Join The CHS Team

Policy and Research Analyst

The Policy and Research Analyst will lead policy change initiatives, research and evaluation projects for CHS and provide project support for The Possibilities Project

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Policy Change

  • Advocate for policy change at the state level for youth in foster care and for those who have aged out of foster care
  • Work in partnership with the leadership team to share with CHS staff, TPP Steering Committee members, and other stakeholders key findings learned from the study completed by Child Trends on the topic of youth aging out of foster care
  • Serve as staff to Panel of Experts whose primary purpose is to identify and seek to implement policy changes needed for youth aging out of the Virginia foster care system; help identify priorities, create needed policy, and determine how best to advocate for change
  • Lead CHS Advocacy Team and assist Team with determining how to most strategically and impactfully advocate for legislative and regulatory improvements in Virginia that will support children in the foster care system and those youth who have aged out of the system 

Research and Evaluation

  • Work in partnership with the CFO/COO to enhance the TPP logic model and the performance measures upon which The Possibilities Project is evaluated
  • Ensure timely and strategic program evaluation is conducted in an ongoing basis, including work with outside evaluators/consultants, as needed)
  • Conduct additional program and policy research as TPP continues to evolve
  • Ensure there is a transfer of research knowledge to Program Team
  • Participate in meetings with Program Team to ensure they understand what is happening programmatically and why 

Project Support

  • Serve as staff to TPP Steering Committee whose primary purpose is to provide guidance to TPP Program Staff on the implementation, evaluation, and funding of the program and to the Policy Staff on needed systems change
  • Serve as liaison to the Better Housing Coalition, our collaborative partner for TPP, and ensure they are kept up to date and involved in decision making
  • Responsible for determining how best to grow the program with input from the Program Team, other CHS staff, and key stakeholders
  • Lead the development and provision of consulting services required to replicate TPP in other areas of the state
  • Participate in community meetings where program evaluation, research, policy and advocacy for youth aging out of foster care are being addressed

KNOWLEDGE

  • Knowledge of the impact of trauma on child and youth development
  • Knowledge of the foster care system in Virginia and how it operates
  • Knowledge of agency, State and Federal rules and regulations as they relate to foster care and Independent Living
  • Knowledge of state and national legislation that affects foster care, adoption and aging out youth
  • Knowledge of how to create and implement new policy
  • Knowledge of how to navigate the legislative landscape at the Virginia General Assembly 

SKILLS

  • Skilled at conducting relevant research and synthesizing information
  • Skilled at collaborating with staff and professionals in the community
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 

ABILITIES

  • Ability to work independently but also answer to many people
  • Ability to tolerate ambiguity
  • Ability to communicate and build relationships with a variety of internal and external customers (including funders)
  • Ability to present program to others in a clear and meaningful manner
  • Ability to grow as the program and position grows
  • Ability to anticipate project needs, determine work priorities and meet deadlines with little supervision 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related subject
  • 3 – 5 years experience working directly with youth who have aged out of the foster care system
  • 3 – 5 years policy experience
  • 3 – 5 years advocacy experience
  • 3 – 5 years  research experience
  • 3 – 5 years group facilitation experience
Part/Full Time Full Time
Salary Competitive
Benefits This position is eligible for health, dental, short and long term disability, life insurance and participation in the CHS 403(b) plan.
How to apply To apply to join our team, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements  to Beverly Baker, Office Manager at beverly@chsva.org by December 15, 2017.
Website link http://www.chsva.org
Job Classification
Location Richmond
Posting Organization Children’s Home Society of Virginia

Post Adoption Social Worker

The Children’s Home Society of Virginia is a full-service, private, nonprofit 501(c) 3, non-sectarian licensed child-placing agency, and one of Virginia’s oldest adoption agencies. To date, CHS has successfully facilitated placement of more than 13,000 children into safe and permanent homes.

Our mission is to build strong, permanent families and lifelong relationships for Virginia’s at-risk children and youth.

CHSVA has been committed to providing a continuum of services for our adoptees and families and as an agency have recognized the vital role of post adoption services. We have seen the level of support that these families and children need increase dramatically and know providing post-adoption support is vital to the prevention of disruptions and dissolutions as well as to the permanency of families. The CHSVA Post Adoption Program offers a continuum of services that are individualized to meet each family’s needs and we have expanded these services to the Fredericksburg community.

Description Children’s Home Society is seeking a social worker or counselor to provide trauma informed and best practice post adoption services to adoptive families and their children. Engaging and supporting families through advocacy, case coordination, therapeutic counseling and education to empower them to thrive is the goal.  Responsibilities include clinical parent coaching, family support services, education and training, and conducting group respite events. Flexibility to meet families in their home and accommodate their schedule is vital. This position seeks a professional that is comfortable working independently and is enthusiastic to develop a comprehensive post adoption program for both new and existing customers. Must be well-organized, self-motivated, comfortable planning and orchestrating events, have good public speaking and communication skills, and feel comfortable leading groups of children. This person will be working some evening and weekend hours as well as travelling at minimum 2 days per week as meetings require.
Required Qualifications A master’s degree in social work from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Three years of experience providing case work or clinical services to children and families. Knowledge of the adoption process, State and Federal rules and regulations as they relate to adoption and foster care and an in-depth understanding of trauma-informed care.
Part/Full Time Full Time
Salary Competitive
Benefits This position is eligible for health, dental, short and long term disability, life insurance and participation in the CHS 403(b) plan.
How to apply To apply to join our team, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements  to Beverly Baker, Office Manager at beverly@chsva.org.  Deadline to submit applications is December 8, 2017.
Website link http://www.chsva.org
Job Classification Social Work
Location Richmond
Posting Organization Children’s Home Society of Virginia