Washington State DSHS Extended Foster Care Adolescent Support Program Manager in Olympia, Washington
Extended Foster Care Adolescent Support Program Manager
Are you looking for an opportunity to work in child welfare the way you've always dreamed? At the Department of Social and Health Services, our employees are at the heart of what we do best – Transforming Lives!
Use your leadership, organizational skills and lean principles to make systemic enhancements to improve the environment of the children that DSHS serves. Your expert level knowledge of adolescent support; Extended Foster Care, Missing From Care and Family Reconciliation Services will provide consultation to management and field staff as well as support the Washington State Racially Disproportionate Advisory Committee.
Reporting directly to the Supervisor of the Education and Youth Services unit, you will play an important part in developing, implementing and monitoring compliance with statewide practice and policies related to the Children's Administration.
In your first year you'll:
- Integrate and stay on track with meeting federal legislation implementation goals.
- Develop service arrays to meet the needs of children.
- Update statewide policies and procedures in relationship to Family Reconciliation Services.
- Provide clinical consultation to senior level management, line supervisors and line staff on case specific challenges, practice trends and state and federal policies and guidelines.
- Working collaboratively to develop and implement new strategies to improve outcomes for youth missing from care.
- Increase staff understanding and support of and youth participation in extended foster care
Your success depends on:
- Your understanding of adolescent development
- Your knowledge of national trends on adolescent services
- Your exceptional interpersonal skills
- Your ability to work independently
- Your ability to plan and facilitate meetings at different levels
- A passion for helping children and families
- Your ability to communicate effectively to large and small groups
- And your ability to engage a wide variety of people in potentially difficult conversations.
Here's What We're Looking For:
- Experience assessing and working with adolescent populations
- Case management systems (FamLink)
- Understanding of social work theories and best practices in child protection and child welfare
- Applicable federal statutes and WA Administrative Code related to child welfare
- DSHS vision, mission and guiding principals
- Solid analytical and interpretive skills
- Planning and organizational skills
- Demonstrated ability to interpret applicable federal and state policies, laws, and regulations
- Computer proficiency: Word, Excel and Power Point
- Timeliness, accuracy and strength in communicating and interpreting information and reports
- Facilitate management and employee understanding of procedures
- Function effectively under pressure and meet time parameters
- Handle shifting priorities and multiple projects independently with personal initiative is essential
Who Should Apply?
Master's degree in social work, psychology, social science or a related field AND 3 years of progressively responsible experience, administering, developing, supervising or delivering family and child-related social services.
At least 2 years of the required experience must be in providing direct child welfare services.
Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, social science or a related field AND 5 years of progressively responsible experience, administering, developing, supervising or delivering family and child-related social services.
Two years of the required experience must be in providing direct child welfare services.
Consideration will be given to applicants who provide complete applications with attached resume, letter of interest and 3 professional references.
Your letter of interest will concisely describe how you have What We're Looking For outlined above.
Some jobs may require full criminal background check. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.
Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact a Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
If you have questions about this opportunity, please feel free to contact Joshua Shawhan by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Job Number: 16-170
Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services
Closing: 10/23/2016 11:59 PM Pacific
Agency: State of Washington
Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.
Salary: $66,000.00 - $74,000.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA