Provides management for an education, research &/or operations program/project, recommending goals, assessing feasibility and ongoing performance & providing day-to-day oversight of administrative & operational functions.
Under the direction of the DCFS Associate Deputy of Placement Resources and in consultation with the DCFS Statewide Congregate Care Administrator and the DCFS Statewide Central Matching Administrator this position coordinates Central Matching operations involving multidisciplinary teams of colleagues, congregate providers, specialized foster care agencies & the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) staff. Acts as a liaison between agencies, collaborating organizations, other research and educational institutions. Evaluates trends and areas of improvement regarding stability of youth transitioning from Congregate Care to Group Homes, Transitional Living Programs, or foster care.
Working office would be at DCFS main Chicago office, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. Chicago. Although the position does not require your own car, travel to in-state meetings is expected.
Manages day to day operations.
Ensures that program/project mission, values, guidelines, policies & procedures are implemented & maintained.
Manages design and development of program databases; compiles & analyzes data; prepares reports.
Reviews processes and recommends changes to incorporate state-of-the-art technology as appropriate into administrative, recruitment, marketing, and educational components.
Identifies service improvement opportunities that will better enable program/project to achieve its goals and objectives.
Supervises out of state tracking & implementation of protocols for youth in care that require placement.
Communication, Outreach & Recruitment
Monitors therapeutically appropriate matches for youth, provides therapeutically appropriate matches for youth, analyzes & review acceptance and declines of congregate care providers.
Facilitation of weekly reconciliation meetings with congregate care and specialized foster care providers.
Creates and nurtures relationships with organizations to develop a network of enthusiastic organizations engaged via active participation in the success of program/project.
Coordinates the collection, analysis & reporting of required information for surveys, review documents, public information documents, etc.
Apply trends and areas of improvement regarding stability of youth transitioning from Congregate Care to Group Homes, Transitional Living, or Foster Care.
Analyzes evaluation data from consultants to assist in program/project development and updates.
Identifies & obtains external expertise as needed and works with content experts for current and new programs.
Reviews programs/projects to increase efficiencies to support growth.
Leads program/project updates and improvements.
Performs audits of agencies and provides recommendations for services.
Ensures compliance with all necessary organizations.
Prepares documentation as required.
Interfaces with accreditation bodies.
Administers & maintains existing strategic plans.
Participates with area/unit senior staff in the conceptualization, development and presentation of materials used in functional operations.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
1 year program/project administration or other relevant experience.
Bachelor’s in business, accounting or a related field + 1 year program administration or similar experience; or 3 years program administration or similar experience.
Masters in Psychology or similar field.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of child placement in Illinois and other states
Ability to communicate effectively
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35608
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.