Coordinator, Permanency Services

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children - New York, NY (30+ days ago)3.7

Reports to: Associate Director, Permanency Services

Department: Permanency Services

Primary Purpose

The Coordinator, Permanency Services is responsible for conducting domestic and international home study assessments for prospective adoptive parents. This candidate will oversee and implement the parent preparation and training plans for all prospective adoptive parents. Following the placement of a child(ren) into a family, the Coordinator conducts post-placement/post-adoption supervision.

The ideal candidate has experience in child development and family systems and is able to use clinical judgement to assess family functioning. The ideal candidate is someone who can communicate assertively but compassionately; talk to, engage, and educate a diverse population of pre-adoptive parents; and who absorbs information quickly and thoroughly.

The individual must be comfortable driving and using mass transit within the tristate area, and flexible scheduling weekend and evening appointments.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Child-centered assessment of pre-adoptive parents
  • Prepare families for adoptive parenting – including talking to prospective adoptive parents about transracial parenting, parenting a child with special needs, impact of trauma/abuse/neglect, and developmental age vs. chronological age, openness with birth family, grief & loss
  • Ability to identify normative vs. atypical post-placement adjustment of child and family, and ability to teach families tools to promote optimal child development and attachment
  • Familiarity with child development and impact of institutionalization
  • Possess general ability to learn about the complexities inherent in adoption work, including institutionalization, foster care, the adoption constellation, loss & grief, characteristics of the children who are in need of adoptive families
  • Ability to identify themes or patterns in the families we work with in order to suggest new groups, trainings or other offerings to better support our families
  • Perform any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor, including but not limited to, conference attendance, presentations, workshops, support group facilitation, and trainings

Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, with licensing in New York or New Jersey (LMSW, LSW, LCSW)
  • 3-5 years’ relevant experience preferred (home study, family assessment and parent preparation or related areas)
  • Foster care/adoption background preferred
  • Experience supervising social workers strongly preferred
  • Spanish speaking strongly preferred
  • Evening and weekend hours required, including travel and home visits

Technical Skills

  • MS Office –Proficiency in Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Knowledge of completing case notes in a database environment

Key Competencies

  • Strong clinical assessment skills
  • Strong management skills, including robust organization, and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Strong clinical thinking skills, including self-reflection, ability to receive and incorporate feedback, and identify transference and counter-transference issues in client work
  • Ability to multitask; strong execution skills; thorough follow through, and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment with various departments, which supports both individual and cooperative work
  • Ability to work independently at satellite office locations

Job Type: Full-time