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.

Resource Family Training Specialist - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Position Summary:

The Resource Family Training Specialist, under the guidance of the SFF Agency Program Director, schedules, conducts, designs, evaluates, and implements trainings for Resource Families to assure that Community Care Standards are adhered to.  The Training Specialist implements training that provides both clinical/trauma informed parenting techniques, while also supporting families in their understanding of the many elements of the child welfare system.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Resource Family Training:
    • ISFC Training for RFA families.
    • RFA pre-approval and ongoing training to potential Resource Families for all SFF Offices.
    • Develop/keep current; training curricula meeting Resource Family training requirements and incorporating best practices in the field
  • SFF Staff Training:
    • Coordinate, and deliver quarterly training for SFF programs or all staff (depending on topic).
  • Training Coordination & Planning:
    • Develop, coordinate, and communicate the annual agency training calendar for Resource Families.
  • Training Records:
    • Maintain accurate documentation of training records in compliance with Council on Accreditation (COA) and Community Care Licensing (CCL and all other relevant regulatory agencies.
    • Gather, maintain and report training related data in agency database/SAM
  • Coordinate with PQI staff to determine needs for additional training.
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Knowledge of relevant trends and practices in child welfare, adoption, and
  • Facilitation skills and ability to communicate effectively and translate needs between resource parents, staff, community partners, and all levels of management.
  • Ability to develop, plan, implement and evaluate curriculum
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Organized and detail oriented.
  • Working knowledge of:
    • State Regulations for child placement agencies set forth by CDSS and CCL
    • Welfare and Institution Code, Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA) and other related state and federal rules, regulations and laws pertaining to adoption, foster care, youth permanency, mentoring, and concurrent planning
    • Adoption clinical issues
    • Principles, practices and techniques used in the administration of adoption, foster care, youth permanency and concurrent planning
    • Child psychology, child development, principles of individual and group behavior, family relationships, and family dynamics
    • Accreditation Standards (COA)
  • Proficient in computer technology, Microsoft Office 365 as well as Database/Case Management systems

Education and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Education or related human service field preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Education or related human service field required. Five years of similar work experience may be substituted for education requirement
  • Experience in teaching, group presentation, facilitating groups and developing curriculum required

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.

Miscellaneous:

  • Frequent travel required between SFF offices for meetings and to conduct training.
  • Required to work at least two evenings per week and two Saturdays per month.
  • 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 adequate 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

If you meet minimum qualifications for this position you can apply by sending an email to jobs@sierraff.org that includes your resume and cover letter detailing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the requirements of this position.

Req # 2019-0049

Clinical Program Manager, FIT - Full Time - Citrus Heights, CA

Clinical Program Manager, FIT, Full-Time

Are you a BBS licensed individual who is looking for more than just a paycheck?

Are you creative, enthusiastic, and passionate about bettering the lives of children?

If so, then consider becoming a part of our NEW TEAM in our expanding Mental Health Program!

We offer a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Paid Time Off
  • Health insurance (Kaiser, Sutter, and others)
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Healthcare spending or reimbursement accounts such as HSAs or FSAs
  • 401k with up to a 4% match after the first year

Sierra Forever Families, established in 1983 as Sierra Adoption Services, 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. We serve children and families in 12 Northern California counties. We do more than place children into loving homes. We believe that every child needs a permanent family, we are advocates of all children – they are the heart of our mission and everything we do.

Position Summary:

The Clinical Supervisor is responsible to ensure that the Mental Health department functions efficiently and that requirements for legal compliance with child welfare and employment laws are followed. The Clinical Supervisor also directs work performed by licensed Clinicians and interns, assigns cases to staff, and may follow up with clients, as required. It is also expected that the Clinical Supervisor work with the Clinical Program Manager in development, implementation, and evaluation of mental health policies and procedures, as well as goals and outcomes. This position carries out supervisory responsibilities including training and coaching.

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and confidence in speaking with staff, clients, colleagues, community partners, and all levels of management.
  • Ability to rapidly adapt to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  • Ability to identify and analyze problems and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Knowledge of relevant trends and practices in child welfare, adoption, and permanency.
  • Knowledge of wrap around and community-based program principles.
  • Strong practical and theoretical foundation in evidence-based and best practices such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Positive Parenting Program (Triple P).
  • Knowledge of Medi-Cal (EPSDT) billing and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of:
    • State Regulations for child placement agencies set forth by CDSS and CCL.
    • California Family Code statues affecting scope of agency activity.
    • Welfare and Institution Code, Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA) and other related state and federal rules, regulations and laws pertaining to adoption, foster care, youth permanency, mentoring, and concurrent planning.
    • Adoption clinical issues.
    • Principles, practices and techniques used in the administration of adoption, foster care, youth permanency and concurrent planning.
    • Child psychology, child development, principles of individual and group behavior, family relationships, and family dynamics.
    • Accreditation Standards (COA).
  • Highly proficient in computer technology, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite as well as Database/Case Management systems.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling. or related human service field.
  • Possession of a valid California LCSW or LMFT.
  • Five (5) years’ experience in child welfare, special needs adoptions, foster care, birth family intervention, youth permanency, child abuse, family dynamics, crisis intervention, and community resources
  • Three (3) years’ supervisory experience.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to sit or stand for long periods of time in an office setting or while driving; intermittently walk, stand, bend, squat, kneel, twist, and reach with hands and arms; use speech and hearing to communicate in person and by telephone; vision to read handwritten and printed materials and computer screen; and lift moderate weight of up to 50 pounds, including children.

May work evenings and weekends.

Travel:

  • Position requires some travel throughout Northern California (typically less than 10 hours per week).

Miscellaneous:

  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license and proof of adequate vehicle insurance.
  • Must submit to and pass a health screen, tuberculosis test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances.

If you meet minimum qualifications for this position you can apply by sending an email to jobs@sierraff.org that includes your resume and cover letter detailing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the requirements of this position.

Req # 2019-0042

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