Child Welfare Specialist (Legal/Judicial)

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 07:58

Work collaboratively with the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and Children’s Bureau (CB) to support the CB in implementing the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) federal monitoring strategies including continuous quality improvement progress, program improvement plans, and other tasks related to the reviews. 

 The Child Welfare Specialist is assigned to the CFSR Unit and will provide support to the CB Central and Regional Offices. Availability and willingness to travel nationally is essential including a willingness to work long hours during onsite meetings with state agency, courts, Court Improvement Programs, other stakeholders, and federal staff. The specialist will be expected to participate in both advance planning meetings and discussions on a state-by-state basis ,and in  onsite meetings for CFSR activities including preparation of statewide assessments, onsite case reviews, stakeholder interviews, meetings to discuss CFSRs results, and  developing , implementing, and monitoring program improvements plans (PIP).  


  • Assist the CB in its work with child welfare agencies, state courts, other members of state‚Äôs legal and judicial communities, ¬†Court Improvement Programs (CIP), CB‚Äôs technical assistance providers, and national and state legal/judicial organizations in preparing for and participating in the CFSR.
  • Support the integration of state child welfare agency and court activities in the development of CFSR statewide assessments and the development, implementation, and monitoring of CFSR PIP.
  • Supporting CB in the work to align state CIP assessments and strategic plans with Child and Family Services Plans (CFSP)/Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSR) and CFSRs.
  • Engage legal/judicial representatives in the CFSR and PIP processes through active communication, collaborative meetings, and through data analysis and interpretation that highlight opportunities for legal and judicial practice changes.


Education: Juris Doctorate 

Clearance: Must be able to pass a federal background clearance check

Language: English fluency (oral and written)

Experience: Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in a state public child welfare agency, juvenile or family court for child welfare cases, and/or court improvement program efforts. 

Knowledge: Demonstrated knowledge in understanding child welfare and court-related data, the ability to interpret data, apply the data to problem solving and program improvement planning and implementation processes, and the ability to communicate the data to a variety of stakeholders from different backgrounds. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding court and state systems and designing, managing, and/or implementing systemic reform efforts. 

Soft Skills: Have strong communication and ‚Äúpeople skills,‚ÄĚ including but not limited to the ability to engage the legal/judicial/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 their work and schedule. ¬†¬†

Skills: Ability to manage multiple complex tasks, have solid analytical skills

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

Location: Remote


Experience: 10 years of relevant child welfare (abuse and neglect) legal/court experience which could include experience with federal court improvement program.

OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position nor will it be the sole basis for any subsequent employee evaluations. Incumbents 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.

At this time, we are unable to consider candidates from the following states: AK, AR, HI, IN, NH, OH, KY, LA, ME, MS, MO, MT, SD, ND, IA

 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. 

Our company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Applicants can learn more about the company's status as an equal opportunity employer by viewing the federal "EEO is the Law" poster at EEOPost.pdf. 

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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