Purpose of Position
This position is part of the federal Capacity Building Center for States contract in support of and in partnership with the Children’s Bureau (CB), Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The Program Area Manager (PAM) will be responsible for leading and managing technical assistance support to child welfare agencies on behalf of the CB in the area of Permanency. The successful candidate will have broad knowledge of the public child welfare service continuum and of child welfare policy and practice issues in the areas of Permanency, including Foster Care, Kinship, and Adoption/Diligent Recruitment, as well as collaboration and project management skills.
This position is remote.
- Establish and lead a “shoulder-to-shoulder” working relationship with CB staff
- Communicate with CB program leads about Center for States (Center) services to help achieve the CB priorities
- Develop relationships with other partners providing services to child welfare agencies
- Provide leadership in Center Meetings to represent field needs and CB priorities related to Permanency (i.e., Foster Care, Kinship, and Adoption/Diligent Recruitment
- Collaborate as part of a Center team to ensure that the expertise, skills, and relationships of Center consultants and staff are leveraged to provide effective services to meet outcomes for children and families. Work in close collaboration with national expert consultants in all facets of Permanency
- Provide or identify expertise in Permanency, including Foster Care, Kinship, and Adoption/Diligent Recruitment to develop products, events, and services that help child welfare agencies improve outcomes
- Help develop, inform and coordinate events and conferences for the child welfare field
- Gather, curate and synthesize information about Permanency, including Foster Care, Kinship, and Adoption/Diligent Recruitment and share with other Center staff, CB or the field in written or verbal form
- Maintain expert knowledge about Permanency, including Foster Care, Kinship, and Adoption/Diligent Recruitment practice areas
- Contribute to regular Center reporting and support all activities related to the Center’s evaluation including data collection and continuous quality improvement efforts
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, public administration, or related field.
- 8+ years professional work experience with at least 7+ years of experience training, quality assurance or improvement or technical assistance provision in a human services field, preferably in child welfare.
- Demonstrated project management experience, including stakeholder relationship management, development of project timelines and benchmarks, and providing guidance and direction to staff in projects and other Center work.
- Working knowledge of child welfare systems and federal laws that apply to Child Welfare such as the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) and the Family First Prevention and Services Act (FFPSA).
- Working knowledge of the following:
- Change management or implementation processes
- Child and Family Services Plans (CFSPs)/Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSRs)
- Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs)
- Master’s degree in social work, public administration, or related field.
- Experience in a state child welfare system related to Permanency
- Experience in Foster Care, Kinship, Adoption, and Diligent Recruitment.
- Experience implementing a broad scale project in a public service system
- Experience managing and coordinating projects in a child welfare environment
- Experience supporting/facilitating Peer Groups/Communities of Practice
- Experience with training, curriculum development, and facilitation
- Experience as a team builder and team player with proven ability to manage competing priorities, perspectives and stakeholder needs.
- Ability and willingness to apply a racial equity framework to all areas of work
- Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.
- Strong stakeholder management skills
- Ability to multi-task and maintain high-quality results in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated, outstanding level of professionalism including ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact and diplomacy.
- Proficient with MS office applications (i.e. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
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