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Foster Care Program Coordinator

Company: Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth
Location: Buffalo
Posted on: September 13, 2019

Job Description:

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The Foster Care Program Coordinator position has overall responsibility for all aspects of the foster family care program including planning, supervision, administration, independent monitoring and program development. The Foster Care Program Coordinator represents the Agency in recruiting and acceptance of referrals for foster care and is a liaison to a variety of community and public agencies.



Job Responsibilities

Assists in providing safe, secure, and structured foster home environments for children, including a focus on runaway prevention and reduction. Helps meet the developmental and childcare needs of children who are unable to live at home. Monitors overall service provision of children and families in the program.

Processes referrals and matches children to appropriate foster homes, and ensures sufficient number of trained and certified foster parents. Ensures implementation and completion of required comprehensive treatment and Discharge Plan for each child and family.

Ensures provision of independent living skills for eligible children in foster care. Ensures all children receive required medical and dental examinations and services are documented.

Ensures appropriate counseling is in place for all children. Ensures proper permanency planning goals and progress toward such goals.

Recruits, hires, trains and provides overall supervision of staff including conducting staff meetings, preparing and monitoring schedules, monitors and ensures paperwork and documentation requirements are met through regular supervision and links staff with appropriate training opportunities.

Develops resources for program including representing programming in the community, serves as liaison with various community and public agencies, and maintains close contact with school representatives.

Assists with preparation of budget and ensures fiscal accountability including but not limited to providing regular statistical and billing information, preparing biweekly and/or monthly reports and completing all state-mandated reports in a timely manner; monitors expenses and approves travel expense records.



Job Requirements

Minimum of Master s Degree in social work or related human services discipline preferred.

Minimum 2 years experienced working with at risk youth and 1 year of supervisory and/or program management experience required.

Must be able to work a flexible schedule including on call rotations, nights, weekends and holidays. Must carry cell phone/pager for emergency coverage and crisis intervention and/or consultation.

Must possess a valid driver s license and clean driving record.

Travel is required for the position.

Ability to work with an economically and culturally diverse population.

Skills: demonstrated decision-making, organizational and communication skills including attention to detail, oral and written communication skills and training skills; computer literacy including but not limited to MS Office suite; ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize, prioritize and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of internal and external organizational policies and practices; demonstrated knowledge of relevant federal and state regulations pertaining to operation of programs offered.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor s legal duty to furnish information.

Keywords: Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, Buffalo , Foster Care Program Coordinator, Other , Buffalo, New York

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