Director of Homefinding and Intake
The Director of Home finding and Intake will be responsible for the administrative oversight of all home finding, recruitment and intake efforts in CMCS' family foster care and treatment family foster care programs. This Director holds a key leadership position in the Children's Division that directly supports the Agency's Mission and Vision; to that end, this Director will anticipate and respond to community and funder needs as well as contribute to the agency's commitment to growth, change, innovation and excellence.
This Director provides direct supervision to Home finding Specialists and the Intake Supervisor and participates in the planning, development, and implementation of internal and external policies and procedures with regards to intake, home finding, recruitment and retention. The Director will work in tandem with Children's Division leadership to ensure that a focus remains on increasing program census to meet the needs of the children that need to be served in NYC and Westchester County, to streamline communication between the Home finding and Intake Departments to ensure the utmost safety for children and families, and to act as the main liaison between certified foster parents and the agency and be proactive in continuously assessing and monitoring our internal foster parent network for quality service provision that abides by the agency and funder's standards and ultimately best practices.
Overall daily supervision/management of the Intake and Home finding units, which includes but not limited to the following:
- Recruitment of prospective foster homes for Family Foster Care and Therapeutic Family Foster Care programs in NYC and Westchester County.
- Oversight of the programs' intake process and ensuring program is able to accept and meet the needs of children referred
- Ensure the oversight and tracking of Foster Home availability and utilization of all foster homes
- Supervise/monitor the numerous aspects of the home study process conducted by unit workers
- Supervise the annual re-certification of all foster homes within both programs.
- Update all foster home case records to incorporate any changes which may occur, i.e.: the addition/subtraction of family members, relocation, changes in household member's mental/physical health status.
- Participation in Incident Review meetings for both programs and follows through on all recommendations noted and conduct any safety reviews as needed.
- Foster a team approach by providing information and support to all program supervisors/workers as needed.
- Attend and participate in all CMCS administrative meetings, and provide necessary direction as needed
- Attend all ACS and DSS home finding meetings and maintain a professional working relationship with ACS and DSS staff.
- Acquire and become knowledgeable of all city/state mandate changes as they occur, and be able to translate and put into practice all information obtained, to enhance the overall functioning of both foster care programs.
- Supervision and training of unit caseworkers
- Be an ambassador for Cardinal McCloskey Community Services at all times, as a means of promoting our agency in a professional manner as one networks to increase our overall exposure within the communities which we service.
- Works closely with Senior Leadership for the procurement of any relevant RFP's and any other relevant projects related to home finding, recruitment, and intake
- Acts as a member of the foster care programs' incident review committee and provides relevant and salient guidance around critical incidents
- Implements and tracks data related to home finding, recruitment, and intake and collaborates with the Quality Assurance Department to this end.
Essential skills, experience, licensure, certification:
Master's Degree in Human Services with significant experience in the field of social welfare and child welfare, supervisory experience, and awareness of new trends in the field of children's and family's services; Licensure preferred
Bilingual (Read, Write, and Speak) in the Spanish language strongly preferred
4 years + experience in recruitment/home finding of foster parents with demonstrated track record of promoting innovative strategies.
Company Description CMCS is committed to the practice of trauma-informed care in accordance with the tenets of Sanctuary through utilizing the SELF framework for Sanctuary practice and promulgating Sanctuary training and trauma-informed clinical treatment.