Department: Foster Care and Adoption
Supervisor: Director of Foster Care and Adoption
New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning health and social services agency in NYC with 30+ years of experience serving children with special medical needs and their families. We are currently seeking a Director of Specialized Foster Care to be responsible for the direct management of the agency's Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities and Treatment Family Foster Care programs. This position offers a highly rewarding experience for a social work professional who welcomes the opportunity to use high-level management skills. It's an exciting opportunity to be part of multidisciplinary teams of professionals at an innovative agency serving the needs of some of the most vulnerable children and families in NYC.
Responsibility: The Program Director of Specialized Foster Care is responsible for the direct management of the Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities and Treatment Family Foster Care programs.
- Assist Director of Foster Care and Adoption in developing and implementing policies and procedures for the Department.
- Responsible for oversight of entire Foster Care Department when Director of Foster Care is absent.
- Provide direct supervision to Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities/HIV Foster Care Department Supervisors, Treatment Family Foster Care (TFFC) Department Social Work Supervisor, TFFC Behavioral Specialist Supervisor, and Case Associates.
- Monitor compliance with contract and agency requirements.
- Maintain staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees; accomplish staff results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; develop personal growth opportunities, coaching, counseling, and preparing timely employee evaluations.
- Identify and discuss with supervisors and other appropriate staff, ways to improve work processes, efficiency and quality.
- Oversight of the Department unit(s), as needed, when a Supervisor is absent.
- Consult with Director of Foster Care and Adoption as well as the Director of Homefinding on new admissions.
- Collaborate with Director of Homefinding to accomplish program growth through increased foster homes and placements. Collaborate with Homefinding on foster parent training.
- Assure that social work staff are entering data, including changes to placements, into the client database/foster parent payment systems. Function as the Electronic Health Care Record point person/Super User for Foster Care.
- Function as liaison with agency attorney on case related matters.
- Interface with ACS administrative staff on case related and policy and procedural issues. Participate in contract related meetings which includes but is not limited to ACS CoQI meetings, Quarterly APPLA meetings, ACS TFFC/MTFC quarterly meetings, Adoption meetings (ACS and OCFS), and OCFS meetings.
- Function as the Mental Health Coordination Unit (MHCU) Liaison with ACS. Attend monthly MHCU phone conferences; serve as the agency point person for case information; coordinating and monitoring internal responses and timely submission of MHCU documentation to ACS; and reporting to NAC Quality Assurance.
- Represent Agency at external functions in place of Director of Foster Care and Adoption when necessary which could include but is not limited to: ACS Foster Care Directors Meeting and COFCCA Foster Boarding Home meetings.
- Participate in various Agency committees at the request of the Director of Foster Care and Adoption which could include but is not limited to: Incident Review Committee, Safety Committee, and Ad Hoc Committees.
- Attend Foster Care Case Reviews. Attend when necessary, Family Team Conferences and Adoption Disclosure Conferences, covering for the Supervisor in his/her absence.
- Any other duties reasonably required to meet the responsibilities of the position.
- LMSW or LCSW (preferred) with a minimum of 7 to 10 years of post-graduate experience including a minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience.
- Expertise in child welfare including knowledge of ACS and NYS requirements and Family Court regulations and procedures.
- Must operate from a strengths-based approach to service delivery.
- Knowledge of health related factors as they impact on work with medically complex and behaviorally challenged children and their families.
- Ability to manage multiple programs/contracts.
- Ability to prioritize and delegate tasks to manage both program level and client level concerns in the context of the larger agency demands, using a solution focused problem solving approach.
- Must possess high level management skills including: planning, monitoring, and evaluation; developing, coordinating and enforcing policies, procedures and contract requirements; identifying trends and choosing a course of action; defining objectives; evaluating outcomes; and recommending program improvements.
- Ability to function collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team and make contributions to team efforts.
- Outcomes focused to achieve timely permanency for children.
- Performance based to achieve compliance and accountability with contracts.
- Strategic planning focus to achieve program goals and growth.
Hours: 9:00-5:00, with flexibility required, including some evenings and/or weekends.
37 West 26th Street, 7th floor
New York, NY, US 10010
Employment type:Full Time
Professional level:None specified