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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.

Supervised Visitation/Admin Specialist – Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Supervised Visitation/Admin Specialist, Full-Time

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 in Foster Care. Children are the heart of our mission and in everything we do.

If you are creative, enthusiastic, and passionate about bettering the lives of children, we encourage you to consider joining our team of passionate professionals.

Our full-time positions (30+ hours/week) offer a total employment package including retirement savings plans, comprehensive benefits, 12 paid holidays, and four weeks of paid time off annually.

Position Summary:

The Supervised Visitation/Admin Specialist works with Sierra Forever Families (SFF) adoption social workers to provide a safe and nurturing environment for birth families who have supervised and observed visits with their children who are in the foster care system as well as perform essential administrative duties.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Supervised Visitation (50%)
    • Coordination
      • Establish visitation schedules for families and visitation location.
      • Coordinate scheduling of visits between SFF adoption social workers and families.
    • Family Interaction
      • Interact with the children and families in a way which conveys respect and nurturing.
      • Support the social and emotional development of children and their connections with their birth family.
      • Observe and monitor family interactions based upon the court orders.
      • Clean and straighten supervision room, as well as put away outside equipment after each supervised visit.
    • Administrative (50%)
      • Court Documentation
        • Maintain visitation records and required court documentation.
        • Process court finalization documents and file with court.
      • Reporting:
        • Create monthly Social Worker report and monitor completed intake paperwork and all outstanding CCL-required documentation, following up with Social Workers, as needed.
        • Create weekly caseload report for PPU Supervisors.
      • Manage weekly on-call list by assigning and notifying social workers of their assignments.
      • Archive confidential family files, maintain archive tracking records, and recover archives, as needed.
      • Performs general clerical duties, including but not limited to, filing, photocopying, faxing and mailing.

Other duties as assigned.

Skills:

  • Independent self-starter with a keen eye for detail.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to quickly adapt to changing needs of the children, families, and program.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at one time in an efficient manner.
  • Ability to maintain a professional, confidential work environment.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Proficient in computer technology, including Microsoft Office 365.

Education and Experience:

  • Experience working in an early childhood setting or child welfare setting for at least 1 year.
  • Experience working with persons from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • BA/BS degree in related field a plus.
  • Specialized training in child welfare, adoptions, or child development a plus.

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. 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 (50 lbs.), including children.  Work hours include nights and weekends.

Travel:

  • Position requires periodic local travel (typically less than 2 hours/month).

Miscellaneous:

  • Must submit to and pass a health screen, tuberculosis test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances.
  • 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.

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 # 2019-0036

HR Generalist/Recruiter – Full Time - Sacramento, CA

HR Generalist/Recruiter, Full-Time

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 in Foster Care. Children are the heart of our mission and in everything we do.

If you are creative, enthusiastic, and passionate about bettering the lives of children, we encourage you to consider joining our team of passionate professionals.

Our full-time positions (30+ hours/week) offer a total employment package including retirement savings plans, comprehensive benefits, 12 paid holidays, and four weeks of paid time off annually.

Job Summary:

The Human Resources Generalist contributes to the outcome of Human Resources practices and objectives that provide an employee-oriented, high-performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and standards, goal attainment, and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce.

The Human Resources Generalist in this role will be primarily responsible for Recruiting, Onboarding, Terminations, and Benefits, but needs to have an overall understanding of the day-to-day administrative operations of the Human Resources department in order to provide back up support.  The person in this role will work closely with the Human Resources Director, Finance and other departments throughout the agency to provide a customer focused and effective HR support service.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Recruiting:
    • Manages all aspects of recruitment including.
      • Posts open positions and communicates open positions internally.
      • Screens candidates, and forwards appropriate candidates to the hiring manager.
    • Employee Onboarding:
      • Follows up with employee and other agencies to ensure that pre-employment physicals, fingerprinting, and background checks are received in a timely manner.
      • Meets with all new employees on their first day to complete required paperwork.
      • Ensures I-9’s are fully completed and maintained.
    • Benefits:
      • Works with the HR Director to design, develop and deliver competitive employee benefit programs.
      • Works with 3rd party administrators to coordinate implementation of benefit plans.
      • Enrolls new employees in Agency benefits programs.
      • Facilitates and plans the annual Open Enrollment program.
      • Provides compliance oversight for all qualified employee benefit plans/programs
      • Prepares documentation required for changes in pay, status, and benefits.
      • Liaison with Finance to ensure that employee benefits changes are communicated appropriately so that the payments to 3rd parties are accurate. May also reconcile monthly statements.
    • Employee Files:
      • Maintains personnel files in accordance with State and CCL regulations and Council on Accreditation standards.
      • Ensure appropriate records retention guidelines are followed.
      • Ensure that archiving records are current and up to date.
    • Employee / Supervisor Support:
      • Provides HR support to employees, supervisors, and managers to answer questions and offer guidance related to HR processes or any other HR-related questions.
    • Agency Compliance:
      • May assist with monthly activities and reports to ensure the agency remains compliant with County, State, and Federal requirements.
      • May assist with tracking due dates for increases and performance reviews and with tracking CDL and auto policy expiration dates.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills:

  • General knowledge of employment laws and practices.
  • Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify problems and propose solutions.
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks and manage deadlines.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010 Suite.

Education and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree with emphasis in Human Resources and 3 years of HR experience or 5 years’ of HR experience, with a focus on Recruiting and Benefits.
  • PHR preferred but not 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, stoop, or sit, in an office setting.  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.  Work hours may include nights and weekends.

Miscellaneous:

  • Must submit to and pass a health screen, tuberculosis test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances.

If you meet minimum qualification 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 requirement of this position.  

Req # 2019-0039

Permanency Supervisor - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Permanency Supervisor, Full-Time

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 in Foster Care. Children are the heart of our mission and in everything we do.

If you are creative, enthusiastic, and passionate about bettering the lives of children, we encourage you to consider joining our team of passionate professionals.

Our full-time positions (30+ hours/week) offer a total employment package including retirement savings plans, comprehensive benefits, 12 paid holidays, and four weeks of paid time off annually.

Position Summary:

The Permanency Supervisor promotes the well-being of children and youth in foster care by overseeing the daily functions of their departments. This position supports both the Permanency and Placement Unit as well as the Wonder mentoring program. The Permanency Supervisor develops, implements, and evaluates goals, outcomes, and procedures to promote permanency for children and youth in foster care.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Case Management
    • Oversee Permanency Social Workers.
    • Liaison with CPS Supervisors, families, and other service providers to ensure coordination of care.
    • Ensure that all programs and staff perform consistently with applicable laws, regulations, and compliance standards (BBS, CCL, Title XXII, and COA) and behave ethically in all matters.
    • Convene, document, and report weekly supervision with staff.
  • Permanency and Placement Unit Co-Supervisor
    • Resource Family Approval
      • Partnership of oversight of key components of the permanency program, including family development, match coordination, family approval, and admin support.
    • Training and Family Support
      • Partnership of oversight facilitation of orientation for potential resource families.
      • Partnership of oversight ongoing training of families, including Sierra’s Adoption Module.
      • Provide additional support to fost-adopt families as needed.
      • Plan, develop, and provide training and staff development programs, via coaching and mentoring, classroom training, demonstrations, on-the-job training, meetings, conferences, and workshops.
    • Community Engagement and Recruitment
      • Partnership of oversight of staff leading community engagement efforts.
      • Develop and implement the Sacramento-based Ambassador Family program.
      • Enhance recruitment efforts through targeted recruitment and the identification of new venues.
    • Program Development
      • Develop and implement an Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC) program.
      • Identify community partners to build an effective collaboration to meet the needs of youth stepping down from higher levels of care.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills:

  • Working knowledge of:
    • State Regulations for child placement agencies set forth by CDSS and CCL.
    • CA Family Code, 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.
    • Strong working knowledge of advancing permanency for youth in foster care.
    • Child psychology and development, family relationships, and family dynamics.
    • Accreditation Standards (COA).
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written in order to communicate effectively with staff, clients, colleagues, community partners, and all levels of management.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to engage and build a trusting relationship with families and with diverse populations and communities.
  • Align behavior with the mission and goals of SFF to promote permanency for youth in foster care.
  • Proficiency in computer technology, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite, and Database / Case Management systems.
  • Experience providing clinical supervision hours for interns a plus.


Travel: Some travel within Northern California is required.

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or related human service field from accredited school.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in child welfare, adoptions, foster care, birth family intervention, youth permanency, child abuse, family dynamics, crisis intervention, and community resources.
  • Minimum 2-3 years supervisory experience in related field.

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 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 (50 lbs.), including children.  Work hours include some 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 adequate vehicle insurance and have access to reliable transportation.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as well as be available for emergencies and calls after hours and on weekends to meet the needs of the children and families.
  • 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 # 2019-0038

Nurse (LVN/RN) – Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Licensed Vocational/Registered Nurse: Full-Time

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 in Foster Care. Children are the heart of our mission and in everything we do.

If you are creative, enthusiastic, and passionate about bettering the lives of children, we encourage you to consider joining our team of passionate professionals.

Our full-time positions (30+ hours/week) offer a total employment package including retirement savings plans, comprehensive benefits, 12 paid holidays, and four weeks of paid time off annually.

Position Summary:

The Licensed vocational/Registered Nurse (LVN/RN) is responsible for managing the individualized patient care by promoting patients’ health through the nursing process, collaborating with SFF physician and multidisciplinary team members, and by providing on-call and physical support to patients and families.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Supporting clients and their families.
    • Monitoring patient’s condition and assessing needs to ensure the best possible care and advice, and also ensuring that the physician is aware.
    • Collaborating with patients and their families to educate on healthy habits.
    • Be on call to support families with questions they have regarding medication after hours.
    • Foster a supportive and compassionate environment to care for patients and their families.
    • Regularly inspect the facilities to ensure excellent hygiene and safety practices are followed.
  • On site office visits.
    • Perform routine procedures, such as blood pressure monitoring, weight, and chart maintenance.
    • Provide client treatments according to physician’s orders.
  • Gathers and maintains accurate, detailed client data, reports and records.
    • Client vital signs.
    • Symptoms or changes in client conditions.
    • Document medication side effects.
  • Coordinating client health care needs with SFF physician.
    • Schedule appointments, ensuring times scheduled are available for client and physician.

Other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills:

  • Active listening and social perceptiveness.
  • Professional demeanor and service orientation.
  • Team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
  • Current licensure in good standing in California.
  • Evidence of 1 year of nursing experience within the specialty of a non-profit agency focusing on adoptions and foster children.
  • Evidence of BLS and all additional required credentials specific to nurse specialty and as designated by Sierra Forever Families.

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 a clinical or office setting;  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 weight up to 50 pounds.

May be required to work some flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

Miscellaneous:

  • Must submit to and pass a health screen, tuberculosis test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation to get to and from work.

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 # 2019-0035

Mental Health Clinician – Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Mental Health Clinician, Full-Time position

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 in Foster Care. Children are the heart of our mission and in everything we do.

If you are creative, enthusiastic, and passionate about bettering the lives of children, we encourage you to consider joining our team of passionate professionals.

Our full-time positions (30+ hours/week) offer a total employment package including retirement savings plans, comprehensive benefits, 12 paid holidays, and four weeks of paid time off annually.

Job Summary:

The clinician is a member of the Therapeutic Support Services (TSS) team, providing strength-based, in-home, and community-based services to children and families involved in the child welfare system.  The primary focus of this position 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. Services provided by the clinician will have a strong mental health aspect, focusing on relational, attachment, and trauma informed practices.

Essential functions:

  • Clinical Services
  • Provide clinical services in the form of individual, family, and/or group psychotherapy as guided by the treatment plan.
  • Provide services in support of the permanency or placement stabilization process.
  • Provide appropriate psychotherapy to meet client’s needs behaviorally, developmentally, and emotionally.
  • Provide on-call support, case management, and crisis intervention services as required by the Agency, the County Children’s Behavioral Health, which are appropriate to the clients’ needs.
  • Therapeutic Records and Documentation
  • Progress notes and case records must be maintained and kept updated after each interaction.
  • Documentation adherence must meet Medi-Cal (EPSDT), other regulatory agencies, and SFF requirements.
  • Develop effective treatment plans with clear and measurable intervention strategies, which are tailored to child and family strengths, needs and cultural preferences.
  • Facilitate the development and refinement of effective behavior and risk specific reactive and proactive safety plans.
  • Complete assessments and evaluations that are culturally relevant and appropriate to youth and family strengths and needs, including identification of target behaviors and the function of those target behaviors.
  • Organize, perform, and maintain outcome measures, chart audits, and case files for compliance with all relevant regulatory agencies.
  • Professional Collaboration
  • Work in collaboration with county, state, schools, and private agencies participating in interdisciplinary treatment planning.
  • Provide pertinent information with all authorized representatives of the child.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience: 

  • Clinical experience working with children and families required.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide outreach to diverse populations and communities.
  • Possess an understanding of the unique psychological and behavioral needs of children/youth and their families to promote healthy relationships and well-being.
  • Strong counselling and assessment skills.
  • Knowledge of treatment planning and effective treatment interventions for children and families.
  • Ability to identify and analyze problems; weigh relevance and accuracy of information; generate and evaluate alternative solutions and make recommendations.
  • Knowledge of relevant trends and practices in child welfare, adoption, and permanency.
  • Working knowledge of:
    • State Regulations for child placement agencies set forth by CDSS and CCL.
    • Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)/Medi-Cal billing requirements.
    • Welfare and Institution Code 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 treatment of families and youth involved with adoption, foster care, youth permanency, family reunification, and concurrent planning.
    • Child psychology, child development, principles of individual and group behavior, family relationships, and family dynamics.
    • Accreditation Standards (COA).
    • Knowledge of best practices such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Therapeutic Adoption Competency (TAC), and Positive Behavior Practices (PBP).

Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to communicate with staff, clients, community partners, and all levels of management.
  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task on a daily basis.
  • Display high standards of ethical conduct and exhibits honesty and integrity.
  • Be able to maintain a professional, confidential work environment.
  • Proficiency in computer technology, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite as well as Database/Case Management systems.

Education Required:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related human service field.
  • Registered with BBS: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), or Licensed or Registered Psychologist.

Or

  • Registered intern within appropriate California Professional Board: Associate Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Professional Clinical Counselor Intern, or Psychological Assistant.

Travel

  • Local travel required, typically within a 10 to 30-mile radius to visit children and families.

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 (up to 50 lbs.), including children.  Work hours include occasional nights and weekends.

Miscellaneous:

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

Req #: 2019-0037

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