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Lead Child Welfare Specialist

Company: ICF
Location: Olympia
Posted on: March 15, 2019

Job Description:

Working at ICFWorking at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you---re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF---together for tomorrow.Lead Child Welfare SpecialistRegion 10Seattle, WashingtonJob DescriptionICF has partnered with the Children---s Bureau since 2003 to offer program support for federal child welfare monitoring initiatives. We seek a Lead Child Welfare Specialist to work with federal staff at the Children---s Bureau within the US Department of Health and Human Services. The position is based in the Region 10 Administration for Children and Families (ACF) office in Seattle, Washington. You will serve as a supportive resource to Regional Office federal staff and be responsible for the timely completion of a number of child welfare related projects.Key Responsibilities:

  • Providing support for Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSRs) and related work, including planning for reviews, charting CFSR activities for each State within the Region, assisting in the development of review and monitoring tools, providing analysis support regarding findings, and assisting in documentation of review findings.--
  • Participating in CFSR reviews, including observing case review activities and stakeholder interviews, preparing States for their reviews, and organizing materials and guidelines for the process.
  • Supporting States with development, implementation and monitoring - program improvement plans (PIPs) and conducting literature reviews on evidenced based/evidenced informed best practices in child welfare.
  • Ability to reference current and pending Federal and State child welfare legislation using legislative web pages and materials, - synthesizing and analyzing data, and producing reports to help federal staff provide evidence based/informed support to their assigned States.
  • Reviewing and commenting on draft reports and producing various draft products and resources, including internal tools, publications, reports, briefings, Q&A---s and presentations.
  • Position is located onsite at the Region--10 Administration for Children and Families (ACF) offices in Seattle Washington.
  • The expected travel is about 10% of time, intermittently.Basic Qualifications:
    • Bachelor---s Degree in a related subject or Social Work (MSW) preferred- however other education and experience will be considered in lieu of Master---s Degree or MSW
    • US citizenship is required
    • 8+ years--- experience in child welfare, including direct services and related T/TA
    • 5 years--- experience using, managing, analyzing, interpreting and reporting public agency administrative child welfare data to drive continuous quality improvements in agency outcomes and services.
    • Experience within a position of influence in public child welfare agency practice and/or experience in child welfare policy management in program or quality assurance.
    • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel required
    • Direct child welfare experience required with experience within a government setting (Federal or State) preferred.
    • Possess in-depth knowledge and understanding of the CFSR process, PIP development, PIP Implementation and PIP monitoring processes
    • Direct experience in the CFSR process, PIP development and/or implementation, or similar Continuous Quality Improvement or Quality Assurance processes preferred.
    • You must possess exemplary interpersonal, collaboration, and written communication skills; understand and exhibit the ability to synthesize both qualitative and quantitative data; link indicators and outcomes, and analyze findings for the purpose of improving outcomes and identifying causality, tends, and contextual explanations.
    • Demonstrated outstanding level of professionalism in providing administrative support, including ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy
    • Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information
    • Ability to apply detailed knowledge of organizational procedures to make independent decisions and serve as a credible resource for a senior management team
    • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors
    • Excellent problem solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems and recommend solutions
    • You must demonstrate an ability to work in a fast-paced team environment; show commitment to accuracy and detail; and be able to plan and manage multiple, demanding tasks under critical timeframes in a highly confidential environment.
    • You must be comfortable working in a self-directed manner as well as being part of both Federal and contractor project teams.Preferred Skills:
      • Master---s Degree in a related subject or Social Work (MSW) preferred- however other education and experience will be considered in lieu of Master---s Degree or MSW
      • 5 years--- experience using, managing, analyzing, interpreting and reporting public agency administrative child welfare data to drive continuous quality improvements in agency outcomes and services.
      • Experience within a position of influence in public child welfare agency practice and/or experience in child welfare policy management in program or quality assurance.
      • Direct child welfare experience required with experience within a government setting (Federal or State).
      • Experience working with federal child welfare representatives
      • Direct field direct care service delivery experience Direct participation in a Child and Family Service Review
      • Understanding of concepts of risk adjustment related to disparity in child welfare
      • Strong oral and written communication skillsProfessional Skills:
        • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision making capabilities
        • Superior interpersonal skills including courtesy, professionalism, and a cooperative attitude
        • Ability to manage multiple tasks under critical time frames
        • Ability to communicate effectively with technical, non-technical, state and regional staff
        • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills, including experience with developing and delivering presentations
        • Solid team builder and team player
        • Proven ability to manage competing priorities, perspectives and stakeholder needs
        • Collaborative, team-oriented, consensus builder comfortable working as a contractor in a federal environment
        • Strategic thinker and planner with strong organizational skills and attention to detail
        • Ability to multi-task and maintain high-quality results in a fast-paced environment
        • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)
        • Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities and to work limited overtime as necessaryICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce.--ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE --- Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law and Pay Transparency Statement.About ICFICF (NASDAQ:ICFI) is a global consulting services company with over 5,000 specialized experts, but we are not your typical consultants. At ICF, business analysts and policy specialists work together with digital strategists, data scientists and creatives. We combine unmatched industry expertise with cutting-edge engagement capabilities to help organizations solve their most complex challenges. Since 1969, public and private sector clients have worked with ICF to navigate change and shape the future. Learn more at icf.com.Washington Client Office (WA88)

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