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Managing Director - Indian Child Welfare Programs

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Child Welfare
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Masters of Social Work
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Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is a national operating foundation that provides and improves—and ultimately prevents the need for—foster care. We value a diverse and culturally competent workplace.

Position: Managing Director – Indian Child Welfare Programs
Location: Seattle, WA
Position Type: Full Time Exempt
Department: Indian Child Welfare Programs
Reports To: EVP – Child and Family Services
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The Managing Director of Indian Child Welfare Programs (ICWP) provides leadership within Casey, to Tribes, and to States developing Indian Child Welfare Systems and practices. This position also leads operations within the Indian Child Welfare Programs (ICWP) work unit, oversees the work unit budget, ongoing projects, and the coordination with Casey Family Programs (CFP) Systems Improvement.

Nature and Scope of Position:

• This position reports to the EVP-Child and Family Services.

• This is a full-time, regular position that requires workweeks in excess of 40 hours and requires travel up to 40% of the time to field offices, meetings, and other events.

• This position is a leader and/or member of the Operating Committee, the Senior Leadership Team, the Field Office Leadership Team and other leading groups at Casey.

• The Managing Director models for the organization highly refined skills in team building and development of leadership at all levels.

• This position provides direction and leadership in working with private, public and tribal organizations external to Casey in support of achieving our organizational goals.

• The Managing Director interacts directly with the Executive Team, and, at times, the Board of Trustees on matters of tactical and strategic significance to program operations.

• The Managing Director directly supervises the staff at the Indian Child Welfare Field Office and supervises assigned administrative support staff in Headquarters.

• The Managing Director leads in the oversight and expansion of initiatives and consultation for Urban Indian Child Welfare and Family Services.

• This position works both independently and as part of a team to facilitate the transformation of Casey’s reservation field offices, convenes states’ and tribes’ redevelopment, maintenance, and improvement of Child Welfare Systems.

• This position manages and supervises the contractual agreements and Casey staff located in or with tribal agencies.

• This position works closely with Systems Improvement staff to ensure the integration of the ICWP’s learning into organizational practice. Additionally, the Managing Director works closely with Casey Child and Family Services Management and others at Casey to align outcomes with organizational goals.

• Driving on Casey business requires adherence to the Vehicle Safety Guidelines.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

1. The Managing Director provides leadership to Casey, Tribes, and States regarding child welfare systems for Indian Child Welfare programs.

2. This position leads the Transformation efforts and plans for ongoing maintenance and improvement of systems once established.

3. Oversees the ICWP budget and resource management.

4. Works closely with Systems Improvement, Child and Family Services, Practice and Operations, and other Casey work units to insure alignment and continuous quality improvement on practice and outcomes from ICWP

5. Identifies and then shares information on model tribal and urban Indian Child Welfare programs.

6. Leads the ICWP team in the coordination and integration of services to Native youth and their families.

7. Identifies partners, communities, and resources for the successful Transformation of the former Casey field offices and development of a tribal child welfare system in each identified location.

8. Recommends and implements practices and policies which improve the outcomes from the ICWP work unit.

9. Follows the HR System to provide ongoing coaching, career development, and performance management to direct supervisees. Makes decisions on hiring, firing, compensation, and position duties in the work unit. Provides leadership to ICWP and models leadership to all.

10. Represents Casey in a professional manner to those outside of Casey at all levels. Works directly with national leaders and national organizations in representing Casey’s work in Indian Country and in urban Indian Child Welfare initiatives.

11. Maintains confidentiality of sensitive information. Understands and adheres to code of ethics and practice for functional area. Ensures alignment with organizational values, goals, and directives in all work performed.

12. Maintains appropriate boundaries with youth.

13. Acts as a good steward of Casey resources – in expenses/funding, but also in labor hours in applying appropriate amounts of resources to each project. Looks for ways to maximize effective communications with cost and effort leveraged.

14. Ensures adherence to Casey policies in all matters of practice, contracts, communications, resources, personnel and reporting.

15. Works on projects, acts as committee member, and performs other duties as assigned.


Masters degree in Social Work required or a related human services field and a minimum of 10 years of progressive responsible management experience in child welfare program management. Experience in managing child welfare operations, supervision, project management, and collaboration is required. Extensive and high level experience managing Indian Child Welfare service delivery systems in tribal communities is desirable.

Working knowledge of current theories and practices related to social work and/or human services is required. Proven experience in fiscal management and deployment of resources is critical to success in this position. Skills in team-building, decision-making and a strategic

Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Must be skilled public speaker with experience speaking in a variety of venues including governmental legislatives hearings and conferences. Experience in negotiating multiple priorities, monitoring and negotiating contracts, and consulting and working in teams within the child welfare field is essential. Must have experience handling and managing with all forms of media.

Excellent analytical skills, ability to work effectively in a team environment, and cross-cultural competence are critical requirements. Experience in consulting within the child welfare field, resource procurement, community relations, policy development, and program planning and supervision are desirable. Knowledge of child welfare, as related to Indian Child Welfare programs, required.

Demonstrated ability and success in collaborative efforts, highly refined cultural competence and awareness, systems thinking, excellence in communications, change management, and the ability to be flexible in role are all required in this position. Effective knowledge and ability to work with tribal governments and agencies is essential.

Ease of use with technology required --computer skills such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook are required.

Must pass a criminal background check. In the event of Casey business that requires use of a personal vehicle, must have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, and proof of insurance.

Valuing diversity and championing anti-racism are core values at Casey. Casey Family Programs is an EOE working towards a culturally diverse and competent work place.