Website Family Support Services of North Florida
Job Title: Kinship Specialist
Posting Date: 11/20/2020
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
FSS Mission Statement
The mission of Family Support Services of North Florida is to be the leader in providing safety, stability, and quality of life for all children by working with the community to strengthen the family unit.
Commitment – As the lead Child Welfare Agency in North Florida FSS prides itself on our employees’ commitment to the agency and the children and families we serve. This is demonstrated by being available at a moment’s notice to assist clients regardless of the time of day. This is also demonstrated by employees’ commitment to maintain consistent attendance and punctuality.
Career Development– FSS is committed to being a learning organization that supports employees in their pursuit of professional growth and career development. Therefore employees are highly encouraged to explore and broaden their knowledge and skill sets to achieve their career goals.
Professionalism – Employees are expected to demonstrate professionalism in their appearance and demeanor when representing FSS at internal and external meetings, trainings, and events.
Teamwork – Putting the interests of FSS clients first is critical to the success of the organization. This requires all employees maintain consistent and timely communication, provide support to co-workers and colleagues and demonstrate the principles of teamwork.
Responsible Citizenship – In keeping with our mission and values employees are encouraged to volunteer 15 hours per year to assist with FSS and FSS-sponsored events.
Customer Service – As employees of the Lead Child Welfare Agency in North Florida FSS employees will demonstrate their commitment to providing our clients (internal/external) with consistent, meaningful and exceptional service.
The major function of this position includes the initial licensing for level I kinship family foster homes and ensuring statutory licensing requirements and guidelines are met within a restricted timeframe. This position is responsible for working directly with caregivers to educate them of the benefits of the Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP) and working in respectful partnership to assist them in understanding and meeting the requirements for licensure to be eligible for the GAP program. This position will be working in partnership with child welfare professionals from Department of Children and Families, Family Support Services and our subcontracted case management organizations. This position will work closely with the FSS licensing and placement teams.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Prior experience with licensing and working with at risk children preferred.
Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration
Valid driver’s license. Current certification in First Aid and CPR is recommended. Florida child welfare case management certification is required for this position- active certification or ability to meet criteria for certification. Licensing certification preferred.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Understand and commit to the FSS mission
· Represent self and the organization in a professional manner with strong emphasis on customer service
· Work independently with minimal direct supervision
· Communicate effectively verbally and in writing with professionalism and respect
· Work directly with caregivers to help them understand and meet licensure and benefit requirements
· Understand and interpret Florida statutes, Florida administrative rule, policies and procedures
· Determine work priorities, assign work, and ensure proper completion of work assignments within required timeframes
· Mange time effectively
· Work collaboratively with professionals within and outside of our organization.
· Demonstrate personal leadership to include working with integrity, maintaining ethical standards, adhering to agency expectations and policies for professional conduct.
· Strong written and verbal communication
· Strong organizational and time management
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office to include Excel and Word. Experience with Power Point and Outlook.
Clear a Level II background screening.
Clear a reference check (professional and personal).
Clear a local background check from the County in which you reside.
Clear a substance abuse screen.
Provide a copy of all degrees prior to your first day of employment.
Clear a Motor Vehicles Records check.
Provide proof of, and maintain a minimum personal auto liability insurance level $100,000/$300,000.
· Clear an E-Verify check to substantiate that the successful candidate meets the Department of Homeland Security authorization requirements to work in the United States (for more information visit www.dhs.gov/e-verify
% of Time
Responsible for contacting kinship caregivers within 48 business hours of assignment to schedule initial home visit to begin licensing process.
Conduct initial home visit to kinship home to complete information gathering, assessment of home, complete required documents to begin writing of unified home study.
Assist caregiver with completing licensing documentation as needed.
Assist caregiver with accessing training modules and ensuring completion of required training.
Conduct final home visit to kinship home to collect paperwork, take photos of home, verify training completion and obtain signature on unified home study for packet finalization and submission to Kinship Supervisor within required timeframe.
Responsible for timely submission of licensing packets to DCF with 100% of all completed licensing packets meeting FSS and DCF timeframe standards.
Complete follow-up on deficient packets timely as directed, usually within 24 hours.
Responsible for ensuring effective communication and collaboration between professionals internal and external to organization.
Ensures that records are maintained on all licensed homes and that all licensing information is correct. Responsible for insuring that all foster homes are in compliance with Florida state standards.
Attend Foster Home Association meetings on a scheduled rotation basis.
Participate in scheduled trainings
Attend tri-annual caregiver trainings and events
Attend foster home review committee meetings
Be available for caregivers if they have questions or concerns or need support. Assist with benefit explanation.
To treat caregivers, the public and co-workers with courtesy, respect and dignity and present a positive public image.
Supervisory/Decision Making Authority
Does the position require customary supervision and management of at least 2 or more full-time employees? Yes No
Contribution and Impact
This position is responsible for achieving the defined outcome measures in the licensing program and assuring all policies and procedures are followed.
This position ensures that all program activities operate consistently and ethically within the mission and values of the agency.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (R=Required P=Preferred)
Sitting R_ Standing _R_ Walking R__ Lifting P_(Specify) Carrying P_ Kneeling __P Pushing/Pulling P_ Bending/Stooping _P_ Climbing __ Reaching P__ Crawling/Crouching P Grasping P__ Turning P_ Repetitive Motions _P_ Color Recognition _R_ Depth Perception R_ Reading R__ Hearing R__ Other (describe) __
HAZARDS: (X=Potential Exposure)
Proximity to moving mechanical parts _ Electrical current __
Toxic or caustic chemicals X__ Radiation ___ Biohazards (airborne or contact) _X___ Housekeeping and/or cleaning agents _X__ Flammable, explosive gases ____ Human-borne pathogens _X___ Other: V
SKILL REQUIREMENTS: (R=Required P=Preferred)
Drive motor vehicle _R_ Prepare food ____ Typing/Keyboard _R_ Word processing software R_ Data base software R__ Spreadsheet software R__ Other software _P_ Calculator _R_ Operate office machines R__ (Fax, Copier) Verbal communication (including telephone) _R_ Written communication (including composition) R__ Public speaking/group presentations R_ Team-oriented and collaborative interpersonal relationships _R_ Respectful client relationships R__ Client assessment and evaluation R__ Retrieve and compile information _R _ Verify data _R_ Maintain records _ R__ Organize and prioritize information _R_ Analyze and interpret
information R__ Investigate, evaluate and recommend action R_ Basic mathematical concepts (add, subtract, multiply, divide) R_ Advanced mathematical concepts (fractions, decimals, ratios, percentages, graphs) _R_ Abstract mathematical concepts (interpolation, inference, frequency, reliability, formulas, equations, statistics) _P_ Reasoning and logic _R_ Sensitivity to service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics _R_
FSSNF provides equal employment and advancement opportunity for all individuals without discrimination because of race, creed, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, military status, marital status, or the other protected categories as defined by the EEOC and takes affirmative action in the implementation of this policy. If an accommodation is needed in order to participate in the application process, please contact the appropriate servicing human resources office.
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