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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2200226

Remote Racial Equity/Lived Expertise Lead

Racial Equity/Lived Expertise Lead will be responsible for supporting the Tailored Services team in the ongoing development and application of a racial equity framework in state project work and service offerings and the ongoing development and support of authentic engagement of individuals with lived expertise in all aspects of Tailored Services projects and operations.

The successful candidate will have experience delivering and supporting others to deliver services related to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in a child welfare environment.  In addition, the successful candidate will have experience, knowledge, and expertise in authentically and meaningfully engaging individuals with lived expertise in a project setting.  

This position can work remotely from anywhere in the U.S.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a resource to Tailored Services (TS) staff for integrating lived expertise and the application of a racial equity framework (and the intersection of the two), in work planning and ongoing service delivery.
  • In conjunction with the TS Manager, regularly review workplans for inclusion of lived expertise integration and integration of a racial equity framework.
  • Monitor ongoing areas of need of individual staff and team in support of work planning and overall project design and enhance staff knowledge/skills to meet needs.
  • Provide ongoing coaching to TS Liaisons to support integration and meaningful inclusion of individuals with lived expertise on TS projects.
  • Coordinate with the Center’s Young Adult Consultant (YAC) Coordinator and the Center’s sub-contractor for Family Consultant (FC) oversight to identify and implement opportunities and solutions and facilitate ongoing communication to improve YAC and FC integration within TS project work.
  • Provide ongoing training, coaching, and modeling to TS Liaisons on applying a racial equity lens to TS projects and the use of individuals with lived expertise (and the intersection of both).  This occurs in partnership with both the YAC and FC Coordinators and our lived expertise pool.
  • Partner with TS Manager and the Center’s Change and Implementation (C&I) Lead to develop and deliver training to TS Liaisons on integrating a racial equity framework into the C&I process.  This includes facilitating data-driven conversations with jurisdictions, building diverse teams, and identifying opportunities for addressing racial equity as part of project development and execution.
  • Partner with TS Manager and other Center teams/staff to identify areas for increased coordination and engagement around racial equity and lived expertise including data, knowledge management, and evaluation.
  • Participate in fidelity reviews of the TS practice model.
  • Advise TS leadership (TS Manager and Supervisors) as needed on supervision as part of ICF’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) framework.
  • Advise TS leadership as needed on improved supports to TS Liaisons for integration of lived expertise across projects.
  • Participate in TS hiring, recruitment, and retention activities.
  • Represent the TS team on the Center’s Racial Equity Initiative area group and any appropriate sub-groups, and routinely bring information back to TS team for continued development and integration.
  • Lead the development and ongoing review and revisions to a framework for supporting practices that promote and embed racial equity across all TS activities.
  • At the direction of the TS Manager, engage in TS workgroups to ensure a racial equity perspective as part of any work effort. 
  • Support the TS Manager in engaging with the internal evaluation team and Cross-Center evaluators on any TS-related racial equity efforts as well as any efforts involving lived expertise.
  • Develop relationships with other CB-funded entities and stakeholders providing services and supports to child welfare agencies to advance racial equity.
  • Provide leadership in TS meetings to represent field needs and CB priorities in racial equity and the authentic engagement of lived experience.
  • Serve as the TS representative (or coach other TS staff in their participation) to integrated project teams developing products, events, or other services related to racial equity and authentic engagement of lived expertise.
  • Maintain expert knowledge about racial equity and meaningful engagement of lived expertise in the child welfare and related fields.
  • Contribute to regular reporting and support all activities related to the Center’s evaluation including data collection and continuous quality improvement efforts

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, public administration, or related field.
  • 8+ years professional work experience with at least 5 years of experience in training, quality assurance or improvement, or technical assistance provision in a human services field, preferably in child welfare.
  • Demonstrated experience providing racial equity training and technical assistance in a child welfare setting.
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing effective strategies for meaningful engagement of and partnership with individuals with lived expertise.
  • Working knowledge of child welfare systems and federal laws such as the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) and the Family First Prevention and Services Act (FFPSA).
  • Working knowledge of the following:
    • Change management or implementation processes
    • Child and Family Services Plans (CFSPs)/Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSRs)
    • Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs)

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Master’s degree in social work, public administration, or related field.
  • Certification related to the application of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles.
  • Experience with the CFSP/APSR process.
  • Experience with the CFSR process.
  • Experience with training, curriculum development, and facilitation.
  • Lived experience in child welfare.

Professional Skills:

  • Solid team builder and team player with proven ability to manage competing priorities, perspectives, and stakeholder needs.
  • Ability and commitment to applying a racial equity framework to and engage lived expertise in all areas of work.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and maintain high-quality results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated, outstanding level of professionalism including ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Proficient with MS office applications (i.e., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

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.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

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:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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