WEST MICHIGAN PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN JOB POSTING
PARENT PLANNER (PART-TIME)
Have you heard? Kent County is piloting a data-driven, innovative, performance-based approach to administering foster care that is transforming child welfare and creating better futures for children! Do you want to be a part of it? Look no further! West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC) is building its team.
WHO WE ARE
WMPC is a nonprofit organization that provides foster care and adoption services to children and families in Kent County, MI in partnership with Bethany Christian Services, Catholic Charities West Michigan, D.A. Blodgett—St. Johns, Samaritas, and Wellspring Lutheran Services. WMPC is piloting a performance-based funding model through a contract with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), utilizing a case rate that incentivizes permanency while allowing for flexibility and creativity in funds. WMPC utilizes software that will allow for predictive analytics to project successful outcomes, and flag cases that are at risk. WMPC seeks to empower communities to create better futures for children and families through innovation and collaboration.
We are a talented, creative group of passionate professionals who are committed to creating better futures for children. We value a workplace which embraces multi-dimensional diversity and promotes work-life balance. We are energized and motivated by our mission of improving outcomes for children and we know that it takes a village! Our work environment is highly collaborative, both within the office and within the community, and we believe the best solutions lie within those we serve.
HOW YOU WILL SPEND YOUR DAY
Drawing upon lived experience as a primary caregiver for a youth who has experienced the Kent County child welfare system, and/or the juvenile justice system through the Kent County Circuit Court/Family Division, and/or Network 180 services, you will help create and sustain a community of belonging that fosters resiliency for families with shared experiences by:
• Planning and hosting quarterly family dinners and twice monthly self-care activities
• Planning and coordinating a minimum of two multi-week training series for parents and a minimum of six standalone trainings
• Contributing to WMPC’s quarterly newsletter
• Collaborating with WMPC’s Office Administrator on content for social media related to scheduled trainings and activities
• Co-chairing monthly Parent Advisory Committee meetings
• Developing self-care and training content to increase parent engagement and well-being
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU
Education Level High School Degree or equivalent required; Associate degree preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Excellent administrative, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
• Must be able to work independently and follow through on tasks without monitoring.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365, in particular SharePoint, Word, and Outlook.
• Excellent English verbal and written skills. Ability to effectively proofread documents prepared for
• meetings and distribution.
• Competency with social media platforms.
• Ability to interact positively and objectively with co-workers, service providers, and families from a wide- range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and with widely divergent levels of educational attainment and social skills and abilities.
• Ability to accommodate some after-hours and weekend work
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
We know that our staff is our greatest resource! We offer our part-time employees:
• A dynamic and creative office culture;
• Flexible scheduling, work from home options, and a PTO package to promote a healthy work- life balance;
• Health benefits with WMPC contributions;
• Professional development opportunities;
• The opportunity to create better futures for children.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
If this sounds like you, please submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org!