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DIFRC Seeks Family Engagement Specialist

Job Title: Family Engagement Specialist

Employer: Denver Indian Family Resource Center

Address: 1633 Fillmore St. #GL2, Denver, CO 80206

Phone: 720-500-1020

Our Mission: To strengthen vulnerable American Indian/Alaska Native children and families through collaborative and culturally responsive services

Our Vision: Generations of healthy and strong American Indian/Alaska Native children and families


Position Description:

The Family Engagement Specialist (FES) is responsible for the engagement, intake, assessment, and case management of families seeking services from the Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC). The FES contributes to the positive adjustment and development of families by providing trauma-informed and strength-based services to meet the needs and goals of each family. Services include family engagement, direct intervention, intensive home-based services, parenting coaching during visitations, assistance with service navigation, advocacy on behalf of children’s permanency, and collaboration with partner agencies to meet the specific needs of each family. The FES assists families in the advancement of their life and parenting skills and supports families to attain their goals using a culturally-responsive approach. This position reports directly to the DIFRC’s Family Services Supervisor.

 

Responsibilities:
  • Carries a caseload of 10 to 15 families that are at-risk for, or are currently involved with, the child welfare system.
  • Performs an intake process, including the use of evidence-based assessments, to determine the strengths and needs of each assigned family.
  • Completes ongoing assessments, case management family plans, visitation observation reports and evaluations with each family in a timely manner in accordance with DIFRC’s Service Delivery Model.
  • Incorporates the evidence-based Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework for children who have experienced multiple and complex traumas, including victimization (child abuse, neglect, or domestic violence).
  • Attends and advocates for children’s permanency at family team meetings, individual educational planning meetings, and other collaborative meetings.
  • Testifies in court as to case management services and presents recommendations for positive family outcomes in accordance with ICWA.
  • Interfaces regularly with external partners including county caseworkers, guardian ad litems, and tribal liaisons regarding child well-being, permanency, and case planning.
  • Coordinates with the DIFRC Team and other service providers to plan appropriate services and service delivery.
  • Provides advocacy and cultural perspectives in the form of ICWA “active efforts” on behalf of families to collaborators, service providers, and judicial systems.
  • Provides advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence and their children through in-person crisis intervention, safety planning, and community referrals.
  • Maintains case records, including required evaluation components, and prepares necessary reports; have strong written/oral communication skills.
  • Abides by the National Association of Social Worker’s Code of Ethics, which includes maintaining appropriate professional boundaries with families and confidentiality.
  • Participates in Family Services Team staff meetings, weekly individual supervision, and additional agency meetings.
  • Completes other duties, special projects, and training as directed by the Family Services Supervisor.
  • Contributes to the professional reputation of the agency.

 

Required Qualifications:

Family Engagement Specialist I

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university with major in one of the following disciplines: social work, social welfare, human development or other degree with a focus on individuals, families, groups, and communities; OR
  • Minimum eight years’ experience performing a broad range of tasks within a social service, non-profit, or child development agency providing direct services to children, youth, or their families.

Family Engagement Specialist II

  • Master’s degree from accredited college or university with major in one of the following disciplines: social work, social welfare, human development or other degree with a focus on individuals, families, groups, and communities; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university with major in one of the following disciplines: social work, social welfare, human development or other degree with a focus on individuals, families, groups, and communities plus 4 years of related work experience.

Family Engagement Specialist III

  • Master’s degree from accredited college or university with major in one of the following disciplines: social work, social welfare, human development or other degree with a focus on individuals, families, groups, and communities plus two year of related work experience directly with American Indian/Alaska Native families; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university with major in one of the following disciplines: social work, social welfare, human development or other degree with a focus on individuals, families, groups, and communities plus 8 years of related work experience with a minimum of 2 years of related work experience directly with American Indian/Alaska Native families.
  • A minimum of one year of previous experience providing supervision to staff in the field of social work.

 

All Candidates:
  • Documented experience working with Native communities.
  • Extensive knowledge of American Indian/Alaska Native cultures and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
  • Proven organization skills.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Computer literacy, including navigating Windows 10, using Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel) and database management systems.

 

Other Requirements:
  • The candidate will successfully pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and insurance.
  • Physical Demands: Lifting/carrying 30 pounds, walking, sitting, standing.

 

Type: Full-Time, Grant Funded Position

Salary & Benefits: Benefits package for this position is competitive with other human service agencies in Colorado.

Instructions & Deadline: To apply: Please send electronically your letter of interest and resume to apply@difrc.org, position open until filled. Please list subject as “Family Engagement Specialist”. Phone calls, walk-ins, standard mail, incomplete submissions, and/or faxed applications will NOT be considered.

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