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DIFRC Seeks Family Engagement Specialist – Closed

 

Job Title: Family Engagement Specialist

Employer: Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC)

Location: 1633 Fillmore St., Suite GL2, Denver, Colorado  80206

Phone: (720) 500-1020

Website: www.difrc.org

Executive Director: Lucille Echohawk

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

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, assistance with service navigation, advocacy on behalf of children’s permanency, Indian Child Welfare Act (IWCA) advocacy, 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 DIFRC’s Clinical 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, and evaluations with each family in a timely manner.
  • Administers assessments in accordance with DIFRC’s Service Delivery Model.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Promotes positive outcomes through supportive relationships, and client- driven, strength-based interventions.
  • Provides advocacy and cultural perspectives in the form of ICWA “active efforts” on behalf of families in cooperation with collaborators, including judicial systems.
  • Maintains case records, including required evaluation and data collection components, as well as prepares necessary reports; must have strong written/oral communication skills.
  • Abides by the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics, which includes maintaining appropriate professional boundaries with families, and confidentiality.
  • Participates in Family Services Team meetings, staff meetings, weekly individual supervision, and additional agency meetings as necessary.
  • Completes other duties, special projects including preparing funding proposals, committee work, and training as directed by the Clinical Supervisor and Executive Director.
  • 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 vulnerable children, youth, or their families.

Required Qualifications: 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.

Required Qualifications: 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

  • Must possess extensive knowledge of American Indian/Alaska Native cultures, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and have experience working with Native communities.
  • Proven organizational skills.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Flexibility, and willingness to work as part of a small, close-knit team. Nonprofit experience a plus.
  • Strong computer skills in using Google products, as well as the Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

Other Requirements:

  • The candidate will successfully pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and insurance.

Type: Full-Time

Salary & Benefits: Salary and benefits package for this position is competitive with other human service agencies in Colorado, and includes employee health insurance, dental, vision, short-term disability, vacation days, sick leave, and personal days.

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

 

Family Engagement Specialist 2018

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