Child Welfare Specialist (Legal/Judicial)

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 16:40

The Child Welfare Specialist (Legal/Judicial) will 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, and program improvement plans. 

The specialist will provide support to the CB Central and Regional Offices. This opportunity is seeking a flexible person who is willing to travel nationally and be willing to work long hours while attending onsite meetings with state agency, courts, Court Improvement Programs, other stakeholders, and federal staff.  The ideal candidate will participate in both advance planning meetings and discussions on a state-by-state basis and in planning and onsite meetings for CFSR activities including preparation of statewide assessments, onsite case reviews, stakeholder interviews or the results of CFSRs are discussed and used in planning for planning for, implementing, and monitoring program improvements.  


  • Assist the CB in its work with states, state courts, other legal representatives in the child welfare system, 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 program improvement plans (PIP).
  • Supporting CB in aligning state CIP assessments and strategic plans with Child and Family Services Plans (CFSP)/Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSR) and CFSR functions.
  • 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 or a Master of Social Work degree or related human services field

Clearance: Must be able to obtain and maintain federal background clearance

Language: English fluency (oral and written)

Experience: Minimum of 10 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.

Skills: Ability to manage multiple complex tasks, have solid analytical skills, and 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. ¬†¬†

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

Location: Remote

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.

 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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