Eckerd Connects Community Alternatives, C6
Eckerd Connects' Community Alternatives is the community-based care lead agency for child welfare services in Pasco and Pinellas Counties and manages one of Florida's largest systems of care, serving about 3,100 children each day. A Program of Eckerd Connects and governed by a community-based board, Eckerd Connects Community Alternatives has developed an integrated and collaborative system of care for safety, well-being and permanency of vulnerable and at risk children, while strengthening and supporting families. In its role as lead agency or 'system manager', provides: adoption support; child abuse prevention; child placement; contract and fiscal oversight; foster home management; performance and data management; resource development; and utilization management.
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The Director of Prevention and Diversion is a leadership position responsible for organizing, managing, and evaluating the delivery of prevention and diversion community based services in County in accordance with the Lead Agency policies, Department of Children and Families Child Welfare Operating Procedures, Florida Administrative Code, and Statutory Regulations. This position is responsible for the oversight of planning and implementation of programmatic strategies, community collaboration, and coordination of all prevention and diversion activities related to the community-based services with the Lead Agency. Specific duties include working in collaboration with the County Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigations Division and sub-contracted Diversion Providers to ensure effective resources are in place to strengthen families, mitigate safety concerns, and divert youth from entering further into the child welfare system. In addition, the Director is responsible for working with community leaders, stakeholders, public agencies, and statewide coalitions to garner support and understanding of an agenda for child and family well-being and community prevention.
- Serves as a subject matter expert for Florida’s Child Welfare Practice Model and provides guidance to the management team, Lead Agency staff, and sub-contracted providers in County. Ensures adherence to program policies and procedures, compliance with contract requirements, and applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, ordinances, policies, and procedures.
- Oversees and maintains a relationship with the County Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigations Division to ensure a strong, positive, working partnership. Assists the Sheriff’s Office with mediating issues or concerns pertaining to the Lead Agency, sub-contracted providers, and/or open dependency cases.
- Provides support and consultation to the County Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigations Division as the subject matter expert for Florida’s Child Welfare Practice Model to identify appropriate service interventions for families under investigation. Facilitates any lead agency or multi-disciplinary meetings or calls intended to provide immediate resources to CPIs in the field facing a potential removal situation.
- Evaluates the effectiveness of diversionary services in County and revamping diversionary programs as needed to address child welfare trends. Review and coordinates Diversion activities with sub-contracted providers to ensure effectiveness of program design and ensure maximum coordination of efforts with those programs.
- Establishes and monitors all program goals and objectives with sub-contracted Diversion providers in accordance with agency and state standards, contract and grant compliance, and quality assurance standards. Participates in annual monitoring of the sub-contracted Diversion providers in conjunction with the Contracts Department.
- Attends and co-facilitates the weekly Diversion staffing’s between the County Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigations Division and the sub-contracted Diversion providers to share all critical information related to child safety and the family’s progress with services. Provides support and consultation to the sub-contracted Diversion provider staff when needed.
- Recruits, hires, evaluates, mentors, coaches, and disciplines direct and indirect reports as appropriate.
- Supports ongoing development of future leaders through a combination of succession planning, career development, leadership training, and personal mentoring activities with direct and indirect reports. Ensures training evaluations and supporting documentation are collected and analyzed for planning and decision making.
- Provides assistance and collaborative efforts to enhance and develop prevention resources for relative and non-relative caregivers.
- Attends all Case Management and CPI pre-service trainings to provide an overview of assigned area and Diversion services as well as organize and facilitate enhanced Case Management In-Service Training for professional staff in assigned area when needed. Leads staff and provides technical assistance and support for individuals and sub-contracted providers engaged in training opportunities.
- Assists Executive Director in achieving improved child welfare outcomes for children and families by monitoring performance of all subcontracts as assigned.
- Attends key stakeholder and community meetings related to prevention and diversionary services.
- Oversees the development of connections and networking opportunities with residents, community leaders, agency staff, civic associations, faith communities, and other stakeholders.
- Represents the Lead Agency and coordinates community activities for annual Child Abuse Prevention month in April in conjunction with the Department of Children and Families and Children’s Board of respective County.
- Participates in a Prevention Workgroup to coordinate community and Lead Agency activities with Local Adoption/Post-Adoption and Prevention Planning Team for the state mandated Child Abuse Prevention and Permanency Circuit Taskforce.
- Maintains department budgetary responsibilities for prevention and diversion related services to divert youth from entering further into the child welfare system and coordinates with Executive Director on purchase of service approvals when necessary.
- Designs/produces weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as required specifically regarding the duties and responsibilities assigned.
- Reports to the Department, Community Leaders, and management as necessary regarding any related assigned duties.
Other Duties Include, But Not Limited To
- Works with community groups to support children and families through primary prevention efforts.
- Participates in training and development activities as required.
- Reports any acts, incidents or conditions that reflect the possibility of inappropriate youth-to-youth or staff-to-youth relationships.
- Reports any use of physical force and all unusual incidents per Eckerd policy and state guidelines.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, from an accredited College or University, in social work or a related human services field required. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience: Five years direct experience in the delivery of child welfare investigations or services to children and families to include a minimum of three years prior supervisory/management experience. Child welfare certification preferred.
Skills: Possess knowledge of at-risk adolescents, troubled youth and their families. Ability to work well with youth, families, staff and agencies. Ability to lead, team build, and supervise staff. Possess previous supervision experience. Ability to maintain a professional working relationship with outside agencies and stakeholders. Detail oriented, excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures. Ability to work independently and utilize initiative, ability to be organized and to meet deadlines. Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations. Computer experience in a Windows environment, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Sharepoint), and Florida Safe Families Network (FSFN) with ability to learn and utilize other software programs.
Other: Maintain an appropriate and valid state driver’s license. Must meet state criminal background check requirements.
Travel: Must be able to meet requirements for Eckerd’s Auto Insurance and be able to drive for business purposes.
Physical Demands: Regularly sits at desk or table for periods of time working on laptop. Requires continuous use of office equipment requiring repetitive wrist/hand movement and vision. Significant and frequent use of physical requirements associated with verbal and written communication. Ability to lift light loads of one to 10 pounds occasionally. The work schedule may fluctuate according to work demands including evenings and weekends; periodic long and irregular working hours. Travel required frequently between offices, within the service area, and to attend meetings and conferences as required to fulfill the obligations and responsibilities of the position.
Eckerd wants your career to be as rewarding as possible. We provide our employees with numerous opportunities for growth, education, advancement, and the chance to contribute to business objectives. We offer competitive salaries and an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
• Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
• Group Term Life and AD&D Insurance
• Voluntary term life insurance
• Paid short-term and long-term disability
• Professional group liability insurance
• 19 days of Paid Time Off the first year
• 8 paid holidays
• Flexible spending accounts
• Retirement savings plan with employer match up to 5%
• Mileage reimbursement
• Cell phone plan discounts
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Employee Referral Program
• Flexible work schedules
• Employee Wellness/Well-Being program