JOB DESCRIPTION JOB TITLE: Indian Child Welfare Act Program Coordinator/Advocate DEPARTMENT: Tribal Administration CLASSIFICATION: Non Exempt SALARY LEVEL: Hourly SHIFT: Days 20 hours/Part -Time LOCATION: Tribal Office, Laytonville Rancheria SUPERVISED BY: Tribal Administrator ________________________________________________________________________ Summary: Under the direction of the Tribal Administrator, the ICWA Coordinator/Advocate will be responsible for the major components of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The coordinator plans, organizes, advocates and coordinates activities to meet the intents of the ICWA Federal Regulations and in the best interest of the Indian children, families and the Tribe. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Including , but not limited to the following: - Set up and establish an Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) service component according to ICWA guidelines. - Carry out the purposes, function, mandates and federal regulations in collaboration with Indian Families, county/state/federal agencies, court systems, attorneys, and related Foster Families Agencies/Homes. - Respond to legal notices to the Tribe. - Develop information on suspected child abuse or neglect and communicate with appropriate authorities regarding circumstances. - Attend court hearings when needed. Work with attorneys on critical cases. - Maintain cases records and verify enrollment of Indians served. - Establish close cooperative working relationships with Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement Officers and other social work agencies. - Assist parents involved in processes needed for visitation and/or reunification. - Supervise participation in the disposition of minor Indian children for temporary or permanent placement in substitute care. - Make recommendations regarding removal of children from family circumstances when appropriate. - Maintain and intake services and documentation, assessment and referral records for tracking and monitoring purposes. - Insure internal evaluation in preparation for reporting . - Gather and maintain on-going statistics and other related confidential data needed for P.L.280, BIA, and collaboration arrangements with county agencies. - Direct social work investigation, identifying families in need of ICWA consideration. - Develop recommendations for a Tribal foster care program plan, including standards and policies. - Provide resource information to families. - Attend training when appropriate. - Must maintain a high level of parent/family confidentiality. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES - Have knowledge/awareness of the culture of the Indian community to be served. - Must have discretion, resourcefulness, good judgment in handling functions of a sensitive nature. - Must maintain confidentiality. - Must be able to work with minimum supervision. - Must be able to type and use a computer for correspondence and reports. - Must be able to perform outreach and intake for Native American individuals. - Ability to organize files, documents and other work papers. - Must be able to travel as necessary to accomplish job duties. EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE 1. A minimum of a high school diploma or GED, some college preferred in social welfare or psychology. 2. A minimum of one year work experience in social welfare. 3. Preferred experience working for a tribe or tribal organization. 4, Preferred knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS - Must be fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check. - Must have a valid California drivers license, vehicle insurance and have access to a dependable vehicle. - Must be able to provide a current DMV printout. - Must be willing to take a drug screen test. NATIVE AMERICAN PREFERENCE Preference given to qualified Native American pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act, Public Law 93-638.
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