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Child Welfare Strategic Consultant
ICF is seeking a Child Welfare Strategic Consultant who will support the contract for Child Welfare Information Gateway (CWIG) awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), Children’s Bureau (CB). The primary purpose of this contract enables ICF to provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families. CWIG staff also provide subject matter experts who work alongside CB. Our staff are trusted advisors who work with and support CB’s stated goals and priorities in a number of offices and divisions. This position is an ICF position that will sit in the Office of Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) within the CB. OCAN provides leadership and direction on the issues of child maltreatment and the prevention of abuse and neglect under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and the Children's Justice Act.
- As a Child Welfare Strategic Consultant supporting OCAN, provide thought leadership and support to the Office Director and appropriate federal staff, for the development and dissemination of child welfare knowledge on issues of child maltreatment and the prevention of abuse and neglect under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and Children’s Justice Act.
- The position serves as a subject matter expert and assists with identifying opportunities for increased program effectiveness through coordination and integration of child abuse and neglect activities with other divisions and offices within the CB and by working with the Department, other Federal agencies, and various external partners and grantees.
Children’s Bureau - Major Duties/Responsibilities, in partnership with Federal staff:
- Develop national strategies, policies and operating procedures in areas pertaining to the identification, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
- Develop reports to Congress and user manuals.
- Develop concept and recommendation papers on specific child maltreatment topics that are (or have the potential for becoming) cutting edge issues with implications for Child Protective Services (CPS) systems nationwide.
- Conduct in-depth reviews and analyses of legislation and legislative proposals, existing programs, research and evaluation materials and ideas relative to generating selected improvements in CPS systems and related programs.
- Prepare and review draft briefings, summaries, and other documents for use within CB, ACYF, ACF and the Department.
- Provide intra and interagency support and coordination focused on cross cutting issues including but not limited to child welfare and behavioral health, early childhood, behavioral health, and human trafficking.
- Provide informed advice, consultation and technical assistance to regional office staff and State and local CPS agencies to ensure resolution of operational issues, encourage needed program improvements, and recommend innovative approaches to strengthen and improve CPS programs and the delivery of services.
- Participate in planning and convening national, state, and regional conferences symposia, and workshops related to critical topics in identified priority areas.
- Represent the CB and ACYF at conferences, meetings and committees in the areas of child maltreatment and the prevention of abuse and neglect.
- Respond to correspondence and policy inquiries directed to the President, members of Congress, and the Department concerning child abuse and neglect issues; respond to telephone inquiries, and client/constituency correspondence related to child abuse and neglect issues, as requested.
- Coordinate and integrate activities related to the prevention of abuse and neglect and the protection of children at risk with other child and family services programs within the CB, ACYF and ACF.
- As needed, serve as a team leader or team member on teams or work groups formed to achieve objectives and accomplish tasks consistent with the responsibilities of this position.
Additional position requirements:
- Knowledge of cross cutting child welfare issues, specifically the intersection of child welfare and behavioral health, specifically mental health and substance use disorders.
- Maintain confidentiality, adhere to firewalls, and avoid appearance of or actual conflicts of interest.
- Work with CB Division Directors and Federal staff across multiple CB and ACF divisions and program areas.
- Interface effectively with CWIG staff and CB clients and contractors at all levels.
- Maintain trusted advisor relationship with Federal staff and support efforts to leverage additional ICF resources that could be of value to CB's goals.
Related Duties and/or Matrixed Participation:
- Contribute to ICF initiatives
- Write journal articles and speak at national conferences
- Support business development as appropriate
- Director, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (CB)
- Sr. Manager, Child Welfare Strategic Initiatives (ICF/CWIG)
Supervision exercised: None
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Human Services, Public Policy, or a related field.
- 8+ years of experience developing, administering, implementing and/or evaluating programs in any of the following areas: child abuse prevention, family support, child maltreatment, child welfare, foster care, adoption, the intersection of child welfare with other systems such as substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, homelessness, etc.
- Direct experience instead of an advanced degree may be considered.
- Master's Degree in Social Work, Human Services, Public Policy, or a related field preferred
- Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
- Work both independently and as part of teams to develop and implement appropriate actions
- Ability to manage multiple priorities
- Adaptable to different work styles, work in a fast-paced environment replete with interruptions and emergency requests requiring quick-turn-around responses.
Type and Amount of Client Contact:
- Frequent and sustained direct interface (phone, email, and in-person) with numerous Federal clients at CB, Federal staff at ACF, and occasional interface with Contracting Officer’s Representative for CWIG.
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