FAMILY (FIELD STAFF) CASEWORKER I, II
Job Class: Caseworker
Class Status: Active
Department: Tribal Family & Youth Services
Type of Position: Non-Exempt
Location of Work: Southeast Alaska
Covered Position: Yes
Salary Grade(s): 8
Prepared by: Francine Eddy Jones
Hours of Work: M-F 8-4:30
Employment Category: Regular Full-Time
The incumbent, assigned to a specific community, works for Tlingit & Haida Tribal Family and Youth Services (TFYS) Department to serve as a generalist Family Caseworker. Provides a broad range of services including case management to tribal children, youth, adults, and elders; information & referral; planning, coordination, & implementation of community education forums; partnering with the local IRA Council on meeting their goals of being responsive to their Tribal citizens; and serving as a liaison to internal & external Tlingit & Haida programs.
Reports To: TFYS Department
Liaison To: All Tlingit & Haida programs, respective Tribal community, and external social services agencies
• Provide prevention & intervention, services to the Tribal citizens in their respective community. This will include para-professional case management services.
• Serve as the local Tribal advocate to ensure full implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). This will include reviewing legal notifications and petitions involving dependent Tlingit & Haida children, taking appropriate action, to include participation in judicial determinations, case management, and recruitment & licensing of prospective foster and adoptive parents.
• Serve as the local liaison to Tlingit & Haida programs to ensure the distribution, receipt, and review of financial assistance and program applications. Ensure applications are complete; forward to the appropriate personnel for determinations. Follow-up to ensure clients receive timely responses to their applications.
• Responsible for interdepartmental and interagency coordination (i.e. State Social Services Agencies, school district personnel, other tribal organizations) to ensure Tribal citizens receive appropriate services.
• Coordinate community education events on topics identified to meet the needs of the community.
• Provides regular monthly reports to supervisor & local IRA Council.
• Maintain confidential case records, compiles statistical information, and meets all reporting requirements.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY
Spending Authority: N/A
Other Authority: N/A
NECESSARY SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
• Knowledge of Federal Indian Child Welfare Act (Public Law 95-608) and its significance, history and implementation; and familiarity of the Alaska child welfare system.
• Knowledge of social work practices, case planning and case management to children, youth, adults, and elders.
• Ability to abide by the basic regulations, operating policies and procedures regarding Tlingit & Haida programs.
• Ability to identify community needs, problems, and resources; create & implement responsive program services. Sensitivity to diverse cultures and community standards.
• Ability to collaborate, partner, & coordinate service delivery for the children, youth, adults, and elders in their respective community.
• Communication skills, both verbal and written; ability to prepare reports and meet deadlines; and make oral presentations.
• Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with internal CCTHITA programs, external community partners, and with the local IRA Council.
• Must protect and maintain confidentiality of clients.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)
Family Caseworker I
• Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) or closely related field.
• Valid Alaska Driver’s License.
• 2 years’ experience as a Family Services Worker I or equivalent may be substituted for the Bachelors degree.
Family Caseworker II
• See Caseworker I and
• One year experience as a family caseworker I or equivalent.
• Graduate study in social work or a closely related field may be substituted for family caseworker I experience on a year for year basis. (9 graduate credits is equal to 6 months experience)
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)
UNUSUAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OR RESTRICTIONS
The majority of work is performed in a professional office setting and is generally sedentary, requiring routine walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items weighing less than 40 lbs. Travel on small aircraft or ferry to program sites may be required
CONDITIONS OF HIRE:
• All employment at Tlingit & Haida is “at will”. This means that the employee or Tlingit & Haida may terminate employment at any time and for any reason. Unless specified in writing, no term of employment is expressed or implied for this position
• Tlingit & Haida is a no tolerance workplace. All regular employees must pass an initial and random drug and alcohol screening to be eligible for and maintain employment.
• Must pass a criminal background check for the safety of our clients. All employment offers are conditional until Tlingit & Haida has received a Federal criminal background check verifying eligibility to work.