About the Role
As the Foster Care Home Development Supervisor, you will shine hope on the lives of children and families by supervising home development and recruitment activities for foster families. You and your team will impact the lives of children and families by coordinating, supporting, and recruiting families to become Buckner foster parents while promoting Buckner Foster Care Services to the Community.
What You’ll Do
As a member of our team, you will have an impact on our children and families through accomplishment of the following responsibilities:
- Coordinate and implement the recruitment of foster parents and the development of homes for the Foster Care program by reviewing applications of potential foster parents and assisting in the selection process.
- Complete home studies for potential foster parents as a part of the licensing process and provide ongoing supervision of foster homes to ensure compliance with state minimum standards through evaluation during quarterly home visits.
- Perform re-verification studies for licensed foster homes and audit home files on a regular basis to ensure that all requirements are met.
- Prepare developmental plans or corrective action involving foster families that are out of compliance with state standards and document corrective action and progress toward goals in the family’s file.
- Supervise and provide pre-service and ongoing training of foster families including coordinating the foster parent support group and foster parent training events.
- Participate as a member of the Foster Care team to meet the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the foster children during the time they are placed in a Buckner foster home, which includes participating in child placing decisions for children being placed in foster homes.
- Complete thorough documentation in a timely manner for the home files in order to meet minimum standard requirements and maintain all documentation of foster home files.
- Source, hire, supervise, monitor, evaluate and provide direction to Foster Care Home Developers. This includes providing professional growth and development, communicating goals and objectives, providing constructive feedback, and conducting performance evaluations.
- Assist with the preparation of the budget for the assigned foster care programs and provide continuous monitoring of the budget and other program resources to ensure they are used efficiently and appropriately.
What You’ll Bring to the Team
To be successful in this role and a great addition to our team we need you to come with the following:
- This position requires basic understanding of a comprehensive field of knowledge normally associated with the attainment of a Master’s Degree in a related field. Involves ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions dealing with abstract variables.
- Knowledge and experience must meet at least one of the following options for qualifying as child placement management staff based on Texas Minimum Standards for Child Placing Agencies:
- Master’s Degree specializing in human services field, nine credit hours in graduate level courses that focus on family and individual function, with at least 2 years documented child placement experience working in a Child Placing Agency; or
- Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university, nine credit hours in graduate level courses that focus on family and individual function and interaction with 3 years documented experience in a child placing agency; or
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in social work or other human services field, nine credit hours in undergraduate level courses that focus on family and individual function and interaction with 4 years documented experience in a child placing agency; or
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with 5 years documented experience in a child placing agency.
- Excellent public speaking skills to successfully communicate with a multi-ethnic population base in the community and proficient ability to speak, read, and write English. Excellent communication skills and the ability to use tact and courtesy in interactions with coworkers, individuals and families.
- A personality attuned to the requirements of meeting needs of clients, speak clearly to make yourself understood effectively in face to face interactions and articulate with accuracy and effectively motivate people. Requires excellent counseling and problem-solving skills.
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to use tact and courtesy in interactions with coworkers, individuals, and families.
- Ability to use professional discernment skills and maintain confidentiality, using analytical and innovative thinking to solve problems and present viable solutions.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and demonstrate a self-starter attitude by showing initiative, handling multiple tasks, and demonstrating effective organizational skills. This includes the ability to prioritize tasks and respond in crisis/pressure situations and flexibility to meet changing business needs.
- A working knowledge and understanding of the applicable regulatory standards and requirements governing programs and services.
- Ability to relate positively, influentially, and sensitively to a broad spectrum of persons in a variety of multi-tiered relationships and settings; requires ability to work effectively with individuals in a multi-ethnic population.
- Ability to effectively manage employees, including staff selection, development, motivation, scheduling, and evaluation.
- Ability to lead effectively, characterized by servant leadership, integrity, and honesty. Must possess the ability to lead through influence as opposed to authority.
- Innovative thinking is required. Detail-oriented, with good organizational skills are also required.
- Ability to work nights and weekends and be on-call as needed and travel to various geographic locations with some overnight stays. This includes the ability to evacuate with Buckner in the case of an emergency to provide care for the children.
- Ability to use up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently and/or 10 pounds continuously to move objects. Ability to walk, stand and sit, sometimes for prolonged periods of time.
- Age 21 with a valid driver's license and a clean driving record so you can be insured on the Buckner insurance and provide transportation as needed. Requires personal transportation to provide services throughout the local community;
- A professional commitment to Christian principles so as to perform tasks and responsibilities in alignment with Buckner’s mission, vision, and values
In addition to the amazing qualifications and experiences listed above, if we had our say, we would also look for:
- Master’s degree with course work in behavioral sciences or education.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
- Previous experience as a supervisor, directing people, or teams.
- A commitment to your own professional growth and development to enhance program services.
At Buckner one of the ways we show value to our team members is by offering the following perks:
- Medical and Dental benefits for employees and their eligible dependents;
- Life insurance;
- Short Term and Long-Term Disability benefits;
- Paid Time Off and Holidays;
- Paid Parental Leave;
- Retirement Savings Plan; and
- The 5Star Fun Benefit: encourages employees to spread good cheer to their co-workers and others, creating a happy, healthy environment for all!
The same way we treat our employees is how we treat all applicants – with respect. Buckner is an equal opportunity employer (EEO is the law). You will be treated fairly throughout our recruiting process and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status in consideration for a career at Buckner.