- 26-Jul-2021 to Until Filled (PST)
- Olympia, WA, USA
- Full Time
NATURE OF WORK: The Nisqually Children and Family Services Caseworker is responsible for providing Indian Child Welfare (ICW) services within the Nisqually Community Service Area to eligible children and families. This position provides case management services, support, resource information, and advocacy to ICW clients and their families and works closely with the State of Washington and local county agencies for the benefit of Nisqually children and families.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Establish Family Preservation plans for clients and families who have open cases within the Nisqually Children and Family Services (ICW) program.
Maintain effective communication and team work with other associated programs that are required of the client and court for family preservation plans.
Intake and maintain client files, enter client information into database and keep up to date with data entry on open and closed cases.
Supervise visitation with children and their parents.
Attend court hearings when Nisqually children are involved in dependency proceedings even when out of jurisdiction.
Make case notes and complete monthly reports on cases.
Transport Children and Families to needed services.
Perform welfare checks when reported or as needed.
Perform CPS investigations with Washington State and the Nisqually Police Department.
Recommend transfer of proceedings from State courts to Tribal Courts and initiate proceedings in Tribal Court as required.
Keep the Tribal Court informed of the child's status through reports and participation in review hearings as requested by the Court.
Assist children and families and encourage involvement in available services.
Identify and develop resources on the reservation designed to enhance each child's potential as a responsible member of the community.
Stay up to date with all other programs and resources available for clients and families.
Work with other agencies such as the Washington State Liaison and DSHS for the benefit of children and families, case planning, and to provide resource information for clients.
Attend the Indian Child Welfare Committee meetings.
Study and abide by Title 50 - Nisqually Youth Code.
Maintain the highest level of confidentiality at all times.
Represent the Tribe at local, County and State meetings or gatherings where the Tribe has an interest.
Participate in education and training opportunities when available or assigned.
Perform other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of tribal, local, state, and federal resources available to program clients and families.
Knowledge of Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. 1901 et. seq.
Knowledge of or the ability to become knowledgeable in the Nisqually Tribal Youth Code.
Knowledge of the Nisqually Community.
Knowledge of and the ability to operate a personal computer, MS Office Suite, and standard office equipment.
Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
Ability to work effectively with Nisqually children and families.
Ability to communicate effectively with community members, visitors and staff.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to explain complicated information in lay person terms.
Ability to travel and be on call in order to carry out the responsibilies of the position.
Ability to be supervised and accept constructive criticism when necessary.
Ability to offer ideas and suggestions and work as a team within the ICW program.
Ability to demonstrate the personal initiative needed to establish and maintain a high level of confidence with co-workers, clients and community.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to maintain a highly organized work environment.
Bachelor's Degree in Social Services or closely related field from an accredited school AND two year's work experience delivering social services to children or youth.
Additional professional level work experience may be substituted year for year for education.
Must hold or be eligible to obtain a valid ICWA Online Course Certificate of Completion upon hire.
Must have investigations training and/or related certification upon hire.
Must be responsible and reliable.
Must have a valid Washington State drivers' license and must be insurable under the Tribe's insurance policy.
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