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Foster Care Supervisor

Core Competencies:

  • Total Quality Management: ensure highest quality of services which meet stakeholder needs/requirements; initiate continuous improvement; re-engineer-redesign work processes
  • Performance Management: Manage direct reports; establish clear goals and monitor performance; provide feedback, coach performance issues and evaluate overall performance.
  • Recruitment: Hire state; establish hiring criteria; interview effectively and determine appropriate staff for team
  • Team Building: Foster open dialogue, team cooperation and productive team performance.
  • Diversity/Cultural Competence: works effectively with people of different backgrounds and must be sensitive to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics
  • Set Priorities: separate the critical few from the trivial many and create focus
  • Effectiveness under Pressure: Face a crisis and handle it effectively.
  • Conflict Management: Resolve differences with others effectively; find common ground, generate options, overcome resistance to positions
  • Communication Skills: demonstrate effective communication skills in the areas of speaking clearly and precisely when presenting ideas, listening – paraphrasing and empathizing with others; writing clearly and succinctly, using appropriate grammar, tone and style and giving and receiving constructive criticism.
  • Computer Skills: Has an intermediate to advanced level of knowledge and skills with Agency’s computer software (i.e. Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)

Job Summary: The Foster Care Supervisor will provide day-to-day direction, training, support and supervision of placement service staff overseeing foster care cases. This position will also collaborate with external stakeholders and staff to ensure proper management and care of caseloads.

Essential Functions:

  • Supervise, support and provide back-up to assigned foster care staff in their placement work with children. This includes work with the families, juvenile court, DCFS and other collateral agencies and individuals
  • Ensure mandated and appropriate services are provided to staff, families, and children
  • Assist in the planning and scheduling of monthly training and meetings for staff and foster parents
  • Manage and/or complete required record keeping activities for case files, reports and case management
  • Accept and process referrals of intake and plan pre-placement visits, staffing and information sharing as required
  • Participate in foster parent recruitment, licensing, adoption and foster parent orientation as needed
  • Attend ACR’s, and other case-related meetings as required to support staff and advocate for clients’ needs
  • Assist with identifying useful community resources to address client needs
  • Actively participate in CQI initiatives and activities and other duties as assigned to fulfill the mission of the program and the Agency


  • Master’s degree in Social Work or a similar degree from an accredited university
  • LCSW preferred
  • 3-4 years recent experience in child welfare and at least 1-year supervisory experience required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with all levels of staff and maintain a high level of confidentiality required
  • Must be team-oriented
  • Proficiency with Outlook, Word and other relevant software required
  • Must demonstrate independent and sound decision-making and judgment always maintaining what is in the best interest of Kids Above All
  • Must be willing to travel as needed and meet all other DCFS employment requirements including Child Welfare License.

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