Program Manager -Foster Care Services

Lutheran Social Services Of Wisconsin And Upper Michigan Inc Madison , WI 53706

Posted 3 months ago

The Program Manager has overall responsibility for one or more programs within the designated Business Unit(s). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, primary oversight of client services, program(s) financial viability, addressing human capital matters and technology needs. Ensures the programs are compliant with licensing and/or contracts while meeting the agency and stakeholder needs and expectations. Provides direct, ongoing support to supervisory staff and program staff as needed Manages outcomes, goals and quality assurance for the programs under their supervision.

This is a full time position with a location that can be flexible statewide.


This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary.

  • Supports and models the Vision, Mission and Values of LSS.

  • Maintains positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Analyzes policies and procedures to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.

  • May assist in writing grants to develop new funding sources.

  • Prepares and oversees the compilation of an annual budget and authorizes the expenditures of funds to ensure fiscally healthy program operations.

  • Understands and communicates program(s) requirements per licensing and/or contracts to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Works as part of a collaborative team to support the Continuum of Care across all Business Units.

  • Performs duties as outlined on the attached Business Unit specific addendum (if applicable).

  • May perform clinical supervision as needed for the business unit.

  • Performs other duties as required.

Foster Care Services Specific:

Maintain best practices in Foster Care Services related to assessment, treatment planning and case supervision. Leads Foster Care Services throughout the State of Wisconsin ensuring:

  • Compliance to licensing standards and requirements

  • Staffing to support foster care parents

  • Staffing to support intake and care for youth

  • An efficient system to maintain and license Level 5 Homes

Collaborate on rate regulation and planning of programmatic changes to advance services within fiscal limitations.

Lead and support a trauma informed care culture in services provided to foster parents and youth.


  • Recruits, interviews, hires, trains, and assigns staff members or assists Program Supervisor with the process.

  • Supports day to day functioning of Program Supervisors and/or Program Coordinators to ensure timely implementation and quality of the agency goals and strategies.

  • Provides guidance and assistance to Program Supervisors and/or Program Coordinators in supporting their staff to ensure agency goals and strategies are meet.

  • Ensures communication and implementation of agency-wide policies and procedures.

  • Ensures effective use of human capital to meet best practice standards as well as ensure individual and staff safety.

  • Respectfully addresses and resolves human capital issues including promotions, coaching, and other performance matters.

  • Acts as a role model for employees to exemplify how to be an LSS Employee of Choice.

  • Understands and communicates LSS mission, vision, values and best practices to all staff.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Upon offer, candidates must successfully complete the necessary background, caregiver, medical and any other checks required, according to program requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • A minimum of 2 years of supervised experience in family or child welfare.
  • A master's degree in social work, or its equivalent preferred or a master's degree in a field other than social work such as marriage and family therapy, clinical psychology, professional counseling, or guidance and counseling, with an emphasis on family and child issues.
  • A minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience is required


  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance

  • Flex Spending for Dependent & Health Care

  • Mileage reimbursement

  • Paid Time Off

  • 10 Paid Holidays

  • Ability to Contribute to 403B

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Service Awards and Recognition


Must have a valid driver's license and have reliable transportation to perform the essential duties of the role; a motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record per the LSS Driver Safety Procedure is required, and ability to meet LSS auto insurance requirements.

TRAVEL: Position may travel up to 50% of the time over the two state area. Most travel is day but may include some overnights.

LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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Program Manager -Foster Care Services

Lutheran Social Services Of Wisconsin And Upper Michigan Inc