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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.

Our Mission

We transform the lives of children in foster care by building and nurturing permanent families.

Clinician –Nevada City, CA

Position Summary

The Clinician is a member of the interdisciplinary mental health team working with our Family Preservation, Therapeutic Support Services, and Destination Family programs. Strength based office, in-home, and community based services are provided to children and families who may be at risk of child abuse/neglect or those who already are involved in the child welfare system.  The primary focus is to stabilize and secure permanency for families and children, to stabilize placement for children in the foster care system, and to support a lifelong, secure, and permanent family connection as expediently as possible so that no youth will age out of foster care without a permanent family connection. The Clinician is responsible to provide individual, group, and family therapy to our foster, birth, and/or adoptive families. The clinician is an important member of the interdisciplinary team and will coordinate and participate in in-home services with other programs and mental health professionals. Responsibilities include participation in the development and monitoring of treatment plans and documentation as well as EPSDT Medi-Cal billing and documentation.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) or Master’s Degree in a related field
  • Registered with BBS, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) preferred
  • Knowledge of Medi-Cal (EPSDT) billing and procedures required
  • Experienced therapist with a knowledge in family systems and evidence-based practices such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Dyadic Development Psychology (DDP), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
  • Ability to effectively engage youth and families in a therapeutic setting
  • Working knowledge of mental health issues and community resources
  • Knowledge of child welfare
  • Strong practical and theoretical foundation in strength-based practices
  • Knowledge of wrap around and community-based program principles
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with other team members, county child welfare agencies and community resource agencies
  • Proficiency in 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 (250/500/100k) and have access to reliable transportation
  • Must submit to and pass health screen, TB test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances

Position Location: Nevada City, California

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

Family Support Specialist – Nevada City, CA

Position Summary

The Family Support Specialist is a member of the interdisciplinary SFF Family Preservation mental health team. Strength based in-home and community based services are provided to children and families who may be at risk of child abuse/neglect or those who already are involved in the child welfare system. Based on the family’s individualized treatment plan and under the direction of the FP Clinician, the FP Family Support Specialist will provide in-home support that will assess and assist families with strength enhancingbehavioral change and aid the development of natural supports. This position is responsible for EPSDT Medi-Cal billing and Nevada County documentation requirements.

The FP Family Support Specialist develops positive relationships with clients, birth parents and/or caregivers, and provides skills, guidance, and referrals as needed to assist the children and families assigned to their case load.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work , Social Services or related Behavioral Health field required
  • Ability to effectively engage and work with at-risk children and families
  • Working knowledge of mental health issues, behavioral processes and behavior-change techniques
  • Knowledge of the child welfare system and community resources
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with other team members, county child welfare agencies and community resource agencies
  • Knowledge of Medi-Cal billing and procedures desirable
  • Understanding of basic wrap around community-based program principles
  • Knowledge of Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) principles preferred
  • Proficiency in computer technology
  • Willingness to work non-traditional hours as the job necessitates
  • Cultural competence to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance 250/500/100k and have access to reliable transportation as this position requires travel to meet with clients
  • Must submit to and pass health screen, TB test, criminal record and child abuse index clearances

The ideal candidate will have a passion for assisting families in creating a safe and healthy environment in which to raise their children and be a creative and effective solution oriented individual who is comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment within the agency and with community partners.

Position Location: Nevada City, California

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

Permanency Supervisor – Auburn, CA

Position Summary

The Permanency Supervisor heads up the daily functioning of their department. This position works in collaboration with the Placer County System of Care 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 Manager 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 the Sierra Forever Families policies, procedures and applicable laws. The supervisor will ensure legal compliance with child welfare and employment laws. Train, coach, provide direction and professional development to staff. Communication with staff and management team is crucial.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work 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
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance 250/500/100k and have access to reliable transportation
  • Must submit to and pass health screen, TB test, criminal record and child abuse index clearances
  • Cultural competence to work with diverse populations

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 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.

Quality Improvement/Database Analyst– Sacramento, CA

Position Summary

The Quality Improvement/Database Analyst will be responsible for analyzing quality and business operations improvement throughout the Agency. The successful analyst will be a champion of the value of Performance and Quality Improvement to the agency and its clients and be able to collaborate with fellow workers across the agency and assist them in their PQI activities.   This person will also be a member of the Permanency Quality of Care committee and support any data analysis arising from the committee. In addition, this person will be responsible for completing the implementation, maintenance and management of the case management database.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Organizational and administrative skills with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to recognize opportunities for improvement and implement changes
  • Demonstrated competence with database management, data processing software and standard Microsoft Office Programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to prepare and present data effectively to staff, partners, and all levels of management
  • Ability to train individuals with varying degrees of technical skills
  • Experience with Performance and Quality Improvement processes
  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to, diverse cultures and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Must submit to and pass health screen, TB test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances

Position Location: Sacramento, California

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