Job Title: Permanency and Resource Development Specialist II
Job Classification (Exempt or Non-exempt): Non-Exempt
Reports To: Permanency Coordinator and Resource Development Supervisor
Job Summary: Responsible for receiving referrals for children involved with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' child welfare division, conducting a complete family finding process, identifying potential permanency options, support of children and relatives or kinship connections, service planning for the referred children, coordination with referring agencies and the court system. Responsible for interviewing, assessing, and recommending families for approval or licensure to care for children in foster care. Responsible for completing written reports related to family assessments. Supports the mission and ideals of NCHS by performing citizenship duties and community relations responsibilities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Identifies permanent placement options for referred children through activities including family finding, and recruiting.
- Complete thorough family finding efforts utilizing Kevin Campbell's revised eight step model;
- Coordinate connections, utilizing calendaring techniques and assisting with background checks, between children with relatives or other supportive adults;
- Create a thorough service plan, according to agency procedures, ensuring all of the child's needs are met;
- Complete thorough documentation of all contacts with children according to agency procedures;
- Provide an updated monthly summary report to the referring agency every month according to agency procedures;
- Visit the child at least one time each month and according to agency guidelines;
- Conduct visits and meetings between the child and relatives according to agency procedures, when necessary;
- Attend all court hearings related to the child and the child's family;
- Attend all meetings related to the child as requested by the referring agency and according to agency procedures;
- Work as a collaborative member of the child's professional team.
- Provide oversight and support to children and matches including.
- Assess ongoing potential for reaching and maintaining permanency;
- Ongoing home visits, individual and group education, and facilitating communication between biological and permanent families, if permanent family is outside of the biological family;
- Communicate ongoing training opportunities to families;
- Assist families in accessing all required resources to meet the needs of children placed in the home;
- Ensure ongoing contact between permanent homes and a child's family members;
- Assist permanent family with transportation of children to appointments on occasion;
- Ensure permanency options are cooperative members of the child's professional team;
- Complete documentation on all service activities according to agency procedures.
- Conducts family assessments to determine potential licensing for prospective foster families;
- Conducts family assessments to determine approval for relative and kinship families caring for children in foster care;
- Participates in the internal group staffing process as requested;
- Facilitates licensing and approval updates as required;
- Performs agency citizenship and public relations for the good of NCHS.
- Maintains a positive relationship with professional partners;
- Represents NCHS positively in the community;
- Assists in continued compliance efforts with state licensing and accreditation for NCHS.
Supplemental Duties and Responsibilities:
- Commitment to NCHS mission and strategic goals;
- Commitment to NCHS CQI initiatives;
- Maintaining a positive and cooperative relationship with all internal and external professionals;
- Participation in agency committees as assigned;
- Completion of at least 12 hours of ongoing education each year specifically related to the position;
- Ongoing compliance with all contract and grant position requirements;
- Positive representation of NCHS in all community settings;
- Adherence to confidentiality policies;
- Demonstration of respect, appreciation, and sensitivity for diversity;
- Facilitate a team atmosphere by working in partnership with agency staff and collaborating partners;
- Engage in community activities designed to raise awareness of the need for permanent homes for youth in the foster care system;
- Other duties as assigned by the Foster Care Supervisor and Permanency Coordinator
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Minimum education and experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling or other related human services field required;
- Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or other related human services field preferred;
- Two (2) years of experience working with children and families in a child welfare setting required;
- Working knowledge of the juvenile court system and health and human services preferred;
- An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
- Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Knowledge of the foster care system and related issues;
- Ability to manage a high volume caseload with multiple demands;
- Capacity to interpret and abide by NCHS policies and procedures;
- Ability to read, discern and interpret information given by children and families;
- Ability to observe situations with sensitivity and objectivity;
- Strong interpersonal skill;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Basic computer skills, with willingness to learn and utilize NCHS software and hardware systems;
- Ability to work independently, self-manage and work toward goal achievement;
- Possession of a vehicle for travel to family homes and meetings;
- Current driver's license with no more than 3 points assessed;
- Vehicle insurance with minimum coverage requirements.
- Physical demands:
- Regularly required to speak and hear, walk, climb, sit, use hands and fingers to operate, handle or feel objects and equipment;
- Manual lifting requirements are medium;
- Ability to enter family homes with different types of entrances and structures.
- Schedule demands (travel, adjustments to accommodate clients, weekends/evenings, etc.):
- Must be able to adjust normal work schedule to accommodate the needs of clients, including possible evening and weekend work.
- Site factors (work location, environment, travel, etc.):
- Work is completed in an office setting and in family homes;
- Local and out of state travel is required.
Note: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described above are representative of those that will be encountered by a person performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should visit https://www.nchs.org/careers, locate this position, and click on "Apply Now" beneath the job description to complete the online application form. The application must be completed in full and submitted by the specified closing date for consideration.
Please contact Michelle Moline at (402) 451-0787 ext. 601 or at 11926 Arbor Street, Suite 102 Omaha NE, 68144