Program Specialist- Foster Care

Job Type

Full Time


Maximum: $51,000.00



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3211 4th Street Northeast
District of Columbia
United States


The Program Specialist works with the Assistant Director of Foster Care to develop and coordinate activities associated with multiple grant funded foster care programs. This work includes conducting program monitoring activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)/Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) residential services network; interpretation and dissemination of federal policies and procedures to sub-recipients and sub-grantees; assisting with planning and coordinating internal staff meetings and national convenings; coordinating the collection and analysis of data and information from sub-recipients and sub-grantees; developing funder required performance reports and assisting with funding proposals; coordinating the development and maintenance of information and data systems; and providing technical assistance on routine/general information requests. Contributes to the Bishops’ strategic plan for the Conference. Demonstrates willingness and ability to understand, respect and contribute to the USCCB mission and to fulfill job duties in accordance with its Catholic identity.


Educational Level: Master’s Degree Preferred or Bachelor’s Degree with commensurate experience.

Major Field/Specialty: Social Work, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Case Management, Mental Health, Juvenile Justice or related field

Foreign Language Requirement (if any): none required; Spanish preferred

Other Specialized Training: (i.e. word processing, personal computer, knowledge of Catholic Church, etc.

  • Knowledge of child welfare principles/standards, practices and systems (i.e. foster care, child protective services, basic child placing agency licensing and placement procedures)
  • Knowledge of international child migration, including issues related to children in immigration proceedings, victims of trafficking and refugees
  • Knowledge of federal grants and cooperative agreements
  • Competence with Microsoft Office and CRM database
  • Knowledge of survey development and analysis
  • Skill in data collection and analysis
  • Knowledge of basic accounting/budgeting procedures
  • Exceptional customer service experience, and skills – ability to communicate effectively with members in resolving problems.
  • Strong troubleshooting, diagnostic and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent organization and record keeping skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Able to work independently and effectively multi-task – completing work tasks in a timely manner.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Access Database, Excel and advanced PowerPoint
  • Unique or unusual blend of skills or experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of Catholic Church structure and teachings

Type and Nature of Professional Experience

  • Experience in child welfare setting and/or experience with unaccompanied migrant or refugee children
  • Experience creating and disseminating programmatic materials, including policy/procedure manuals, newsletters, and resources
  • Candidate must have excellent organizational skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work independently and with a team.

Number of Years Required: A minimum of 3 years work related experience


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Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish helpful

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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