Extended Foster Care Review Specialist
Extended Foster Care Unit
3003 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85012
Salary: $25.8077 HRLY/$53,680.02
Closing Date: September 24, 2023
This position within the Extended Foster Care (EFC) team, reports to the EFC Review Supervisor and is responsible for coordination and facilitation of the administrative review panel for young adults in extended foster care. The position will be responsible for ensuring that young adults in the extended foster care program have the supports, services, and the quality case management needed to successfully transition to adulthood. They will provide technical assistance to support best practice in the field ,and to promote program development within the agency. This job will be responsible for modeling the Youth Thrive culture ,and philosophy when working with young adults and DCS Specialists. They will be conducting case reviews, to include outreach to the young adult, DCS Specialist, community supports, and serve as an advocate for the young adults and DCS Specialists.
This position may offer the ability to work remotely, within Arizona, based upon the department's business needs and continual meeting of expected performance measures.
The State of Arizona strives for a work culture that affords employees flexibility, autonomy, and trust. Across our many agencies, boards, and commissions, many State employees participate in the State’s Remote Work Program and are able to work remotely in their homes, in offices, and in hoteling spaces. All work, including remote work, should be performed within Arizona unless an exception is properly authorized in advance.
- Schedules and completes reviews and meetings with young adults, young adult's supports, and DCS Specialists. Researches analyzes, writes, updates, monitors, and coordinates information related to the review. Collects data in relation to young adults served and reports out findings.
- Utilizes policies and procedures to support the program and improvements initiatives. Contributes and develops tools and practice guides that aid staff in the understanding and in the implementation of the program. Conducts outreach to youth, staff and community to support understanding of the program.
- Compiles programmatic and fiscal requirements for assigned areas of responsibility, including preparing programmatic reports, developing and monitoring goals, outcomes and benchmarks.
- Facilitates and/or participates in program-related meetings, committees, and work groups with internal and external stakeholders on practice improvement initiatives. Provides technical assistance to field and external staff.
- Works collaboratively with federal and state evaluators for program.
- Other duties as assigned as related to the position.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
- Social services, federal, state and local programs and resources regarding area of assignment
- Terminology of Arizona's child welfare system processes, including Youth Thrive Framework
- DCS policies and procedures; child welfare policies; general policies pertaining to investigating reports of abuse/neglect
- Trauma informed practice
- Group facilitation, conflict resolution
- DCS related programs; program planning; group dynamics; and evaluation process.
- Oral, written and interpersonal communication
- Interviewing and eliciting information
- Oral organization and management of workload
- Problem identification and solutions
- Decision making and conflict resolution
- Facilitation and coordination of culturally diverse meetings
- Following program policies and procedures, rules and regulations, group process, evaluation and interpretation
- Interviewing; assessing safety and risk; and multi-tasking
- Establish and maintain effective relationships with young adults, DCS Specialists, other programs, agencies and departments
- Write and speak with clarity and effectiveness
- Represent and make appropriate decisions for DCS when working as a liaison in regard to interactions with DCS Staff, other agency personnel, and community partners and providers
- Analyze complex and detailed information
- Organize, multi-task and prioritize work load
- Make independent decisions and work under general supervision
- Collect, enter, and interpreter data
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, social work, psychology, counseling or other related fields with 3-5 years of experience in working directly with young people in Arizona's foster care system
Employment is contingent on the selected applicant passing a background investigation.
The ability to secure and maintain clearance from the DCS Central Registry.
The ability to secure and maintain an Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card.
If this position requires driving or the use of a vehicle as an essential function of the job to conduct State business, then the following requirements apply: Driver’s License Requirements.
All newly hired State employees are subject to and must successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify).
The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
- Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
- Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
- 10 paid holidays per year
- Vacation time accrued at 4.00 hours bi-weekly for the first 3 years
- Sick time accrued at 3.70 hours bi-weekly
- Deferred compensation plan
- Wellness plans
By providing the option of a full-time or part-time remote work schedule, employees enjoy improved work/life balance, report higher job satisfaction, and are more productive. Remote work is a management option and not an employee entitlement or right. An agency may terminate a remote work agreement at its discretion.
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.