Director - Adoption & Foster Care Services
Family & Community Services, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI

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GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Directs programs providing adoption and foster care services by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work with staff and Advisory Boards to establish policies and programs and administer such programs.
Coordinate and oversee delivery of the services provided by the program.
Define scope of services to be rendered, develop and implement policy within legislative and administrative regulations.
Develop and administer standards and procedures related to personnel, including staff development, budget, and physical facilities.
Authority and responsibility for management and oversight of program staff.
Authority and responsibility for oversight of any supervised providers carrying out adoption related services.
Interpret program purpose and program to community.
Establish and maintains relationships with other agencies and organizations toward meeting client needs and services.
Prepare, distribute, and maintain variety of reports.
Monitor program operations to ensure program meets standards and procedures criteria.
Direct or coordinate fund raising, public relations, and fact finding or research activities for the program.
Overall management, operation, and development of the program.
Maintain status as licensed agency with appropriate state governmental departments.
Assist with budget development and maintenance to assure effective use of resources.
Assist with agency policy formulation and implementation.
Overall program resource development.
Practical lay interpretation to staff and board of US Immigration policies and procedures; Michigan Adoption Code; laws of countries and states from which children are placed; and how they coincide with Michigan and Ohio law to insure legal placement of children. Agency liaison with other agency administrators; probate courts; agency administrators in other states and countries; citizen groups; adoption organizations; lawyers or other referral sources; consular officers or staff.
Monitor overall service delivery to client population.
General administrative duties include: study and analysis of program data; preparation of special reports; responding to correspondence or inquiries; developing procedural manuals, materials, and forms.
Consult as expert on general or specific cases with other agencies; courts; legislators; public administrators; consular officers.
Develops program goals and objectives. Interrelationship of program goals and objectives. Provide initiative, management, and direction as necessary to achieve goals.
Assumes legal guardianship of children in agency care and supervision, and consent to medical treatment and to adoptive placement for agency wards.
Oversee program volunteer program.
Assist volunteer or agency staff with communications or public relations activities, fund raising activities.
Participate in case reviews and conferences with supervisory staff.
Promote adoption by developing knowledge, information, and understanding of history and culture of foreign countries and make such information available to adoptive families, staff, and the community.
Provide continued counsel and service to families, agencies, and foreign communities by explaining adoption as understood in the United States by making available information on the United States culture and people.
Provide leadership through individual and group meetings with staff.
Respond to the need for continued personal and Professional growth through continuing Professional education by attending meetings, seminars, workshops, and similar events.
Complete employee performance evaluations as required.
Highest level of decision making required.
Child Abuse or Neglect Reporting Responsibilities: Must report any suspected child abuse or neglect as required by state child protection statutes. Is knowledgeable about the statute and directs any questions about the statute to the appropriate protective services unit. Further understands that such suspected child abuse or neglect concerning FAC ward, or involving any FAC client or immediate family member must also be reported to FAC supervision.
Complies with agency policies and procedures, assists with maintaining and following COA/Hague accreditation and regulations, federal and state requirements, and educational/certification/registry requirements.
Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Highest level of language and communications skills essential.
Highest level of reasoning ability essential. Ability to work independently.
Professional attitude and demeanor, composed under pressure, independent, self initiated, responsible, dependable, decisive, able to work well with all types of people, mature, emotionally stable, tactful, reliable, well organized, conscientious, down to earth, composed under pressure, self assured, flexible, able to cope with change and variables, respectful of authority, dresses appropriately, respond positively to constructive performance evaluation.
Considerable. Ability to foster and maintain a professional relationship with Advisory Board, staff, volunteers, adoptive parents, children, community contacts, colleagues.
Valid Ohio Drivers License and ability to meet agency requirements for driving insurability.
Must be able to meet agency requirements for criminal back ground check.
Director - Adoption & Foster Care Services

MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL/LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS: Masters Degree – Sociology, Psychology, Guidance & Counseling Social Work, and prior experience as a social service supervisor.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Significant skills and experience in the professional delivery of Intercountry adoption services.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ranges from sedentary desk work to vigorous effort related to overseas travel and escorting of children. null

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Community Family Life Services is a non-profit inclusive Christian organization. We facilitate personal growth, independence and integration...