Community Resource Specialist
KVC Health Systems, Inc - Kansas City, KS

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Position start date may coincide with the transition of the new Division for Children and Families contract effective July 1, 2013.

Preference will be given to applicants who have current or recent experience with current contractors in the Kansas child welfare system.

Department: Child Placing
Position Title: Community Resource Specialist
Reports to: Child Placing Supervisor or Director
Supervises: N/A
FLSA Status: Exempt

I. Minimum Requirements:

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, or Marketing and Development

Licensure/Certification:

Experience:
Previous experience in children and family services preferred.

II. Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

III. Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

IV. Position Summary:

The Community Resource Specialist strives to identify resources in the community in order to obtain finances, hard-good donations and additional foster parent resources for KVC.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned according to qualification of staff and development of programs.
• Develop and maintain positive relationships with community agencies, organizations, corporations, and civic groups to provide information about KVC’s mission, attract product and cash donations, and to utilize services for KVC clients.
• Increase the number of local resources, including foster families, to ensure children and youth are served effectively.
• Assist with planning/implementing foster parent appreciation picnics.
• Assist with school supply and holiday gift donations.
• Attend staff conferences and in-service trainings.
• Attend community/coalition meetings as requested.
• Attend at least one licensing walk through per year to keep apprised of KDHE regulations and licensing guidelines.
• Participate in any KDHE trainings.
• Update community web sites on agency happenings and/or monthly meetings.
• Update public information displays (i.e. library).
• Facilitate informational meetings in the community.
• Contact local media sources and write press releases (newspaper, radio, television, etc.) regarding community events about foster care, in collaboration with CPA Director and KVC Development Department.
• Complete PS-MAPP Leader’s Training within six months of employment.
• Schedule PS-MAPP trainings on an ongoing basis.
• Locate PS-MAPP/Deciding Together leaders for each area.
• Coordinate/collaborate with other agencies regarding available PS-MAPP classes.
• Develop and mail PS-MAPP invitations to prospective foster families.
• Assist families in PS-MAPP enrollment.
• Familiarize agency and non-agency PS-MAPP leaders with agency protocols.
• Facilitate PS-MAPP informational meetings and maintain PS-MAPP information for leaders.
• Maintain contact with/assist current PS-MAPP leaders throughout the training.
• Research/develop recruitment tools on an ongoing basis, in collaboration with CPA Director and KVC Development Department.
• Create advertisements for publications, in collaboration with CPA Director and KVC Development Department.
• Research/locate community events at which to promote foster care.
• Attend local staff meetings.
• Conduct follow-up calls/mailings to prospective foster families.
• Enter every prospective foster family and their information in the Recruitment database for tracking purposes.
• Copy, file, and provide activity logs to CPA Administrative Assistant.
• Maintain phone contact with prospective foster/adoptive families.
• Prepare and mail information packets to prospective foster/adoptive families.
• Complete activity logs on all recruitment contacts.
• Maintain/update database of prospective foster families.
• Assist staff in beginning the foster parent training process.
• Field questions about foster care from community members and/or local organizations.
• Review annually and update, if needed, materials to assist with recruitment efforts, in collaboration with CPA Director and KVC Development Department.
• Establish annual contact goals by county in recruiting prospective foster parents; assist with recruitment of families for children with specific needs (i.e. placements for teenagers, special needs, medically fragile, etc.).
• Promote finder's fee; monitor referral process and tracking.
• Promote Permanency Bonus program.
• Research other types of incentives to assist with recruitment of foster families.
• Secure in-kind donations to support families served by KVC (including, but not limited to: mailing letters to local businesses requesting donations)
• Apply for grants and donations for the Kid’s Activity Fund.
• Maintain records of donations and report to database manager within one week of receipt.
• Follow-up on staff requests for resources.
• Train and educate new staff to understand the function of this role.
• Write status reports for management team meetings.
• Promote community awareness of the mission of KVC Behavioral HealthCare.
Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, or Marketing and Development
Licensure/Certification:
Experience:
Previous experience in children and family services preferred. Preference will be given to applicants who have current or recent experience in this or a similar role with current contractors in the Kansas child welfare system.