Position: Indian Child Welfare Act Coordinator
Date of Announcement: October 26, 2018
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Hours: Full Time
Salary and Grade: Starting at $22.44/hr. (Grade 12)
Benefits: Highly competitive benefits package *See below
GENERAL STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY:
The ICWA Coordinator will provide all aspects of case management for assigned cases, monitoring clients through service plans, community, home and office visits. Assists with children’s needs, for children who are included in the ICWA case load. This includes working with State or County Social Workers to assist in monitoring the child’s medical, physical, educational, emotional/mental health, and substance abuse. To assist the State or County Social Workers in securing the child’s out of home placement with a goal of no disruptions, while maintaining a safe and secure placement.
The ICWA Coordinator will provide Indian Child Welfare Services as outlined in the Federal Regulations to support and promote Indian families who are at-risk of child displacement and advocates as the ICWA representative in the local court systems, working closely with the SIR ICWA committee.
Additionally, this individual will coordinate the Tribe’s member services i.e.; Donation Requests, Member Assistance, LIHEAP and Youth Services.
This position works with and around children and youth and is therefore subject to P.L. 101-630.
1. Maintain a confidential record keeping system and report forms in accordance with program guidelines; strict client confidentiality is to be maintained.
2. Coordinate the implementation of the Tribe’s policy regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act, monitoring ICWA cases and working with Tribal Attorneys to ensure appropriate intervention in ICWA cases.
3. Ensure that reunification and permanent placement services are provided to eligible families.
4. Conduct interviews with clients, family members, service providers, employers, and others to obtain information for formulating placement homes, case plans, and other services needed.
5. Identify and recruit Indian families willing to provide temporary shelter and long- term foster care. Assist local Indian families in obtaining licensure as emergency placement and foster family homes.
6. Attend program related and mandatory meetings and participate in training and professional development activities.
7. Provide ICWA Committee with training on the law and other pertinent information relating to the Indian Child Welfare Act and assist the committee with policy development.
8. Conduct a thorough assessment of the Family Services/ICWA program to identify gaps in program services and develop a measurable service plan to bridge the identified gaps to set the foundation of client-center, goal-oriented service delivery.
9. Develop program policies and procedures that align with Tribal, State, and Federal Regulations. Review policies and procedures on an annual basis for effectiveness and make recommendations if changes are needed.
10. Develop and Maintain a Direct Referral System that will identify and establish community resources to meet the needs of the Native American families that are served to prevent a duplication of services and to promote effective use of resources.
11. Explains program rules, regulations, and procedures; assists clients in completing required forms and in gathering necessary documentation.
12. Coordinates the Tribe’s Member Services (Donation Requests, Member Assistance, LIHEAP, and Youth Programs); tracks Member Services through excel spreadsheets.
13. Other duties as assigned.
1. BS Degree in Social Work, Behavioral Science, Sociology, Psychology, or related field. Eight years of combined education, training and work experience in the social/behavioral sciences and/or criminal justice can be substituted for the degree requirements.
2. Two (2) years of experience working with Indian people in social services and/or counseling.
3. One (1) to two (2) years of Indian Child Welfare Act experience, such as working with the Juvenile Court System and Child Welfare Services for the purpose of family reunification.
4. Knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act, Tribal Child Welfare and related Tribal Codes and compliance with the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act.
5. Must possess at time of hire and maintain during employment, a valid Driver’s License with no more than 5 MVR points and be insurable as determined by the Susanville Indian Rancheria insurance provider.
6. Must submit to and pass a mandatory pre-employment Drug Screen and willingness to submit to random drug testing.
7. Must pass a background investigation in accordance with P.L. 101-630.
1. Specialized skills in individual, family, and group counseling.
2. Grant management.
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
1. Knowledge of child development and family systems and child abuse/neglect investigations would be beneficial.
3. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing including extensive written reports required by the job.
4. Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and be able to prioritize assigned workloads according to the situation at hand.
5. The Family Services/ICWA Coordinator should have personal characteristics which include:
a. A personal commitment to the need for intervention in some families.
b. Self-confidence, assertiveness, perseverance, initiative, and adaptability.
c. The ability to be objective.
d. The ability to see the entire family as a client.
e. The ability to work with professionals in other disciplines and at the same time maintain professional identity.
f. The ability to express the client’s needs to other providers and to guide the client through the service delivery network.
g. Strong personal ethics to both respect and protect the rights of clients.
h. A commitment to Native American children.
The vision, goals and objectives of the Susanville Indian Rancheria requires the employee to perform in both a professional and personable manner. The way the employee relates to fellow employees, customers and visitors is considered parallel in importance to technical knowledge and ability. Respect and consideration given to the dignity of each customer, visitor and fellow employee is requisite of successful job
performance. Any attitude or behavior that will tarnish the name or reputation of the Susanville Indian Rancheria will not be tolerated and is subject to disciplinary action. As an employee of the Tribe, he/she will be subject to the Policies and Procedures of the Susanville Indian Rancheria.
The work requires minor physical exertion such as short periods of standing, walking, some recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities, such as setting up displays, moving tables, etc.
Occasional exposure to objectionable conditions or variations such as those found in variable weather conditions.
SIR BENEFITS PACKAGE:
The Susanville Indian Rancheria offers its Full-Time employees a highly competitive benefits package, including: annual cost-of-living increases (based on SSA COLA); eligibility for annual merit increases; twelve paid holidays; thirteen days paid sick leave; up to twenty-six days paid annual leave (depending on length of service); maternity leave; paternity leave; affordable group health, dental, and life insurance; 401(k) retirement plan.
1st Preference Enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe.
2nd Preference Documented proof of Veteran Status, i.e. DD-214, Veterans Benefit Card.
3rd Preference Non-Native applicant.
HOW TO APPLY AND APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
All applicants are required to submit a Susanville Indian Rancheria/ Lassen Indian Health Center application. Applications can be found on our website at: www.sir-nsn.gov/human- resources/ (SIR – LIHC – Gaming Commission Application for Employment P.L. 101-630 Requirements) or picked up at 745 Joaquin Street, Susanville, CA.
Only completed applications will be considered. For your application to be considered complete you must attach a copy of your High School Diploma or College Degree. If the position requires a valid Driver’s License you must also attach a copy of your Driver’s License. In addition, you must provide an additional statement on how you meet the qualifications.
Complete applications can be dropped off in person at 745 Joaquin Street, Susanville, CA Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. They may also be emailed to nmerkle@sir- nsn.gov or faxed to (530)251-1895.