SUMMARY: The Foster Care Specialist is responsible for helping the Tribal Child Welfare Unit reach and maintain 100% ICWA compliance for tribal children in out-of-home placements. The Foster Care Specialist will manage plans and projects around recruitment and retention of foster parents and kinship care in the AVCP region. This position will ensure that program staff receive all necessary training related to foster care licensing, foster home recruitment and foster parent retention, and will work directly with other staff, AVCP programs, and external partners to ensure that the needs of families are met to provide the best possible care and outcome for the placements of tribal children.

PERFORMANCE RSPONSIBLITIES: including the following:
• Develop an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act and Child Welfare Systems in Alaska.
• Manage licensing assistance referrals from the Office of Children’s Services.
• Provide outreach and connect foster parents to training to maintain their foster care licenses.
• Carry out initial and ongoing outreach to foster homes for assessments of their needs.
• Develop a working knowledge of local, regional, and statewide agencies that provide resources and services to families, individuals, and children.
• Collaborate with and maintain ongoing communication with OCS case workers and state licensing staff to serve potential and existing foster families.
• Connect unlicensed relative placements and kinship care providers to financial assistance and other resources to maintain first preference placements of tribal children.
• Plan and coordinate multiple foster family recruitment activities throughout the AVCP region.
• Coordinate multiple trainings for front-line and sub-regional ICWA staff.
• Maintain data of services provided to licensed and unlicensed foster families.
• Work directly in partnership with AVCP programs that can support foster care recruitment and retention and kinship care.
• Travel periodically to villages in AVCP region to provide direct assistance to potential and current foster homes, and to coordinate recruitment activities.
• Maintain strict confidentiality of information.
• Other duties as assigned.

ACCOMMODATION: The position requires the ability to carry out the noted essential job duties as outlined above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the Foster Care Specialist.

KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each performance and supervisory responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Must be willing to work flexible hours as needed. Trustworthiness is required. This position is subject to Native Preference per P.L. 93-638.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: GED or High School Diploma is required. Secondary education (Certificate, AAS, BA) in social work, or human services is preferred. Two years of experience working directly with individual clients or families in a social services capacity is preferred.

REQUIREMENTS:
• Basic knowledge of operating a computer and Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Word, and Excel.
• Some knowledge of and/or experience with State or Tribal child welfare services and/or foster care.
• Willing and able to travel periodically.

RELATED SKILLS:
• Ability to plan, organize, and manage time well.
• Ability to work independently.
• Clear written and verbal communication.
• Fluency in Yup’ik/Cup’ik is preferred but not required.
• Familiarity with Yup’ik/Cup’ik lifestyles and the AVCP region is preferred.
• Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with individuals, families, and service providers.

This position is a Grade 6 and has a Salary Range of:  $56,328 – $84,492

Job Posting Expiration Date: September 30, 2022

We hope to have this position filled by date listed above, if no qualified applicant is hired, we may advertise an additional 30 days.