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Assistant Director for Foster Care

August 07, 2018 - August 21, 2018
Location:Baltimore, MD
Benefits:An excellent benefits package is offered.
Employment Type:Full Time

If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), is seeking an Assistant Director for Foster Care who provides strong programmatic and operational management and leads the team responsible for the overall implementation, oversight and quality of the Long Term, Transitional and Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) Foster Care programs established within the LIRS Children and Family Services partner network. S/he closely collaborates with the Assistant Director and Director for Children's Services to ensure the maintenance and expansion of effective programs and services by working closely with internal units and identifying new external partnerships.

Duties:Foster Care Placements (25%)
• Oversees placements of children into national Unaccompanied Children (UC) and URM program network.
• Supervises the Placement Specialist-Foster Care and covers those responsibilities when absent.
• Responsible for knowing current capacity of national network for placement availability. Requires capturing, organizing, and analyzing significant data around openings, budgeted capacity, placement types and trends, capacity challenges, language and cultural appropriateness, and special services.
• Liaises and advocates with key federal and NGO partners on special case concerns, systemic issues and trends.
• Remains knowledgeable of complex mental health/trauma, medical, safety, and juvenile justice issues that impact children who are referred for foster care.
• Ensures program compliance with contractual and reporting requirements with regards to placement and arrival of cases. Assists with required reports to funders.
• Collaborates with various CFS segments, such as Post Release and Home Studies, Safe Release support to discuss complex cases or to highlight trends.

Program Development (70%)
• Provides on-going case and programmatic consultation to LIRS's URM programs, federal staff, and other stakeholders (i.e. child advocates, attorneys, State Refugee Coordinators)
• Provides leadership and accountability on LIRS/CFS' capacity expansion efforts for UC and URM programs. With the Director for Children and Family Services, sets targets for numbers of new placements based on projected referrals and is primarily responsible for meeting established targets.
• Responsible for knowing case trends and the changing needs of youth entering program, including new refugee populations being referred for U.S. resettlement, to inform program capacity development work with national network.
• Collaborates with federal, state and local stakeholders to address barriers to placement and capacity development.
• Liaises with State Refugee Coordinators on URM program development and support.
• Works with UC and URM network on program models, structure and staffing plans to ensure each program can adequately support the needs of the youth and foster parents.
• Conducts outreach to executive directors of LIRS/CFS partner agencies across the United States to educate and promote UC and URM foster care, and assess interest and capacity to open a program.
• Develops new program proposals in coordination with direct foster care providers and States.
• Assists with launch of new programs, ensuring quality staff and foster parent training and preparation of community partners that will work with the population (i.e. schools, medical/mental health care providers).
• Facilitates strong collaboration between UC and URM programs and adult resettlement programs for sharing of resources and knowledge, and major/minor case coordination.
• Assesses UC and URM program training needs and coordinate network training calendar, to include securing subject-matter experts; track program performance to evaluate effectiveness of trainings.
• Oversees provision of technical assistance on program development by experienced UC and URM programs to other programs within the national network.
• Assists UC and URM programs with establishing MOU agreements with external community providers that offer therapeutic foster care and group care, behavioral health services and other specialized services such as substance abuse treatment.
• Coordinates sharing of best practices and strategies on program development among program directors and foster family recruiters from across the UC and URM network.
• In coordination with UC and URM programs, develops a national foster family recruitment strategy by creating and disseminating resources and materials on recruitment, and facilitating the sharing of best practices among program recruiters.
• Researches placement and service models that effectively serve victims of human trafficking and youth with criminal histories; works with current UC and URM programs to develop this expertise.
• Gathers placement capacity information from programs to inform annual grant proposal process, including number and type of new cases each program will be able to accept.
• Participates in on-site visits to the UC/URM programs to discuss capacity development, and assist Children's Services Specialists with monitoring activities while on site.
• Responsible for knowing foster care licensing standards and processes in each state where LIRS has UC/URM programs.
• Significantly contribute to and manage numerous funding reports and proposal submissions; review and edit quarterly, annual and monitoring reports for program services.
• Advises and assists the Director in developing guidelines and procedures related to UC/URM foster care programs.

General Responsibilities (5%)
• Remains knowledgeable of all federal government and LIRS/CFS guidelines, policies and procedures related to Foster Care.
• Researches and writes papers or other educational documents regarding case, programmatic and systemic trends and issues.
• Participates in presentation efforts designed to advocate responsive policies and programs on behalf of minors of concern.
• Engages in LIRS/CFS quality assurance and evaluation activities.
• Provides training for CFS and URM program staff as necessary.
• Fosters peer-to-peer learning in network through conference calls, newsletters, facilitation of conferences.
• Participates in weekly Foster Care team and internal case staffing meetings.
• Provides back-up coverage for other Foster Care team members.
• Participate in agency-wide activities and initiatives including all-staff meetings, working groups or task forces and implementation of strategic initiatives.
• Responsible for other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:• Graduate degree in Social Work or other Behavioral Science in combination with a minimum five years of experience and knowledge of child welfare systems, principles, practices and emerging trends.
• Five years progressive managerial experience with increasing roles and responsibilities in supervision, program management, implementation and evaluation.
• Experience in program development, administration and budget oversight.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Ability and willingness to travel up to 25%.
• Deep commitment to LIRS's core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.

Organization Summary:

Headquartered in Baltimore's beautiful Inner Harbor, with offices in Washington, DC, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with a 79-year history, a budget of $58 million per year, and approximately 90 headquarters staff.

LIRS is widely-recognized for its expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants living within the borders of the United States. Working with and through partners across the country, LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and pursues humanitarian alternatives to the immigration detention system.

Application Instructions:

To be considered, please submit resume and cover letter by COB on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 via For more information about LIRS, please visit

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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