Indian Child Welfare Act Worker
Kenaitze Indian Tribe - Kenai, AK

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KENAITZE INDIAN TRIBEJOB DESCRIPTIONPOSITION TITLE: ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) WorkerTYPE OF POSITION: Full Time, Non-exemptREPORTS TO: Tribal Court AdministratorINDIAN PREFERENCE: Native preference under P.L. 93-638KENAITZE INDIAN TRIBE'S PURPOSE, VALUES VISIONPurposeTo assure Kahtnuht'ana Dena'ina thrive forever.Kahtnuht'ana Dena'ina ValuesThese are the beliefs and principles that define our people and will assure our future as tribe: Family: honoring and sustaining health and happiness of family as a first responsibilityStewardship: respectful use of land, resources and all creationsSpiritual Beliefs: acknowledging the existence of a higher power and respecting spiritual beliefs Education: passing down cultural knowledge and traditions and supporting formal educationVisionBy 2025, the Kahtnuht'ana Dena'ina have enhanced strengthened the prosperity, health, and culture of their people Tribe by: Working towards united effort with Native organizations other governments that impact our peopleDeveloping implementing a Tribal education systemLiving our traditional values practicesEmpower our sovereigntyContinuing to demonstrate resiliencyStriving for excellence in all of our programsElevating the wellness of our peopleUsing our talents resources to ensure we are able to take care of ourselves share with othersPOSITION SUMMARYThe Indian Child Welfare Act passed by Congress in 1978 has declared that it is the policy of this Nation to protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by providing assistance to Indian tribes in the operation of child and family service programs. The ICWA Worker is responsible for protecting the Kenaitze Indian Tribes greatest resource, our children. She/he is responsible for the delivery of a variety of in-home services, including parenting classes.

She/he is responsible for representing the Tribe in State Court OCS, and also participating in Tribal Court as needed. She/he will be expected to respond to referrals in a timely manner and to engage in ongoing Clinical supervision. The ICWA Worker will serve as ICWA liaison between agencies or committees and the Tribe. QUALIFICATIONS: (Consideration may be given for equivalent knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience)B.A.

in Human Services related field or equivalent experience.Knowledge of drug and alcohol abuse and treatment options.Knowledge of mental illness, FASD, and mental and physical disabilities affecting customers.Understanding of domestic violence and child abuse.Experience in case management.Strong organizational skills.Good oral and written communication skills.Familiarity with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel. Direct endemic experience in the Alaska Native community and culture is strongly preferred. Ability to lift program materials weighing up to 30 pounds.Alaska driver's license, and must pass the required criminal background check.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSParticipate in case conferences, initial case plans, case management investigations and Tribal State Court hearings where Kenaitze Tribal children have been removed or may be removed and represent the Tribe's best interest to prevent unnecessary removal, placement or adoption.Provide assistance and advocacy to other Alaska Native/American Indian families residing within our jurisdiction by offering the option of Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Tribal Court in children's proceedings through a resolution from the child's Tribe. Testify in state and tribal court proceedings.

Supervision of parental visitation with children removed from home as needed.Prepare monthly and annual ICWA reports to the BIA other funding sources.Prepare quarterly dashboard reports as required by the Tribal Court Administrator.Refers customers to mental health and substance abuse counseling services and other community resources, and participate in therapy when requested if appropriate. Provide limited transportation for clients when necessary with a Tribal vehicle. Provide cultural continuity with children (ex. placement and advocacy for Native Children).Provide ICWA awareness to include "active efforts" with potential and current ICWA families.Provide resource support when applicable to new ICWA preference placement homes.

Conduct parenting classes as needed. Keep case records up to date, comprehensive, case records; accordance with federal standards.Learn the culture and history of the Dena'ina people, and demonstrate cross-cultural competence.Attend basic, intermediate and advanced ICWA training as approved by Tribal Court Administrator.Maintains confidentiality in accordance with KIT policy. Other duties as assigned.This Job Description reflects Kenaitze Indian Tribe's best effort to describe the essential functions and qualifications of the job described. It is not an exhaustive statement of all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of the job.

This document is not intended to exclude an opportunity for modifications consistent with providing reasonable accommodation. This is not intended to be a contract.

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