Nurse Practitioner

San Francisco, CA 94109
United States

Agency Overview

Founded in 1889, Felton Institute (Formerly Family Service Agency of San Francisco) has a 126 year history of innovation in services for vulner­able children, families, and adults. With a $16 million operating budget and nearly 300 employees, Felton Institute offers a dynamic, challenging, and supportive work environment.  All staff is supported to increase their skills, enter new domains, and increase their position and salary as their skills grow.   Felton Institute offers an excellent benefits package and salaries that are well over the median for Bay Area non-profits.  We are seeking employees who are excited by the idea of lifelong growth in the skills they bring to helping those in need.

Program Description

Felton’s Senior Division offers specialized, multidisciplinary geriatric mental health services and other aging-related social services to a diverse senior population.  Our comprehensive mental health services include medication assessment and management, care management, individual and group therapy, community integration, peer case aides, specialized outreach in the community, and drop in centers.   Geriatric Services West Program (GSW) offers mental health services to older adults in the western and southern parts of San Francisco.  The clinic also specializes in culturally appropriate services for monolingual Cantonese, Mandarin, and Russian speaking clients.   Under the supervision of the Program Manager, this program operates as a multi-disciplinary team providing for crisis intervention, evaluation, clinical case management and medication management.  For frail and homebound seniors, services are provided in the home.   The Geriatric Outpatient Services program serves older adults citywide.

Job Description

The nurse practitioner exercises medical responsibilities for psychiatric evaluation, medication assessment and medication monitoring.   The NP assist with crises interventions, including 5150 evaluations, as needed; orders diagnostic tests, and communicates medical issues with Primary Health Care provider.   The NP maintains client caseload and clinical records in accordance with mandated standards, consults and provides on-going education to non-medical staff in psychopharmacology and medical aspects of patient care.   This position will serve a number of monolingual clients primarily Cantonese, and must work closely with Cantonese-speaking clinicians who assist clients in accessing mental health services.  Additional duties can be assigned as eeded.


Program Specific Responsibilities

  • Exercises medical responsibilities for psychiatric evaluation, medication assessment, and medication monitoring
  • Orders diagnostic tests as needed
  • Works with an interdisciplinary team that includes a clinical case manager, other nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, community specialists (peer support staff), and other allied health professionals in the community
  • Works in collaboration with the clinical team to provide therapy and education to clients, including but not limited to harm reduction, relapse prevention, and motivational interviewing
  • Works in collaboration with the clinical team to make appropriate referrals and linkages to other services in support of clients.
  • Coordinates medical issues with Primary Health Care provider
  • Maintains client caseload, as needed
  • Maintains clinical records in accordance with mandated standards
  • Consults and provides on-going education to non-medical staff in psychopharmacology and medical aspects of patient care


 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completion of training in an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program 
  • Active Nurse Practitioner license from the California Board of Registered Nursing, or ability to obtain one with three months of employment
  • Active Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Number, or ability to obtain one within six months of employment
  • Bilingual/Bicultural in Cantonese, Mandarin, or Spanish is a plus
  • Experience in working with geriatric population
  • Demonstrated commitment to the welfare of individuals and families with mental/behavioral health issues
  • Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance
  • Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases and psychosis.  This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions and preventative healthcare measures
  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders
  • Complex problem solving; identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Critical thinking skills; using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Social perceptiveness skills; being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service orientation skills; actively looking for ways to help people
  • Demonstrated interest in ongoing learning and training
  • Ability be a team player with a welcoming attitude
  • Valid California Driver’s license and car

Additional Information

Division:  Senior Services Division

Position:  PT or FT

Reports to:  Lead Psychiatrist and Program Manager



Cathy Spensley, Division Director

Felton Institute, Senior Division

Fax: (415) 931-3773

Email: [email protected]


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