Job type full-time
Full job description
Children’s home & aid invites you to join our team of mission-driven staff who share a common vision: an equitable world where all children and families thrive in strong communitiesAs a leading child and family service agency with more than 20 locations across illinois, our mission is to advance the well-being of children by investing in families to disrupt the systemic and multi-generational cycle of racial, social and economic inequality.
Our full-time staff receive competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including a paid leave accrual rate that starts at two weeks annually and grows to more than five weeks of paid time off each yearWe hold ourselves and each other accountable for fostering an inclusive work culture where we can be our authentic selves, where we create and have equitable opportunities, and where our voices are supported and encouraged.
The licensing specialist is a critical member of the region’s child welfare team, supporting the recruitment, licensing, approval, and monitoring of homes licensed to care for youth being served by our foster care and youth services programsAs the licensing specialist, you will advocate for foster families to have the tools and resources they need to help children thrive in their homes.
Staff are required to be fully vaccinated against covid-19 and to submit proof of their vaccination status before their start date unless they have an agency approved medical or religious exemptionStaff with an exemption will need to provide proof of weekly testingFor more information about our covid-19 safety practices, please click here.
What you’ll do:
Recruit individuals and families as potential foster parents for youth (0-18) in care due to abuse or neglect.
Recruit individuals and families as potential emergency placement providers for runaway and homeless youth (11-23) being served by the youth services program.
Complete family assessments on potential foster families and make recommendations for licensure approval.
Provide ongoing monitoring of licensed foster homes to ensure they meet illinois department of children & family services (dcfs) licensing standards and have the resources they need to support the well-being of the youth in their care.
Complete required licensing paperwork and maintain caretaker records.
Collaborate with foster care and youth services teams to understand placement needs and communicate the availability of homes.
Serve as the program`s expert on all illinois dcfs licensing standards.
Partner with il dcfs to complete licensure investigations.
Act as liaison between agency foster care teams and dcfs to secure final licensure approval of new foster parents.
Who you are:
You have at least a bachelor’s degree in social work or a closely related field.
You have a child welfare employee license (cwel), child endangerment risk assessment protocol (cerap), child abuse and neglect (cans) certification, and or you’re able to obtain within 90 days of hire.
Preferred qualifications include previous foster home licensing experience and successful completion of licensing/approval examination.
You believe every child has the right to a safe and permanent home where they are loved and well cared for.
You are willing and passionate to learn how systems and biases impact the child welfare system and you are excited to work for an agency who recognizes the need to be antiracist and address systemic barriers.
You enjoy working autonomously but also value working with a team to reach shared goals.
You are able to attend in-person meetings and events as needed, and you have a valid driver`s license, insurance, and a reliable vehicle.
Location: hybrid (remote/in office); combination of in-office and community-based work in southern illinois, with other opportunities to complete service documentation and other case coordination from your preferred location (in office, or remotely)Home office location in east stLouis.
Schedule: full-time, salaried; general business hours with some flexibility for occasional evening or weekend hours.
Salary: range starts at $41k; offers are commensurate with experience.
Additional compensation: one-time $3,000 cwel recognition payment (issued 60 days after hire or following licensure completion).
Noncash benefits: medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off plus 11 paid holidays, supplemental insurance options, 401(k) with match (more benefits details here).
Where you work matters.
You’re considering a new position, so no one knows better than you that where you work mattersWe believe that by building diverse teams of passionate advocates for youth and families, we can continue to show up for illinois families, putting those families at the center of every decision, and strengthening the communities where we all work, play, and live together(more about who we are here.)
We invite you to become an active member of a team that supports, inspires, and challenges each other, and grow your career in an organization that celebrates emerging leaders and provides development and training opportunities aligned with your individual goals and aspirationsIf you are looking for an opportunity to do meaningful work, including raising your voice to disrupt the status quo, we encourage you to apply today.
Review our agency’s blueprint for impact:
Experience in licensing and monitoring of foster homes
Bachelors or better in social work or related field
Equal opportunity employer/protected veterans/individuals with disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicantHowever, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information41 cfr 60-1.35(c)