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 as the National Outreach Coordinator will influence national efforts through the federal executive branch to address the well-being needs of immigrant children, youth and families; in particular, increase understanding of immigration benefits available to immigrants that are victims of crime, including human trafficking, domestic violence, and child abuse. Working within a systems improvement framework, help to prepare and implement an outreach plan at state and national levels.
· Coordinate and conduct a national outreach plan for state child welfare entities, such as juvenile courts and child welfare workers who could benefit from outreach and education on Special Immigrant Juvenile status. Contribute to building an operational foundation for linking state agencies and juvenile courts with USCIS.
· Develop strategies, tools, and outreach materials to raise the understanding of the public and targeted professionals regarding Special Immigrant Juvenile status, including eligibility, the application process, and current requirements.
· Identify barriers and opportunities to improve policies and practices related to immigration issues that intersect with child welfare issues.
· Through collaboration with other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components and headquarters offices, explore policy options and develop training to address issues DHS encounters in relation to unaccompanied minors in the USA.
· Assist with outreach efforts related to T-visas, U-visas, and VAWA benefits, for victims of human trafficking, other crimes, and domestic violence.
· Identify organizations on a national, regional, and local scope that provide resources and assistance to families experiencing immigration and child welfare issues for possible partnerships and resource-sharing.
· This position works as part of the Systems Improvement department to identify outcome driven strategies for improving federal child welfare practice related to immigration and financing.
· Develop and sustain partnerships between USCIS and other federal departments that provide or fund finance services for immigrant children and families.
· Provide recommendations to USCIS management on policy matters related to victims protection programs administered by USCIS.
· Provide ongoing technical assistance and support to Casey Family Programs and their partners.
· Work on projects, act as committee member, and perform other duties as assigned.
· Law degree, Social Work, Public Administration, or other human services fields with a minimum of 5-10 years of experience is required.
· Expert knowledge of immigration law and practice, in particular, as it relates to SIJ and UAC law and policy.
· Expert knowledge of how immigration law and practices are related to child welfare, how the fields intersect and the implications is essential.
· Technical writing skills, oral presentation skills, development and delivery of training are essential.
· Sophisticated relationship-management skills required. Demonstrated effective leadership and decision-making skills with experience in leading change 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. Must have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing. Must be able to work well 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 30% 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.
The Seattle-based Casey Family Programs ( http://www.casey.org/ ), the largest operating foundation providing comprehensive child welfare...