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Sacramento, California, United States of America
JOB #R2302113

On-Call Youth Support Lead

ICF seeks a part-time Youth Support Lead with lived, personal experience in child welfare to provide peer support, coaching, consultation, and technical assistance in support of the Children’s Bureau (CB). Experts will apply their direct lived and professional expertise, including relevant knowledge and skills, to work directly with young adult consultants in support of state and regional staff and key stakeholders and in collaboration with the ICF team to support state implementation of key provisions. 


This support requires a range of expertise and experience that includes the following areas: the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood (Chafee program); the Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV); extended federal and state foster care; driving and transportation services; public awareness campaigns, outreach, and notification; administration of emergency aid; and youth engagement. Specific responsibilities include the following: 

  • Provide coaching, peer support and coordination to the young adult consultants on project’s  

  • Providing coaching and peer support to young adult consultants becoming coaches as they develop their coaching practice.

  • Provide expert consultation in one or more desired areas listed above to state agency staff and the Children’s Bureau on needs related to the Pandemic Act 

  • Provide expertise in virtual state engagements, events, training, and product/tool development 

  • Manage virtual meetings with states as needed, independently and/or as part of a team 

  • Contribute to regular project reporting for activities as needed 

  • Establish effective communication plans with young adult consultants, project staff, CB staff, and assigned jurisdiction staff 

  • As needed, participate in meetings with other subject matter experts and staff to review service delivery and jurisdictional assignments, problem solve, and share lessons learned 


  • Possess direct, personal lived experience in the child welfare system 

  • Possess at least 4 years of relevant work experience, including providing peer support and coaching, training, technical assistance, and/or consultation to child welfare agencies 

  • Strong knowledge of and expertise in one or more areas identified in the key responsibilities. 

  • Ability to build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships and partnerships with young adult consultants and other subject matter experts as part of project work 

  • Willingness to work remotely across a variety of time zones and occasional evenings and weekends 


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, public administration, or related field 

  • Possess leadership and project management experience 

  • Experience supporting the execution of youth town halls or other youth listening sessions to inform disaster planning, response and recovery 

  • Demonstrated experience leveraging lived expertise to advance organizational or system improvement initiatives 

  • Demonstrated expert-level knowledge of state, tribal, and territorial public child welfare agencies and how they operate and transitional-age youth programs including activities under the Chafee program/ETV (including related policy, practice, funding, or associated legal issues) 

  • Ability to work with child welfare agency staff, youth and young adults, and CB leaders to identify technical assistance needs 

  • Demonstrated experienced using or working with state data to understand complex social problems, consider causes, and provide expert consultation 

  • Experience assessing organizational capacity/readiness to support youth engagement strategies 

  • Knowledge of opportunities and approaches to cross-system collaboration and partnerships 


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) 

  • Creative and adaptive leadership skills 

  • Ability to produce high-quality work 

  • Ability to be flexible, to multitask, to prioritize, to be detail-oriented, and to manage multiple activities 

  • Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy 

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills 

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities 

  • Strong team player with the ability to take initiative and work well independently 

  • Strong outreach abilities and interpersonal skills 

  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead an effective team to solve problems 

  • Exceptional expertise in addressing the challenges of supporting youth in foster care and as they transition to adulthood 

Working at ICF

ICF is a global advisory and technology services provider, but we’re not your typical consultants. We combine unmatched expertise with cutting-edge technology to help clients solve their most complex challenges, navigate change, and shape the future. We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are committed to creating a culture where we embrace our differences in ideas and identities. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. Learn more about what we do and our commitment to inclusion

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email 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:  Know Your Rights and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Pay Range - There are multiple factors that are considered in determining final pay for a position, including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and competencies that align to the specified role, geographic location, education and certifications as well as contract provisions regarding labor categories that are specific to the position. The pay range for this position is:

$58,520.00 - $99,484.00

California Remote Office (CA99)

Who is ICF?

A global consulting and technology services company with approximately 9,000 employees, but we are not your typical consultants.

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