Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is a national operating foundation that provides and improves—and ultimately prevents the need for—foster care. We value a diverse and culturally competent workplace.
This full-time contract position supports national efforts, through the federal executive branch, to address well-being needs of children, youth and families, in particular, increase understanding of the needs and opportunities related to improving outcomes for Native American children and families impacted by child abuse and neglect. The placement will ultimately benefit Casey Family Programs, ACYF, and the BIA by advancing their respective missions to enhance the well-being of vulnerable families involved in child welfare.
· Work to improve and facilitate communication and coordination between federal agencies responsible for child welfare in Indian Country, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and ACYF.
· Gather information from Tribes regarding the barriers, challenges and recommendations related to tribal capacity to apply for federal funding, including IV-E planning grants or direct IV-E funds. Develop a report summarizing findings and recommendations made.
· Conduct assessments and develop reports regarding the current supports provided by ACYF and other entities to help Tribes successfully access federal funding, including IV-E funds.
· Conduct analysis and gather additional feedback from Tribes who are currently receiving planning grants or have successfully developed a IV-E funding program for their Tribe.
· In collaboration with ACYF, BIA, and other national partners, coordinate and provide technical assistance to Tribes who are interested in applying for IV-E planning grants.
· Develop effective relationships with Tribes and work in a liaison role with ACYF and BIA to ensure continuous quality improvement of communication between Tribes, BIA and ACYF.
· Perform research and analysis pertinent to child welfare and related topics.
· Participate in federal interagency work group and other meetings to learn more about operations, policies and practices and to share relevant knowledge from experience in the foundation community.
· Develop and sustain partnerships between ACYF and BIA and other federal departments that are financing services for vulnerable children and families.
· Master’s degree in Law, Public Policy, Social Work, Public Administration, Psychology or other human services fields with a minimum of 8-10+ years of experience is required.
· Expertise in child welfare and Indian Child Welfare. Accompanying expertise and experience related to federal child welfare financing desirable. Demonstrated skills in consultation, policy and practice, advocacy, and community partnering are essential. Sophisticated relationship-management skills required. Demonstrated effective leadership and decision-making skills with experience in leading change is essential.
· Expertise in working with tribal nations, knowledge and understanding of tribal sovereignty, and depth of knowledge of federal law and regulation regarding ICWA.
· Expert knowledge of public child welfare administration, practice and issues required. Expert knowledge of fields related to child welfare, how the fields intersect and the implications is essential.
· A balance of assertiveness and diplomacy is critical, as well as effective listening skills and the ability to lead and collaborate with teams of professionals. The ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, is essential. Must be able to work and maintain self-control while under pressure or in stressful circumstances.
· Effective organizational skills are necessary. Basic computer skills in MS Office are essential.
· This is a full-time contract position that may require travel 25% or more of the time.
· Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function.