Persad Center

Strengthening the Region’s LGBTQ Communities and Their Allies

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Strengthening the Region’s LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS-impacted Communities

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SCOPE OF WORK: The Foster Care Specialist provides leadership and implementation of Foster Care Services at Persad Center. This position is responsible for recruitment & training of resource families, service delivery, treatment planning, working with biological and resource families, and documentation. This position reports to the Director of Community Programs.


Key Performance Areas: Recruitment
1. Implements marketing plans that successfully recruitment families to provide foster care
2. Identifies and screens prospective resource families
3. Schedules and conducts required pre-service training programs for families
4. Conducts home visits
5. Creates family profiles
6. Successfully certifies an adequate number of resource families to meet the demand for placements
7. Creates and maintains resource family files in accordance with regulations

Key Performance Area: Program Coordination
1. Manages placement of youth with foster families
2. Provides support and services to both families of origin and resource families
3. Coordinates treatment team meetings and implementation
4. Creates and implements activities, programs, and peer support groups for youth
5. Attends Shelter Hearings and provides necessary information to the court
6. Transports youth to hearings, visitation, or other appointments
7. Manages 24 hour on call schedule
8. Creates and maintains client files in accordance with regulations
9. Provides case management and coordination services as needed
10. Collects and tracks program data

Key Performance Area: Teamwork and Collaboration
1. Works effectively with the youth services team to ensure delivery of programs
2. Attends Community Program and other Agency Team meetings and provides youth services updates
3. Assists in certifying and maintaining certification for foster families
4. Establish relationships with other provider agencies for referrals and program support
5. Meets regularly and collaborates on program implementation
6. Coordinates referrals of youth, families of origin, and foster families to mental health and other needed services
7. Works with staff to facilitate referrals and service coordination throughout

Key Performance Area: Quality Assurance
1. Assists in assuring program compliance
2. Conducts and documents monthly chart audits
3. Creates weekly, monthly, and annual reports for Foster Care Services
4. Assures compliance with and meets requirements of CYF contract
5. Implements all aspects of program to assure fair and unbiased service delivery

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A four (4) year degree in Social Work from an accredited institution of higher learning, and at least two (2) years of experience working in the Foster Care or Children Youth and Families (CYF) service system. Appropriate FBI, PA Act 33/34 fingerprint clearances.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate degree in Social Work, from an accredited institution of higher learning, and at least two (2) years of experience working in the Foster care or CYF service system.

COMPENSATION: $40,000 benefits include (health, dental, vision, life insurance, and short-term disability insurance)

HOW TO APPLY: Submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references to: 

Persad Center 5301 Butler Street, Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Persad Center, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate, exclude or otherwise deny employment opportunities to any qualified candidate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability/handicap, gender, gender identity/expression, national origin, place of birth, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or any other characteristic(s) protected under local, state, or federal laws in any of its hiring/employment practices and activities. All employment decisions shall be made without regard of any of these characteristics.

START DATE: As soon as possible.