TITLE: ICWA SPECIALIST
REPORTS TO: TRIBAL FAMILY SERVICES DIRECTOR
DEPARTMENT: TRIBAL FAMILY SERVICES
Under general supervision of the Tribal Family Services Director or his/her designee, the ICWA Specialist provides case management and program support of a highly responsible and confidential nature to achieve the goals and objectives of the Tribal Family Services Department under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and state and federal guidelines.
Uphold the organization’s mission, and values as well as demonstrate an understanding of and compliance with organization’s policies and procedures.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Participates in Tribal, State and Federal ICWA case proceedings, investigations, court hearings, reviews, conferences, and other proceedings representing and advocating the Native Village of Kotzebue’s position.
- Regularly staffs case concerns and developments with Tribal Family Services Director.
- Participates in Team Decision Making Meetings (TDM) to articulate the Native Village of Kotzebue’s position and problem-solve issues regarding placement, reunification or parental non-compliance.
- Participates in the development and management of State parent and child case plans for Child in Need of Aid (CINA) to ensure member children are safe and in healthy environments and that case plan goals are realistic and achievable. Develops Tribal In-Home case plans as needed to prevent the breakup of tribal families and provide support services to help families alleviate barriers to keeping children safe.
- Assists, coordinates and facilitates required information for Tribal Council reviews, adoptions or meetings. Maintains statistical information and assists in the preparation of program and other required reports as needed.
- Sets calendaring notices for meetings, case reviews, court hearings and internal scheduling needs. Maintains confidential client records per required file management standards.
- Maintains a listing of foster homes and potential adoptive families to ensure ICWA compliance in placement of tribal children and assists prospective foster parents with completion of the State application and licensure processes.
- Conducts Diligent and Ongoing Relative Searches to identify potential relative placements for tribal children in out-of-home care in compliance with the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 and applicable policies and procedures. Completes and maintains written documentation of all search efforts and contacts to include data collection and reporting, with applicable data base systems.
- Prepares all required Intervention documentation for filing in State Court. Obtains and maintains case party information and serves parties as required. Enters statistical information as appropriate and initiates the notification process.
- Conducts home visits and supervision of families as needed. Conducts safety evaluations of unlicensed relatives per established State of Alaska standards and policies.
- Assist tribal members in acquiring supportive services to support compliance with State or Tribal case plan requirements. Makes referrals to appropriate service and resource programs, conducts follow-up to ensure that services have been delivered in an appropriate and timely manner.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Is responsible to maintain all case files and filling as needed.
Employees of the Native Village of Kotzebue are expected to promote the organization’s mission and vision. Employees are expected to demonstrate integrity, professionalism, accountability, cooperation with and consideration of others.
Knowledge and Skills
All employees are expected to have general knowledge of Alaskan Native culture, traditions, history, and needs as well as customer service skills and the ability to manage their time and organize their work to ensure efficient performance. In addition, all employees should have a general knowledge of computers, copies, fax machines, and typical software, the ability to follow policy, procedure, instruction, communicate regularly with their supervisors, and the ability to understand and manage confidentiality.
Specific knowledge, skills and abilities required for position:
- Knowledge of ICWA federal requirements that apply to State Court proceedings, privacy laws, Tribe’s role and responsibility to protect and advocate on behalf of the Native Village of Kotzebue Tribal children, and the ability to maintain strict client confidentiality
- Knowledge of the Alaska Court System and Office of and Children Services procedures and their roles and responsibilities to Tribes.
- Must have case management experience with a working knowledge of the Alaska Court System filing requirements for applicable case types, and OCS practices in working with Tribes to protect tribal children and families.
- Ability to manage multiple priorities, must possess the ability to track complex networks and evaluate information for decision making purposes, must possess strong organizational skills
- Skill in oral and written communication, with skills in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with others
- Knowledge of the Native Village of Kotzebue programs and services and service providers for other social, behavioral, or health service referrals for clients in need of services outside of the Native Village of Kotzebue.
- Knowledge of grant reporting requirements, with experience adhering to goals and objectives and governing policies
- Associates Degree in applicable field is required. Progressively responsible professional work experience in a related field may be substituted on a year for year basis for degree requirement.
- At least 2 years ofexperience in child protective services, comparable work experience or demonstrated proficiency at the Native Village of Kotzebue is required
- Must maintain client confidentiality.
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check. No prior convictions of child abuse, family violence, or other convictions that would affect the performance between state and federal agencies.
Additional Requirements or Credentials:
- Must have a valid Alaska Driver’s License
- Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with state and federal agencies; including but limited to knowledge of the Public Assistance benefits and how their policies interface with the Bureau’s programs.
Native preference will be given in recruiting and hiring, consistent with the Indian Self- Determination and Education Assistance Act, P.L. 93-638, as amended.
Kotzebue IRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will be considered for employment.