at ICF in Dover, Delaware, United States
To support the Division X Technical Assistance (TA) Project’s Targeted Assistance Projects (TAPs), ICF is seeking to recruit a full-time (40 hours per week) fellow that has experienced foster care within the last 10 years. The fellow selected will be from and currently reside in one of the following jurisdictions: Oregon, Illinois, Indiana, Washington, and Alabama and engaged for a summer position up to 4 months. This position requires a range of expertise and experience that includes the following areas: the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood (Chafee program); the Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV); extended federal and state foster care; public awareness campaigns, outreach, and notification; administration of emergency aid; and youth engagement. This opportunity will allow the fellow to develop and enhance their skills/abilities while partnering with the jurisdiction to implement an identified change. Specific responsibilities include the following:
Provide support, in tandem with the Division X staff, to the identified jurisdiction. This would include, but not be limited to:
+ Assessing the readiness of jurisdiction to implement the TA project.
+ Leveraging a variety of sources, including but not limited to:
+ Youth and Young adults, Youth Advisory Boards/Committees, research literature, reports, toolkits, papers, briefs, presentations, and expert consultation.
+ Assisting in applying a change management process by supporting the assessment, planning, preparation, implementation, and the sustaining of changes within the organization from the selected site.
+ Participating in virtual meetings with other subject matter experts and staff to review service delivery and jurisdictional assignments, problem solve, and share lessons learned
+ Assist in the design and delivery of a variety of resources (e.g., publications, fact sheets, infographics, briefs, white papers, reports, articles, manuals, surveys, checklists, guides, workbooks, automated instruments), that require varying levels of effort, stakeholder input, and skills to complete.
+ Establishing effective communication plans with the Division X Consultants, project staff, Children’s Bureau (CB) staff, and assigned state, tribes, or territories staff members.
+ Assisting in the development of a technical assistance plan co-developed with youth/ young adults with lived expertise that reflects the current challenges and opportunity in the field and prioritizes building the capacity in states, tribes, and territories to support youth/young adults at the individual, the peer-led, the community, and system levels of engagement.
This position will be a compensated summer opportunity in which those selected will:
+ Have some experience and a desire to work with state agencies and community organizations to improve programs and practices for young people in and transitioning from foster care.
+ Serve as staff on the project beginning in mid-June through late September.
+ Receive training and support from the Division X TA team.
+ Be from the identified jurisdiction:
+ A person with lived expertise from the selected site (state, tribe, or territory) will be recruited to provide TA alongside the Division X TA team.
+ Promote sustainability within the project, identifying strategies to effectively provide positive outcomes using a healing centered approach.
+ Be willing to work in a fast-paced, remote environment with the possibility of working on site
+ Be available for limited in-state travel as appropriate
+ Possess direct lived experience in the child welfare system
+ Strong knowledge of and expertise in one or more areas identified including, the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood (Chafee program); the Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV); extended federal and state foster care; housing and other supportive services, public awareness campaigns, outreach, and notification; administration of emergency aid; and youth engagement
+ Willingness to work remotely across a variety of time zones and occasional evenings and weekends
+ Possess at least 2+ year of relevant work experience, including providing training, technical assistance, and/or consultation to child welfare agencies
+ Bachelor’s degree in social work, public administration, or related field
+ Possess leadership and project management experience
+ Ability to build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships and partnerships with other subject matter experts as part of project work
+ Experience supporting the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
+ Experience supporting the execution of youth town halls or other youth listening sessions
+ Demonstrated experience leveraging lived expertise to advance organizational or system improvement initiatives
+ Demonstrated intermediate-level knowledge of state, tribal, and territorial public child welfare agencies and how they operate and transitional-age youth programs including activities under the Chafee program/ETV (including related policy, practice, funding, or associated legal issues)
+ Ability to work with child welfare agency staff, youth and young adults, and CB leaders to identify older youth and young adult needs
+ Demonstrated experienced using or working with state data to understand complex social problems, consider causes, and provide expert consultation
+ Experience assessing organizational capacity/readiness to support Pandemic Act strategies
+ Knowledge of opportunities and approaches to cross-system collaboration and partnerships
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