Director of Foster Care
Due to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funds, this position is eligible for a one-time sign-on bonus in the amount of $750 paid upon completion of 90 days of employment in addition to a monthly stipend of up to $694.50 (based on hours worked in the calendar month) upon completion of each month. These funds are guaranteed through June 30, 2023 with the potential to be extended beyond the current expiration date.
At Child & Family, we hold two core beliefs. That individuals and communities thrive when supported by strong families and that a community works best when it accepts responsibility for all of its members. These beliefs influence everything we do and have guided our growth since we first opened our doors in 1866.
The Program Director will oversee and manage all areas of the Foster Care program, both on-site and off-site. All areas include maximizing the quality of client services as well as promoting the growth and development of the Foster Care staff. He/she will be responsible for establishing the best program model, utilizing financial responsibility and best clinical practices to increase the number of children placed. Establishing the best Foster Care program model includes assuring the safety and well-being of the children entrusted to the program, being the clinical lead to the treatment team, as well as monitoring staff training, development, and scheduling.
Due to the nature of the workflow and level of responsibility, this position will require an individual who is able to maintain a flexible schedule, which may go beyond a forty-hour workweek.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Hours: 37.5 per week
Supervisory Responsibilities: team of 7
Responsibilities and Duties
- Manage the day-to-day operations of the foster care program including staff scheduling, record keeping, maintaining a positive relationship with DCFY, ensuring client intake is compliant and up to date
- Offers clinical interventions and expertise to both families and youth in Foster care. Help all families to have successful Foster placements.
- Consult with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems such as truancy and misbehavior, and to implement solutions.
- Ensure all clients receive goal-oriented assessments and treatment / service plans within established time frames.
- Counsel parents with child rearing problems, interviewing the child and family to determine whether further action is required.
- Responsible for the overall care of the clients; i.e. health and hygiene, education and social and emotional well being.
- Counsel individuals, groups, families, or communities regarding issues including mental health, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, physical abuse, rehabilitation, social adjustment, child care, or medical care.
- Prepare and offer Parent Training Classes helping prepare Foster parents for the service of Foster Care.
- Envision and implement growth and strategic plan for Foster Care.
- Plan, direct, and monitor instructional methods and content of a Healthy Foster Care family and programs.
- Develop and review service plans in consultation with clients, and perform follow-ups assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
Qualifications and Skills
- Masters degree in Social Work or a relevant field required
- Valid Rhode Island License Clinical Social Worker or equivalent preferred
- Minimum of 5+ years of child welfare/family service experience
- Minimum of 3 years supervisory experience .
Benefits and Perks
All full-time and part-time employees are considered benefit eligible and are eligible for all Agency benefits. Temporary employees and employees scheduled to work less than 20 hours per week are considered not benefit eligible and are only eligible for paid time off under the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act and the 401(k) plan.
- 11 paid holidays, 2-4 weeks vacation, 12 sick days, and 1 personal day
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI
- Fully funded Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) through London Health
- Delta Dental of RI
- VSP vision insurance
- Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA): dependent care and health care through London Health
- Agency paid for New York Life/Cigna life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, and long-term disability
- Supplemental AFLAC insurance
- 401(k) plan: traditional and Roth deferrals, company contribution after 1 year
- Coastline EAP
- Tuition Assistance Program
- Employee Referral Bonus Program - $2,000 per hired referral
- Foster Parent Referral Bonus - $500 per successful referral
- Discounted childcare available at Middletown building
- Discounted cell phone discount through Verizon Wireless
- Discounted pet insurance through Nationwide Insurance
- Discounted YMCA membership
- Discounted BJ's membership
- Dry cleaning pick-up/drop off service in Providence only (self-pay)
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligible
- RI DOH license and bilingual salary stipends
- Shift differentials
- Direct deposit and employee self-services through Paycom
Offers of Employment
All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful and favorable completion of:
- Rhode Island Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI)
- National fingerprint check
- Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS)
- Tuberculosis test
- COVID-19 vaccination
- For positions that require driving to/from client meetings and/or driving clients:
- Valid drivers license
- Motor vehicle record
- Vehicle registration
- Proof of insurance
- For positions within our Sandpipers program as required by the Rhode Island Department of Health:
- 1 dose of Flu vaccine every year
- 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine
- 1 dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine
- 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
Equal Employment Opportunity
Child & Family will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation), marital status, parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or any other protected category under local, state or federal law. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring, performance evaluation and management systems, promotions, training, and career development programs. Consistent with these obligations, the Agency also provides reasonable accommodations to employees and applicants with disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs, observances, and practices.
Child & Family strives to achieve a workforce that includes representation of qualified affirmative action group members in proportion to the qualified and available target group workforce in the community that we serve.