This position requires a person to carry out a broad range of social services activities that will promote the retention of foster and foster-to-adopt homes for children with special needs ages 0-18. This position requires an average to advanced level of complexity, specific knowledge, experience, and creativity. Requires an individual who is a self-starter, highly organized, flexible and able to work well with time deadlines, accountability and documentation. Experience in child placement licensing standards and/or child welfare services preferred. This individual should be culturally sensitive, have sound knowledge and background in social work/human behavior, child development, family dynamics, systems theory and crisis intervention practices. Requires a high level of motivation and self-direction with the ability to work in a team. Must be available to work days, evenings and some weekends. Must be computer literate with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Must have own transportation and be willing to transport clients if needed
BSW, BA, BS, MA, MS, M.Ed., MSW or Master’s degree in related Human Services field.
Two years of documented full-time work experience in a child-placing agency conducting child-placing activities. The experience may include a maximum of 350 hours of formal, supervised, field placement or practicum in child placing activities.
1. Cultural Competence: Demonstrate an awareness, appreciation and respect for diverse cultures and individual differences of clients and fellow employees; show ability to identify culturally relevant issues and to implement services in a manner appropriate to them.
2. Professionalism/Self Improvement: Demonstrate a positive and mature approach to work and job performance; utilize constructive criticism for self improvement and conduct self in a manner that complies with Agency policy and professional ethics. Participate in activities resulting in personal and professional development.
3. Communication: Demonstrate ability to present ideas and information in a timely manner, concise, effective and interpersonally appropriate manner through both written and oral forms. This competency is further demonstrated by the ability to receive and effectively process information through appropriate skills.
4. Productivity/Planning: Demonstrate ability to plan and prioritize his/her own work to insure efficient use of time, get assignments completed on time; meets standards for quality and quantity of work.
5. Problem Solving/Decision Making: Demonstrate ability to identify issues and opportunities, collect appropriate information, effectively process information and make timely and effective decisions to improve outcomes.
6. Dependability: Maintain good attendance, and be conscientious about punctuality and time spent away from work area; employee attends individual, group and department meetings.
7. Initiative: Exhibit interest in work being done and show willingness to extend his/her self in completing assignments and accepting responsibility.
8. Client/Public Relations: Demonstrate ability to develop and cultivate mutually caring and beneficial relationships with both internal and external clients. Proper telephone courtesy and procedures, and exhibit a pleasant demeanor in face-to-face communications, assisting clients in a positive manner. Client relations’ behavior is demonstrated by continually striving to meet or exceed client expectations, enhancing the trust and respect for others.
9. Teamwork: Demonstrate ability to establish effective relationships with others. Teamwork is characterized by working towards a shared purpose or goals by cooperating, collaborating and partnering with others.
10. Adaptability: Demonstrate commitment to contribute to and support effective change in order to enhance organizational performance. This competency is demonstrated by continuously identifying and acting on opportunities to improve DePelchin’s processes and services.
11. Safety: Demonstrate ability to apply agency safety procedures in routine and emergency situations in the workplace; show evidence of activity planning to insure safety of persons involved.
12. Personal/Work Area Appearance: Employee follows Agency dress code & maintains a neat, orderly work area.
13. Agency Requirements: Employee attends required agency trainings.