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

Office Assistant - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Office Assistant, Full-Time

Are you creative, enthusiastic, and passionate about being part of a company this is focused on bettering the lives of children?

If so, then consider becoming a part of the Sierra Forever Families team!

We offer a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Paid Time Off (up to 160 hours in your first year)!
  • 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.

The primary purpose of the Office Assistant is to welcome our clients and families and to facilitate smooth operations of the Agency by providing site-wide administrative and clerical support and by conducting operational duties, as dictated by business requirements.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Reception Desk:
  • Provides high level of customer service by being the first point of contact when answering phones, greeting customers, and responding to and initiating email communications
  • Assures that proper sign-in procedures are followed, and security precautions taken
  • Maintains a tidy, efficient, and welcoming lobby environment
  • Directs information by distributing any incoming communication and mail correspondence
  • Office Assistant:
  • Perform general clerical duties
  • Maintains meeting room calendars
  • Assists with the coordination of events
  • Maintains office schedule
  • Analyzes and proofreads a variety of documents
  • Gathers and organizes information to complete various routine logs and databases
  • Maintains office supply inventory levels
  • Destination Families:
  • Assist Destination Families with Seneca searches, family finding searches, and filing duties
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to deal with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Foster an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization
  • Proficient in Office 365 Suite
  • Must be an initiator in taking responsibilities
  • Must have skills in setting priority and managing work demands
  • Detail oriented
  • Maintain a professional and confidential work environment
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at one time in an efficient manner
  • Be open to change; 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

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Two years of general clerical or office assistant experience preferred
  • 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 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.).

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
  • Must be willing to stay after hours on an average of 4-5 times a month until 6:30 to register attendees for classes.

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 # 2019-0048

Wonder Program Specialist - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Wonder Program Specialist, Full-Time

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

If so, then consider becoming a part of our Permanency Team!

We offer a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Paid Time Off (up to 160 hours in your first year)!
  • 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.

The Wonder Program Specialist works under the direction of the Permanency / Wonder Program Supervisor to support the implementation and coordination of the Wonder Mentoring Program. The Specialist assists in the achievement of Wonder’s program objectives and overall program quality. The Specialist collaborates with Wonder Mentoring Program staff and volunteers to connect guides who are trained to listen, support, and guide each foster child through fun, age-appropriate experiences—music, the arts, sports, and outdoor activities.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Program Oversight
  • Support Wonder Coaches to provide appropriate guidance to Wonder mentors
  • Co-facilitate quarterly Wonder Coach meetings
  • Review Wonder Coach logs and provide analysis and feedback
  • Co-facilitate training and match coordination of volunteers and youth
  • Event Coordination
  • Co-facilitate Wonder events, including one weekend summer camp
  • Co-facilitate the planning,, coordination, and preperation for events for youth as well as those for volunteers
  • Partnership Development
  • Build strategic partnerships with community-based organizations to support the program
  • Co-author Wonder newsletter and blog posts to promote outreach and recruitment
  • Database Management
  • Manage all pertinent documents for Wonder mentors
  • Utilize an agency database to input information about volunteers and their matched mentees
  • Coordinate the referral process from applications to interviews to final assessment
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills:

  • Initiative and drive to fulfil our agency’s mission
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to engage and build a trusting relationship with families
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and communities
  • 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
  • Attention to detail and data processing
  • Proficiency in computer technology, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite, and Database / Case Management systems

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Sociology, Communications, or related human service field.
  • Experience working with children and families, as well as with developing partnerships, preferred (1 year minimum)

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 to events and set-up and take-down outreach materials. 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 occasional weekends for Wonder Program events
  • 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)

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

Req # 2019-0047

Family Support Specialist - Full Time - Grass Valley, CA

Family Support Specialist, Full-Time

Are you interested in supporting the lives of children and families ?

Do you have a passion for helping preserve the family unit?

If so, then consider this exciting opportunity to join the Family Preservation Unit Mental Health Team!

We offer a wide range of benefits, including:
• Paid Time Off (up to 160 hours in your first year)!
• 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 Family Support Specialist is a member of the Nevada County 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 Clinician, the Family Support Specialist will provide in-home support that will assess and assist families with strength enhancing-behavioral change and aid the development of natural supports.  Services are provided in-home and utilize Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and other strengths-based solution-focused practices.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Possess an understanding of the unique psychological and behavioral needs of children/youth and their families to promote healthy relationships and well-being and provide services in support of the permanency or placement stabilization process
  • Assist parents, utilizing Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and/or other strength-based practices, with simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behavior, prevent problems developing, and build strong, healthy relationships
  • Support parents in developing problem-solving skills, coping skills, and improved communication skills in order to resolve day-to-day crises
  • Assist families in identifying and sorting priorities, and to promote the utilization of community resources
  • Participate in developing attainable goals, and in implementing the actions steps
  • Provide support, case management, and crisis intervention services as required by the Agency, the County Children’s Behavioral Health, and appropriate to the clients’ needs
  • Create and maintain accurate documentation of client records in compliance with Medi-Cal (EPSDT) and all other relevant regulatory agencies.
  • Work professionally within collaborations with county, state, schools, and private agencies, participating in interdisciplinary treatment planning
  • Organize, perform, and maintain outcome measures, chart audits, and case files for compliance with all relevant regulatory agencies
  • Travel required to support children and families
  • Work extended hours (including occasional weekend) when necessary to support children and families or when imposed deadlines need to be met
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Strong verbal and written ability to communicate effectively with staff, clients, colleagues, community partners, and all levels of management. Clearly communicate key goals to obtain permanency goals and other program goals
  • Working knowledge of:
    • Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)/Medi-Cal billing requirements
    • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
    • 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
    • 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

Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related human service field
  • Experience working with children and families 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.  Be able to drive and transport children/families, 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.
• 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.orgthat includes your resume and cover letter detailing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the requirements of this position.

Req # 2019-0046

Social Work Supervisor - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Social Work Supervisor, Full-Time

Are you interested in supporting the lives of children and families engaged in the foster care system?

Do you have a passion for helping foster children find their forever home?

If so, then consider this exciting opportunity to lead a team of permanency social workers!

We offer a wide range of benefits, including:
• Paid Time Off (up to 160 hours in your first year)!
• 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 Permanency Supervisor promotes the well-being of children and youth in foster care by overseeing the daily functions of their department. This position supports the Permanency and Placement Unit. The Permanency Supervisor supports, develops, implements, and evaluates program goals, outcomes, and procedures to promote permanency for children and youth in foster care.

Essential Job Functions:

• Oversight of Case Management
o Oversight of Permanency team of up to 7 social workers.
o Liaison with CPS Supervisors, social workers, families, and other service providers to ensure coordination of
care.
o 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.
o Convene, document, and report weekly supervision with staff.
• Partnership in the oversight of Permanency and Placement Unit
o Resource Family Approval
o Partnership of oversight of key components of the permanency program, including family development,
match coordination, family approval, and admin support.
o Training and Family Support
o Partnership of oversight facilitation of orientation for potential resource families.
o Partnership of oversight ongoing training of families, including Sierra’s Adoption Module.
o Provide additional support to fost-adopt families as needed.
o Plan, develop, and provide training and staff development programs, via coaching and mentoring, classroom
training, demonstrations, on-the-job training, meetings, conferences, and workshops.
o Community Engagement and Recruitment
o Partnership of oversight of staff leading community engagement efforts.
o Develop and implement the Sacramento-based Ambassador Family program.
o Enhance recruitment efforts through targeted recruitment and the identification of new venues.
o Program Development
o Develop and implement an Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC) program.
o 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:
o State Regulations for child placement agencies set forth by CDSS and CCL.
o 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.
o Adoption clinical issues.
o Strong working knowledge of advancing permanency for youth in foster care.
o Child psychology and development, family relationships, and family dynamics.
o 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.

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 1 year of 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

Youth Skills Trainer - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Youth Skills Trainer, Full-Time

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 (up to 160 hours in your first year)!
  • 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.

Job Summary:

The Youth Skills Trainer works in the Therapeutic Support Services unit to support children, non-minor dependents, and their families. As a part of the mental health team, and under the guidance of the case carrying clinician, the Youth Skills Trainer builds positive relationships with youth and their caregivers to complete components of the client treatment plan. This position is community-based and focused predominantly in the Sacramento region.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Youth Engagement and Development
    • Build healthy relationships with youth and their caregivers
    • Connect with youth to encourage and support their engagement in their own treatment planning
    • Participate in school and/or community activities to support development of healthy relationships
    • Model and coach positive, constructive attitudes and behaviors in managing difficult situations in school, work, and living situations
  • Promote Permanency
    • Support completion of client treatment plan in consideration of overarching goal of permanency, both relational permanency as well as legal permanency
    • Identify barriers to permanency and work with youth to overcome surmountable barriers
    • Provide in-home support that will assess and assist families with strength enhancing-behavioral change and aid the development of natural supports
    • Collaborate with Child and Family Team (CFT) members to ensure youth voice and youth choice
  • Documentation
    • Create and maintain accurate documentation of client records in compliance with Medi-Cal (EPSDT) and all other relevant regulatory agencies.
    • Maintain and update progress notes and case records in a timely manner
  • Partnership Development
    • Build strategic partnerships with community-based organizations, as well as local and state entities
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with collaborative partners—non-profits, community activists, business leaders and religious groups—to meet the agency mission
    • Possess specific cultural competence to work with and outreach to culturally diverse populations and communities
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills:

  • Initiative and drive to fulfill our agency’s mission
  • Communicate effectively (verbally and written) with staff, clients, colleagues, community partners, and all levels of management
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to engage and build a trusting relationship with families
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and communities
  • 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
  • Understanding of EPSDT billing, Welfare and Institution Codes, Continuation of Care Reform, and other pertinent state regulations
  • Work extended hours (including occasional weekends) when necessary to support children and families or when imposed deadlines need to be met
  • Meet revenue and productivity standards

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related human service field.
  • Experience working with children and families, as well as with developing partnerships (1 year minimum)

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 to events and set-up and take-down outreach materials.  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)

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 #: 2019-0040

Peer Advocate - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Peer Advocate, Full-Time

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 (up to 160 hours in your first year)!
  • 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:

Peer Advocates are individuals with personal experience receiving services within the public health system, including mental health, child welfare, or juvenile justice and who have the necessary skills, training, and experience that enable them to support youth in meaningful ways. The Peer Advocate works as part of a multi-disciplinary team within Sierra Forever Families, providing youth/family centered, community oriented, strengths-based services to youth and families. The Peer Advocate will provide education and support as a role model and companion to youth involved in treatment services and will help to impart their perspective throughout the treatment process by serving as the voice for the youth in planning and policy making.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides active support to youth:
  • Acts as an informal counselor by listening to and identifying with the youth’s experiences, particularly around relationships, attitudes, personal goals, and personal rights.
  • Assists clients in their efforts to articulate and communicate their needs
  • Empowers youth by providing support to that enables them to become equal partners in development and implementation of their service plans.
  • Help youth learn to build trusted relationships with treatment providers and other adults.
  • Ensure access to services:
  • Ensure that youth have access to a comprehensive array of prevention and support services that meet their individual needs.
  • Ensure that services are family centered, easily accessible, respectful of cultural, ethnic, and other community characteristics and are stigma free.
  • Meets with youth clients and guides them through the process of accessing agency services and community resources.
  • Links youth to appropriate health, social, and/or educational resources.
  • Coordinates and/or facilitates youth-centered activities such as:
  • Recreational Activities
  • Peer Social Support Groups
  • Academic Development and Support
  • Participation in agency-wide program meetings, family team meetings, & management decision-making meetings.
  • Represent the needs and perspectives of youth.
  • Give and exchange perspectives on youth strengths.
  • Share needs with internal and external stakeholders and decision makers within the system of care.

Other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills:

  • Personal experience as a youth receiving services in the public health system.
  • At last one year of experience working with advocacy, outreach, and community-based services.
  • Demonstrated experience working with children and adolescent youth on a one-on-one basis.
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with clients in a wide variety of cultural contexts and community settings.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment, as well as the ability to work independently.

Education and Experience Required:

  • High School Diploma with 2 years relevant experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

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 at an event or 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 25 pounds.

May work some flexible hours including evenings and weekends, depending upon the needs of the youth and families.

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.orgthat includes your resume and cover letter detailing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the requirements of this position.

Req. #: 2019-0045

Family Advocate - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Family Advocate, Full-Time

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 (up to 160 hours in your first year)!
  • 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:

Family Advocates are those individuals with personal experience participating in the system of care as a consumer or a parent/caregiver and have the necessary skills and experience for supporting families.  The Family Advocate works as part of a multi-disciplinary team within Sierra Forever Families, providing family centered, community oriented, strengths-based services to youth and families.  The family advocate will provide education and support as a role model and companion to other parents/caregivers and help to impart the family perspective throughout the treatment process while serving as an advocate for parents/caregivers.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides active support to families:
    • Provides support as an informal counselor through listening to and empathizing with parent/caregiver experiences.
    • Drawing from personal experience, provides training, consultation and peer support to parents/caregivers involved in program services and the treatment process.
    • Taking into account cultural contexts and economic settings, seeks to improve the effectiveness of parent/professional partnerships to meet the needs of youth and families.
    • Maximize the parent/caregiver voice, choice and involvement in community meetings throughout the service delivery process.
    • Assists parents/caregivers in their efforts to articulate and communicate their needs to service providers.
  • Facilitates and/or coordinates activities that support family growth:
    • Plan and carry out family support activities to promote community-based peer interactions and modeling parenting skills.
    • Provides 1:1 parent coaching/mentoring focused on enhancing parenting skills and positive discipline.
    • Coordinates and supports parent leadership training series for identified caregivers, including support groups.
    • Provides select case management support, including connecting families to resources and community supports.
  • Participation in internal agency and external meetings and support activities:
    • Provides support in variety of meetings (IEPs, CFTs, Doctors appointment etc..), which may also include providing transport for parents/caregivers.
    • Participate actively with other providers and advocates to give a voice to the families’ perspective.
    • Adapts to changes in treatment, as determined by the therapist and the client/family.
  • Completes all appropriate documentation in a timely manner, including collection of any data measures used by program.

Other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills:

  • A parent/caregiver who has personal experience raising a youth with emotional or behavioral challenges and has had experience with their child in the child welfare system.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting parents, children, and youth on a one-on-one basis.
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with clients in a wide variety of cultural contexts and community settings.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment, as well as the ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with clients in a wide variety of cultural contexts and community settings.

 

Education and Experience Required:

  • High School Diploma with 2 years relevant experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

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 at an event  or 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.

May work some flexible hours including evenings and weekends, depending on the needs of the families.

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 # 2019-0044

Alcohol/Drug Clinician - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Alcohol/Drug Clinician, Full-Time

Are you a BBS licensed or registered intern who is looking for more than just a paycheck?

Are you 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 (up to 160 hours in your first year)
  • 12 Paid holidays
  • Health, Dental, and 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 in Foster Care. Children are the heart of our mission and in everything we do.

Job Summary:

The Alcohol/Drug Clinician is a member of the mental health Therapeutic Support Services (TSS) team, specializing in substance use disorder (SUD).  The Alcohol/Drug Clinician provides clinical assessments, counseling, and other strength-based, in-home, and community-based services to children and families involved in the child welfare system with co-occurring substance use disorder needs.  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 Alcohol/Drug Clinician will have a strong mental health aspect, focusing on relational, attachment, and trauma informed practices.

Essential functions:

  • SUD Clinical Services:
    • Provide clinical assessments, make “medical necessity” determinations, and create treatment plans.
    • Provide appropriate psychotherapy to meet client’s needs behaviorally, developmentally, and emotionally.
    • Work collaboratively with a wide range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines, and various community resources to address client needs;
    • Provide crisis intervention and referrals for medical care when appropriate;
    • Develop and apply knowledge of trends and advancements in the field of substance use disorder treatment.
    • 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
    • Develop effective treatment plans with clear and measurable intervention strategies, which are tailored to client strengths, needs, and cultural preferences.
    • Prepare and maintain treatment and progress reports and document patient medical charts as needed which include treatment recommendations, discharge planning and follow-up services.
    • Documentation adherence must meet Medi-Cal (EPSDT), other regulatory agencies, and SFF requirements.
    • Facilitate the development and refinement of effective behavior and risk specific reactive and proactive safety plans.
  • Professional Collaboration
    • Work with SFF Clinicians for client supervision exchange, case reviews, and client treatment planning.
    • Work in collaboration with county, state, schools, and private agencies participating in interdisciplinary treatment planning.
    • Provide pertinent information with authorized representatives of the client.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience: 

  • Specialized experience in providing clinical services to clients impacted by Substance Use Disorders (SUD) , working with children and families preferred (3 years minimum).
  • Clinical experience working with children and families (2 years minimum).
  • 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.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task on a daily basis.
  • 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.

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 #: 2019-0043

Mental Health Clinical Supervisor - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Mental Health Clinical Supervisor, 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 (up to 160 hours in your first year)!
  • 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

Mental Health Clinician – Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Mental Health Clinician, Full-Time position

Are you a BBS licensed or registered intern 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  (up to 160 in your first year)!
  • Health insurance (Kaiser, Sutter, and others)
  • Dental 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.

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. 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.

Experience:

  • Clinical experience working with children and families required.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of best practices such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Therapeutic Adoption Competency (TAC), and Positive Behavior Practices (PBP).

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.

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.

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 #: 2019-0037

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