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Kinship Licensing Supervisor - Palm Beach
ChildNet, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit community-based care (CBC) agency servicing Broward and Palm Beach County. We are contracted with the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, to provide case management support to abused, abandoned, and neglected children. ChildNet is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and employs over 450 staff at its location in Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida.
Job Summary: This position directs the day-to-day operations of the Kinship Licensing Team to promote successful, safe and stable placements of children with relative and non-relative placements.
Responsibilities: Supervises the Kinship Licensing Specialists promoting the safe and stable placement with relatives and non-relatives using their knowledge of ChildNet's System of Care, Policies and Procedures and state and federal mandates for the Child Protective System for ChildNet's clients by:
- Providing an advanced knowledge of the laws that govern child welfare, the handling of sensitive or confidential information and resources in the community.
- Monitoring the quality and productivity of the work performed by unit employees, i.e. status of Level 1 home study completion, completion of Relative Caregiver Communication Form, and provision of support to relative and non-relative caregivers.
- Tracking engagement of relatives and non-relatives in the Level 1 licensing process.
- Overseeing child specific information needed for placement of incoming cases, i.e. share and exchange information and documents, assist with planning and implementing early services; facilitate communication and problem solving related to service planning; and follows up with the Service Coordination Department.
- Attending and participating in disruption staffings and 30- day notice staffings as needed. Providing support to the Kinship Support Specialists to facilitate those staffings.
- Monitoring the information systems for input and accuracy. Maintains required records, reports and statistics; verifies that Kinship Support Specialists document the required information in the automated software systems and maintain the documentation in the files in accordance with state records management requirements.
- Reviewing assessments, recommendations and placement decision with Kinship Support Specialists and Case Management staff; provides consultation and direction to verify appropriateness, clarity, quality and thoroughness in meeting the needs of the children and their families. Identifies, secures and monitors referrals to community resources to meet the client's needs.
- Overseeing and preparing reports for management.
- Acting as a liaison with Department of Children and Families (DCF), community-based providers, Children's Legal Services, Attorney Ad-Litem, Guardian Ad-Litem Program, Child Protection Team (CPT), Dependency Court System and the Delinquency Court System; to identify and evaluate overall performance, effect change to improve services, establishes and maintains a positive working relationship and provide information as needed.
- Providing recommendation to Human Resources and Director for the hire, termination, transfer and promotion of unit employees.
- Completing performance appraisals for Kinship Licensing Specialist positions.
- Recognizing, respecting and responding to the unique, culturally-defined needs of others served.
The items listed above are intended to provide an overview of the essential functions of the job. This is not an exhaustive list of all functions and responsibilities that the position may be required to provide.
Skill / Requirements
* Must have Bachelor’s degree or higher in social services or a related field.
* Must have a current and active Florida Department of Children and Families Child Welfare Case Manager (CWCM) Certification.
* Must have Two (2) years of experience in human services or child welfare programs. (Preferably as case manager or licensing specialist).
* Strong computer skills to include Microsoft Office 365 Suite and strong data entry skills.
* Must be available to work a flexible schedule to include nights and weekends in order to meet with children and families.
* Able and willing to work with a diverse client population.
Providing Motivational Support: The ability to enhance others' commitment to their work.
Fostering Teamwork: As a team member, the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others on a team; as a team leader, the ability to demonstrate interest, skill, and success in getting groups to learn to work together.
Empowering Others: The ability to convey confidence in employees' ability to be successful, especially at challenging new tasks; delegating significant responsibility and authority; allowing employees freedom to decide how they will accomplish their goals and resolve issues.
Thoroughness: Ensuring that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; carefully preparing for meetings and presentations; following up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.
ChildNet is committed to equal employment opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, disability, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, veterans status or military service obligation, medical condition, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression and any other status protected by applicable law. Including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and CFOP 60-10, Chapter 4. ChildNet is also a Drug-Free Workplace (DFWP).