Illinois State University is seeking dynamic professionals to join a partnership between public university social work programs and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) in the implementation of a statewide field support initiative for the Supervisory Training to Enhance Practice (STEP) program.
The STEP program will provide field support to IDCFS and private sector direct supervisors of child welfare services to facilitate implementation and sustaining of Illinois' model of Family-centered, Trauma-informed, Strength-based (FTS) practice.
Candidates for the following positions are being sought for positions in the Central Illinois region.
Using various negotiation, training, coaching and transfer of learning methodologies, the Field Support Specialist works directly with permanency/foster care and intact family service child welfare supervisors and agency management to identify practice enhancement areas and develop group and individual plans to advance the supervisor's mastery level knowledge of Family-centered, Trauma-informed, Strength-based (FTS) practice and evidence-informed practices in four key areas: practice mastery and clinical guidance; training and team building of staff; implementation and systems management and supervisory leadership within the agency and the community; aimed at improved outcomes for children and strengthening families.
Incumbent will assist in the Supervisor Training to Enhance Practice Program (STEP). STEP is a partnership between public university social work programs and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. STEP is designed to assist child welfare supervisors and middle managers as they implement and maintain child welfare practices and programs. STEP staff transfer the knowledge and skills introduced in training into child welfare practice, casework intervention and evidence-based services.
Required Experience and Competencies:
Eight (8) or more years of experience in a public-sponsored, agency-based child welfare setting providing a combination of direct child welfare casework including child welfare Intake, Intact Family Services, Permanency/Foster Care Services, and direct supervision of child welfare direct service staff and/or management of child welfare services.
All experience must be in the provision of public-sponsored casework services provided directly to children and families receiving child welfare services from IDCFS or its private sector partner agencies.
Requires ability to use Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft XP operating systems, the Internet; Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint; Microsoft Excel.
Required Education and Licensure:
This position requires a Masters Degree from an accredited college or university with course work in Social Work or other recognized professional degree in human services with appropriate state license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Applicants who meet the above criteria but do not currently possess a LCSW or LCPC license must be eligible for and successfully complete all requirements to receive such license within one year of employment.
Salary commensurate with qualifications. The range for this position is $38,000-$45,000 annually.
Instructions to Applicants:
Initial review of applications will begin March 18, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted no later than March 17, 2011. To assure full consideration, an application along with a resume/curriculum vita, reference list (specifically, the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references), and cover letter must be submitted online at www.IllinoisState.edu/jobs.
Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer