, school staff, DCFS, Case Managers, and medical staff. Therapist must demonstrate an ability to relate to a culturally diverse population and staff. Therapists provide community outreach as a way to engage the community in life-long wellness and support of the agency. Therapist are responsible for timely completion of clinical documents using the agency’s Electronic Health Record including Treatment plans, Progress notes, Assessments, and other clinical documentation. These are expected to be compliant with state and LA County Department of Mental Health (DMH) guidelines and timeframes. Duties and responsibilities reflect Wellnest’s Core Values including Excellence and Integrity, Integrated and Accessible care, Life-Long Wellness, Empowerment and Respect, a Family-Focused Approach, and Productive Partnerships with other community institutions.

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Annualized Salary Range: $35,736 – $41,954

The Custodian will maintain common areas such as cleaning and sanitizing offices, meeting rooms, counters, tables, lobby, and reception areas. The Custodian will provide room set-ups, take-downs and clean-ups for meetings and seminars, and tend to basic maintenance and repair functions for Wellnest property, assist the site manager(s) performing in and/or contracting for routine, scheduled maintenance of building systems, and other similar tasks.

The Custodian may interact with emotionally disturbed or special needs children and adolescents, and will demonstrate a consistently calm and patient demeanor while interacting with children and adolescents. The successful candidate will be eager to effectively serve in cordial communication with all staff and community members at all times and motivated to learn Wellnest policies and procedures.

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Home Visitor - First 5 LA

Annualized Salary Range: $45,531 to $49,429

The Home Visitor will provide services to caregivers and their newborns until the child reaches the age of 5. 

Home Visitation services are offered to at-risk families to support parent-child attachment, child development, and linkage of families to resources. This program offered by Wellnest is based on the Healthy Families America model of home visiting.  This model supports new parents at the time their new babies are born, and provides additional support and ongoing home visitation services during the important early years of a child’s life.   

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Housing Transition and Activity Coordinator

Annualized Salary Range: $46,586 to $60,278

The Housing Transition and Activity Coordinator helps provide housing to young people between the ages of 18-25 years old in South Los Angeles and throughout Los Angeles County. In this position, the Housing Transition and Activity Coordinator maintains communication with landlords, coordinatesand tracksclient’s transitions between housing programs, manages referrals, and coordinates wellness activities and groups for housing clients.The Housing Transition and Activity Coordinator helps manage the established leases and maintenance needs with landlords.

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Human Resources Recruiter

Annualized Salary Range: $65,000 – $80,000

The Human Resources Recruiter is instrumental in helping Wellnest achieve organizational excellence. The HR Recruiter is responsible for developing hiring strategies that effectively address the organization’s staffing needs. This position oversees the complete life-cycle recruitment process and is responsible for designing and implementing processes that support the recruitment, selection, and onboarding of qualified candidates for roles across all levels of the organization.

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IS Support Clerk

Annualized Salary Range: $34,528 $44,096

The IS Support Clerk performs patient care functions, is knowledgeable of LA County Department of Mental Health Medi-Cal Insurance and Other Health Coverage as well as Medicare coverage requirements/guidelines for behavioral healthcare preferred. Attends LA County DMH Financial Trainings and Staff Meetings.

Excellent organizational, interpersonal, problem solving, time management and communication skills, both verbal and written. Exceptional understanding of exemplary customer service, team player, flexible, detail oriented and able to work independently.

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Program Manager - Access and Wellness

Annualized Salary Range: $88,243 to $99,150

The Access and Wellness Program Manager is a great entry-level administrative leadership opportunity for an experienced clinician who is solution-oriented, excels at building relationships, and is driven to improve Access to Care for the communities we serve. This position reports directly to the Director of Outpatient Services at Exposition Park and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Access Center by maintaining high-quality mental health services and supporting the Access team’s success.

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Program Manager - Integrated Services Model (ISM)

Annualized Salary Range: $88,243 to $99,150

The Integrated Services Model (ISM) Program Manager acts as a primary liaison between the Director and ISM staff, and ensures the efficient day-to-day operations of the program at White Memorial Hospital.

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Psychology Supervisor (Temporary)

Salary Range: $100.00 Hourly

The Psychology Supervisor is responsible for weekly supervision of six (6) pre-doctoral psychology students completing a practicum placement with Wellnest Emotional Health & Wellness. The Psychology Supervisor works with a team of Psychologists and other leadership members to provide a comprehensive annual practicum placement.

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Psychology Training Coordinator

Annualized Salary Range: $81,907.00 – $91,731.00

The Psychology Training Coordinator is responsible for the annual recruiting, training, and evaluation of pre-doctoral students.

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QA Specialist

Annualized Salary Range: $53,220 to $62,048

The QA Specialist manages the implementation, documentation, and tracking of compliance for the annual QA/QI Plan. The QA Specialist reports directly to the QA supervisor, within the TQM Department.

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Receptionist - Exposition Park

Annualized Salary Range: $34,531 to $43,357

The Receptionist is responsible for providing general office and clerical support to a program/department, by receiving visitors and members, determining the nature of their visit and notifying the appropriate Wellnest staff. Other responsibilities include answering and transferring telephone calls; representing Wellnest to callers, members and visitors in a friendly, professional manner.

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Receptionist - University Park

Annualized Salary Range: $34,531 to $43,357

The Receptionist is responsible for providing general office and clerical support to a program/department, by receiving visitors and members, determining the nature of their visit and notifying the appropriate Wellnest staff. Other responsibilities include answering and transferring telephone calls; representing Wellnest to callers, members and visitors in a friendly, professional manner..

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Substance Abuse Counselor

Annualized Salary Range: $50,710 to $60,236

The Substance Abuse Counselor works within a multi-disciplinary field-based team of clinicians, case managers, employment specialists and community partners to ensure Wellnest youth clients address individual substance abuse issues, and collaborates with professionals to ensure the development, implementation and monitoring of client service and treatment plans. The Substance Abuse Counselor also provides preventative drug education.

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