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.

Chief Executive Officer - Sacramento, CA

POSITION SUMMARY

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the Board of Directors and provides overall leadership to SFF. The CEO is responsible for supporting the vision and mission of the organization, overseeing the strategic direction, programs, and fiscal and staff management. Other key duties include ensuring compliance with all applicable statutes and standards, maintaining high ethical standards, and fundraising.

CURRENT PRIORITIES FOR THE CEO

The Board of Directors, with input from the leadership team, supervisors, and other stakeholders, has established the following priorities that the new CEO will be tasked with addressing:

  • Navigate changing child welfare policies given move to continuum of care
  • Clarify SFF core values and revise strategic plan to reflect the changing landscape
  • Re-establish trusting relationships with county and state contractors and listen to their needs
  • Fiscal stewardship: hit the ground running to identify and secure new and continued funding for programs
  • Explore, develop, and maximize partnerships that are in SFF’s best interest and support the organization’s mission
  • Address training needs of middle management to build their skills, confidence and effectiveness in leadership, HR practices, and performance management
  • Attend to current reaccreditation: extension until late 2018, site visit Jan 27, 2019
  • Improve relations and collaboration with outlying offices
  • Continue to establish SFF as a well-respected leader in the field

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Governance & Board Relations

  • Work with the Board of Directors in order to fulfill the organization’s mission
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to develop, oversee, and monitor the organization’s strategic issues and planning
  • Make recommendations and implement strategic decisions related to the organization’s policies
  • Ensure the organization’s compliance with professional standards, applicable federal and state regulations
  • Maintain a knowledge and understanding of the latest trends and best practices in nonprofit management
  • Serve as key advisor to the Board of Directors and its committees on matters related to the performance of their responsibilities
  • Ensure that the organization’s policies and processes are followed in compliance with its bylaws
  • Participate in Board and committee meetings
  • Provide transparent and high integrity leadership

Financial Management

  • Exercise sound financial management and good judgment in managing the affairs of the organization, and complying with budget and other financial policy and goals
  • Competently execute contracts and agreements on behalf of the organization
  • Prepare the annual budget for Board approval
  • Keep the Board and Finance Committee up to date on finances
  • Oversee the implementation of audit results, tax returns, and other areas related to fiscal matters

Organizational and Personnel Management

  • Effectively and efficiently manage the operations of the organization
  • Manage, at a high level and through delegation, the organization’s relationships and use of outsourced vendors.
  • Delegate appropriately and maintain fair and equitable compensation levels
  • Adhere to all laws, regulations andother rules concerning personnel management, for both state and federal venues
  • Manage employees to ensure all programs and services are implemented efficiently, effectively, and professionally. Hire, train, develop, and evaluate employees

Contractor & Public Relations

  • Maintain an effective relationship with other organizations (governmental, public and private)
  • Ensure the organization is positioned in a positive fashion and is effectively represented in the local community as well as within appropriate professional circles
  • Act as the organization’s spokesperson with the public and press, in conformance with Board policies
  • Act as the “face of the organization” for client and public relations purposes, and in meetings with other organizations and their officials
  • Oversee public relations, marketing and communications strategies including printed reports, social media, newsletters, website, and general marketing materials to strengthen outreach and relationships and raise the organization’s visibility
  • Review and approve contracts for services

Fund Development

  • Work with the Board of Directors and staff to identify and cultivate funding sources to support and enhance the organization’s mission.

Advocacy

  • Engage appropriate resources to advocate on behalf of the organization’s mission with governmental bodies
  • Keep the Board of Directors apprised of legislative activity that could affect the organization’s mission

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The CEO will be committed to the mission of SFF and be knowledgeable in all aspects of nonprofit management including Governance & Board Relations, Finances, Organizational & Personnel Management, Contractor & Public Relations, Fund Development, and Advocacy. In addition, they will have the following combination of skills, knowledge, abilities, personal characteristics, education and experience that will allow them to fulfill the responsibilities of the job and be an effective leader who can partner with the Board of Directors and staff in serving the best interests of the organization.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Skills to provide leadership and appropriate support to Board of Directors, members, and staff
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with and motivate board members, staff, and other volunteers
  • Strong understanding of California child welfare and other child-serving systems; working knowledge of relevant state and federal regulations
  • Have existing, or be able to quickly establish, relationships with county and state representatives
  • Able to understand and value all agency programs equally
  • Well versed in nonprofit management
  • Excellent business acumen and finance skills including the ability to read, analyze, and interpret business documents, and manage contracts
  • Solid, hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Commitment to modern HR practices and well versed in California labor laws
  • Able to communicate with others at all levels, in oral and written form; well-spoken, and comfortable having difficult conversations as needed
  • Demonstrated skills in contractor and public relations; strong public speaker
  • Able to multi-task, identify priorities and switch gears quickly and effectively, while keeping Board and staff informed, involved, and moving forward
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Capability to manage staff and office organization; conduct hiring and salary reviews in a fair manner; counsel staff on areas for improvement; serve as a coach/mentor for leadership team; empower staff to be experts in their areas
  • Ability to convey the vision to staff; help them understand changes and bring them along with those changes
  • Knowledge of fund-raising strategies and donor relations; able to translate the SFF mission to the community as well as interface with and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Understanding of legislative and advocacy process and implications
  • Able to work with diverse people and build trusting relationships 

Personal Characteristics:

  • Passion for SFF’s mission; commitment to permanency
  • Implicitly trusted in the field and engaged in the larger child welfare community; dependable and intelligent
  • Open-minded and inclusive, seeking and considering ideas and suggestions from others before making decisions; values process as well as outcomes
  • Manages change using a transparent, creative approach that boosts staff morale and enhances programs
  • Strategic and visionary; takes an innovative approach to the management of resources and opportunities
  • Personable, approachable, and available to staff, board, contractors, and other stakeholders
  • Willing and able to delegate and collaborate with staff; committed to partnership
  • Confident and persuasive while remaining diplomatic, respectful, and thoughtful
  • Positive attitude and inspirational personality to navigate uncertainty and rally the team
  • Transparent, honest with good judgement and high integrity leadership
  • Self-aware, willing to admit mistakes
  • High tolerance for ambiguity in a rapidly changing environment; resilient and adaptable

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree with professional license preferred
  • Five or more years of senior nonprofit management experience

COMPENSATION

Sierra Forever Families offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND TIMELINE

To apply submit cover letter and resume to Andrea Weiss, Recruitment Consultant, andrea@weisscareer.com. Priority review of applications will begin Friday, August 24, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Screening interviews with the consultant will take place between August 27 and September 7. The Search Committee will conduct interviews with top candidates on September 18 and final candidates will be interviewed by the full board on September 28.

PR & Marketing Coordinator - Sacramento, CA

Position Summary:

The PR & Marketing Coordinator is responsible for seeking opportunities to create a strong Agency presence in the community and works closely with other members of the Fund Development team to support activities related to donor communication, utilizing all forms of media to raise visibility and funds for SFF.  Additionally, the PR & Marketing Coordinator is responsible for keeping Agency social media outlets fresh and current.  This position is significant in accomplishing the goals of the Fund Development Department.

Essential Job Functions:

Public Relations & Marketing (40%)

  • Generate opportunities to speak, present, and/or be interviewed by the media and community.
  • Generate opportunities for the Agency to submit feature articles in local, regional, and national print media.
  • Coordinates and works with all sites to achieve consistency of Agency branding in promotional efforts including printed materials and Agency website.
  • Create ads and marketing materials for print.
  • Works within assigned agency advertising budget and tracks expenses.
  • Creates content and graphic design for agency communications, both print and online.

Social Media Coordinator (40%)

  • Coordinates with third parties and creates social media content, including SFF stories and blogs, and reviews and approves prior to posting.
  • Collect and interpret website and social media analytics and reports, including information about use, demographics, etc., and shares information with SFF programs.
  • Updates SFF website content, as needed.
  • Provides data entry for keywords and other information.

Event Coordination (15%)

  • Coordinates Agency efforts related to Fund Development special events, including serving on planning committees and SFF liaison with third party event planners, alongside other assigned agency staff to provide support as needed.
  • Serves as Chair of Annual SFF Family Celebration Event Committee, BIG Day of Giving campaign.
  • Member of Event Committee, plan and coordinates meetings, and takes meeting minutes.
  • Responsible for implementing and coordinating donor cultivation events.
  • Helps secure in-kind auction and raffle items for events as needed.

Administrative (5%)

  • Assists with data entry and processing gifts as needed.
  • Provides backup support with preparation of thank-you recognition and receipt of gifts, as needed.
  • Provides backup support for input into the DonorPerfect database system for the Fund Development Department and ensures accurate and timely data input, report generation, and review.

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) graphics software (ie. Adobe Creative Cloud Suite), CRM, WordPress and social media platforms.
  • Strong understanding of PR and Marketing skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment while able to juggle priorities and meet multiple deadlines
  • Due to the nature of this public-facing position, the following interpersonal skills are desired:
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude.
    • Ability to motivate colleagues, donors, and volunteers.
    • Maintains a professional appearance and work ethic.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, or a related field.
  • 1 year of experience in PR and Marketing
  • 1 year of experience/knowledge in fund or business development.

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 event schedules.

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.

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.

Req # 2018-0025

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.

Sierra Forever Families Recruiters

www.sierraff.org

WE TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE BY BUILDING AND NURTURING PERMANENT FAMILIES.

Wonder Program Specialist - Sacramento, CA

Job Summary:

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 match coordination of volunteers and youth
  • Event Coordination
    • Co-facilitate Wonder events, including one weekend summer camp
    • Plan, coordinate, and prepare 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
  • Youth Engagement
    • Co-facilitate and co-develop Leaders in Training (LIT) program
    • Identify LIT sponsorships
  • 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
  • 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 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.

Req # 2018-0023

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.

Sierra Forever Families Recruiters

Outreach Coordinator - Sacramento, CA

Job Summary:

The Outreach Coordinator works in the Permanency Placement Unit to identify and recruit families to provide permanency for youth in foster care. The Outreach Coordinator position is both office and community based. The Outreach Coordinator plans and participates in community events, serves as a liaison with various community organizations, and develops relationships with key community leaders and providers. This position plays a central role in specifically recruiting families who can provide permanency for youth in foster care. In addition, the Outreach Coordinator manages the Ambassador Family Program.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Recruitment
    • Create and implement an annual recruitment strategy to increase the number of families available to provide permanency to children in foster care.
    • Promote permanency for youth in foster care through attending recruitment and community events.
    • Provide awareness about the barriers to finding permanency for children, specifically the disproportionality of children of color in foster care, older aged youth, and sibling groups.
  • 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’s mission.
  • Community Engagement
    • Actively participate in community meetings, roundtables, and committees to increase community collaborations and identify potential families to provide permanency.
    • Represent SFF at outreach events to promote the mission of SFF.
    • Grow the Ambassador Family program.

Skills:

  • Initiative and drive to fulfill our agency’s mission.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Proficient in computer technology, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite, and Database / Case Management systems.
  • Ability to engage and build trusting relationships with families and with diverse populations and communities.

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in Marketing, Communications, Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related human service field.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience developing partnerships and leading community outreach.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

The physical demands described 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 act as a role model in adherence to all agency policies.

Travel:

  • Position requires some travel throughout Northern California.
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance and have access to reliable transportation.

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.

Req # 2018-0027

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.

Sierra Forever Families Recruiters

www.sierraff.org

WE TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE BY BUILDING AND NURTURING PERMANENT FAMILIES

Clinician - Sacramento, CA

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: 

  • 3 years of 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) or Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW)

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

 

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.

Req # 2018-0026

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.

Sierra Forever Families Recruiters

www.sierraff.org

WE TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE BY BUILDING AND NURTURING PERMANENT FAMILIES.

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