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JOB #R1902952

Manager, Child Welfare Strategic Initiatives

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Health, Environment, Analytics, Resilience, & Social Group

Health Sciences and Human Services Division

Child Welfare and Education (CWE)

Washington, DC - Client Site - Children's Bureau

ICF is seeking a Manager, Child Welfare Strategic Initiatives.  The Manager, Child Welfare Strategic Initiatives will use his/her subject matter expertise to lead, coordinate, and support initiatives within the Division of Program Implementation with the Children’s Bureau in topical areas such as Child Abuse Prevention, Foster Care, Permanency, Adoption and Family Engagement. This position is full-time and is based at the Children’s Bureau in Washington, DC.

The Manager, Child Welfare Strategic Initiatives will work in service of the Child Welfare Information Gateway project to effectively achieve the Children’s Bureau’s priorities to the child welfare field. This position requires content knowledge of the continuum of child welfare services and the guiding laws and policies for state and local child welfare systems. He/she plays a key role in analyzing information submitted by states to the federal government and assisting with making information available to the public through the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.

The ideal candidate will have broad knowledge of the public child welfare service continuum and child welfare policy and practice issues.  This position may have supervisory responsibilities of full-time client-dedicated staff who are highly integrated into the federal client team.  

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Drafting revised policy guidance based on newly enacted federal legislation which falls under the purview of the Division of Program Implementation
  • Monitoring and responding to inquiries regarding CB’s program areas including Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment ACT (CAPTA)
  • Extracting and analyzing key portions of the Child and Family Services Plans and Annual Progress and Services Reports for Children’s Bureau staff and other federal interagency partners.
  • Supporting the Division Director, Deputy Associate Commissioner, and Associate Commissioner on key topical areas of child welfare safety, permanency and well-being
  • Serving as liaison between the Division and Child Welfare Information Gateway
  • Updating and reporting Children’s Bureau performance measures that illustrate state progress toward achieving child welfare practice benchmarks and milestones to the Office of Legislation and Budget
  • Serving as Subject Area Manager during Children’s Bureau discretionary grant reviews for funding opportunitiesWriting talking points and creating presentations for Division Director, Deputy Associate Commissioner, and Associate Commissioner on an as needed basis
  • Interact and collaborate with Federal staff in multiple departments and divisions; work across Children’s Bureau divisions, provide support to Federal and ICF consultant staff. Collaborate with all staff related to human trafficking, foster care, research, practice implementation, and other relevant topics

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, public administration, or human services field
  • A minimum of 5 years professional work experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in providing training/technical assistance in a human services field, preferably child welfare
  • Demonstrated project management experience, including client relationship management, staff supervision, and budget management in a contract consulting environment
  • Ability to build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships for capacity building projects
  • Strong written and verbal presentation skills, including an ability to synthesize and write about complex child welfare issues
  • Working knowledge of federal and state laws that apply to child welfare, Child and Family Services Plans, title IV-E waiver demonstration authority, and related fields, services and systems

Preferred Skills:

  • Master’s degree in social work, public administration, or human services field
  • Experience working in a public child welfare agency setting and with national child welfare organizations.
  • In-depth knowledge of the child welfare system, particularly in an area of expertise: (prevention, permanency and/or adoption) practice
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a customer service focus
  • Ability to work across and within teams to accomplish goals
  • Proven project management, supervision, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of and experience using websites and internet databases to find information
  • Excellent verbal, oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities
  • Ability to be flexible, multi-task, prioritize, and manage multiple activities simultaneously in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Strong team player with the ability to take initiative and work well independently
  • Superior attention to detail and the ability to meet stringent deadlines

ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI) is a global consulting services company with over 7,000 full- and part-time employees, but we are not your typical consultants. At ICF, business analysts and policy specialists work together with digital strategists, data scientists and creatives. We combine unmatched industry expertise with cutting-edge engagement capabilities to help organizations solve their most complex challenges. Since 1969, public and private sector clients have worked with ICF to navigate change and shape the future. Learn more at icf.com.

ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award-winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity).

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law and Pay Transparency Statement.

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