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Summary Job Description:
The Vice President of Foster Care is responsible for the NYC Administration for Children Services (ACS) Foster Care contractual obligations through the daily operations of the Agency’s Family Foster Care Program Units. The VP exercises considerable independent judgment in planning and running the program operations for the Family Foster Care Program Units. Program operations involve the delivery of services to children, birth families and resource families for program units in Brooklyn. Responsibilities include ensuring compliance with Federal, State, City and Agency mandates, requirements and regulations. The incumbent will direct, assimilate, align, and refine program services and management within the agency. The primary objectives are to assure client empowerment and satisfaction via quality, efficient and effective service intervention performance; achieve targeted program goals; and promote overall program growth. This is the principal of all program management positions in the agency. This VP is a member of the Senior Executive Council (SEC).
• Supervises two Family Foster Care Directors, and indirectly supervises the supervisors responsible for Family Foster Care Units.
• Supervises the Director of Adoption and Support Services which includes Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA), Wendy Wonderful Kids (WWK) and Fair Futures.
• Supervises the Director of Home finding and Intake, who is responsibility for the certification of foster homes and direct collaboration with ACS for the placement of children.
• Supervises the Director for the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Partnership Program (Bed-Stuy CPP), a primary prevention program contracted through ACS. Reviews and approves financial requests for the payment and provision of relevant services to families within the Bed-Stuy community. Serves on the executive board of the CPP.
• Leads the development and implementation of program team goals, ensuring close alignment with broader organizational strategy and strategic priorities.
• Manages and coaches program team, promoting a culture of high performance and continuous improvement.
• Supports effective implementation of Little Flower's programs in close collaboration with the leadership of oversight agencies, grounding all program design and staff development efforts in a deep understanding of Little Flower's operational context and holding shared accountability for outcomes.
• Represents the agency at COFCCA and ACS meetings.
• Liaison to the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).
• Responsible for assigning work, monitoring staff performance, record keeping, and maintaining effective collaborative relationships within the agency and other childcare agencies and providing professional guidance to subordinate staff in the areas of social work and management.
• Work is reviewed by the Chief Program Officer through conferences and by analysis of reports submitted.
• Oversees development and monitoring of program budgets within the division and ensures fiscal sustainability by minimizing the impact of variances.
• Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of child welfare and foster care systems. Ability to apply this knowledge to create interventions and innovations to resolve work related situations.
• Comprehensive knowledge of the complex compliance rules and regulations relating to the administration of children and family foster care services in a non-profit social service agency.
• Thorough knowledge of the approved contractual reporting methods and systems governing the family foster care services as required by Federal, State, and municipal agencies.
• Knowledge of management, planning and budgeting.
• Ability to prepare complete accurate reports and statements of considerable complexity.
• Ability to plan, assign, and direct subordinate personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
• Ability to plan, train, and supervise professional and clerical employees in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of employees and administrators.
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a related Master’s Degree.
• MSW and License in Social Work (LMSW/LCSW) preferred.
• Requires a minimum of 10 years progressive non-profit social work management experience with more than five years at senior management level in a high-volume fast paced environment. Experience must include hands-on responsibility for the full scope of social work activities with a non-profit organization.
This position is located in Brooklyn with some travelling to different locations. A valid NYS driver’s license is required.