The DHHS Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an individual with a passion for "helping people live better lives" to join their team as a DHHS Foster Care Resource Developer! This positon is essential to the state of NE as it will be responsible for issuing, monitoring, renewing, and revoking foster home licenses for child placing agencies and CFS licensed homes, among other job duties!
Location of position: 300 N St. Joseph Ave, Hastings, NE, some remote work options may be available
Work schedule: M-F 8-5, with flexibility to work after 5 to support the business needs
Examples of Work
Under limited supervision, consults and coordinates with Child and Family Services Specialist staff in location of out-of-home placements, placement follow-up, documenting placement efforts and identification/resolution of barriers to placement. Consults with providers to identify methods and practices that will better meet customers' needs.
Establishes emergency foster/shelter placements. Conducts licensing and home studies for foster parents. Conducts meetings with foster parents regarding placements and utilization of home for state ward placements.
Resolves licensing issues of agency-based foster care homes and enters licensed home information into NFOCUS. Participates in utilization team meetings to determine if youth meets placement criteria. Researches, gathers and maintains information on community placement resources.
Answers inquiries and provides information concerning out-of-home placement programs. Maintains statistics regarding placements made, referrals sent, denials received and waiting list information and provides utilization data. This position is dedicated to foster parent licensing and support for the 24 county area of the Central Service Area.
This position plays the critical role of supporting state ward children placed in licensed and relative foster homes. This foster parent support enables DCFS to refrain from referring children to Child Placing Agencies for support when they are placed in relative foster care homes. This position will be advertised to work between the hours of 8 to 5 with flexibility to work after 5 to support the business need.
Confers with and advises assigned staff to exchange information on and/or explain contract provisions, quality assurance methodology, work policies, procedures, and standards, and to identify the characteristics and impact of work problems and formulate possible solutions. Recruits providers and assesses qualifications to establish provider agreements for various social services customers served. Consults and coordinates with Economic Assistance staff on the availability of services needed by customers serviced such as transportation, respite care, chore services etc.
Collaborates with providers to develop methods to continually meet customer's needs. Conducts or assigns home study and/or quality assurance reviews of service providers and staff to ensure contractors are meeting defined outcomes. Reports on contractor performance issues and provides input into action taken.
Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIREMENTS: Post high school coursework/training in social work, sociology, counseling, guidance, psychology, child development or related field and experience in resource development, eligibility determination or contract monitoring within a public service organization. OR Bachelor's degree in any of the fields listed above.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: the principles and practices of social work; federal and State laws, regulations and guidelines concerning services delivery; the principles of individual and group behavior; training methods procedures and evaluation; work performance or other standards development; community and service organizations.
Skill in: interviewing to collect and elicit essential information; communicating to receive and relay information; listening to and understanding information received.
Ability to: utilize critical thinking skills and interpret pertinent federal and State laws; interpret and apply agency policies, procedures and guidelines; protect confidential information; interact with community leaders in a collaborative manner; apply problem solving techniques to a variety of different circumstances; collect and maintain data and analyze for trends; prepare reports.
State Of Nebraska