The MSU School of Social Work is dedicated to educating students for ethical, competent, responsive, and innovative social work practice, and to conducting and disseminating high quality research that improves the well-being of the most vulnerable in society. Our teaching, research, and outreach synergistically promote social justice, positive change, and solutions to the problems facing diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. More than 650 students are enrolled in our CSWE-accredited BASW and MSW programs, and PhD program.
The mission of the Kinship Care Resource Center (KCRC) is to support and empower all of Michigan’s kinship families through responsive information and referral services, education and training, and outreach and engagement with caregivers, service providers and communities to ensure that children in kinship families are safe, healthy, nurtured and loved. The vision of KCRC is to become a central hub of information and resources for all kinship families in Michigan to ensure that regardless of race, place or income, children in kinship care achieve safety, permanence and well-being.
The case manager position will be a new service offered to kinship families with a focus on Genesee and Shiawassee counties. This position is part of a research study and must adhere to all study guidelines related to provision of case management services, timeline, scope of service delivery, and required paperwork/data entry, as well as adhere to University and State practice standards.
This position is full time, fixed term end dated appointment, renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding. This position will have access to shared office space dependent on coordinated schedules; however, this individual is expected to work remotely from home with laptop and necessary supplies to perform job functions provided by the KCRC.
Develops, recruits and engages with families using a case management model based on best practices and that supports the diversity of experience and representation of kinship caregivers in Michigan.
In partnership with the KCRC director, evaluation team, and navigators, develops and implements an assessment process of kinship families that is strengths based, culturally responsive, and family centered.
Provides support and guidance to kinship families to navigate various systems (child welfare, education, health) relevant to the family; to gain access to public and private community resources; to engage in permanency planning, and to explain policies and procedures for programs serving families and children.
Schedules family engagement meetings to accommodate the family schedules.
Gather and report programming outputs, impacts and demonstrate program effectiveness to guide future case management priorities.
Collaborates with diverse families and organizational partners with an empathetic strength-based orientation that prioritizes dignity and respect.
Write and submit research-based educational materials and articles for KCRC distribution.
Completes and maintains written documentation in child/family’s case record accurately, within established time frames and following agency policy and procedures, especially confidentiality and HIPPA.
Organizes and hosts events for outreach, public education, and to support kinship families with current and prospective kinship caregivers and service providers.
Supports the kinship care information and referral call center as needed.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Masters -Master of Social Work
MSW plus two years of experience;
Michigan driver’s license required;
Central Registry Clearance documenting that there is no record of child abuse or neglect;
Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) check and a National and State Sex Offender Registry check.
Candidate must possess strong assessment and treatment planning skills;
must be able to adjust priorities to meet deadlines;
must have computer skills sufficient to learn project-specific software (Salesforce) for case note entry and follow-up as well as confidence using technology that supports a remote work environment;
knowledge of the Michigan child welfare system;
familiarity with resources and community supports with a focus on Genesee and Shiawassee Counties;
have access to reliable transportation; experience as a kinship caregiver of a minor child preferred.
Required Application Materials
Names and contact information of three references including at least two from current or prior supervisors
Review of applications will begin April 1, 2021 and will continue until position is filled.
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