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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2102709

Youth Engagement Technical Lead Subject Matter Expert with Lived Expertise

ICF seeks a Youth Engagement Technical Lead Subject Matter Expert with Lived Expertise (full time) in child welfare to provide consultation and technical assistance on the behalf of the Children’s Bureau. Experts will apply their lived expertise, including relevant knowledge and skills, to work directly with state staff and young leaders in collaboration with the Children’s Bureau and other CB providers like the Capacity Building Center for States to support state implementation of key provisions under Division X of the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act, HR 7947 (Pandemic Act).

Key Responsibilities:

This support requires a range of expertise and experience that includes but is not limited to the following areas: John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transitions to Adulthood (Chafee) Program, Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) program; extended federal and state foster care, driving and transportation services, public awareness campaigns, outreach and notification, administering emergency aid, and youth engagement. 

  • Provide expert consultation in one or more desired areas listed above to state agency staff 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 Center staff, Children’s Bureau 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.

Basic Qualifications

  • Possess direct lived experience in the child welfare system.  
  • Possess at least 2+ years of relevant work experience, including providing 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 other subject matter experts as part of project work
  • Willingness to work remotely across a variety of time zones and occasional evenings and weekends

Preferred Experience/Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, public administration, or related field
  • Possess leadership and project management experience.
  • Possess proven experience engaging with and coaching youth and young adults
  • Experience supporting the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
  • Experience supporting the execution of youth townhalls 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, how they operate transitional age youth program including activities under Chafee/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 Pandemic Act needs.
  • Demonstrated experience using or working with state data to understand complex social problems, consider causes, and provide expert consultation
  • Experience assessing organizational capacity/readiness to support Pandemic Act and young engagement strategies
  • Knowledge of opportunities and approaches to cross-system collaboration and partnerships

Professional Skills:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Creative leadership skills
  • Ability to produce high quality work required
  • Ability to be flexible, multi-task, prioritize, detail-oriented, and manage multiple activities simultaneously in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills required
  • 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

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. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

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 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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