Foster Care Supervisor (HHS)

Position Title: Foster Care Supervisor

Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies

SUMMARY:
The Foster Care Supervisor oversees the recruitment, training, and recommendations for licensure of foster care parents. The Foster Care Supervisor is responsible for the coordination of placement of all out of home children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice system. The Foster Care Supervisor oversees foster care youth in independent living and ensures appropriate transition from the foster care system. The Foster Care Supervisor provides work direction and guidance to staff and ensures appropriate quality assurance/quality control of all providers.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelors Degree in Social Work or related field in social services from an accredited university is required.
• Master Degree in Social Work or related field is preferred.
• Three (3) years of experience as a licensing social worker in a public or private social service agency is required.
• Three (3) years of prior supervisory experience is required.
• Extensive knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act is required.
• Extensive knowledge and experience working with Native American communities, culture, customs and cultural law is required.
• Prior experience in development and management of a budget is required.
• Ability to work independently with little or no supervision is required.
• Excellent communication, organization, and management skills are required.
• Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable under the Band’s auto insurance policy.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test and criminal background check.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Develop and implement a strategic plan addressing the recruitment of American Indian Foster Homes.
• Oversee the licensing of providers that are in accordance with applicable Federal and Tribal Laws.
• Manage on-going quality assurance and quality control of providers to ensure licensing standards are met. When needed implement an appropriate corrective action plan.
• Oversee foster care picnic and provider appreciation events for the program.
• Oversee financial obligations of the foster care program such as but not limited to provider payments, respite payments, clothing allowances, holiday/birthday allowances, mileage, and other expenditures deemed appropriate to effectively manage the program.
• Ensure appropriate DOC points and timely payments to providers.
• Oversee billing of services to placing agencies no later than the 7th of every month.
• Provide technical and supportive services to foster care providers as needed.
• Ensure monthly home visits to providers with placements.
• Participate in the Child & Family Team meetings as requested.
• Provide orientation and training to foster care staff in order for them to effectively manage their job responsibilities.
• Provide weekly individual directive supervision with each foster care staff for a minimum of one hour. Provide ongoing feedback and support regarding staff strengths, areas of need and potential strategies for improvement through the consistent use of facilitator reviews and supervision.
• Facilitate weekly staff meetings to share information regarding Mille Lacs Band Family Services monthly reports, updates and areas in need of attention.
• Attend and participate in biweekly Supervisor meetings with the Mille Lacs Band Family Services Management Team.
• Attend all trainings and in-services and assure that staff does the same.
• Provide coverage for staff, as needed, and assure that families are aware of the coverage plan during absences and vacations.
• Provide staff with ongoing assistance for day-to-day issues, as well as crisis situations.
• Develop and manage an on-going Title IV-E Training Plan that will provide monthly training opportunities for providers and staff.
• Develop and implement a strategic plan addressing prevention and awareness of American Indian children in out of home placement.
• Work with public agencies to improve the permanency planning for Indian children in foster care.
• Manage and maintain the Foster Care Registry.
• Develop and implement appropriate policy and procedures for the foster care program.
• Oversee the coordination of placement of all out of home children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice system.
• Actively seek out grants and other funding sources to promote the mission and goals of the foster care program.
• Ensure compliance with all grant(s) under the foster care program and comply with all reporting requirements of such grants.
• Keep Management informed of emergency or critical incidents.
• Ensure correct up to date documentation of files related to foster homes, foster parents, and proper care of foster children.
• Assume supervisory responsibilities for other areas in the Department as needed.
• Other duties as assigned.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
• Nature of work is such that incumbent experiences infrequent periods of moderate to high stress levels while dealing with juveniles, family members, and others.
• Work is almost exclusively in doors in a controlled climate area.
• Moderate threat of personal danger or risk.
• Hours are typically 8-5, but possibly with some extra hours. May involve some evening or weekend working and occasionally an 24x7 "on call' system covering emergency situations.
• Will involve working with many different people who are often distressed in some way.
Local travel is required; travel outside the state is very limited.

Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to:
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Employment Coordinator
43408 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Fax # (320) 532-7492
e-mail to hr@millelacsband.com