Indian Child Welfare Manager       

Job Title:
Indian Child Welfare Manager

Department:
FS Family Services

Reports To:
Director

FLSA Status:
Exempt

TS Range:
9/10 ($26.95)

Approved By:
Charlene Abrahamson – Family Services Director

Opening Date:
March 26, 2021

Closing Date:
April 9, 2021

SUMMARY:
As the lead caseworker, strives to maintain the safety of children and the unity of families in the Squaxin Island Tribal community, manages the ICW Program and related files within or exceeding tribal, grant and WAC requirements.  Provides community education and information through direct services, community activities and media.  Works in collaboration with other human services providers as part of a wellness team to ensure client and community needs are met.  This position will provide supervision and mentoring to the ICW Team in accordance with the Tribes Core Values.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.

  • Provides child and family welfare services to all Native Americans and community members in crisis or seeking help.  Implements, maintains and coordinates case management for clients per program standards and policies providing oversight and direction to the rest of the ICW staff
  • Acts as primary point of contact for child abuse and neglect reports.  In conjunction with Law Enforcement, evaluates allegations and emergent need to ensure the safety of the children.  Completes family and home assessments with regard to well-being of children.  Coordinates placement and stabilization for abused or neglected children.
  • Collaborates with the Family Wellness Team in determining case plans for open cases and at-risk families.
  • Presents reports, case plans and recommendations to the court as determined in the Family Wellness team.
  • Arranges services to support parents and work toward family reunification.  Makes referrals to appropriate professional caregivers and agencies.  Coordinates inter-agency and inter-departmental client management.
  • Provides parenting and abuse prevention, child development and other family education programs to the community through departmental workshops and newsletter articles.
  • Manages ICW related grants, including reporting and budget management requirements.
  • Maintains accurate and timely documentation in client files.
  • Maintains confidentiality of client and family information, issues and case plans.
  • Arranges and participates in family conferences as appropriate for client treatment.
  • Represents that Tribe at State, Regional and Tribal meetings, keeping apprised of challenges and addressing those challenges. Ensures that 10.03 goals are being executed and appropriate people are being held accountable in regards to ICW matters.
  • Attends planning meetings, staff meetings and departmental functions as assigned.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position has supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:  The applicant must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing; the successful applicant must have the ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others. Candidate is able to solve conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to other ideas and tries new things; balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests, able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; recognizes accomplishments of other team members; follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan; supports organization’s goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity; follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.  Applicant must have computer proficiency with a minimum of three years of experience using Microsoft Office is required.  One year of experience working with Native American communities is preferred.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Master’s Degree in Social Service field and Child Welfare casework experience; OR Bachelor’s Degree in Social Service field and 2 years Child Welfare casework experience; OR Associate of Arts Degree in Social Service field and 4 years Child Welfare casework.  OR High School Diploma/GED and 6 years of relevant experience in the Social Services field and Indian Child Welfare

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, rations and proportions to practical situations.

REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
CPR/First Aid; Washington State Driver’s License; proof of insurance.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear; the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); works in high, precarious places; exposed to fumes or airborne particles or toxic or caustic chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

OTHER CONDITIONS:
The successful candidate must be on-call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and pass a background check.  A negative TB test required.

As per employee handbook, no person shall hold a case load that requires direct case management of supervision of an immediate family member.

DRUG FREE WORKPLACE:
The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace Policy.

INDIAN PREFERENCE:
Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.

CONTACT:
Human Resources Department (360) 432-3865.