The Child and Family Services Director is an experienced professional who provides leadership and direction for the coordinated management system of the Child and Family Services Department. Under the direction of Tribal Council, the Child and Family Services Director is responsible for planning and organizing the tribal social service programs for the Pechanga Band. The Director is the leader of the vision for safe families, and those in need of services from the Child and Family Services Department. The Director will be responsible for all child welfare case management directly or indirectly through supervision of subordinate staff and coordination with service providers. The Director will ensure compliance with court orders, and program policies and applicable laws, as well as ethical standards and best practices of the child welfare discipline. Furthermore, the Director responsibilities extend to the operations of the PCFS’ Office and the overall financial management of PCFS.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assumes primary responsibility for the Child and Family Services Department.
Develops, implements, and continuously monitors effectiveness of guidelines and procedures for department operations.
Establishes and formulates goals and objectives for the department and for each function within the department.
Develops and implements long and short-term plans for PCFS, as determined by tribal member needs for family services, including planning for available services, staffing needs and budgets.
Provides direction to subordinate management and staff in matters related to department operations, ensuring the case management are met within the context of family-centered practice, to achieve safety, well-being, and permanency for the children in the child welfare system.
Ensure that all case management staff has access to timely, routine, and effective clinical supervision regarding case planning, investigations, child welfare decisions, adoption, foster care supervision and activities, and ICWA case management.
Develops and maintains an operational system that provides availability for emergency response for child safety referrals, and children in care needs 24/7 every day, including possible contracts or agreements with county providers or other authorized agencies.
Ensure that all reports of child abuse or neglect are responded to and addressed timely and are appropriately consistent with the tribal, federal and state laws as appropriate.
Ensures all case management or child protective staff works closely with the assigned legal staff to develop court cases and care of children in the custody of the Band or any ICWA proceeding in which the Band is a party.
Establishes an ICWA policy, protocol, and practice guidelines for responding to all ICWA matters, including inquiry and notice.
Identifies and implements appropriate prevention programs for community families.
Identifies and implements policies and procedures for recruiting, authorizing, and supporting foster care providers.
Identifies and implement policies and procedures for all kinship supports for children in out of home placement with kin.
Communicates and reports relevant department operational information and activities to the Tribal Council on a regular basis.
Provides direction to subordinates in determining program eligibility requirements for applicants, and ensures department forms and protocols are consistent with needs of community needs and funding source requirements.
Must be knowledgeable of the other services such as tribal programs and other community resources which the applicant may be encouraged to utilize to resolve particular problems.
Seek other sources of funding (i.e. grants) that may be beneficial to the program.
Ensures that all information remains confidential within the department, and that policies and protocols regarding confidentiality are understood by all staff members.
Ensures all preparation of the court records and appropriate documentation required for case management is complete and timely.
Must be able to interpret and implement applicable Tribal, State, and Federal statutes, rules, ordinances, codes, administrative orders, policies and procedures.
Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, staff, community members, vendors, contractors, general public and others having business with PCFS.
QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in the Human Services field such as: Social Work, Sociology, or Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work .required.
A minimum of seven (7) years of work experience in child welfare case management and social services staff supervision.
This position must comply with the Pechanga Tribal Government’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy. This includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident or injury, and random testing.
Must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation.
The Pechanga Band offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package for all full-time employees. Benefits include the following:
· Retirement - 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match
· Health & Wellness Coverage - Medical, dental and vision coverage
· Life and Long Term Disability - $25,000 employer paid life and Long Term Disability
· Flexible Spending Accounts – Healthcare and Dependent care reimbursement accounts
· Supplemental Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
· Education Reimbursement Opportunities – For pre-approved specific, job related education
· Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Face-to-face counseling, Legal assistance, Financial assistance, ID recovery, Tobacco cessation, Dependent care and Daily living resources, and Crisis consultation
COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT:
Hiring Preference: The Pechanga Tribal Government is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with federal law, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians applies Indian preference in employment. It is the policy of the Pechanga Tribal Government to give preference in hiring, promotions, and transfers into vacant positions to qualified applicants in the following order: 1) Pechanga Tribal Members; 2) Pechanga Tribal Member Spouses; 3) non-member American Indians. Drug Testing: The Pechanga Tribal Government is a drug-free workplace. All employees are subject to drug testing. Background Investigation: All candidates and employees may be subject to a background investigation.