Career Opportunities - D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s

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Grand Rapids, MI

Protecting children from abuse and neglect since 1887.

D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s is an agency that works in partnership with our community for the good of all children. We are local, non-profit and accredited. We provide comprehensive services to children and families, including Mentoring Services, foster care, adoption, and family support, as well as, residential treatment and emergency shelter care.

Bilingual and culturally diverse persons are encouraged to apply. For more information about our Agency and to apply to this position, visit  Please submit resume and cover letter, along with salary preference. EOE.

Position: Medical Assistant
Reports To: Medical Services Manager
Beginning Hourly Rate: $14.00 - $16.00
Application Deadline: June 29, 2018
Full Time

Provide clerical and operational support to Nursing and program staff to ensure the physical health, psychiatric, dental, and vision needs of children and youth served throughout the organization are met. Includes scheduling and monitoring of appointments, communication and coordination with primary care and specialty offices, labs and pharmacies, billing and insurance confirmation and follow-up, maintenance, organization and review of medical documentation, data collection, and documentation of services in compliance with contract and policy requirements.
Qualifications: Medical Assistant certificate required. Three or more years of relevant experience and pediatric knowledge preferred. Candidate must be focused on patient care and detail oriented.


Position: Registered Nurse
Reports To: Medical Services Manager
Beginning Wage Range: $22.00 - $26.00 per Hour
Application Deadline: June 29, 2018

RN position working full time to ensure that the medical, dental and psychiatric needs of children in Residential and Shelter Care are met.  Responsibilities include oversight of medication distribution, maintaining medical records, documentation, working in our outpatient psychiatric clinic, staff training, and responding to questions regarding medical and medication issues.  Strong knowledge of child development and experience in child/adolescent medical and psychiatric services required.  Must be highly organized, welcoming, possess strong leadership skills, excellent computer skills and be able to work as a part of a team in a fast paced, demanding environment with a diverse patient population.   On call by phone is a requirement of the position.
Qualifications: Educational requirements are graduation from an accredited nursing program, current licensure with State of Michigan (RN). Minimum of 3 years pediatric experience required with a preference for child/adolescent psychiatric nursing experience.


Position: Director of Child Welfare Services
Reports To: Chief Programs Officer
Beginning Salary Range: $61,250 – $75,000
Application Deadline: July 6, 2018

Unique opportunity at D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s (DABSJ) to lead an established division of foster care, foster home licensing and adoption professionals. DABSJ is at the forefront of best practice and systems transformation efforts as one of the partner agencies in the West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC), Kent County’s Performance-based Child Welfare pilot; the Director plays a key role in the project, establishing a culture of exceptional service in the context of Key Performance Indicators and data-driven outcomes. DABSJ is looking for a committed, skilled, energetic and visionary leader who embraces an environment marked by rapid change, increasing client need, incredible opportunities and emerging shifts in the child welfare workforce.
Qualifications: Minimum requirements include a relevant Masters’ Degree in a Human Services discipline and at least five years of increasingly responsible leadership experience in agencies serving vulnerable children and families, ideally in some combination of child welfare, residential and/or children’s behavioral health, with significant knowledge of public systems of care strongly preferred.


Position: Foster Care Licensing Specialist
Reports To: Foster Care Licensing Supervisor
Beginning Salary Range: $30,000 - $34,000

Application Deadline: June 29, 2018

Full-time position in a well-established team of Foster Care licensing staff.  Duties include completion of assessment, certification, reevaluation and special evaluation processes for relative caregivers and foster home applicants in accordance with MDDHS, DCWL, COA and agency policies and procedures. Provide initial and ongoing training to foster parents, in addition to assisting with agency recruitment and retention activities.  Assure children in care are safe and nurtured through consistent monitoring of assigned foster homes.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or similar degree with required.  Experience in foster care, adoption or foster home licensing is preferred.  DCWL Certification training is preferred.  Must be available evenings and weekends.


Job Title:  Food Service Assistant
Reports to:  Operations Manager
Beginning Hourly Rate: $13.00 - $15.00

Part-time position (20hrs/wk) working under the supervision of the Operations Manager, the Food Service Assistant is responsible for providing hands-on assistance to the food service program on the residential campus.  The Food Service Assistant works in conjunction with the Food Service Specialist and other administrative staff in the completion of assigned duties including inventory, purchasing and ordering, safe handling, preparing, and storing procedures, reporting, etc.
Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Previous food service experience preferred and ServSafe certification a bonus.


Job Title: Supports Coordinator
Reports to: Family Support Services Supervisor
Beginning Salary Range: $30,000 - $34,000

Family Support Services provides in home case management service to children who are diagnosed with a developmental disability.  Support Coordinators respond to the expressed needs and desires of the family and provide concrete assistance in coordinating a family support system and resources. Supports coordinators provide linking, monitoring, and coordinating of services within the community. Supports Coordinators work with the families and consumers to develop a person-centered plan (PCP) to assist the family and child in achieving goals in the areas of activities of daily living, improving the child’s ability to communicate and interact with his/her environment, and promoting inclusion and participation in the community. Services are provided in the home or community setting and some evening hours are required.  
Qualifications: Minimum education requirements include a 4 year degree in the following: psychology, physician, education from an accredited program, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, audiology, registered nurse, registered dietician, therapeutic recreation, or a licensed or limited-licensed professional counselor.   Experience working with culturally diverse populations and one year of experience working with clients diagnosed with developmental disabilities preferred. Bilingual persons are encouraged to apply. 


Position: Kent School Services Network Site Team Clinician

Reports To: Kent School Services Network Supervisor

Beginning Salary Range: $36,000 - $39,000

Application Deadline: July 13, 2018


Full time, year round position. The Kent School Services Network Site (KSSN) Team Clinician will provide individual and family therapy, crisis response, case management, and group services to children, adolescents, and their families in a school, home or community based setting. The Clinician will work as part of a team along with the Community School Coordinator and school personnel.  Clinicians will provide service during the school day, after school, and early evenings.  

Qualifications: LMSW/LLMSW or equivalent. A minimum of 2 years of experience working with culturally diverse populations and state licensure are required.


Position: Residential Youth Development Specialist – 2nd and 3rd shifts available
Reports To: Residential House Supervisor
Beginning Wage Range: $12.35 – $13.00

Full-time The Youth Development Specialist (Specialist) position, provides direct care for children and youth living in an open residential program.  Specialists see to the physical and emotional needs of the children and youth who have experienced some form of abuse and/or neglect. Specialists will model and teach appropriate social skills while working closely with a staff therapist to implement individualized treatment plans.  This role demands an individual with strong relationship building skills, physical and emotional stamina and an ability to work in a team environment in order to provide a family like setting. Specialists act in a parental role by meeting basic needs of youth.

Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent required. Associates and/or Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Youth Ministries, Criminal Justice and/or Communications is a plus. Valid Driver’s License with a good driving record is required.  Those interested in a career in the child welfare field or those with a desire to help struggling children and teenagers are encouraged to apply.

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