Lead Field Implementation Support Specialist

Lead Field Implementation Support Specialist
School of Social Work


University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking dynamic professionals to join a partnership between public university social work programs and Field Implementation Support Program (FISP).  There are full time and part time positions available.


The FISP program will provide post training support to IDCFS and private sector direct child welfare staff  to facilitate implementation and sustaining of Illinois’ model of Family-centered, Trauma-informed, Strength-based (FTS) practice.


The Lead Implementation Support Specialist will work collaboratively with direct service field supervisors and middle managers of Intact Family Services and Permanency Services for the Department of Children and Family Services field offices and private child welfare agencies under contract with the Department.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Demonstrate an understand of: agency policy and procedures, agency-approved practices, learning transfer methodologies, and coaching techniques; partners with all supervisor and manager they are assigned and conduct regular and frequent face to face meetings with individuals and small cohorts within a field office, agency or region; reviews agency outcomes, quality assurance reports, local ream strengths and challenges, and other surveys to assess performance strengths and gaps to identity individual and team needs; and develops an action plan based on assessment results.
• Appropriately apply programmatic frameworks, self-reflection tools, action plans, and protocols to assess each respective supervisor and manage (areas may include but are not limited to: knowledge, skills, attitude, systems and operations management, practice and clinical application, training skills, coaching skills, agency and community leadership); assist direct service supervisors and middle managers with incorporating job competencies into the agency’s practice programs; supports skill development in: independent and self-directed learning, critical thinking, problem identification, analysis and options, problem resolution, goal setting, action planning, and decisions making; support skill development in the following organization leadership techniques: change management, program management, performance standards, gap analysis, data collection and analysis, client and service survey analysis, and quality assurance with respect to the integration of agency practice modes; and promotes the supervisor and program manager partnership with treatment specialists, social service providers, court members, community contributors, and supporters; reports problematic case issues and critical case date that impact job performance.
• Meet job and performance expectations as outlined by the annual program plan deliverables unless otherwise modified by the Department; communicates appropriately with the FISP Statewide Program Director, Field Support Program Coordinator and as directed with supervisors and middle manager in order to complete the practice application and field support gap analysis; meets with the Field Support Program Coordinator and FISP Statewide Program Director to review and discuss all of their activities and strategic program implementation planning; reviews pertinent information and ongoing progress with the Field Support Program Coordinator and seeks consultation for performance improvement issues; and informs the Field Support Program Coordination of all activities occurring on assigned work.
• Complete required assignment and feedback reports: gap analysis, maintains progress notes, filed surveys, and needs assessments; authors and submits regular reports; assists with data collection, entry, and analysis of all assigned instructional research as requested and submit a monthly activity report.
• Utilize the assigned Department equipment (laptop, copy, scan, and fax machines, LCD projectors, phones, conference lies, and webinar) and software programs Microsoft Office products, SharePoint, D-Net appropriately and with proficiency as directed and required.
• As required, utilize various training functions of the Office of Professional Development, Parent and Caregiver Support, under the Clinical Practice and Professional Development; Virtual Training Center online learning management system; participates in various Office, Division, and Department meetings an training conferences as assigned; and other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Education and Work Experience:  This position requires a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university with course work in Social Work or other recognized professional degree in human services. Requires professional experience of eight or more years in public-sponsored, agency-based child welfare setting providing a combination of direct child welfare casework including child welfare Intake, Intact Family Services, Permanency/Foster Care Services, and direct supervision of child welfare direct service staff and/or management of child welfare services. All experience must be in the provision of public-sponsored casework services provided directly to children and families receiving child welfare services from IDCFS or tis private sector partner agencies. Preferred stat license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Applicants who meet the above criteria but do not currently possess a LCSW or LCPC license must be eligible for and successfully complete all requirements to receive such license within one year of employment.


Required Knowledge:  Requires working knowledge of organizational change management strategies, established training, coaching and transfer of learning methodologies, case study and clinical case presentation methodologies, established evidence-informed child welfare practices and clinical interventions related to trauma and child maltreatment within family systems, the impact of trauma on the child and family system, child trauma treatment practices, child and adolescent development, issues related to diagnosis and co-morbidity, and other behavioral health issues.


There are full-time (100%) and part time positions available.  They are twelve month non-tenure track academic professional positions, located throughout the state of Illinois.  The position is grant-funded and renewal is contingent upon availability of funds.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.  The proposed start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.


To ensure full consideration complete applications must be submitted by June 29, 2017.  Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the name, address, and phone numbers of three references.


For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jaime Waymouth at waymouth@illinois.edu .  You may also visit http://www.socialwork.illinois.edu  for additional information.


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu