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.

Parent Partner - Grass Valley, CA

Position Summary:

Parent Partners are parents/caregivers who have first-hand experience with the various state and county systems, and who exhibited exceptional qualities in their own efforts to understand how systems work. The Parent Partner provides peer support to parents/caregivers of children receiving services but also works collaboratively to support systems change by increasing family involvement and decreasing unintentional bias about parents.

  • Actively support and engage families during their child’s mental health treatment, establish relationships, meet cultural and language needs, reduce anxiety or stigma, and assist in overcoming barriers that families often experience when seeking services
  • Assist families to identify and access needed services and help families learn about and effectively connect with a broad range of supportive community activities and services, depending on their needs
  • Assist families in increasing social connectedness by connecting them with social outings and community events, both agency and larger community
  • Knowledge of best practices/relevant trends in child welfare, adoption, and permanency
  • Maintain caseload/number of clients based on county contract and agency needs/billing requirements
  • Ability to facilitate Parenting Support Groups
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and initiative skills
  • Complete a minimum of 12 hours of annual training in topics specific to job expectations

Qualifications:

  • Must be biological, adoptive, kin parent, or non-related family member (NFRM) of a child with emotional or behavioral challenges or has had systems experience with their child in a child serving system (i.e. mental health, child welfare, probation, and/or special education
  • Must have direct experiences with child-serving systems
  • It is optimal for the Parent Partner to have experienced the level of care with their child equivalent to program assignment
  • Must have life experience as the parent of the child with emotional or behavioral challenges
  • Education in the area of social services is optimal but not necessary
  • Demonstrates an ability to maintain a non-judgmental attitude towards families

 Education and Experience:

  • Parent of, or experience as a primary caregiver (excludes foster parent) for a child with serious emotional or behavioral problems who has been involved with Child Protective Services (CPS), Children’s Behavioral Health (CBH), Alta Regional or Probation. Experience in adoption or the Foster Care system is preferred
  • No current open CPS or Probation case
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Valid California Driver’s License and a safe driving record
  • College courses/degree preferred

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.

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
  • 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.

Position Location: Grass Valley, 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

2018-0016

Family Developer/Social Worker - Sacramento, CA

Job Summary:

The Family Developer/Social Worker works in the Permanency Placement Unit preparing families for permanency. The Family Developer plays a vital role in the agency by being the first person that prospective families have contact with. The Family Developer is responsible for the beginning stages of assessing families as a possible resource, as well as ensuring that all components of the application are complete prior to a family being assigned to a home study social worker. The Family Developer also supports community outreach and recruitment efforts by participating in events and in supporting our Ambassador Family program.


Primary Job Functions:

  • Resource Family Assessment
    • Conduct preliminary interviews with prospective resource families
  • Resource Family Development and Support
    • Facilitate or co-facilitate orientation for potential resource families
    • Review and assess applications of potential resource families
    • Support families in completing all required and necessary documentation
  • Community Engagement
    • Represent SFF at outreach events to promote permanency
    • Support the Ambassador Family program
  • Recruitment
    • Support recruitment of potential resource families
    • Facilitate or co-facilitate Orientation training for prospective families (1x/month)

Additional Job Duties:

  • Home Studies
    • Perform psychosocial assessments using the SAFE Home Study model
  • Case Management
    • Coordinate / facilitate placement of the child with an approved family
    • Complete all required paperwork within timeline expectations at time of placement and throughout the course of the placement
    • Develop and update child-centered needs and services plans
    • Create and maintain accurate documentation of client records in compliance with CCL, SFF, and all other relevant regulatory agencies

Skills:

  • Strong psychosocial assessment, written and verbal skills
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and initiative skills
  • Ability to engage and build a trusting relationship with families
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and communities
  • Ability to have difficult conversations with families
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to complete clerical tasks and follow filing protocols
  • Align behavior with the mission and goals of SFF to promote permanency for youth in foster care
  • Complete a minimum of 24 hours of annual training in topics specific to job expectations
  • Proficiency in computer technology, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite, and Database / Case Management systems

Education and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related human service field. An exception letter must be obtained from CCL for all non-MSW employees.
  • Experience working with children and families required (2-year minimum, which can include a 2nd-year internship)
  • Previous experience working with SAFE Home Studies preferred

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 a health screen, tuberculosis test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances
  • 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
  • The employee is expected to adhere to all agency policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to agency policies

Travel:

  • Possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance and have access to reliable transportation.
  • Position requires some travel throughout Northern California (typically less than 8 hours per week)

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.

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 salary requirements to jobs@sierraff.org

Accounting Clerk - Sacramento, CA

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.

Job Summary:
The Accounting Clerk is primarily responsible for the accounting operations, reporting, account reconciliation and quality of our Finance reporting, processes, and procedures.  The person who fills this role is also expected to be the backup for processing Payroll and Payables.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Receivables
    • Tracks government grant expenses and invoice monthly per contract terms
    • Ensures timely receipt of payment for Sierra Forever Families services
    • Ensures that financial transactions are entered into accounting system
    • Makes banking deposits
  • Accounting
    • Work with CFO and Payroll to ensure accurate and robust accounting records
  • Reporting
    • Responsible to ensure that all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems are in compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements
    • Create financial reports, such as budget versus actual reports in an accurate and timely manner
  • Account Reconciliation/Internal Audit
    • Responsible for reconciliation of balance sheet accounts and Fund Development contribution accounts
    • Coordinate the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess any changes necessary
    • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices
    • Ensure that Finance procedures are documented and kept up to date

Other Responsibilities

  • Payroll
    • Fully trained in the PayChex Flex payroll system in order to operate as back up to the Payroll/Staff Accountant
    • Quality review of bi-weekly Payroll processing
  • General Ledger
    • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures
    • Reconcile monthly bank statements for all bank accounts
    • Generate invoices and books receivables in the General Ledger
  • Fill in as back up on Payables, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills

  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in work product
  • Technology savvy and experience with QuickBooks, Paychex, and Excel
  • Strong communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board of directors and committee members, as well as outside partners and Agency staff
  • Maintain a professional, confidential work environment 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting required; CPA or MBA preferred
  • At least 7-10 years of overall professional experience; ideally 6+ years of broad financial operations experience; non-profit experience a plus
  • Experience in financial audit, managing reporting, accounts receivable, general ledger, payroll

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, or squat.  Fluent in English, both verbally and written.  Must be able to lift moderate weight such as file folders and file boxes.

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: Bodily Injury coverage of 100k/300K and Property Damage 50k, 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.

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 salary requirements to jobs@sierraff.org

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