VP Foster Care

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $150,000
Maximum: $150,000




590 6th Avenue
New York
New York
United States


The Foundling reaches 27,000 children and families each year in all five boroughs of New York City, surrounding counties, and Puerto Rico. Established in 1869, our vision is a community where every person, regardless of background or circumstance, enjoys the safe, stable, and supportive relationships needed to reach his or her full potential. To achieve this, we provide evidence-based and evidence-informed programs that focus on keeping families together; preventing abuse and neglect; providing academic support for children; and giving people with developmental disabilities the tools and training they need to lead independent lives.

We are currently seeking a VP of Family Foster Care who oversees all clinical, administrative and managerial aspects of the program for all regions

Clinical Oversight

  • Weekly program implementation and problem-solving meetings with the clinical supervisors and psychiatrist.
  • Approves referrals and discharges and reviews program implementation and outcomes documentation.
  • Serves as primary liaison with the model developers and their purveyor organizations regarding progress and problems in implementation that require conjoint problem solving efforts.
  • Chairs meetings as needed of the model developers and their purveyor organizations, ACS representatives (and representatives of other organizations as needed) to refine the model as experiences with enrolled youths and families in NYC illuminate the need for such refinement.

Administrative and Management Oversight

  • Recruits and hires staff for foster care in consultation with the program director and clinical staff, coordinates the training and cross-training of staff with the CSNYC developers and their purveyor organizations, and supports the efforts of clinical supervisors and developers to identify and develop the clinical competencies needed to execute CSNYC
  • Has administrative oversight for direct and indirect reports (e.g., FTC facilitators, KEEP/PTC facilitators, case planners, supervisors, mental health providers, and Program Director).
  • Supports monitors and provides follow up to implementation and outcome evaluation activities.
  • Serves as primary liaison for CSNYC program with NYC stakeholders, including but not limited to ACS, OCFS, and the courts.
  • Partners with the ACS Bureau Directors and community coordinators to facilitate as needed court collaboration in releasing appropriate children to permanency resources.
  • Reports as needed on the basis of the implementation and outcomes data being collected for CSNYC.
  • Receives administrative oversight by the Vice President of Family Foster Care- CSNYC.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design and/or implement community-based program evidence based practice according to fidelity requirements; funder regulations; and in accordance with The Foundling’s Values.
  • Develop and/or implement and monitor program goals with policies and procedures to accomplish goals
  • Develop and/or implement personnel policies and procedures
  • Develop and/or implement program evaluation system to assure focused, cost-effective effort toward client outcomes and program goals. Support Program Director’s role, goals and needs in program monitoring efforts.
  • Ensure necessary administrative support for successful program implementation
  • Provide system to support or directly support coordinated services within agency and with other community providers
  • Facilitate weekly clinical meetings focused on permanency.
  • Collaborate with the program supervisors to use the results of weekly program evaluations to provide constructive feedback and redirection to clinical staff to ensure program success
  • Collaborate with the program supervisors to establish personnel evaluation practices using treatment model adherence data, client outcomes data, and other relevant data (e.g., client feedback, other provider’s feedback)
  • Develop and implement an “MST analytical process” problem-solving system to predict and remove systemic barriers to treatment
  • Report to agency administration, funding sources and referral sources as required regarding program outcomes, cost effectiveness, and overall success
  • Be available supervisors 24/7. Accept role as support to direct care staff for the purpose of retention and removing barriers to therapy.
  • Provide on-call support to program as scheduled.
  • Actively evaluate, assess and remove case management barriers to program elements for supervisors and case planners

Educational Requirements:

Masters or Doctorate in Psychology, Social Work, or a related subject area. LCSW or LMHC preferred.

Additional training in business development, program development, personnel management and financial management.

Preferred Experience:

  • Program development including design, financing, staffing, and evaluation
  • Managing day-to-day operation of a community-based clinical and/or social service program for children, adolescents and families
  • Supervision of professional and administrative staff
  • Coordination of services with other community providers
  • Program promotion and marketing

Preferred Knowledge:

  • Management and supervision theory and application
  • Basic understanding of ecological and behavioral treatment and systems theories and their application in the field of children’s mental health services
  • Basic understanding of juvenile justice issues
  • Basic understanding of the local and national children’s mental health systems issues and trends
  • Basic understanding of the application of research to program design
  • In-depth understanding of CSNYC (KEEP, PTC, Family finding and YDSC) philosophy and practice, and the MST analytic process

Other Requirements:

A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience working in Foster Care. 3 years of supervisory experience preferred. Knowledge of child abuse and neglect. Good casework, service planning and risk assessment skills. Ability to manage, prioritize and accomplish tasks and goals. Strong leadership, team work and communication skills. Good advocacy abilities. Computer literate. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree