Director of Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities Foster Care

Posted by: New Alternatives for Children of New York City

New York, NY, US

New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an innovative child welfare agency located in Midtown Manhattan, which provides services to medically fragile children and their families. NAC is currently seeking applicants for the Director of Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities for their Foster Care and Adoption Department.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct supervision to Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities/HIV Foster Care Department Supervisors and Case Associates and prepare timely evaluations of supervisees.
  • Oversight of the Department unit(s), as needed, when a Supervisor is absent.
  • Consult with Director of Foster Care and Adoption as well as the Director of Homefinding on new admissions.
  • Provide training to Department staff, as needed, on foster care and child welfare related issues.
  • Function as liaison with agency attorney on case related matters.
  • Interface with ACS administrative staff on case related and policy and procedural issues. Participate in contract performance related meetings which includes but is not limited to Quarterly ACS APA meetings, Quarterly APPLA meetings, Adoption meetings (ACS and OCFS), and OCFS meetings.
  • Represent Agency at external functions in place of Director of Foster Care and Adoption when necessary which could include but is not limited to: ACS Foster Care Directors Meeting and COFCCA Foster Care meetings.
  • Participate in various Agency committees at the request of the Director of Foster Care and Adoption which could include but is not limited to: Incident Review Committee, Safety Committee, and Ad Hoc Committees.
  • Attend Foster Care Case Reviews. Attend when necessary, Family Team Conferences and Adoption Disclosure Conferences, covering for the Supervisor in his/her absence.
  • Along with the Director of Foster Care and Adoption, interview applicants for vacancies in the Department.

Minimum Requirements:

LMSW or LCSW with a minimum of 7 to 10 years of post-graduate experience including a minimum of 4 years of supervisory experience. Expertise in child welfare including knowledge of ACS and NYS requirements and Family Court regulations and procedures. Must operate from a strengths-based approach to service delivery.

  • Knowledge of health related factors as they impact on work with medically fragile and behaviorally challenged children and their families.
  • Ability to function within an interdisciplinary team.

Read more here:: Idealist