Careers

Our Mission is to transform the lives of children in foster care by building and nurturing permanent families.

Sierra Forever Families is a private non-profit foster family/adoption agency that focuses on finding and sustaining permanency for children and youth in the foster care system and provides an array of other community-based services to families and children.

Check out our current employment opportunities below.

Social Work Supervisor - Auburn and Grass Valley, CA

We are seeking a talented social work professional for a Social Work Supervisor position. This position will oversee our Foster Care/Adoption Placement Services in the Auburn and Nevada City offices.

 

Position Summary

The Social Work Supervisor heads up the daily functioning of their department. This position works in collaboration with the Placer County Children’s System of Care and Nevada County Child Protective Services staff. This position is responsible for making sure their area of responsibility is running in a smooth and efficient manner, particularly the work done by their direct employees and interns. In conjunction with the Program Director, this position participates in development, implementation, and evaluation of permanency polices and procedures as well as goals and outcomes. This position carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Sierra Forever Families policies, procedures and applicable laws. The supervisor will ensure legal compliance with child welfare and employment laws. The supervisor will train, coach, provide direction and professional development to staff. Communication with staff and management team is crucial.
Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field required
  • Licensed (LCSW or LMFT) preferred
  • Excellent supervision and management skills required—minimum three years supervisory/management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage programs
  • Social Work experience in child welfare, special needs adoptions, foster care, birth family intervention, youth permanency, and adoption.  Knowledge of local community resources
  • Adoption Home study experience required, SAFE Home Study format preferred
  • Knowledge of child welfare, community care licensing, adoption and foster care issues and regulations
  • Strong practical and theoretical foundation in strength-based practices
  • Expertise in administration and planning, risk assessment, and crisis intervention
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with staff at all levels, county child welfare agencies and community resource agencies
  • Verbal and written ability to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, community partners, and all levels of management
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects and assignments effectively
  • Knowledge of best practice standards California Alliance of Child and Family Services (CACFS) or Council on Accreditation (COA)
  • Proficiency with computer technology
  • Willingness to work non-traditional hours as the job necessitates
  • Cultural competence to work with diverse populations
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance and have access to reliable transportation
  • Must submit to and pass health screen, TB test, criminal record and child abuse index clearances.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for youth permanency, be solution oriented and be comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment within the agency and with community partners.

Position Location: Auburn and Nevada City, CA

To Apply:  E-mail resume and cover letter (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) detailing your relevant skills and experiences and how they fit the needs of the position along with salary requirements to jobs@sierraff.org.

Part-Time Wonder Program Coach - Sacramento, CA

Job Summary:

The Wonder program utilizes adult volunteers (Guides) to commit to support, guidance, and friendship to a young person (Explorer). The Wonder Coach helps to empower Guides to assist children and youth to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The primary role of the Wonder Coach is to partner with each Guide in a thought-provoking and creative process to help him or her develop effective interpersonal relationships with their Explorer to help them reach positive personal goals and increase their resiliency.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide support to the Guides to ensure strong relationships develop between the Guide and Explorer as well as the Caregiver(s)
  • Take the lead in supporting the Guide/Explorer through their ongoing relationship and serve as a positive role model
  • Act as a critical supporter by providing assistance, structure and guidance to Guides
  • Convene, document, and report check-ins with Guides, Explorer, and Caregiver
  • Ensure that all Guides perform consistently with applicable laws, regulations and compliance standards and behave legally and ethically in all matters
  • Ensure Wonder Staff and County Social Workers are kept up to date regarding the Guide/Explorer relationship as well as any other pertinent issues and events (e.g., upcoming court decisions, placement changes, etc.)
  • Direct Guides to contact the county social worker when appropriate and ensure that the proper documentation is sent to the county worker
  • Seek out additional resources on behalf of the Guides as necessary
  • Maintain communication with the Program Coordinator, Manager and other Coaches to discuss the progress of the relationships and to brainstorm specific situations
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Skills:

  • Good listener that asks open-ended questions to guide Wonder Guides/Explorers in the right direction rather than just telling them what to do
  • Open to change and new information; rapidly adapt to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles
  • Behave in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Show consistency in words and actions. Model high standards of ethics
  • Identify and analyze problems; weigh relevance and accuracy of information; generate and evaluate alternative solutions and makes recommendations
  • Knowledge of relevant coaching trends and practices
  • Knowledge of child welfare especially the foster care system
  • Foster an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the program
  • Maintain a professional, confidential work environment
  • Verbal and written ability to communicate effectively with staff, clients, colleagues, community partners, and all levels of management
  • Document and maintain essential program statistics, information and files
  • Manage multiple tasks at one time in an efficient manner
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback and advice
  • Proficiency in computer technology, Office 365 as well as Database/Case Management systems

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Counseling or related human service field required.  Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Certified Coach preferred
  • Experience in coaching, social or human services, or education; minimum of one year experience

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, climb or balance, stoop, sit, bend, squat, kneel, twist, crouch or crawl, and reach with hands and arms in an office or event setting.  Be able to drive and transport children as well as supplies to events.  Specific use of speech and hearing to communicate in person and by telephone; vision to read handwritten and printed materials and computer screen; and lift moderate weight including children.  Work hours include nights and weekends.

Miscellaneous:

  • Must submit to and pass a health screen, tuberculosis test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of vehicle insurance and have access to reliable transportation
  • The employee is expected to adhere to all agency policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to agency policies

This description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive.  It is subject to change without notice.

This job description does not constitute a contract for employment.

To apply for this position, send email to jobs@sierraff.org and include your resume and cover letter detailing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the requirements of this position.  Please include your salary requirements.

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