|Date Opened||11/2/2019 12:00:00 AM|
|Salary||$101,066 - $137,814/year|
|Job Type||Open to the Public|
|Close Date||11/30/2019 11:59:00 PM|
The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking to fill a Director of Foster Care Services position. The position will work collaboratively with the Bureau of Child Welfare to ensure the child’s first placement is their only placement. DCF is partnering with communities and empowering families to raise resilient children who thrive.
We are comprised of fourteen (14) area offices, 2 facilities, the Wilderness School, and Central Office. All 14 Offices have a Foster and Adoption Services Unit (FASU) that shall report up to the Director of Foster Care Services. FASU units are responsible for implementing statewide initiatives and procedures related to foster care and adoption at the local level.
If a child cannot remain at home, placing children with relatives or people that they know is our first priority. The Department of Children and Families has taken great strides over the last several years to improve how we serve vulnerable children and families in Connecticut. But, we have not done so alone. No one has been more instrumental in that progress than our foster and relative caregivers. Beyond question, foster and relative caregivers have complex roles caring for children that have often experienced significant trauma. DCF is committed to not adding to that trauma by limiting the number of placements a child experiences in our foster care system.
This position will serve as the Statewide Administrator of Foster Care Services, responsible for :
This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday position. The position is located in our Central Office, 505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT with expectations of statewide travel.
Please include a resume in the "Resume Tab".
For questions regarding this posting please contact Jerica Ortiz-Lipowski, Jerica.Ortiz-Lipowski@ct.gov, 860-560-5041.
In the Department of Children and Families, Foster Care Services Division, this class is accountable for directing the planning and development of activities designed to meet service needs of its client population.
Directs staff and operations of division; coordinates, plans and manages division activities; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of division budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of division who might impact on program activities; oversees department strategic planning process related to foster care recruitment and retention; establishes statewide practice and performance standards related to foster care recruitment, retention and licensing; develops and implements public relations activity promoting foster care; initiates and provides program oversight of all contracted services pertaining to foster care services; evaluates contracted foster care services including the provision of foster family care and foster parent support or recruitment services; prepares legislative testimony regarding foster care; assists in preparation of regulations pertaining to foster care; performs related duties as required.
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of state and regional planning in foster care services programs; considerable knowledge of methods of program monitoring and evaluation; considerable knowledge of governmental legislative processes including governmental budgeting, merit system requirements and collective bargaining; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.
Ten (10) years of professional experience in a public or non-profit human services organization with statewide operations or multi-faceted programs.
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity with responsibility for at least two (2) of the following functions: child welfare administration, child protective services, regional foster care services or planning and program evaluation.
NOTE: For current state employees, the Special Experience requirement is two (2) years at the level of a Children and Families Program Director or above.
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.