Statewide Program Director

Statewide Program Director
School of Social Work

 

Under the Contract with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS), the Statewide Program Director will direct the Title IV-E Illinois Birth through Three Waiver (IB3) and the Safe Baby Court Team (aka Baby Courts), provide staff and services required to provide professional, administrative and support functions including, but not necessarily limited to the development, design, delivery, management, support and/or evaluation of a wide array of training programs and technical training programs and technical training support as mandated by state law and administrative rules, federal court order, federal Title IV-B and Title IV-E, and Medicaid Programs. Provide administrative oversight and coordination of all waiver and court team activities according to the adopted implementation plan that has been approved by the Children’s Bureau and DCFS. 

IB3 is a five-year demonstration project designed to address the needs of infants and toddlers affected by traumatic events. It is part of a national effort to change child welfare practice for this population and to improve the well-being of children and their families. The goals of the IB3 Waiver include, but are not limited to: offering support to infants and toddlers affected by trauma, providing assistance to birth and foster parents through parent education, coaching and intensive therapeutic interventions. 

The University of Illinois- Urbana and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services will implement the Safe Baby Court Team Model in Illinois for the first time in Cook County.  The Safe Baby Court Team Model is a therapeutic dependency court that utilizes judicial leadership that operates and is informed by the developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Safe Babies Court Teams are designed to change systems through the leadership of the judicial and child welfare systems, through the use of best practices that enhance well-being and permanency outcomes [Zero to Three, 2014]. The inherently adversarial nature of court processes are mediated by increased communication, knowledge of child development, mediation and coordination that prioritizes the urgency of this developmental period and seeks to expedite permanency. The court process prioritizes the well-being of very young children that have been exposed to early life trauma and adversity. This position is located in Chicago, IL and requires statewide travel. 

Duties and Responsibilities:  Oversee employment conditions, responsibilities and obligations; work with the SSW HR manager on all personnel matters consistent with the University’s personnel policies and procedures. Coordinate with staff from Integrated Assessment (IA), the Office of Training and Professional Development (OTPD) and the Erikson Early Childhood program to design and implement assessment procedures for waiver cases. In cooperation with the evaluation team, complete quarterly progress reports as required by the Children’s Bureau. Develop monitoring systems for the waiver agencies to receive referrals and oversee the regular monitoring of service referrals. Work with waiver agencies to implement adopted services and to address barriers to service delivery. Work with purveyors of the selected models of intervention to be used by the waiver to address model fidelity and effectiveness. Serve as a liaison to the IB3 Advisory Committee. Develop and monitor quality improvement systems to enhance waiver activities. Develop procedures for IB3 staff operations. Oversee the development of information systems to track waiver activities including rotational assignment of cases. 

Required Experience and Competencies:  Professional experience of ten 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 form IDCFS or its private sector partner agencies.  

Preferred Experience:  Prior Experience in program design, the implementation of evidence-based interventions and the supervision of staff. 

Required Education and Licensure:  A minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university. 

Preferred Education: Master’s degree in Social Work, however a master’s degree in a COA recognized human service discipline working directly with children and families will be considered. 

Required Knowledge:  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.  

Training, Licenses or Certifications:  State license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) or eligible for and successfully complete all requirements to receive such license within one year of employment required. 

There are full-time (100%) 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 April 27, 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