Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and two territories and with more than a dozen tribal nations to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. Casey Family Programs values inclusion, diversity, equity, and respect for individuals in the workplace. We encourage candidates with diverse lived experience and perspectives from underrepresented communities to apply.
This position is primarily responsible for all aspects of the field office operations. This includes a focus on permanency services to ensure that no child ages out of foster care without legal and relational permanence as well as an emphasis on implementing, monitoring, and continuing the ongoing development of the local strategy for CFS direct practice and systems improvement work with the public child welfare system as the primary partner. The Senior Director - Field Office is a matrix position assigned to a Strategic Consulting Team with additional jurisdictional assignments to advance practices and policies that promote safe reduction of children and youth in foster care.
· Provides vision, leadership and strategic direction to Field Office Management Team, staff, partners and stakeholders. Responsible for all field office operations including personnel actions, resource allocations, budget development and monitoring, and crisis and risk management. Directly supervises Field Office Director and Office Administrator to effectively deploy work force and other resources to achieve CFS direct practice and organizational deliverables, along with ensuring that Field Office adheres to all policies and procedures. Assumes leadership role in practice and policy development through membership on the Field Office Leadership Team (FOLT) and other ongoing and ad hoc practice groups. 20%
· Provides vision, leadership and strategic direction and cultivates key relationships in working with local jurisdiction leadership in Child Welfare and with private providers of child welfare services and other pertinent stakeholders under the direction of the Managing Director - Field Offices, to advance practices and policies that advance Casey Family Programs’ goals. Provides sound analysis and recommendations internally and externally regarding system improvement efforts, and cultivates and facilitates approval for actionable strategies to support child welfare agencies in the reduction of youth in foster care. Ensures that local field office system improvement work efforts are aligned with state Strategic Consulting plans. 20%
· Develops and manages relationships and provides Strategic Consulting services under the direction of the Managing Director of Strategic Consulting for assigned jurisdictions to advance 2020 goals. Provides sound analysis and recommendations internally and externally regarding system improvement efforts, and cultivates and facilitates approval for actionable strategies to support child welfare agencies in the reduction of youth in foster care. Participates as a member of assigned Strategic Consulting Team and as a member of the Systems Improvement team; attends necessary meetings and participates and/or leads special work groups as needed. Acts as liaison between Systems Improvement and Casey Family Services. 30%
· Develops business plans and budgets to effectively resource all direct service work and monitors service delivery and spending through organizational procedures. For assigned jurisdictions, develops work plans and budgets that are strategic in advancing work efforts that impact safe reduction. 10%
· Engages and works closely with internal and external leaders, stakeholders and partners (courts, private providers, CASA, schools, advocacy groups, etc.) to identify public policy issues, develop initiatives and strategies, and manage information received from state policy makers and/or their staff to positively impact youth in foster care. Provides leadership in influencing child welfare practices, policies, and procedures on a local and state level, including memberships on Boards, Court Improvement Committees and state Indian Child Welfare Committees. Maintains familiarity with pending state legislation or county actions that may impact the organizational goals.
· Coordinates work with Casey Family Program’s Indian Child Welfare Programs Office to ensure that work with Tribes and with American Indian/Alaska Native youth and families is integrated and supported, within the Field Office and strategic consulting work. 5%
· Other duties as assigned. 5%
Master’s Degree in Social Work or an advanced degree from an accredited institution in a field related to the organization’s services and a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in management/administration/clinical supervision in a public or private child welfare agency is required. Demonstrated experience serving in a strategic role and/or as a strategic consultant required.
Demonstrated understanding of working in a collaborative community environment, building relationships, and managing expectations within those relationships is required. Ability to build relationships, provide assistance, be a resource, make presentations, work independently, take initiative, provide assessments and system evaluation. Excellent leadership skills including training, group facilitation, and supervision are required.
Knowledge of foster care, kinship care, transition services and clinical social work within the child welfare system is required, along with experience in strategic planning, systems integration, systems change and an in-depth understanding of State/County/Tribal jurisdictions. Experience in foster care services and practice is strongly preferred.
Experience in strategic planning, systems integration, systems change and an in-depth understanding of multi-state child welfare systems required. Knowledge and experience of current state and jurisdiction administration, needs, and influential contacts is strongly preferred.
Experience in successfully developing and managing complex budgets, experience with contracting procedures and general resource management is required.
Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills are critical for this position.
Experience with MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook) is essential.
Ability to protect the confidentiality of sensitive information by learning and following all relevant policies and protocols and using sound judgment in the handling and sharing of that information.
Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Travel of up to 50% required.
Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required