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Child Welfare Supervisor

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), is a leading not-for-profit organization providing healing, justice and wholeness to people and communities. For over 150 years, LSSI has made a difference in the lives of children and families, and we're still a strong, viable presence in the State of Illinois, continuing that commitment to making a difference.
We offer numerous services to at risk children and their families in their communities. We strive to make positive changes in the lives of children, their families and their communities. If you have a passion for helping children and are looking to make a difference that changes lives, we may have an opportunity for you.
LSSI currently has an open position for a Child Welfare Supervisor in Canton, IL. Under the general supervision of the program director, or designee, the prospective candidate supervises a unit of child welfare specialists/caseworkers and child welfare assistants/case aides providing child welfare services which may include foster care, and services to intact families.
This job requires flexibility, compassion, good communication skills (oral and written), the ability to work well with a variety of personalities, a commitment to providing a strong supervisory presence for casework staff, and openness to personal and professional growth. Above all, this position requires a desire to make a difference in the lives of children and families requiring foster care or intact family services.
Candidates must have a minimum of a Master's degree in social work, or a related social service field, and a minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience. Additionally, candidates must pass a background check, and possess a valid driver's license/valid automobile insurance. A State of Illinois Child Welfare Employee License (CWEL) is required for this position, but training and certification to meet this requirement are available upon hire.
Duties include, but are not limited to:



  • Direct supervision of a team of casework staff to provide an array of services to achieve permanency for children per the child/family service plan, policies of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Council on Accreditation.

  • Supports staff, as needed, at: Court hearings; Department Administrative Case Reviews; Child and Family Team meetings; staffings; in-person contacts with children, biological parents, or foster parents; etc.

  • Transports clients as needed.

  • Responds to client emergencies as needed.

  • Assists in training casework staff to ensure they possess the skills needed to perform their job responsibilities.

  • Maintain open communication with the Program Director to ensure that information regarding both client and staff status is regularly reported.

  • Promotes working relationships with community organizations, churches, funding bodies, and other providers.

  • Completes and submits all necessary reports, billing, and documentation accurately and on time as required by LSSI and funding sources.

  • Commit to and actively participate in the Continuous Quality Improvement Process; promote the integration of Continuous Quality Improvement principles in service provision.

  • Perform other related tasks as necessary or as assigned.


Requirements
Identified candidates will possess the following qualifications:



  • Master's degree in social work, or a Master's degree in an approved human services field.

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in social services (Child Welfare preferred)

  • A minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience preferred.



  • State licensing/certification requirements as required by the State of Illinois and regulatory agencies, e.g. DCFS, DHS, etc.

  • Ability to pass required IDCFS Child Welfare Employee licensure (CWEL) as a requirement for ongoing employment with LSSI.



  • Submit to fingerprinting and pass required background checks, including CANTS, LEADS, Sexual Abuse Registry, Illinois State Police, and FBI.

  • Valid State of Illinois driver's license and proof of automobile liability insurance & access to transportation to make home visits, and transport clients.

  • Understanding of strengths-based, trauma informed interaction with clients.

  • Ability to communicate in a clear, comprehensible manner.

  • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences present within the diverse client base served by the organization, as well as within the organization itself.



  • Competitive salary based upon relevant education, experience and licensure.

  • Monetary Incentive rewards

  • Comprehensive benefits package including healthcare insurance, 26 days of paid time off per calendar year, 10 paid holidays, Sick time, 403(b) plan, Employee Assistance Program, Flexible hours.

  • Training


We offer room for advancement and an environment where you can utilize your education and experience, knowing that you are making a positive difference in the lives of children and families.
Come be a part of this challenging and rewarding environment!
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, pregnancy, any other characteristic protected by law.
Key Words: Child Welfare Supervisor, Social Services, Human Services, Child and Family Services, Family Therapists, Child and Youth Services, Coordinator, Manager, Not for Profit, NonProfit, NFP.


 

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