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Administrator, Office of Youth Empowerment

Friday, September 29, 2017


Serves as the Administrator for the Office of Youth Empowerment in the Deputy Director for Program Operations, Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA.  Provides direction, supervision to the Office of Youth Empowerment (OYE), which includes case management team comprised of licensed social workers and supervisors working with youth ages 15 – 21, and also provides direction and oversight over all independent living services offered to older youth, including education and career development support.  The Office of Youth Empowerment leads and supports transitioning youth from foster care, whether they exit to permanence, or exit foster care at age 21.  OYE is responsible for providing youth with the development tools required for adult self-sufficiency.

Brief Description of Duties:

Plans, oversees and directs the day-to-day operations of the administration.  Establishes outcomes, strategies, goals objectives and short and long-range plans and projects; develops and interprets operating and program policies and procedures to support the practice of front line staff.  Reviews, evaluates and revises program and service delivery.  Provides direction to the team to improve practice related to the safety, permanency and well-being of older youth in care. Responsible for managing the Chaffee Independent Living Services Grant and the federal Educational Training Voucher (ETV) program.

Provides direction to OYE by analyzing operations and other activities and providing feedback regarding needs, improvements, and accomplishments.  Advises on projects or problems, serves as technical resource, and interprets laws.  Reviews and develops program goals, plans, and schedules.

Responsible for comprehensive evaluations of the program’s goals and objectives.  Makes decisions affecting the character of operations, organizational improvements, and decisions impacting relationships with other groups.

Interfaces with CFSA management levels and other organizational agencies and jurisdictions.  Coordinates program activities by providing advice and assistance to agency heads.  Confers with agency management and other local and federal officials regarding the child welfare system and/or individual case service needs, problems, and progress as appropriate.

Provides information in response to requests for information from executive and legislative officials and other administrations and/or provider management staff.  Serves on committees or task forces representing CFSA policy, procedures, and requirements.  Makes recommendations to resolve problems.

Responsible for development and oversight of tracking data measures and outcomes for all areas within the office.

Facilitates efforts to implement quality initiative and continuous quality improvement activities to ensure high quality work.

Initiates and provides support to staff in the overall development and prioritization of strategies that will achieve OYE goals.

Coordinates with CFSA training program staff to identify appropriate training opportunities, monitors the training needs of the OYE team effectiveness.

Assists in answering City Council questions for the Committee on Human Services and provides testimony on OYE/older youth issues before the City Council as needed.

Develops reporting mechanisms and responds to requests for information from executive and legislative officials, administrators or management staff providers.

Serves on committees or task forces to provide needs assessments, recommendations, and solutions.

General Experience:

Requires advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of social work, as evidenced by a Masters of Social Work (MSW).

Ten (10) years of experience in child welfare management that includes at least five (5) years of that in youth development services.

Requires a comprehensive knowledge of child protection, policies, procedures, operating programs, structures, functions, and services.

Advanced knowledge of human behavior dynamics, child welfare and of related psychiatric, psychological and medical practice.

Strong ability to facilitate change management strategies to support practice improvements

Comprehensive knowledge of techniques and modalities related to cultural diversity

The incumbent in this position is required to undergo and successfully pass a criminal background investigation and drug test as mandated by Title II of the Child and Youth Health and Safety Omnibus Act of 2004. The incumbent may be required to take random drug test. This position has been identified and designated as a security-sensitive position subject to a mandatory drug and alcohol testing. If selected for the security sensitive position, you will be required to submit to drug testing prior to appointment, and appointment to the position will be contingent upon a negative drug test result.

Job Offers:   Official Job Offers are made by the D.C.Child and Family Services Human Resources Administration Only.


General Job Information

Tour Of Duty : 8:15am - 4:45pm

Promotion Potential:None

Duration of Appointment:MSS (Management Supervisory Service) at-will position

MSS At-Will Statement:  Positions in the  Management Supervisory Service (MSS) serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with  or without cause.

First Screening Date:  10 Days from opening and every 10 days thereafter until the position is filled

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