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Foster Care Team Lead - Full Time, Grand Rapids, Masters Preferr
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  Job posted:   Thu Jun 7, 2018
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Foster Care Team Lead - Full Time, Grand Rapids, Masters Preferr

At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to "Be The Rock That Starts The Ripple". A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team. We want you to be our rock!

Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.

We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


Job Summary

Provides day-to-day direction and guidance to assigned staff in addition to providing case management and social work for children and families in accordance with all applicable contractual and regulatory requirements and accreditation standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

+ Assume primary responsibility for intake and initial placement services for all newly referred cases. Coordinate with Supervisor to process intakes and assignment of new cases to staff. Provide supportive casework services to child, birth family and foster family during initial placement and replacement.

+ Provide a range of case management, including social casework, counseling and treatment of clients, and community referral. Provide assistance and consultation on complex and difficult cases as requested.

+ Provide day-to-day direction and guidance to assigned staff ensuring agency service provision to clients and referral sources required by the contract funding bodies.

+ Coordinate placement arrangements with foster parents and Home Providers, including transportation of children as needed.

+ Assist in the maintenance of information and data management systems by providing information and statistical reports as required.

+ Review, correct, and assist in the writing of all social work reports, treatment plans and correspondence. Audit case records at least quarterly to ensure completeness and compliance with prescribed service and contract standards. Collect, assess and document appropriate data and client progress.

+ Prepare for supervisory conferences; provide documented assurance that all assigned cases are being handled according to treatment plan.

+ Work collaboratively with referral sources, agencies, institutions, and individuals who have important roles in client's life situation.

+ Engage in social interaction and education oriented toward improvement of services to clients.

+ Attend all scheduled court hearings on assigned caseload.


Job Qualifications

Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

+ Bachelor degree in a human behavioral science field and four years' experience as a social service worker, three years of which shall have been in a child welfare agency, a child caring institution, or an agency performing a child welfare function; Or

+ Master's degree in a human behavioral science field with three years as a social service worker in a child welfare agency, a child caring institution, or an agency performing a child welfare function.

+ Licensed by the State of Michigan as a social worker preferred.


+ See Education qualifications.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

+ Knowledge of state and local human service systems and resources, particularly as they apply to child and family services; human growth, development, and social environments with respect to child development, personality, family life, parenting, and ethnicity; and ability to employ social brokering, advocating, and mobilizing individuals and groups.

+ Knowledge of counseling techniques with individuals, and groups.

+ Ability to operate with minimal direct supervision.

+ Ability to utilize assessment, problem identification, diagnostic and treatment techniques with staff, individuals, families, and groups.

+ Ability to work within complex social systems and coordinate resources as they apply to client and employee needs.

+ Ability to deal constructively and appropriately with client apathy, hostility, resistance, and anger.

+ Ability to work in team relationships with other professionals from varied community groups, agencies, and disciplines.

+ Ability to speak, read and write fluent English.

+ Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.

Additional Work Requirements

+ Required to participate in a system of 24 hour availability to clients, foster and adoptive parents, as required.

+ Unrestricted, valid driver's license with good driving record. Reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served; proof of current automobile insurance.

Physical and Mental Requirements

+ High levels of concentration.

+ Ability to move freely about.

+ Ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds.

+ Ability to lift/carry small children, and restrain older children up to 100 pounds.

+ Near visual acuity.

+ Hand-eye coordination.

+ Hand and finger dexterity.

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Requisition Number2018-3122

CategorySocial Workers

Employee TypeFull-Time

Hours Per Pay Period80


Work Hours8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Weekends and/or Holidays RequiredNo

On Call RequiredYes

Position LocationUS-MI-Grand Rapids

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