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Senior Program Manager for Foster Care

Location:Baltimore, MD
Benefits:Excellent Benefit Package Offered
Employment Type:Full Time

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

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Foster Care, the Senior Program Manager for Foster Care is responsible for the programmatic and operational management of foster care providers. Provides oversight of partners and assures that all LIRS principles and practices are followed in order to implement high quality services. Manages communication with partners and ORR in responding to changing service needs, including changes in federal laws and policies and fluctuations in numbers of children and families served. Monitors programs in real time and delivers technical assistance to ensure consistent are and standards of service provision. Carries out on-site training and workshops on LIRS and ORR policies and procedures. Provides case staffing for challenging cases, especially those involving trafficking concerns, PSA issues or children whose release to sponsors is delayed. Works with partners to develop local foster parent networks consistent with a national model for addressing recruiting and retention needs. Oversees site directors who are located at each service location. Actively liaises between ORR, LIRS and the field to support and ensure service excellence. Interacts with the federal oversight apparatus at each location. Master's degree in social work or related field along with substantial experience required. S/he closely collaborates with the Assistant Director and Director for Children's Services to ensure the successful expansion of high-quality foster care services at LIRS headquarters and partner agencies. 

  • Provides programmatic leadership to ensure all foster care policies and procedures are consistent across LIRS programs.
  • Oversight of Directors and Site Supervisors at Foster Care providers to ensure that activities, and staff are consistent with their adherence to LIRS's and ORR's mission and vision, regulations, structure, policies and procedures.
  • Staffs difficult cases with program staff and federal field specialists
  • 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
  • Identifies areas of need and works with the Program Manager for Monitoring and Evaluation to ensure the development and delivery of high quality technical assistance
  • 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).
  • Reviews and monitors data quality and assurance for Foster Care services
  • 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.
  • Fosters peer-to-peer learning in network through conference calls, newsletters, facilitation of conferences.
  • Graduate degree in Social Work or other Behavioral Science in combination with a minimum five years of clinical experience and knowledge of child welfare systems, principles, practices and emerging trends.
  • Minimum of 3 years' administrative supervisory experience
  • Experience working with diverse client populations, particularly immigrants and refugees
  • Experience using ETO preferred
  • Experience in program development, administration and budget oversight.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Deep commitment to LIRS' core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners

Special Position Requirements

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.
  • Must be able to pass an FBI background check as well as a CA/N check for every state in which they have resided in the last five years.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25%.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with an 80-year history, a budget of over $55 million per year, and over 80 headquarters staff. Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States,LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and advances the protection and rights of vulnerable migrants.

Headquartered in the beautiful Inner Harbor of downtown Baltimore we provide services nationwide through a network of affiliates.


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