Child Welfare Supervisor  - Foster Care - Hands Across The Water

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Ann Arbor, MI

Hands Across The Water

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Title:               Child Welfare Supervisor  - Foster Care 



The Child Welfare Supervisor shall hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university in a human behavioral science and 3 years of experience as a social service worker in an agency OR a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a human behavioral science and 4 years of experience as a social service worker, 3 years of which are in an agency performing child welfare functions.  


Appropriate candidate for this position must have the ability to handle stress well, have the ability to be an active listener with good clinical observation and assessment skills, be flexible and able to handle change, be a team player yet able to work independently, able to multi-task, and maintain case responsibility and follow-through. Appropriate candidate must be able to supervise a staff of up to 5 workers as well as act as their mentor and positive role model. The Child Welfare Supervisor must demonstrate strong leadership skills, the ability to mediate conflict, and simultaneously advocate and problem-solve with their staff, program, and agency priorities in mind.  Appropriate candidate must have the ability, experience, education, and training to perform the duties assigned. Appropriate candidate must be able to understand and follow the agency’s Vision and Mission statements.


Candidate may not have been convicted of child abuse or neglect, a felony involving harm or threatened harm to an individual within the 10 years immediately preceding the date of hire, or be listed on the central registry as a perpetrator of child abuse or child neglect. The Child Welfare Supervisor – Foster Care shall possess a valid Driver’s License, positive driving record and proof of automobile insurance. 


Hands Across The Water does not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, or a matter directly or indirectly related to employment, because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, political beliefs or mental or physical disability.


Salary:                        According to the current salary schedule.


Job Overview: 

Provide supervision of agency case management services for children and families in the child welfare system. Provide leadership, training and mentorship to a team of foster care specialists.  Ensure that needed and appropriate services are provided as required by state of Michigan laws, contractual and licensing requirements and applicable service standards through the provision of direct service as provided by assigned foster care specialists. The Child Welfare Supervisor – Foster Care will follow and uphold the agency’s Vision and Mission Statement.







Child Welfare Supervisor – Foster Care shall have completed and passed CWTI PSI (Child Welfare Training Institute Pre-Service Institute) training that includes a total of 270 hours (9 weeks) of competence-based classroom and field training prior to application for this position.  


Applicant must complete and pass the required supervisory training program for foster care and pass a competency-based performance evaluation based on that training within three months of position hire date.   The Child Welfare Supervisor – Foster Care will complete an orientation period of 6 months in the position, at which time their performance will be evaluated. 


In order to meet agency and caseload needs, the Child Welfare Supervisor – Foster Care may be asked to complete necessary CWTI PSTT (Position Specific Transfer Training) and accompanying supervisor training for Adoption and/or equivalent training for Foster Home Licensing during the course of their employment, including assuming the supervisory role for a mixed group of caseworkers (foster care and/or adoption and/or licensing specialists)


Job Responsibilities and Duties:


  • Maintain current knowledge of and coordinate the intake process, assignment of new cases to social work staff, and service delivery in accordance with organization, division, regulatory standards and contract requirements. 
  • Provide supervision and leadership to staff, including training, delegation of responsibility, authority, accountability and performance evaluations. 
  • Supervise up to 5 foster care, SIL, adoption, licensing and/or clerical staff. 
  • Review, correct and assist in the writing of all social work reports, treatment and correspondence. 
  • Audit case records quarterly to ensure completeness, timeliness, compliance with prescribed services, and adherence to licensing standards, accreditation, and policies; make recommendations and assure corrective action as needed. 
  • Monitor and evaluate service delivery and contracts to ensure contract requirements are met for clients as specified in service plans and developmental goals. 
  • Participate in performance related goal setting and take the lead role in monitoring for accountability to assure that both staff and teams meet their performance objectives. 
  • Provide monthly supervision to assigned staff to ensure quality delivery of services in accordance with established organization Personnel Policies and procedures, program objectives, and contract standards. 
  • Provide direct service to cases as needed to ensure continuous organization supervision and service provision to clients, foster and adoptive parents, as required by licensing and funding bodies. 
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with administrators, referral agencies/organizations, other organizations’ personnel and professionally represent HATW. 
  • Supervise the Supervised Independent Living program and workers.
  • Participate in performance related goal setting and achievement to meet personal and organizational objectives. 
  • Participate in the development of new policies and procedures as directed.
  • Orient and train new staff. 
  • In conjunction with Director, or other designate, will provide agency related staff training as directed.
  • Attend and participate in HATW trainings and other professional development activity. 
  • Coordinate and monitor a 24 hour emergency, on call phone system to be carried out by foster care workers. 
  • Attend DHS PAFC and Federation meetings or other meetings as directed. 
  • Attend agency staff and department team meetings.
  • Must complete and pass a Supervisor training and exam, as required by the State of Michigan.
  • Complete at least 15 hours of job related training per year or as required by the State contract, 32 if carrying direct service cases.
  • Work with Licensing Department on complaints regarding foster parents and foster care placements.
  • Work with the State Programs Manager, other Child Welfare Supervisors and staff collaboratively to provide necessary service.
  • Other related duties may be assigned or added.




The Child Welfare Supervisor – Foster Care is accountable to the State Programs Manager. 


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