Crisis Counselor Part-Time (All Shifts) – $500 Sign-On Bonus

Crisis Counselor Part-Time (All Shifts) – $500 Sign-On Bonus

Reports to: Crisis Center Counseling Supervisor

Location: Opportunity to work in the Cedar Rapids office, fully remote, or hybrid

Hours: Part Time 

About Foundation 2 Crisis Services

Foundation 2 Crisis Services is a mission-driven, non-profit organization that provides critical crisis intervention and prevention services across Iowa. We operate a 24/7 crisis center, including phone, text, and chat services. We also operate an emergency youth shelter, mental health support groups, community-based crisis programs, training, and more. We have been saving lives for over 50 years. Join our team today! 

Overview of the role

Crisis counselors connect with people of all ages experiencing emotional distress or mental health crises over the phone, text, and chat. You have the opportunity to provide emotional support, connect clients with resources, and make a life-changing and life-saving difference. You can expect to be contacted by people in high-risk situations who may be actively suicidal.

Our crisis center counselors answer more than 70,500 phone, chat, and text contacts per year. You can learn more about the Foundation 2 Crisis Services’ crisis center and see what clients can expect when they reach out to Foundation 2 Crisis Services on our YouTube channel.

Shifts Available:          

2nd shift Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 3pm-11pm       

3rd shift Friday and Saturday 10pm-8am

The position has the flexibility to be on-site at the Crisis Center in Cedar Rapids or remote within the state of Iowa; candidates must live in Iowa and be available for one (1) full day of training in our Cedar Rapids office. 


  • This position starts at $18 per hour. Part-time employees working a regular schedule of 20-28 hours per week are eligible to accrue PTO, holiday pay, and short-term leave.
  • Hours worked overnight from 10 pm – 8 am receive a $1/hour shift differential.
  • $500 sign-on bonus.
  • Generous paid time off, including floating mental wellness days. Part-time employees accrue Paid Time Off (PTO) based on hours worked.
  • Quarterly wellness benefit reimbursements to support a sense of wellbeing.
  • Two weeks of paid parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child.
  • Optional pet insurance to cover emergency expenses.
  • Retirement plans with Foundation 2 Crisis Services’ matching contributions.
  • Go to sleep at night knowing that work you did matters. Foundation 2 Crisis Services staff save lives every day.

Who you are:

  • Client-centered. You are dedicated and passionate about working with individuals in crisis. You know it is an honor to be trusted to support people at their most vulnerable.
  • You understand or have the desire to understand trauma-informed care and can support people in crisis with compassion, understanding, and openness.
  • Quick Thinking. You recognize that providing crisis support can be a varied and rapidly changing situation and have the skillset to adapt to new situations.
  • A Skilled Communicator. Your words matter to individuals in crisis. You are a strong communicator and can convey important information clearly and compassionately.

 What you’ll do:

  • Provide real-time, compassionate, non-judgmental crisis support to clients over the phone, text, and chat lines.
  • Attend initial trainings (some will be during daytime hours) and all-staff meetings during daytime hours 1-2 times per month.
  • Dispatch additional client services, such as Foundation 2 Crisis Services’ Mobile Crisis Outreach, when necessary.
  • Document each phone, text, and chat contact to ensure quality record keeping.

What you need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field with 30 hours of human service coursework OR bachelor’s degree in any field plus one (1) year of relevant experience.
  • Comfort using computer software including Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Electronic Health Records, etc.
  • Reliable, high-speed internet at home (Minimum 50 Mbps download speed / 15Mbps upload speed; wired internet connection required) OR the ability to work all shifts from the Cedar Rapids office.
  • Pass all background checks completed by Foundation 2 Crisis Services.
  • Live in Iowa.
  • Knowledge and experience working in crisis services, mental health, substance use, or problem gambling field(s) preferred.
  • Background utilizing motivational interviewing preferred.

Your Application

We’re excited to hear from you! To join the Foundation 2 Crisis Services team, please email your resume and cover letter to No inquiries by phone. All questions will be answered during an initial virtual interview. Resumes, applications, and cover letter accepted until position filled.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Foundation 2 Crisis Services, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Foundation 2 Crisis Services is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, veteran, or disability status.