Family Services Case Worker
Dept./Program: Family Services
Division: Family and Social Services
Reports To: Family Services Supervisor
Employment Status: Full Time
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Schedule: 40 hours/week
Preference: TERO Ordinance 2017-01, P.L. 93-638
Revision Date: 06/14/2018
The Family Services Case Worker is responsible for the advocacy and protection of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's vulnerable children, adults & families. The Family Services Case Worker is responsible for the delivery of a variety of field-based and in-home services, reports of harm investigations, parenting assessments, home safety assessments and planning, case plan development, judicial reporting in case matters and visitation. The Family Services Case Worker communicates with families about matters which they may consider personal and private such as parenting methods, sex abuse, physical abuse, child neglect, domestic violence, and use of alcohol and drugs. The Family Services Case Worker is responsible for representing the Tribal and State Court venues in matters of abuse, neglect and abandonment, as needed. She/he will be expected to respond to referrals in a timely manner and to engage in ongoing supervision. The Family Services Case Worker will serve as liaison between agencies or committees and the Tribe. She/he will serve as a primary member of the Tribe's Un'ina Advocacy Multidisciplinary Team specific to field-work, case staffing's and advocacy efforts.
Participate in case conferences, initial case plans, child case investigations, case management and Tribal Court hearings where Kenaitze Tribal children have been removed or may be removed and represent the Tribe's best interest to prevent unnecessary removal, placement or adoption.
Provide assistance and advocacy to other Alaska Native/American Indian families residing within our jurisdiction by offering the option of the Tribe's Tribal Court in children's proceedings through a resolution from the child's Tribe.
Assess allegations of child abuse or neglect, and be willing to remove a child from a dangerous situation.
Participate in case conferences, initial case plans, vulnerable adult case investigations, case management and Tribal Court hearings where Kenaitze Tribal adults or elders may have been victimized.
Interact with hostile, aggressive, or individuals under the influence of substances.
Maintain professionalism, objectivity, and empathy.
Testify in state and tribal court proceedings, and prepare comprehensive and accurate court documents.
Work under deadlines that require prioritization with pressure created by the nature of the cases.
Supervise of parental visitation with children removed from home as needed.
Provide limited transportation for un'inas when necessary with a Tribal vehicle.
Provide cultural continuity with children and adults (ex. placement and advocacy for Native Children and Adults).
Provide education to families to change behaviors and patterns that led to child or elder abuse or neglect.
Provide assistance in finding community resources for the needs of the children and families and vulnerable adults, including assisting parents and family members in accessing resources related to their case plan.
Keep case records up to date, comprehensive, case records; in accordance with federal, state, and tribal standards.
Learn the culture and history of the Dena'ina people, and demonstrate cross-cultural competence.
Work in partnership with the State Adult Protective Services component.
Attend basic, intermediate and advanced ICWA training as approved by Family and Social Services Director.
Maintains confidentiality in accordance with the Tribe's policy.
Maintain professional behavior within and outside the workplace. Behaving as part of a team, supporting coworkers and accepting supervisory direction.
Prepare monthly and annual reports to the Family Services Supervisor, BIA & other funding sources.
It is the intent of this job description to highlight the essential functions of the position; however, it is not an all-inclusive list. The incumbent may be called upon and required to follow or perform other duties and tasks requested by his/her supervisor, consistent with the purpose of the position, department and/or the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's objectives.
Light work Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.
Stand or Sit (Stationary position)
Walk (Move, Traverse)
Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)
Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)
Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)
See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)
Pushing or Pulling
Category III Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue and as part of their employment, incumbents are not called upon to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid
Equipment and Tools
List Equipment used for job: Computer, copier, fax, scanner, and other office equipment.
Comments: Travel will be required for home visits, meetings and trainings.
2 years' experience in case management.
Direct endemic experience in the Alaska Native community and culture is strongly preferred.
Knowledge of drug and alcohol abuse and treatment options.
Knowledge of mental illness, FASD, and mental and physical disabilities affecting customers.
Understanding of domestic violence and child abuse.
Strong organizational skills.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Familiarity with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
Ability to lift program materials weighing up to 30 pounds.
Kenaitze Indian Tribe