Child Welfare Specialist II

Tue, 06/22/2021 - 12:55

The Child Welfare Specialist II works collaboratively with the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children’s Bureau (CB) to support the CB in implementing the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) federal monitoring strategies that are designed to meet the statutory requirements to provide federal oversight of states’ compliance with title IV-B and IV-E plan requirements. The work includes supporting the CB in their efforts with states on assessing conformity with federal plan requirements, supporting states in conducting continuous quality improvement, analyzing data and information to identify root causes of performance, development and monitoring of program improvement strategies and plans, the active engagement of child welfare system stakeholders throughout the process including state court systems and persons with lived experience, and other tasks related to the CFSR.

The Child Welfare Specialist II will be assigned to the CB Central Office CFSR Unit and provide support to CB Regional Offices.  The Child Welfare Specialist II will be expected to participate in state planning meetings/discussions, participate in all aspects of the CFSR, conduct oversight to ensure the accurate application of federal monitoring instruments, evaluate system performance and program improvement efforts, and assist with enhancing federal monitoring strategies.

The Child Welfare Specialist II is supervised by the CWRP deputy project director in accordance with a formal workplan developed with the CB for this position. The CB manages the day-to-day assignments of the Child Welfare Specialist II as delineated in the formal work plan. The Child Welfare Specialist II is required to comply with the prohibition on performing inherently governmental functions.


  • Assist the CB in its work with child welfare agencies, members of states’ legal and judicial communities, state stakeholders and partners including persons with lived experience, and CB’s technical assistance providers, to prepare for and participate in the CFSR.
  • Support the integration of state child welfare agencies, courts, and other stakeholders in the development of CFSR statewide assessments, the onsite review, and the development, implementation, and monitoring of the CFSR Program Improvement Plan.
  • Support CB in the work to align state Child and Family Services Plans (CFSP)/Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSR) with the CFSRs.
  • Conduct quality assurance and federal oversight activities for case reviews using the federal case review instrument.
  • Evaluate systemic factor functioning using data and information provided by the state and by conducting stakeholder interviews.
  • Conduct data and root cause analysis and assist in the development and monitoring of the implementation of Program Improvement Plans; if necessary, participate in the renegotiating of these plans.
  • Utilize the federally produced state data profile and context data to inform the assessment and evaluation of state performance and improvement efforts.
  • Highlight trends and research promising practices observed through the CFSRs.  


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field.

Language: English fluency (oral and written)

Experience: Minimum 12 years of relevant child welfare experience, with 10 years of program management experience. Experience with the CFSR monitoring strategies and implementing systemic program improvement efforts.

Knowledge: Demonstrated experience in accurately applying the federal case review instrument, understanding of the statewide data indicators and the federal title IV-B and IV-E systemic factor requirements and principles of implementation science. 

Skills: Have strong communication and “people skills,” including the ability to engage the child welfare community in collaborative activities, listen attentively, communicate accurately and clearly orally and in writing, have strong team-building skills, and be able to work on a variety of teams and with a variety of people. Strong time management skills and ability to take responsibility and self-manage work and schedule. Ability to manage multiple complex tasks, have solid analytical skills.

Software Proficiency: Demonstrated competency in Microsoft Office and other common software applications.

Location: Remote

Travel: Availability and willingness to travel is essential as is the willingness to work long hours during onsite meetings with states.


Education: Master’s degree preferred

Language: Spanish fluency oral

OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED: This position description should not be construed as implying that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position and is not the sole basis for any subsequent employee evaluations. The CWS will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required by their supervisor.

This position is subject to availability of funds and to any and all restrictions contained in the contract or contracts that provide funding for this position.


If you meet the minimum requirements for this position, please click on the "Apply" link posted below and complete the application. Please include a cover letter, resume, and at least three (3) professional references.

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