Supervisor of Foster Grandparents

Recruitment #101321-MDLB01-351200


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Summary Statement

The incumbent in this position supervises the coordination of service of Foster Grandparent Program volunteers who are at least 55 years of age. The Supervisor serves as the liaison between volunteer and community partners at each program site to promote understanding and performance of the role of the volunteer in the classroom. Bi-lingual Spanish and English is required to supervise and support both bi-lingual and Spanish speaking only volunteers. The Primary location for this position is the Charles Debnam Building located at the Herman Holloway Campus. The incumbent may require working at the 122 Silver Lake Road, Middletown, DE 19709 which is the Appoquinimink State Service Center

Selective Requirement

Selective Requirements must be met in addition to the job requirements.  Applicants who do not possess the selective requirement will not be qualified.

  1. Read, write and speak Spanish and English fluently. 

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Recruits, screens, interviews and selects Foster Grandparents; schedules pre-employment and annual physical exams; assigns volunteers to appropriate stations.
  • Provides and schedules orientation and in-service training for enrollees.
  • Assures each volunteer serves only in the established and approved role in order to prevent assignment to tasks which are inappropriate to the goals and objectives of the program.
  • Conducts onsite evaluation of foster grandparents to ensure program policies, procedures, goals and objectives are being met.
  • Provides information and counsel to volunteers to respond to their needs and concerns; makes referrals to available community services and follows-up to ensure that their problems have received required attention.
  • Maintains records of attendance, transportation, meals, physical examinations, personnel records and other records as required; prepares reports for written and oral presentation.
  • Reorganizes county or area program for the summer months.  Finds other suitable settings for volunteers and provides social services and administrative actions which minimize the problems of seasonal transition.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Supervisor of Foster Grandparents
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
  1. Six months experience in volunteer recruitment.
  2. Six months experience in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating programs.
  3. Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
  4. Six months experience in narrative report writing.
  5. Knowledge of budget management and control which includes managing a budget for the purpose of keeping expenditures within the limitations of available appropriations and available revenue and maintaining, monitoring, projecting and controlling a budget within set policies and procedures.
  6. Knowledge of supervising volunteer groups.

Additional Posting Information

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to qualified ADA or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices. New Hires must complete the certification or request during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice. More information can be found here.

Due to a new Interim Federal Rule (IFR) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) the following mandate is effective Nov. 19, 2021, as a condition of employment, employees providing health care services and/or support services in covered facilities must show proof that they have received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or the one-dose COVID-19 vaccine of a one-dose vaccine by December 6, 2021; or as of December 6, an employee may not provide any care, treatment, or other services until proof is provided. The IFR further requires that these employees (covered by the IFR) are required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof by January 4, 2022; or as of January 4, 2022, employees may not provide any care, treatment, or other services until proof is provided.   The only exception to these requirements is for those employees granted medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which may require weekly COVID-19 testing. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here.

Conditions of Hire

Pre-employment Drug Testing:  Upon a conditional offer, you must undergo pre-employment drug testing as part of the hiring process.

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our Job Seeker Resources.

DHSS does not provide employment-based sponsorship.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at Delaware State Jobs.


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. 

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