of the Child Advocate (OCA) is a State agency, housed within the judicial
branch, charged with safeguarding the welfare of Delaware’s children. It has 25 full-time employees, six
casual/seasonal employees and twelve contractors. OCA operates out of all three
counties, representing approximately 550 children in or who have aged out of
DSCYF custody through its attorneys and Court Appointed Special Advocate
program. It also monitors over 900
serious child abuse cases through its Office of the Investigation Coordinator
(IC), and provides intensive reviews of children who have died or almost died
from abuse or neglect through its Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Panel. It
manages post-secondary scholarships for youth who have experienced foster care. It provides staffing to the Child Protection
Accountability Commission (CPAC) and its numerous committees and
workgroups. Finally, it manages,
generates and analyzes data for the entire child welfare system.
In the FY19 Budget, OCA and CPAC were tasked with the responsibility of administering the Ivyane Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund established to provide scholarships for post-secondary education to Delaware youth who experienced foster care. OCA, ON CPAC's behalf, also administers the federal Chafee Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Program which is a federal funding resource for scholarships.
Please Note: The location for this job is located in the City of Wilmington. Address: 900 N. King Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
OCA in accomplishing its duties, the Youth in Transition Coordinator performs
the followings tasks:
the scholarship application process for the Ivyane Davis Memorial Scholarship
Fund and Chafee ETV Program;
reports related to the scholarship activities and regularly reviewing the
scholarship application process, policy and procedure to determine if updates
directly with students to complete the scholarship application together with
all needed documentation;
students with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and all
other aspects of the college or trade school application process;
with Independent Living Providers, who support youth, ages 14 and older, in
out-of-home placement, to promote the scholarship opportunities and college and
trade school readiness, and to coordinate the application from students and to
determine the appropriate awards;
and issuing award letters to students;
regular contact and oversight with students during the academic year and monitoring
student progress throughout the school year;
the CPAC Youth in Transition Committee, which administers the scholarship
program, and the interview and award panel, which reviews the applications,
conducts student interviews, and selects the award recipients at least annually
based on the established eligibility criteria;
Delaware’s Youth Advisory Council, HOPE, by attending meetings, sharing input
and providing guidance to youth;
with the educational institutions attended by the students regarding payment
and academic progress;
a comprehensive database of the allocations and outcomes;
with the Administrative Office of the Courts to ensure the timely release of
award to a variety of institutions and providers;
changes to the State regulations regarding these scholarship funds; and,
- Understanding how federal grants operate in
order to comply with the federal Chafee requirements.
- Possession of a Bachelor's degree
- knowledge of instructing, tutoring, or mentoring individuals or groups.
- knowledge of interviewing to obtain facts, exploring issues, and identifying courses of action.
- Experience in establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with individuals and community agencies.
- Experience working directly with youth or vulnerable populations.
- Experience in document processing which includes reviewing and evaluating records for completeness and conformity with laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures; resolving deficiencies; interpreting information; and tracking and monitoring activities.
- Experience in using standard computer software programs for word processing, spreadsheets, or databases.
- Ability to communicate courteously and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Possession of a valid Delaware Class D driver's license or its equivalent.
Special Job Requirement: Ability to successfully complete a security clearance as issued by the State of Delaware Bureau of Identification and a Child Protections Registry check.
Conditions of Hire
- A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of employment
- A satisfactory Child Protection Registry check is required as a condition of employment
- Direct deposit of paychecks is required as a condition of employment.
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.
The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.