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Sr. Counsel, Risk and Compliance

Seattle, WA

Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. We value diversity and respect for individuals in the workplace.

Job Summary:
Assists the Chief Program Counsel in providing legal guidance and oversight to foundation leaders, management and staff to achieve compliance with legal, tax, licensing, accreditation, child welfare, risk management, and best business practice requirements.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Provide general legal advice and support for all program and operational departments, including advising CFP leaders, management and staff regarding business and operational issues, child, youth and family matters, employment issues and risk management. Coordinate with peers in developing resolutions to issues.
  • Responsible for lead in General Risk Management and Compliance – including risk management, liability insurance, international travel insurance, workers compensation, workplace ergonomics, records management, and accreditation of the organization; advice on critical incidents with youth and families who are served by Casey; intellectual property; privacy
  • Manage and handle any claims and/or disputes, litigation, subpoenas, etc.
  • Oversee the organization’s Insurance portfolio, including annual renewals; reporting and claims monitoring; manage certificates of insurance and respond to other insurance-related issues.
  • Oversee and manage the foundation’s re-accreditation by the Council on Accreditations (COA) and ensure compliance with COA standards and requirements.
  • Assess legal risks and provide counsel with respect to the foundation’s direct services to youth and families, critical incident reports, specific youth and family issues, foster care licensing issues and other child welfare risk and compliance matters.
  • In collaboration with other foundation units, assist with emergency response planning and required (OSHA) safety compliance reporting.
  • Provide legal counsel on privacy and security issues; in collaboration with other foundation units, bolster foundation policies and practices to mitigate risks and comply with applicable privacy and security laws; act as foundation’s Privacy Officer.
  • Oversee the foundation’s records management program, including retention, destruction and data map; manage record requests and litigation holds.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws as well as internal policies and procedures, including but not limited to best governance practices, required registrations, as well as state and federal licensing and accreditation requirements and state participation agreements.
  • Review, evaluate and respond to legal claims and disputes, which may include employment and litigation matters, and manage outside counsel representing CFP on such claims.
  • Evaluate records requests, including subpoenas and other third-party requests, and provide counsel to Records custodian to oversee request responses and document production.
  • Supervise the legal department’s staff as assigned. Provides leadership opportunities for employees that enable growth and encourage leadership development with the position. Ensures that employees receive the appropriate training, feedback, performance evaluations, planning documents and compensation as provided under the Human Resource Systems.
  • Assist Chief Program Counsel with team management, work assignments and special projects.
  • Perform legislative, risk, and other legal analyses, resolves issues and reviews, revises, and develops policies and guidelines related to CFP programs as requested by the Chief Program Counsel.
  • Develop and provide training and educational programs on legal requirements to CFP leaders, management and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:
  • Law Degree with a minimum of fifteen years, broad-based experience in the private, public, or non-profit sector is required. At least five years supervisory experience is required. Knowledge of and responsible experience with child welfare, employment, litigation, commercial, and real estate law is critical. A working knowledge of pertinent legislation related to children, youth, and families is expected. Knowledge about, competence in and familiarity with the infrastructures of child welfare systems, the legal and legislative aspects of child protection, long and short term foster care, adoption and guardianship, and legal requirements related to grants are highly desired.
  • The essential professional qualifications include: excellent organizational ability, analytical, strategic thinking, and significant business acumen; clear and concise oral and written communication skills; avid attention to detail, as well as the ability to identify and resolve issues proactively, creatively and expeditiously.
  • A balance of assertiveness and diplomacy is important, as well as leadership skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with a team of professionals, internal and external to CFP. Must be able to work well both independently and as part of a team, to manage multiple priorities efficiently, and to maintain self-control while under pressure or while in stressful circumstances. Proven effectiveness and ease in a multi-cultural environment is highly desired.
  • Ability to exercise extremely prudent judgment in crisis situations is essential;
  • We are seeking a visionary to bolster our existing programs, keep abreast of applicable laws and proactively provide training and advice, and prepare relevant and effective tools and trainings for foundation staff;
  • Knowledge of child welfare laws is preferred;
  • Knowledge of privacy and security laws is vital and an information privacy certification would be a plus.
  • This is a regular full-time position that may require travel up to 20% of the time.
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required.

Time Limited Social Worker

Yakima, WA

Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. We value diversity and respect for individuals in the workplace.

Job Summary:
The Social Worker is primarily responsible for the coordination and delivery of services to youth, young adults and families who are in the child welfare system, have been involved with the child welfare system or are at risk of entering the child welfare system. The service interventions designed by the Social Worker result in safety and improved outcomes in permanency and well being which impact reduction of entry into foster care, reduction of length of stay in foster care and increased exits foster care. In collaboration with field office staff, this position assists in assuring that the CFS workforce is focused on achieving organizational goals through their direct practice and consultation roles. The Social Worker provides clinical case management and works closely with public child welfare system staff, supervisors and court personnel to identify and mitigate barriers to timely permanency. The Social Worker is on call 24 hours per day, subject to each field office’s mode of ensuring coverage.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides case management services for youth, young adults and families on assigned caseload, in accordance Casey practice standards, local regulatory requirements and accreditation standards. This includes clinical assessment of individual and family safety/functioning/needs; assessing and identifying pathways and barriers to legal and relational permanency; arranging for supportive/ameliorative services that address permanency and well being needs; and working effectively with the local child welfare jurisdiction to achieve the identified outcomes. Makes assessment of need for relevant services and coordinates with vendors the securing of services and as appropriate provides initial review and approval of invoices and reports against allocated budgets. Complies with all documentation requirements for internal and external audits of case records and documents work to inform best practice in expediting permanency in foster care. 35%

  • Responsible for guiding the process towards permanency and improved well being by engaging all stakeholders in the development and implementation of case goals and service strategies to meet those goals. This is achieved through development of effective, intensive relationships with clients, collaterals, public system workers and supervisors, members of the judiciary and community service providers that are goal directed and informed by the mutually developed case goals and includes arrangement and facilitation of regular extended team meetings. Implementation of service strategies requires application of clinical knowledge related to mental health, Family Group Decision Making, family finding and birth family engagement as well as specialized knowledge in promotion of positive outcomes in permanency, education, employment and an ability to maximize community supports and resources. Permanency focused work includes engagement of birth parents for reunification, relative and non-related caregivers for adoption/guardianship and identification of needed post permanency support to ensure stability and longevity of legal and relational permanence. In collaboration with Family Engagement Liaison, coordinates, determines appropriate plan and implements the selected Family Group Conferencing (FGC) plans. Adds to FGC capacity in Field Office by conducting FGCs as part of overall work assignment. 30%

  • Collaborates with field office leadership and staff to coordinate teaming activities to expedite improved outcomes for all clients served and to support a continuous learning environment. This includes participation in clinical staffing processes as both recipient and contributor to case review, partnering with field office staff to ensure that clients are effectively served through the life of the case and actively engaging in ongoing learning activities. Participates in staff meetings to assess referrals/resource families, analyze data to inform practice/program improvements and identify process improvement to ensure field office goals are met. 20%

  • May consult, teach, facilitate groups, and otherwise assist in the advancement of learning of targeted youth, professionals, and families. Provides expertise to external partners through Systems Improvement efforts such as Permanency Roundtables in jurisdictions around the country to promote improved permanency outcomes. Serves, by appointment, on various Casey work committees or task forces. 10%

  • Other duties as assigned 5%

Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Social Work or Master’s Degree in an area of study focusing on direct practice in child welfare that includes a clinical internship or practicum.
  • Five years of professional child welfare social service experience, two years of which must have been at the advanced level, is also required.
  • Broad knowledge of social work practice and clinical theory, including diagnostic and treatment skills in family systems approach, is essential.
  • Expertise in the areas of permanency, improved well-being outcomes for youth in care, and family engagement, community supports and evidenced based and promising practices aimed at strengthening families and ensuring child safety required. Clinical expertise in the area of family systems and knowledge in the areas of substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence necessary.
  • Proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, SharePoint, Outlook) as well as electronic case management systems required.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills are critical for this position.
  • Workplace practices at Casey Family Programs encourage respect for diversity and individual differences.
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Local travel required for home visits, meetings with families, and other regularly meetings as well as occasional out of town travel are required. Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required.

Director - Field Office

Austin, TX

Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. We value diversity and respect for individuals in the workplace.

Job Summary:
This position manages the day to day operations within the Field Office, responsible for ensuring that high quality direct services are demonstrating outcomes that ensure no child ages out of care without legal and relational permanence. The position assumes a pivotal manager role assuring that the CFS workforce is focused on achieving organizational goals through their direct practice and consultation roles. This position leads work efforts and provides technical assistance to child welfare jurisdictions and other stakeholders to promote CFP best practice and operations as a demonstration.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Manages the day to day operations in the Field Office, including management of personnel actions, resource allocations, budget development and monitoring, and crisis and risk management. Assumes direct responsibility and oversight of all Field Office direct services and functions, ensuring that Casey and applicable State/County practice standards and policies are adhered to. Ensures that all Field Office direct practice work is demonstrating outcomes that improve permanency and well-being for all children, youth, young adults and families served. Assumes leadership role in practice and policy development by being a member of the Field Office Leadership Team and other ongoing and ad hoc practice groups. 30%
  • Directly supervises Field Office Supervisors and other designated staff ensuring that quality services are provided with clinical and critical thinking. Ensures that CFP Practice Model and strategies are employed to demonstrate consistency in field office service delivery. Manages the utilization of the field office workforce in their consultation roles. in both local work and when deployed to assist with Strategic Consulting work efforts in other jurisdictions. Ensures that program services staff receive effective training, supervision, and peer consultation. 20%
  • Cultivates and maintains positive working relationship with local public child welfare agency to strategically design and implement effective direct service agreements. Positively engage other child welfare stakeholders (courts, CASA, attorneys, etc.) to ensure positive outcomes in CFS direct service work and local systems improvement work. Engages community and providers to be resources to assist CFP in serving children, youth, young adults and families involved with or at risk of entering the child welfare system. 20%
  • Effectively employs and manages budget, finance and contract procedures to support and implement program services in collaboration with Office Administrator; ensures that program services staff are trained to properly use business and administrative procedures and that HR procedures and protocols are adhered to. 15%
  • Assumes direct responsibility for effectively managing the Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance, Council on Accredidation and Critical Incident Report requirements of all CFS program services. This includes the development and implementation of effective tracking mechanisms, accountability measures relative to documentation, and corrective action plans. 10%
  • Other duties as assigned. 5%
Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or an advanced degree from an accredited institution in a field related to the organization’s services and a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible combined experience in management/administration/clinical supervision in a public or private child welfare agency is required. Demonstrated experience serving in a strategic role and/or as a strategic consultant required.
  • Demonstrated understanding of working in a collaborative community environment, building relationships and managing expectations within those relationships is required.
  • Knowledge of foster care, kinship care, transition services and clinical social work within the child welfare system is required, along with experience in strategic planning, systems integration, systems change and an in-depth understanding of State/County jurisdictions and Tribes.
  • Experience in foster care and permanency planning practice is strongly preferred. Knowledge of the legal system as it applies to child welfare is highly desirable. Experience in working with State, County and other government agencies is preferred.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills are critical for this position.
  • Experience with MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook) is essential.
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Travel of up to 40% required.
  • Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required.

Research Specialist

Seattle, WA

Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. We value diversity and respect for individuals in the workplace.

Job Summary:
This is a part-time, 20 hour a week position
The Research Specialist will manage a variety of research and analysis projects to advance policy, practice, and system change in various systems such as child welfare, education, criminal justice and other select. The role will require gathering and analyzing data, collecting information on national and local organizations and work efforts related to strengthening families and communities in support of advancing institutional knowledge about cross-sector collaboration.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Conduct multiple research and analysis projects related to the compilation of data and information related to a) philanthropic entities and investments nationally and in specific jurisdictions, b) specific issues or topics related to strategic initiatiatives being developed, i..e. school discipline, national community-based efforts, violence-reduction. Prepare written summaries of these analyses. 65%
  • Create briefing documents, as needed, to support organizational leadership in preparation for engaging in new initiatives and jurisdictions. These briefings may be related to specific subject areas, related to specific jurisdictions, or existing organizations or collaborative work efforts, and require compiling, organizing and summarizing data from completed research or other published documents. 20%
  • Support and maintain electronic records, files and documentation related to research efforts in SharePoint sites and other appropriate locations. 5%
  • Provide occasionall administrative support for materials and conferences related to research efforts. 5%
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 5%
Qualifications:
  • Candidate for or has acquired an MPA, MBA, or MA/MS in applicable field preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, experience in designing and writing research products for multiple audiences, and demonstrated skill in communicating with a diverse audiences.
  • Ability to gather large amounts of information and synthesize into briefing reports within tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrates strong analytical skills that show ability to clarify, understand, recommend, and interpret information.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Professionalism, diplomacy, and maturity are paramount.
  • Ability to proactively problem-solve for teams that are often traveling.
  • Strong ability to prioritize competing needs.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and SPSS. Ability to learn other pertinent software programs as required.
  • This is a regular half-time position.
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required.

Supervisor, Prevention & Permanency Services

Oakland, CA

Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. We value diversity and respect for individuals in the workplace.

Job Summary:
This position assists the Director and Senior Director – Field Office in the management of Field Office prevention and permanency services both administratively and clinically. The Supervisor, Prevention and Permanency Services, supervises prevention specialist and permanency expeditors who are working with youth in or at risk of entering the foster care system with the objectives of ensuring that no child ages out of foster care without legal and relational permanence and improving overall well-being outcomes for children, youth, young adults and families. In collaboration with the Director, the Supervisor assists in assuring that the CFS workforce is focused on achieving organizational goals through their direct practice and consultation roles. This position works with the Director to build and improve access to community resources so that families are better able to meet the needs of their children.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with the Director Field Office to develop, maintain, and evaluate services that are focused on prevention, increased permanency and improved well-being outcomes for youth. Encourages innovative approaches that promote positive outcomes and have the potential to spread to other jurisdictions. Collaborates with internal and external partners to gather and evaluate data to determine efficacy of services and strategies and to promote data driven decision making.
  • Serves as a change agent with internal/external partners in the deepening of permanency planning services for youth that are in or at risk of entering care. This includes identifying, assessing and implementing programs and strategies that have demonstrated results in achieving outcomes, specifically in the area of accelerating and increasing the identification of permanent lifelong connections for children and youth.
  • Responds to after-hours requests and crisis situations involving youth and families enrolled in full case management.
  • Keeps apprised of current clinical practices and develops proposals, standards, and methods to improve the quality of services to youth and families.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:
  • A Master's Degree in Social Work or Master’s Degree in an area of study focusing on direct practice in child welfare that includes a clinical internship or practicum.
  • A minimum of six years of combined clinical practice and supervisory experience is required. A minimum of two years of public child welfare experience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of social work practice and theory, specifically in the areas of human development, group and individual therapy, systems family therapy, community development, conflict resolution, cross-cultural intervention, substance abuse, domestic violence and mental health systems issues and basic casework methods is required.
  • Expertise in the areas of permanency, improved well-being outcomes for youth in care, and family engagement, community supports and evidenced based and promising practices aimed at strengthening families and ensuring child safety required. Clinical expertise in the area of family systems and knowledge in the areas of substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence necessary.
  • Experience in clinical supervision, administration, budgeting, office management, project management, and personnel management is required, along with a commitment to lifelong learning.
  • A balance of assertiveness and diplomacy is critical, as well as effective listening skills and excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • The ability to lead or collaborate with a team of professionals at all levels within Casey and externally is imperative to this position as well as valuing a diversity of work styles, people, directions, and functions.
  • Workplace practices at Casey Family Programs encourage respect for diversity and individual differences.
  • Ability to manage projects to organization outcomes, including work plan development and consultation and coaching skills.
  • Proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, SharePoint, and Outlook) as well as electronic case management systems required.
  • Travel of up to 30% required.
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required.

Operational Advisor

Seattle, WA

Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. We value diversity and respect for individuals in the workplace.

Job Summary:
This position serves as an Operational Advisor to Casey staff to optimize and streamline System Improvement’s (SI) jurisdiction and national work. The role acts as a hub for integration, coordination and dissemination of procedures and practices. The role is responsible for the alignment of the work with the goals at both a strategy and tactical level. The role also ensures that operational activities are consistent with the standards of practice, policy, and administration established by the SI leadership, Casey leadership and its Operations team.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Leads the preparation and management of contracts from the negotiation stages through the completion of work, monitoring progress, expenditures, and payments. 25%
  • Helps to develop reports about deadlines, milestones, project coordination tools, and resource allocation for assigned work unit(s) projects in SI. Analyzes and makes recommendations for improvement based on data. 20%
  • Provides strategic planning advice with jurisdiction and national partners, especially focusing on developing measurable outcomes and detailed work plans to achieve outcomes. Advises on best practices of other jurisdictions or partners, as needed. 20%
  • Responsible for the Project Management function for the assigned work units to coordinate efficient and effective use of resources (time, labor, money) and keeps the work unit aligned and on track to achieve the work unit’s and/or the broader Casey organizational objectives. 20%
  • Provides leadership in completing and maintaining reports that track progress toward goals including deadlines, milestones, and resource allocation. Communicates and ensures broad awareness of project progress and makes recommendations for improvement based on data. 10%
  • Other duties as assigned. 5%
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree along with five - eight years of relevant project management experience required, ten years of experience in project management may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree.
  • Proven ability to establish professional, positive relationships with all levels of the organization, especially in SI MD leadership and Senior Director consulting team, Legal Services, and Finance Services. This position requires an open and supportive communication style.
  • Qualifications in project management, oversight of initiatives, and administration of programs required.
  • Proven ability to be highly organized, detail-orientated so as to oversee operations internal and external to the organization. Individual must be assertive in setting and maintaining deadlines and assuring quality in managing projects.
  • Ability to be flexible / adaptable in bringing critical thinking, and priority setting skills.
  • Basic familiarity with child and family service systems is required.
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office products is critical; familiarity with MS SharePoint® is important.
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function.
  • 15%-20% domestic travel. Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required.

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