Resource Parent Recruiter (Therapeutic Foster Care)

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The NVFS Therapeutic Foster Care Program (TFC) serves Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas. Program staff recruit, prepare and support resource parents to provide temporary, healing home environments for children/teens in the state’s foster care system. These parents receive intensive pre- and in-service training that equips them with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to manage challenging behaviors and build nurturing, trusting relationships with foster children/teens and their biological families. The program provides 24/7 support/crisis intervention to resource families and the foster children/teens placed in their homes.

The Resource Parent Recruiter plays a crucial role in ensuring that NVFS’ Therapeutic Foster Care Program has an adequate number of resource families to match with the children/teens placed in the program. The Recruiter understands child welfare and mental health as they relate to the needs of foster children and resource parents.. The Recruiter is a skilled communicator/marketer responsible for the successful recruitment and retention of resource parents and for raising awareness of the need for foster parents in the community. Recruitment efforts include reaching a broad audience through networking, public presentations, outreach and use of social media and technology. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will work remotely until at least September 2021.

Essential Job Duties: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with known disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  • Conduct an initial pre-screening assessment of prospective resource parents to identify surface-level barriers to successful certification 

Outreach and Recruitment:

  • Plan and implement outreach activities to recruit resource parents by networking, building and maintaining community partnerships and hosting informational meetings.
  • Remain current on resource parent recruitment, management and retention research/strategies; use that knowledge to inform practice.
  • Develop and implement recruiting and retention tracking tools and strategies to measure the success of campaign effectiveness, creating and designing new campaigns as needed to continuously attract new recruits.
  • Build a prospect network and related campaigns to establish an ongoing pipeline of candidates.
  • Conduct cold calls and informational pre-screening meetings for potential resource parents.
  • Conduct and attend networking and marketing events and represent the NVFS community at resource fairs, promotional presentations, and other events to attract resource parents.
  • Raise awareness in the community about the need for resource parents through visiting community locations and leaders, and following up on referrals to source potential recruits and further enhance community relationships.
  • Monitor and maintain allocated marketing budget and partner with internal marketing resources to produce materials. May develop own materials.
  • Record and report on the statistics necessary to measure the effectiveness of various recruitment efforts; report regularly on pipeline activity.
  • Maintain contact with families interested in becoming licensed as resource parents at weekly intervals or as determined by the Training and Placement Supervisor
  • Meet quarterly recruitment quotas.
  • Conduct, track and maintain accurate documentation on all prospective resource families 

Program Support and Other Activities:

  • Remain current on all foster care referral demographics to ensure on-target recruitment efforts
  • Attend triage meetings to understand recruitment needs for referring localities
  • Stay current on program software and licensing requirements for private foster care provider agencies
  • Prepare narrative and statistical reports for NVFS staff and contract monitors measuring program outcomes and effectiveness
  • Audit files and perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Participate in regular supervision with supervisor by providing regular updates

Qualification and Additional Requirements: An individual may obtain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform essential job duties.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Social Work or related field preferred
  • Must have at least two (2) years of experience in recruitment including:
  • Understanding program needs and profile of target population to recruit for
  • Ability to set and successfully meet recruitment metrics and goals
  • Developing and implementing effective recruiting strategies and measurement tools to meet program needs
  • Strategizing various methods and venues of reaching prospective recruits
  • Experience and familiarity with foster care and/or recruiting foster parents strongly preferred; experience in a related human services field a plus
  • Strong communication skills including comfort using the phone, public speaking and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build trust, rapport and maintain relationships
  • Fluency in English required; Spanish language fluency a plus. Additional language skills welcome.
  • Proficiency in use of basic technological tools including laptops/computers, email, phones, and internet, virtual meeting and learning platforms required. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Must be comfortable and skilled in using social media platforms.
  • Commitment to organizational values of Communication, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, and Accountability
  • Will require local travel in Northern Virginia. Must have reliable transportation to conduct outreach efforts and attend community events; be able to meet with prospective resource parents in their homes or designated community locations as needed; be comfortable with varying home conditions and being around sick children and adults.
  • May be called upon to transport a child/client if clear Motor Vehicle Record and valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Must be able to work beyond/outside of standard working hours including some evenings and weekends.

At Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), we value the diversity of backgrounds, experience, perspectives, and skillsets that we collectively provide to our community, clients and coworkers. We celebrate and thrive on our differences and welcome everyone’s unique contributions. NVFS is committed to advancing equity, embracing diversity, and promoting inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer. NVFS is an E-Verify participant and drug-free workplace.

NVFS values diversity in our workforce. We strongly encourage all interested individuals to apply, including people of color, all genders and gender identities, people of all abilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, other members of marginalized communities, veterans and national service alumni.

The NVFS Therapeutic Foster Care Program (TFC) serves Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas. Program staff recruit, prepare and support resource parents to provide temporary, healing home environments for children/teens in the…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
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This is a benefited position. NVFS is committed to providing a comprehensive, competitive and cost-effective benefits package that promotes a culture of employee well-being. NVFS shares a significant portion of the premium cost for employee and dependent health, dental and vision insurance, and also provides a rich array of benefits offerings to meet the wide variety of employee needs. All benefits, except for the 401k plan, are effective the first of the month following the date of hire.  You can find more information about our benefits package here.

This is a benefited position. NVFS is committed to providing a comprehensive, competitive and cost-effective benefits package that promotes a culture of employee well-being…


Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 100, Oakton, VA 22124

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