Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), is a leading not-for-profit organization providing healing, justice and wholeness to people and communities. For over 150 years, LSSI has made a difference in the lives of children and families, and we're still a strong, viable presence in the State of Illinois, continuing that commitment to making a difference.
We offer numerous services to at risk children and their families in their communities. We strive to make positive changes in the lives of children, their families and their communities. If you have a passion for helping children and are looking to make a difference that changes lives, we may have an opportunity for you.
Under the general supervision of the program director, or designee, the prospective candidate supervises a unit of child welfare specialists/caseworkers and child welfare licensing specialist across Moline, Canton & Galesburg, IL.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Direct supervision of a team of casework staff to provide an array of services to achieve permanency for children per the child/family service plan, policies of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Council on Accreditation.
- Participate in the planning and implementation of the recruitment plan for new foster homes with an emphasis on securing foster families that can be matched to the population served by local program.
- Supports staff, as needed, at: Court hearings; Department Administrative Case Reviews; Child and Family Team meetings; staffing; in-person contacts with children, biological parents, or foster parents; etc.
- Transports clients as needed.
- Responds to client emergencies as needed.
- Assists in training casework staff to ensure they possess the skills needed to perform their job responsibilities.
- Maintain open communication with the Program Director to ensure that information regarding both client and staff status is regularly reported.
- Promotes working relationships with community organizations, churches, funding bodies, and other providers.
- Completes and submits all necessary reports, billing, and documentation accurately and on time as required by LSSI and funding sources.
- Commit to and actively participate in the Continuous Quality Improvement Process; promote the integration of Continuous Quality Improvement principles in service provision.
- Perform other related tasks as necessary or as assigned.
- Master’s degree in social work, or a Master’s degree in an approved human services field.
- A minimum of 3 years of experience in social services (Child Welfare preferred)
- A minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience preferred.
- State licensing/certification requirements as required by the State of Illinois and regulatory agencies, e.g. DCFS, DHS, etc.
- Ability to pass required IDCFS Child Welfare Employee licensure (CWEL) as a requirement for ongoing employment with LSSI.
- Submit to fingerprinting and pass required background checks, including CANTS, LEADS, Sexual Abuse Registry, Illinois State Police, and FBI.
- Valid State of Illinois driver's license and proof of automobile liability insurance & access to transportation to make home visits, and transport clients.
- Understanding of strengths-based, trauma informed interaction with clients.
- Ability to communicate in a clear, comprehensible manner.
- Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences present within the diverse client base served by the organization, as well as within the organization itself.
Benefits and Perks:
Come be a part of this rewarding environment, and enjoy the knowledge that you’re helping others live better lives, as well as these career advantages:
- Competitive salary based upon relevant education, experience and licensure
- Opportunity for advancement
- Comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare insurance, up to 26 days of paid time off per calendar year, 10 paid holidays, sick time, 403(b) plan, Employee Assistance Program, and flexible hours
- The training you need to learn, grow, and succeed
- The opportunity to become a part of a fantastic team of Child Welfare professionals!
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, pregnancy, any other characteristic protected by law.