Have you heard? Kent County is piloting a data-driven, innovative, performance-based approach to administering foster care that is transforming child welfare and creating better futures for children! Do you want to be a part of it? Look no further! The West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC) is building its team.
Who we are:
WMPC is a new organization that provides foster care and adoption services to children and families in Kent County, MI in partnership with Bethany Christian Services, Catholic Charities of West Michigan, D.A. Blodgett—St. Johns, Samaritas, and Wellspring Lutheran Services and through a contract with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). WMPC is piloting a performance-based contract, utilizing a case rate that incentivizes permanency while allowing for flexibility and creativity in funds. WMPC utilizes software that will allow for predictive analytics to project successful outcomes, and flag cases that are at risk. The WMPC seeks to empower communities to create better futures for children and families through innovation and collaboration.
We are a talented, creative group of passionate professionals who are committed to creating better futures for children. We value a workplace which embraces multi-dimensional diversity and promotes work-life balance. We are energized and motivated by our mission of improving outcomes for children and we know that it takes a village! Our work environment is highly collaborative, both within the office and within the community, and we believe the best solutions lie within those we serve.
How you will spend your day:
· Facilitating referral and placement of children with WMPC subcontracted providers (to include the Child Placement Network).
· Providing consultation to staff from the subcontracted providers to ensure the needs of children and parents are met and ensure appropriate placements of all children.
· Ensuring timely and appropriate approval of service authorizations in MiSACWIS.
· Remaining knowledgeable of current research and evidence-based practice, foster home licensing rules and state policy regarding foster care related services and interventions.
· Remaining knowledgeable of complex mental health/trauma, medical, safety, and juvenile justice issues that impact children who are placed in foster care.
· Coordinating with PQI Coordinators to monitor safety, permanency, and well-being of children in foster care.
· Participating in case management file reviews to determine effectiveness of service provision and evaluating permanency outcomes.
What we need from you:
· Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or other human service degree.
· Three years of progressively responsible and related experience.
· Experience working for a child placing agency required.
· Knowledge of child welfare principles/standards, practices, and systems (i.e. foster care, adoption, child placing agency licensing and placement procedures).
· Knowledge and experience in trauma-informed practices.
· Technical writing expertise.
· Interpersonal skills necessary to lead and interact with a diverse group of individuals and stakeholders.
· Proficient with Microsoft Office products and web-based applications.
· Ability to read, write, and communicate effectively in English.
What we provide:
We know that our staff is our greatest resource! We invest in our employees by offering:
· A dynamic and creative office culture;
· Flexible scheduling and a generous PTO package to promote a healthy work-life balance;
· Health benefits, life insurance, and a retirement plan, all with WMPC contributions;
· Professional development opportunities;
· The opportunity to create better futures for children.
What to do next:
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 10, 2019
If this sounds like you, please submit your (1) cover letter with (2) salary expectation and (3) resume.