The Director of the Foster Care is responsible for both clinical and administrative management of the Foster Care program, utilizing a family-centered, child-focused, community-based approach to service delivery. This individual is also responsible for the growth, development and day-to-day functioning of the Foster Care Division, the supervision of the staff within the department; and acting as a liaison with other programs and supporting departments as well as outside organizations and stakeholders representing Sierra Vista Child & Family Services Foster Care programs.
Essential Job Functions:
Knowledge of current issues/trends in the field of counseling psychology, social work, residential treatment, and foster family.
Demonstrates ability to perform program specialty, provide supervisory skills, and assume administrative duties and responsibilities.
Ability to communicate ideas in oral and written form.
An ability to instruct in-group and individual settings.
Protect and honor individual integrity through confidentiality.
Ability to work in a harmonious manner with subordinates, supervisors, and others.
Effectively use Therapeutic Crisis Intervention techniques for crisis prevention and/or intervention.
Effectively use de-escalation skills and techniques for crisis prevention.
Interaction is appropriate and sensitive with client’s culture and developmental level.
Properly Administer the C-SSRS to help prevent suicide.
The recommendation for the hiring of all Foster Care services personnel.
Supervise and evaluate positions under director’s supervision.
Work with H/R and staff or performance concern management.
Monitor management’s workloads.
Conduct regular meetings and in-services in conjunction with administrators of Foster Care services.
Responsible for training of staff in coordination with the training department.
Responsible for documentation of personnel hours for positions supervised.
Interview for all supervisory positions in division.
Coordinate special events with lead staff.
Provide direction of Foster Family services programs in conjunction with the Clinical Director.
Ensure the treatment goals and Needs & Services Plans reflect the highest standard and comply with Title 22 Regulations, Joint Commission Standards, and all other applicable regulations.
Maintain records in compliance with Title 22, CSC Standards, and all other applicable regulations.
Monitor RT regulations
Oversight of reports to counties/state/CCL.
Responsible for meeting Joint Commission Accreditation standards.
Report any suspected child abuse immediately to direct supervisor or if not available up the chain of command.
Report any suspected dependent adult/elder abuse immediately to direct supervisor or if not available up the chain of command.
Prepare Residential Treatment and Foster Family in coordination with Agency Business Department and with Administrator of each of these programs.
Monitor program requests for expenditures.
Implement goals/objectives of programs in accordance with regulations and standards of Title 22, CSC, and with Sierra Vista Children’s Center Strategic Planning Process.
Work with marketing on special needs.
Maintain good relationships with referral agencies and other community agencies.
Work with the county on the stepparent program
Develop new relationships with possible referring agencies.
Responsible for consumer awareness of programs.
Work with Administration and Program Administrators to develop and expand Foster Family Services programs.
Prepare necessary annual reports and evaluations.
Develop and monitor evaluation process by consumers.
Attend management meetings.
Attend board meetings at the request of Administration.
Receive 40 hours of formal training per year relating to job performance.
Develop and maintain policy/procedural manuals relating to programs.
Participate in agency training program.
Monitor overall operations of facilities.
Interface with state licensing.
Oversee development and monitoring of planned activity program.
Oversee the monitoring and implementation of dietary plans and implementation of the plans.
Monitor and assist with the Administrative on-call and high-risk situations.
Everyone who works in the organization has responsibilities for preventing and controlling infection.
Responsible for reducing the risk of injury to clients and staff.
Other assigned duties.
State of California Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker License preferred. May consider bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, plus at least three years administrative experience or supervisory experience over social work, child care, and/or support staff providing direct services to children in an agency or in a community care facility with a licensed capacity of seven or more.
At least three years supervisory experience in residential treatment or equivalent setting.
Experience in child and family counseling field.
Sound personal qualifications (i.e., maturity, stability, high moral standards and sound mental health and physical ability to perform job duties).
A genuine caring of and commitment to the clients of Sierra Vista.
Must possess a valid California driver’s license with less than two minor moving violations.
We are a nonprofit organization with a mission to strengthen families and communities by transforming lives! We are currently recruiting for a Director of Foster Care who are ready to make a difference in the lives of others.
Why Sierra Vista?
Our supportive, caring environment extends not only to our clients and families, but to our valued staff as well. Employees from a number of disciplines work together in a collaborative, stimulating environment that is a model for quality care.
Sierra Vista Child & Family Services offers:
Desirable benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision insurance, retirement plan, vacation, sick and holiday pay
n 1972 H.I. Tom Sawyer, a dairy farmer and a volunteer member of the Stanislaus County Mental Health Advisory Board envisioned a group home that could provide the high level of care needed for children in Stanislaus County. The agency's foundation was built on the belief that children need positive and loving role models to grow into healthy adults.
Over the past four decades, Sierra Vista has grown into one of the largest nonprofit agencies in the region, serving on average more than 20,000 children and families each year with nearly 250 dedicated employees, 28 programs, and providing services in every school district throughout Stanislaus and Merced County. The integration of these programs into the community has created a sustainable continuum of child and family services that are accessible and tailored to address a broad range of needs. By offering quality programs that meet the growing needs of the thousands of people of all ages who are overwhelmed with mental illness, child abuse or substance abuse, children and families have found healing and hope at Sierra Vista. Through our continuum of services, we meet the needs of thousands of children, families, and individuals ...who struggle with mental health issues, child abuse, domestic violence, social behaviors, special education needs, parenting, and challenges within the family unit, and children who need Forever Families.