Title: Lead Foster Care Worker
Location: Augusta, GA
This position is responsible for key foster care program activities in the Augusta office, including: the placement of children in foster homes; maintenance of children while in the foster home; dismissal and follow-up of children upon leaving the foster homes; recruitment, supervision and training of foster parents; provision of casework services to birth families and/or children in foster homes.
This is a full-time opportunity based out of our Augusta office. This job requires some evening and weekend duties, and after-hours on-call responsibilities.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Effectively represent The Children’s Home as the primary contact for the Augusta office and provide leadership to both external and internal constituents.
- Manage a caseload of children and families and coordinate needed services which may include attending appointments with families and children.
- Lead the effort to recruit, train, develop and support foster families.
- Actively participate in court hearings, panel reviews, and family team meetings associated with the children assigned.
- Meet deadlines on compliance standards for foster youth as well as foster parents’ records including RCC, DHS, and COA regulations.
- Meet monthly deadlines for preparing financial vouchers for the foster parents as well as RBWO per diems for DHS.
- Be involved in the quarterly quality assurance peer monitoring of children’s and foster parents’ records.
- Make the minimum monthly visits to the foster homes and to the available birth parents, and visit the children at least one additional time during the month.
- Participate in outcome planning for foster care, and the keeping of data to support outcomes.
- Enter required data in the state’s GA Score systems, meeting the monthly deadlines.
- Enter and annually gather data used for the organization’s annual report.
- Understand and practice the use of appropriate confidentiality.
- Follow organization personnel and program policy.
- Be involved in the activities of the organization’s quality assurance program.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Program Director for Foster Care.
- Have a minimum of a bachelor degree from an accredited college/university in a human service or behavioral science field; Master’s is preferred.
- Have a minimum of two years of experience of working with children and families.
- Own, drive, and maintain an automobile in good working condition, receiving a reimbursement for organization business mileage.
- Understand that this job will require some evening and weekend hours of employment, and some after-hour on call responsibilities.
- Be computer literate, including word processing and excel spread sheets
- Be organized and detailed oriented.
- Possess good communication and writing skills.
- Agree to support the organization’s mission, vision and values, and its quality assurance plan.
Preferred Skills and Experience
- IMPACT certified
- Child welfare experience
Ideal Candidate Attributes
- Experience in displaying solid leadership skills
- Ability to manage crises effectively
- Self-directed, detail oriented, problem solver who is effective at creating structure in a challenging environment
- Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, often under time pressures
- Excellent organizational and communication skills; demonstrated team player
- Balanced approach to work
- Microsoft Office – strong proficiency and experience in working with Outlook, Word, and Excel
- Experience or capabilities to work with a foster care/database solution
Contacts (or constituents)
- Internal Contacts: Executive leadership, administration & program staff
- External: Department of Family and Children’s Services, Juvenile Court Staff, Office of Provider Management, Residential Childcare, Therapeutic service providers, Medical staff, School staff, Augusta United Methodist Church staff
Compensation and Benefits
United Methodist Children’s Home offers a competitive salary and benefits package including:
- Major medical insurance, plus dental and vision
- Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- Paid company holidays
- Paid Time Off – vacation and sick days accrual program
- Disability Programs
- Retirement plan with matching contributions
The United Methodist Children’s Home supports a diverse workforce.