Careers

Working Together

Seneca employees are united in a common goal of meeting the needs and building upon the strengths of every family we serve. Our impact and success as an organization is made possible by our most valuable asset: our staff.

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Extensive Training For New Hires

New Employee Orientation (NEO) is an intensive, paid training that provides a strong foundation for our new employees. You will be acclimated to the company culture, educated in Seneca’s renowned treatment model, and prepared for the start of your career with Seneca. NEO connects new hires across all different positions (counselors, teachers, administrative staff, program directors, clinicians, etc.) and across all different programs (community-based, school-based, crisis support, and more). Our NEO groups often form friendships and professional networks that last for years.

Professional Growth Opportunities

Professional Development Scholarship

This scholarship, awarded annually, provides tuition reimbursement for Master’s degrees, certificates, or educational programs in fields associated with your work at Seneca, and are designed to assist with further advancement within the agency and your career. All part-time and full-time employees are eligible to apply. Learn more about how our staff are using their scholarships by searching #SenecaScholarship on social media!

Mentor/Mentee Program

This unique six-month program gives Seneca employees an opportunity to be directly mentored by one of the agency’s top leaders, and network with staff across the agency. These sessions help employees gain inspiration, guidance, and encouragement in their field of interest. "Participating in the mentorship program reminded me that my talents are needed to address the evolving needs of the agency. I completed the program feeling not only inspired to support Seneca in my own unique way-- but also armed with the tailored connections and resources to move my career forward." - Mentee Alum

Professional Learning Communities

The LEaD In 101 professional development community is intended for future and current leaders who are looking to take themselves to the next level of leadership skills at Seneca. The LEaD In process uses readings, group conversations, and individual reflection to assist you in creating actionable goals for leadership and program improvement.

Embedded Master’s Degree Programs

The Embedded Program Scholarships allow our employees to maintain full-time income and benefits while completing their Master’s degree and practicum at Seneca through an affiliated university.

Company Culture

Seneca employees come from all walks of life, with vastly different backgrounds and experiences, but with one common goal: to support children and families. United by this mission, our programs celebrate creativity, encourage teamwork, and rise to meet every challenge along the way.

Employee Resource Groups

Seneca’s Employee Resource Groups bring together agency staff who share common aspects of their identity or life experiences. Group identities evolve depending on who is present, and each group has unique experiences and needs within the larger agency. Currently these groups serve as a place to hold space for identified members, form community, build relationships, and work collaboratively to raise issues and advocate for staff needs.

Employee Resource Groups are typically formed around marginalized identities and center the needs and healing of group members. They work to prioritize the humanity and well-being of our staff and be anti-oppressive in practice and be community-centered at heart.

You are welcome here

Seneca is a gender affirming organization and is a participating organization in the All Children – All Families project of the Human Rights Campaign to improve the services we provide LGBTQ+ youth and families. This celebration of diversity and our efforts to create a culture of equity and inclusion increases creativity, innovation, problem solving, and teamwork - both for Seneca staff and with the children and families we are privileged to serve.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Seneca

Seneca Family of Agencies is committed to providing a continuum of outstanding mental health, permanency, education, and juvenile justice services to underserved communities. Recognizing that many of the children and families referred to our services are experiencing the effects of institutionalized and systemic discrimination, racism, and marginalization, Seneca strives to recruit and retain a workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve, and holds the provision of culturally responsive services as a foundational commitment across the agency. This commitment is reflected in our agency-wide DEI Initiative, DEI Advisory Board, Employee Resource Groups, and Language Practice Groups, which devote agency resources to support historically underrepresented communities and help our employees provide culturally and linguistically responsive services to the families we serve. 

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ROBIN DETTERMAN

Robin Detterman serves as Seneca’s Chief Program Officer of Educational Services where she provides leadership for the agency’s continuum of district and charter partnerships and five non-public schools, serving over 100 districts and schools in California and Washington State each year. Ms. Detterman started working at Seneca in 2005, and her experience asa special education teacher and administrator informs her current role. In this role, she supports Seneca’s education teams in the development and implementation of high quality, individualized services for students who need additional support at school while working to transform whole schools and school systems into places where all students are welcomed and can thrive. Ms. Detterman holds a MA degree in Special Education and is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a Masters degree in Education Policy and Organizational Leadership. She is the co-author of Unconditional Education: Supporting Schools to Serve All Students (Oxford University Press, 2019).


NATHANIEL FOSTER

Nathaniel Foster is the Chief Advancement Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies. His focus is on development, fundraising, venture philanthropy, marketing and branding for the whole organization. Nathaniel came to Seneca with a clarity and depth of fundraising knowledge that has accelerated our overall efforts. Nathaniel graduated from the University of Denver with a BS in business and also has his Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. He has over a decade of experience in the non-profit development & management world, working with local, national, and international organizations. Previously Nathaniel was the Executive Director of Playworks, anonprofit that serves over 700,000 children every school day, concentrating on conflict resolution, leadership skills, emotional intelligence and increased physical activity for elementary schools throughout the country. Before that, he was the Chief Development & Marketing Officer at Lincoln, formerly Lincoln Child Center. He has spent his entire nonprofit career in development, fundraising, board development, venture philanthropy, and communications and is very excited to be working with an organization as wonderful as Seneca Family of Agencies. In addition, he was co-chair for the Oakland Quality Community Schools Committee, currently sits on two for-profit boards, and is a member of the San Francisco Chapter of the Private Asset Liaison Group


MICHAEL ALONSO

Michael Alonso is the Chief Information Officer for Seneca Family of Agencies. Since joining Seneca in 2003, he has provided leadership for all technology related operations throughout the organization. He is responsible for IT strategy and vision as well as oversight for the teams that create and maintain a robust information technology environment in addition to the teams that develop, deliver and support innovative applications specifically created for Seneca’s unique blend of services.Michael is passionate about designing and producing creatively unique solutions to increase efficiency and improve service delivery and is personally involved to a significant degree in Seneca’s application development process. In addition to internally-focused activities, Michael engages with organizations at the county, state and federal levels to represent the technology-related interests and perspective of both Seneca and the broader community of behavioral health providers. These organizations includecounties, other behavioral health providers, state advocacy groups and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONCHIT). Before coming to Seneca, Michael worked in the custom software industry, developing applications tailored for a wide variety of companies representing numerous industries such as healthcare, retail, technology, non-profit and more. During this time, he took an interest not just in the software development process, but also in the broader perspective of organization-wide information technology environments. Michael holds a B.S. in Computer Science from CSU Hayward (now CSU East Bay)

JANET BRIGGS

Janet Briggs, Chief Financial Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies, began her endeavor in finance by achieving her bachelors’ degree in Business Economics with an Accounting Emphasis from the University of California Santa Barbara. Janet began her career in Public Accounting working in various industries gaining extensive experience in accounting and business management and then specializing in providing audit and accounting services for various not for profit social service agencies as a CPA. Her in-depth understanding of accounting issues and regulations unique to not for profit agencies has distinguished Janet as a knowledgeable source and leader for this company. Since coming to Seneca in 2002, Janet has supervised and trained an ever-growing accounting staff on various accounting policies and procedures pertaining to Seneca programs. Not only does she review and monitor numerous county and state contracts, Janet also oversees all fiscal activity for over 150 programs in 20 different counties. Attending monthly fiscal program meetings, Janet is dedicated to effectively communicating with directors and managing the financial integrity of Seneca. In an effort to constantly improve practice and management skills, Janet regularly attends conferences and trainings specific to her role at Seneca. In addition to her successes here at Seneca Family of Agencies, Janet also is a mother to two wonderful boys.


KEN BERRICK

Ken Berrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Emeritus of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to children and families through comprehensive mental health, education, juvenile justice, placement and permanency services. Since its founding in 1985, Seneca has developed innovative programs ranging from Wraparound and Intensive Treatment Foster Care, to integrated mental health services in schools, and a crisis continuum of care for youth and their families. Mr. Berrick is Governor-appointed Commissioner on the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He is also a Governor’s Appointee on the California Child Welfare Council, where he co-chairs the Behavioral Health Committee, tasked with developing best practice recommendations to guide policy and inform statewide efforts to effectively address the behavioral health needs of children involved in or at risk of involvement in the child welfare system. Mr. Berrick is a two-time former President of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and serves on numerous policy planning groups in California at both the county and state-level. He is an elected member and Past-President of the Alameda County Board of Education, and Past-President of the California County Boards of Education. In 2014, he was recognized by California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth as Advocate of the Year. In 2017, he was a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, and in 2021, a recipient of the Jefferson Bronze Award. He is co-author of the books, Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Unconditional Education (Oxford University Press, 2019).


LETICIA GALYEAN

Leticia Galyean is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to youth and their families throughout California and Washington State. She received both her Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley.

Leticia began her career with Seneca in 2001 as a Wraparound counselor inspired by the passionate belief that the effects of childhood trauma should be patiently and persistently supported in the context of family and community. Throughout her tenure at Seneca, Leticia has served as Program Director; Regional Executive Director; Executive Director of Data, Evaluation, and Strategic Initiatives; and Chief Operating Officer.

She has developed, led, and evaluated numerous programs across the Bay Area and Central Coast, assisting youth and their families to meet their behavioral health, academic, and permanency goals. Leticia is a frequent presenter at national conferences on Seneca’s Unconditional Care treatment model and behavioral health interventions. As CEO, Leticia oversees all aspects of Seneca including 150+ programs, with 1,400+ employees, serving 18,000+ youth and their families, annually.

She has served as a member of several policy development groups in California at both the county and state-level. Leticia also serves as an active member of the California Alliance for Child & Family Services, California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, and is a Board member of SOAR for Youth. From the time she was a counselor through her entire tenure at Seneca, Leticia has led with the vision to strengthen the larger systems of care for our most vulnerable youth and their families.