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Why Work at UMFS?
UMFS has been an unwavering champion for children, teens, and families for more than 120 years. Our main campus is in Richmond, Va., and we offer nearly 20 programs at nine locations throughout Virginia.
Work-life balance is critical to the health and well-being of our employees, which is why we offer generous paid leave, 12 paid holidays, flexible workspaces (non-essential employees are currently teleworking in response to COVID-19), and comprehensive health benefits options that include an Employee Assistance Program, vision, and optional dental. We also offer pet insurance. UMFS employees are eligible for a 401(k) that UMFS matches up to 6 percent.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is at the forefront of all we do at UMFS, and we maintain a culture of acceptance in which crucial conversations are encouraged. UMFS doesn’t exclude anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, religion, or economic background.
Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Equal Opportunity Employer
Provide successful partnering and collaboration with Virginia’s local departments of social services and other private child welfare agencies to meet federal and state guidelines which support services and promote permanency for older youth in and transitioning out of the foster care system.
Provide the necessary training, tools, and technical assistance to local departments of social services and other private child welfare agencies to enhance their skills, improve their effectiveness, and impact systemic changes when serving youth in and transitioning out of foster care.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide coaching, technical assistance, and support to adults and youth ages 14-23 around Virginia’s Independent Living Program to ensure federal and state requirements are being met to help youth prepare for adulthood.
Provide best practice approaches to assist youth and adults working with youth in achieving permanency through connections with caring adults, their community, and overall interdependent connections.
Collaborate with local departments of social services to improve National Youth in Transition Database(NYTD) federal requirements by providing training to youth and professionals, and offering technical assistance as it relates to NYTD.
Partner and collaborate with the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Child Protective Services, Foster Care/Adoption, Resource Family Specialists and others as needed on assigned projects to impact the successful transition of youth from foster care.
Assist in planning and carrying out Virginia Statewide Youth conferences.
Provide training and technical assistance, resources, and tools to assigned local departments of social services Regional Specialists and other stakeholders on Permanency for Older Youth, Virginia’s Independent Living Program, the Education and Training Vouchers Program, the National Youth and Transition Database, Casey Life Skills Assessment tool, and Credit Checks for Older Youth.
Provide local, regional, and statewide learning opportunities to youth and young adults on topics including but not limited to: permanency, life skill development, leadership, and advocacy.
Present regionally at identified meetings, represent the program to professional organizations and community groups regarding assigned programs.
Implement appropriate project evaluation and reporting mechanisms, assist with the revision of program objectives and evaluation criteria.
Must be able to frequently travel and drive to department of social services sites, regional and other pertinent meetings, conferences and youth events. Some travel will involve overnight stay and long distances. Staff may be required to work out of assigned regional and/or satellite offices.
All other duties as assigned.
Minimum Competencies Required:
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