September 23: #Stop This Traffic Conference

Event Date: 
09/23/2016 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Event Website

Wedgwood Christian Services' Manasseh Project is hosting the #StopThisTraffic Conference at Frederik Meijer Gardens on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 8:30am - 4:30pm. The #StopThisTraffic Conference is bringing together experts, educators, advocates, and survivors to share their stories and expertise on how to tackle the issue of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

Speakers from across the country will be presenting at the conference. The line-up includes:

Meijer Gardens
Grand Rapids

President and CEO  - Catholic Charities West Michigan

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Grand Rapids, MI

President and CEO                                                                                           

Reports to:   Bishop, Diocese of Grand Rapids & CCWM Board of Directors

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Position Summary

This position provides leadership and overall direction to the efficient and consolidated operations of Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

(These duties and responsibilities are judged to be “essential functions” in terms of the Americans With Disabilities Act or ADA)

  • Establishes organization policies and strategic direction in conjunction with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
  • Establishes processes for Board development, orientation and communication.
  • Develops, maintains and administers appropriate budgetary, financial, and accounting procedures and controls.
  • Advises and assists the Board of Directors on matters concerning the operations and business of CCWM, its policies, and its long-range and short-term planning.
  • Meets with the Board of Directors concerning CCWM operations, activities and financial condition.
  • Provides leadership, through direct reports, social services, business operations and fund development of the organization.
  • Serves as a member of the Bishop’s cabinet.
  • Oversees the services of CCWM and optimizes organizational effectiveness.
  • Manages the development, marketing/public relations, finance, information technology and human resources activities of CCWM.
  • Participates in developing and coordinating effective social welfare programs in the community.
  • Participates in local, regional and national committees and activities relevant to the family service field of practice.
  • Monitors programs and staff for contract compliance and productivity standards. 
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with the community, other funding agencies and the Diocese.
  • Advocates for services for the poor and vulnerable regardless of religion.
  • Develops and maintains the vision of the Agency as the needs and social/economic demographics of the community change.
  • Promotes programs and operations and generates information and publicity about CCWM to increase community understanding and appreciation of the goods and services available.
  • Serves as a personal liaison with community, governmental civic and charitable organizations and leaders.
  • Performs other special assignments at request of the Bishop and the Board of Directors.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed by such a person.

Recommended Employment Qualifications


This position requires a Master's Degree in Social Work or a related field from an accredited college or university; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


A minimum of seven to ten years of progressive leadership and financial experience. 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Within thirty (30) days of hire, must apply to the State of Michigan for certification and/or registration as appropriate to education and experience. Must thereafter periodically furnish proof of continued certification and/or registration as required by the State of Michigan.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Manages department and subordinate supervisors/managers.  Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these supervisors/managers.

Other Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)


  • Must be a practicing Catholic.
  • Knowledge of computer systems and relevant software.
  • Knowledge of administrative principles and practices including budgeting and plan forecasting.
  • Extensive knowledge of Family Service, Child Welfare, and Behavioral Health care programs and applicable state laws and regulations related to these programs.
  • Ability to understand program (DHS) contracts and regulations.
  • Ability to plan, supervise, review and evaluate the work of supervisory and administrative staff.
  • Ability to prepare and analyze reports and make presentations.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and resourcefulness; and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with staff, public officials, the Board of Directors, and clients.
  • Ability to relate to diverse populations and cultures.
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Experience with fundraising and philanthropy.
  • Experience with succession planning



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2016-2017 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities

Attached below you will find the NEW 2016-2017 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities catalog listing In-Person, Leadership, and Webinar trainings that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies that contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide child welfare services, as well as child welfare workers employed by DHHS.

The Leadership training opportunities are unique to supporting supervisors on retention-focused management. The Webinar training opportunities are geared towards both caseworkers and supervisors. 

Please also help spread the word with families that you work with about the NEW Caregiver training opportunities—both in-person and webinar offerings as well.

All of these trainings are DHHS approved for meeting the in-service training hour requirements set forth by DHHS requiring all caseworkers to receive a minimum of at least 32 hours of in-service training hours annually, and supervisors 16 hours annually. Training participants may also earn Social Work CE hours.

Please let me know if you have any questions about these courses—and remember to register soon, as courses have limited space and will fill up quickly!

Administrator of Smith Respite Center - Heritage Homes, Inc.

Job Details
Holland, MI

Heritage Homes, Inc., a non-profit agency based in Holland, Michigan, is currently seeking interested and qualified individuals for the following opening in our Children’s Program (based in Allendale): Part Time – Administrator of Smith Respite Center.

Smith Regional Respite Center (Allendale) provides respite services to children or qualified young adults who live with their families in Ottawa, Muskegon, and Kent Counties and surrounding areas in West Michigan. Smith Regional Respite Center is licensed by the State of Michigan as a Child Caring Institution (CCI) to serve up to 6 individuals at any given time. The respite program participants (about 30) are scheduled for visits on a rotating and as needed basis, in order to give parents/caregivers time to rest, attend family functions, go on short vacations or similar things that are difficult to do while caring day to day for a loved one who has high care needs due to developmental or intellectual disabilities.

Smith currently provides Respite Services on a 24 hour per day, extended weekend basis: Thursday evenings through Monday mornings. The Chief Administrator position is the supervisor of the center based program. He or she will train, schedule and lead the team of shift staffed Direct Service Professionals that deliver superior respite care to the participants on a day to day basis. This position is also responsible to ensure that all program services, paperwork, training, and physical plant meet or exceed compliance with: State licensing rules for a CCI, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, all contracting agencies, Heritage Homes’ policy, and any other state or federal rules.

The Chief Administrator will be expected to regularly communicate with parents/guardians, case managers and other professionals and to facilitate the scheduling of children, packets of paperwork and staff ability to make every visit a successful stay by the child’s, parent/guardian’s, and compliance perspectives. The CA will provide support and supervision to staff and will assist in or provide service to respite participants directly as needed.

The CA will be “on-call” during off duty hours to respond to urgent matters of the facility on a rotating schedule to be determined. The CA will be expected to immediately respond to all calls and to return to the facility as needed. This position will also be responsible for responding to incidents and planning and implementing measures to prevent further incidents and to insure continuous safety and quality improvement. This position will also represent the program and the agency at inter and intra agency meetings and help promote the image and services of the program and agency. The CA must have the ability to assist in the development and implement a budget for the program.

It is expected that this position will work approximately 28 hours per week with most hours worked over the extended weekend period (Thursday – Monday) This position is considered management and will be paid as an hourly non-exempt employee and qualify for paid time off consistent with HHI Regular Part Time position policy. The rate of pay will be commensurate with qualifications and experience within the hourly range of $16.00 - $18.00.

Position Requirements (per licensing rules):

MUST have one of the following in education and experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree in human behavioral science, education, business administration or public administration from an accredited college or university AND 4 year of post graduate work experience in a child caring institution (CCI) or child placing agency or similar organization from another state. (Generally, locations licensed for residential care of children, or to make foster care or adoption placements are acceptable. However, child day care centers or private licensed homes are not acceptable as required experience.)


  • A master’s degree in the same fields of study as listed above AND 2 years of work experience in a CCI or child placing agency.

Qualified candidates must also:

  • Be able to successfully complete a pre-employment physical, drug screen and TB test
  • Meet criminal and background check with fingerprinting requirements of the state of Michigan for a CCI Administrator.
  • Have a valid Michigan Driver’s license (and meet insurability guidelines) and reliable transportation. Driving corporate and personal vehicles will be required.

If you are interest in applying for this opening, please send a cover letter and resume:

Tina Millisor
Human Resources Manager

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For more information, please visit our website:

Heritage Homes, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Heritage Homes, Inc. reserves the right to make changes to or cancel this job posting at any time.


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