Summary Job Goal: The successful candidate will have strong leadership and interpersonal skills. We’re looking for a professional who has experience managing teams and maximizing productivity. The successful candidate will be ready to build long-term relationships with all child welfare stakeholders in the region and ensure quality and consistency across each individual location. Supervisory and management experience is required as well as demonstrated experience in assisting with department project goals.
Performance Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Maintains strict confidentiality of the department and clientele.
- Advanced ICWA knowledge and skill.
- Supervise and manage up to five sub-regional CFSS III workers
- Track and monitor high volumes of ICWA case work.
- Make independent judgements and provide clear consistent advice to tribes, OCS, other CINA parties based on the best interests of child safety and ICWA compliance.
- Initiate, develop, and maintain high level working relationships with agency leaders, ALL CINA parties, including but not limited to OCS supervisors, managers, ICWA Specialists, Judges, court clerks, PD attorneys, OPA attorneys, AAGs, GALs, CASAs, other child welfare serving agencies like the Child Welfare Academy, ACRF, Treatment Centers, Cultural Resources like Healthy Families and Calricaraq, etc.
- Assist in project goals focused on expanding sub-regional ICWA Child Welfare Services.
- Increase standards of customer service and ICWA advocacy compliance through work plan development
- Provide training and development for staff
- Maintain all reporting and time study oversight
- Embeds the Healthy Families and cultural approach and values into all pieces of the work conducted for the department and ensures all staff will embed this approach into their work as well.
- Responsible for the outreach and regular communications with tribal councils, and providing ICWA presentations and related information and training.
- Responsible for extensive and clear communications with the tribes and related agencies to ensure policies and procedures are in place to provide a safe and healthy environment for children in tribal custody.
- Responsible for assisting in the recruitment of Native foster and adoptive homes in the region.
- Manages difficult or emotionally charged customer situations; responding to requests for service and assistance, meeting and explaining the commitments established in the department’s case management.
- Supervises and collaborates with the Department’s employees; encourages open two-way communication with staff to enhance job satisfaction and overall morale.
- Develops and maintains a culturally sensitive work environment, including team building.
- Assists the Director in updates for existing departmental policies and creates new ones to improve service procedure standardization and to enhance systemized processes.
- Compiles, reviews and approves Department employee’s timesheets and submits them to payroll.
- Oversight and management of the ICWA personnel travel, leave, discipline.
- Conducts performance evaluations of Department staff as required.
- Other ongoing child welfare responsibilities
- Travels as needed to facilitate reunification/permanency; ICWA compliant placement or other child welfare needs as requested by the Tribe.
- Acts as a liaison between ICWA foster families and OCS in order to provide support to the foster families.
- Works on recruiting and retaining native foster homes.
- Works in partnership with other programs, such as TANF, Child Care, Head Start, etc to identify and support families.
- Assists with tribal jurisdiction case transfers and the tribal jurisdiction case process from the transfer or opening of a case, ongoing case management support and referrals/coordination for family services with the ICWA/Tribal worker, and case closure process.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Fluency in Yup’ik, Cup’ik and English is strongly preferred. Must have strong analytical; organizational; written and verbal skills.
A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and relevant work experience is required. Must have at least five years of direct related experience in lieu of the Bachelor’s degree. Proven ability to read and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical and governmental regulations. Proven ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.
Additionally, at least three (3) years of proven, high level ICWA social work. Previous evaluations noted as good to excellent. Consistent ICWA knowledge and application. Proven ability to speak in a court room setting, at statewide meetings, or other settings which need tribal influence for decisions involving ICWA. At least 3 years of supervisory experience is highly preferred with previous evaluation noted as good to excellent.
This position is a Grade 8 and has a Salary Range of: $74,494 – $111,741
Job Posting Expiration Date: June 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.