Employment Opportunities

Resale Store Manager

ReFresh is not your typical resale store. The only thing that can top fashionable clothes at reasonable prices is shopping in the name of a great cause. ReFresh is managed by the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, a St. Louis non-profit that finds forever families for area children in foster care. Proceeds benefit the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition’s important work. The store manager is one of a team of three professionals at ReFresh in overseeing the day-to-day operations of volunteer coordination, customer service, and merchandising.  We have extraordinary volunteers who make invaluable contributions to ReFresh operations, therefore the ideal candidate will have experience in working with and/or as a volunteer.

 Job responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Greet and assist shoppers with a focus on store and agency mission
  • Train, staff, direct, oversee store and assist volunteer coordinator with volunteers
  • Created social and digital media campaigns
  • Contribute to daily, monthly, and annual goals
  • Maintain inventory through regular processing of donations
  • Complete cash flow including cash handling and deposit reconciliation
  • Ensure a safe and clean store environment
  • Preserve integrity of the store and agency through high quality customer and volunteer service
  • Retain volunteer and customer records within a point of sale system
  • Other duties as assigned

 The Coalition hires individuals who are:

  • Passionate about serving foster/adopted youth and families
  • Confident enough to work independently, while knowing when to reach out for help
  • Flexible and with the highest level of professional integrity

The minimum qualification is 3 years of retail management experience. Candidates must demonstrate strong leadership skills with the ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining a strong customer focus. This is a retail position that requires lifting of bulk (including bagged or boxed) merchandise and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and do what is needed to get the job done. This is a full-time position with full benefits available. Please note that ReFresh is more demanding than other retail entities.  The energy level required is more closely related to that of a server during peak hours. Schedules will be coordinated to cover a Sunday- Saturday work week. Weekend hours and some holidays are required. Cover letters and resumes will be received by Vicki Erwin at vickierwin@foster-adopt.org. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Educational Advocate

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, an agency that strives to create permanency in every foster child’s life by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families, is searching for a person whose passion is advocating for children’s educational needs. Our Educational Advocates provide educational support and advocacy to foster and adoptive children and families, while aligning child-welfare professionals and school staff to the unique needs of each child.

The Coalition hires individuals:

  • Passionate about serving foster/adopted youth and families
  • Confident enough to work independently, while knowing when to reach out for help
  • With the highest level of integrity when working both in the office and in the field

Candidates must:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in Special Education or related field
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the needs of youth and families—early morning and late afternoon school meetings are customary
  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge of educational law and policy and how to use it to advocate for individual students
  • Have at least 5 years experience navigating the education system—Special Education involvement is ideal
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to support movement toward educational goal achievement
  • Exhibit an excellent knowledge of community services that support foster/adopt families

Send your resume and cover letter to Nickie Steinhoff at nickiesteinhoff@foster-adopt.org. Applications without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating your passion and qualification for serving our population will not be considered. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Family Works Specialist

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, an agency that strives to create permanency in every foster child’s life by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families, has an immediate opening on the Family Works team. Family Works delivers evidence-based services, in-home, with the intensity, energy, and passion necessary to help eliminate challenges that can ultimately lead to a child being placed out of the home. The program is based on the HOMEBUILERS® model and implemented within a trauma and attachment framework.

The Coalition hires individuals:

  • Passionate about serving foster/adopted youth and families
  • Confident enough to work independently, while knowing when to reach out for help
  • With the highest level of integrity when working both in the office and in the field

Candidates must:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in social work or a related field
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet with families at a time that best fits their schedule—late afternoon, evening, and some weekend hours are customary
  • Demonstrate an ability to build therapeutic rapport with diverse populations
  • Have at least 2 years providing in-home services to families and children
  • Possess a strong working therapeutic knowledge of foster care and adoption and its impact on children and families, focusing on the effects of complex, developmental trauma on the developing child as well as knowledge of attachment-based intervention strategies
  • Exhibit an excellent knowledge of community services that support foster/adopt families

The Family Works Specialist is a full time position. Cover letters and resumes will be received by Nickie Steinhoff at nickiesteinhoff@foster-adopt.org. Applications without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating your passion and qualification for serving our population will not be considered. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Kinship Navigator Specialist

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, an agency that strives to create permanency in every foster child’s life by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families, is searching for a person passionate in advocating for and supporting relative foster care placements. Our Kinship Navigator program provides training, assessment, and support to prospective and current relative foster care providers. This position assists relative foster and adoptive parents in navigating the child welfare system. Advocating for the application of child welfare law and policy as it relates to individual cases is one of the primary focus of the position. Additionally, this position recognizes the unique experiences relative caregivers who foster or have adopted encounter and seeks to provide an empathetic and confidential outlet for them. Assistance will be given in-home, in the community, and over the phone. This position will also be responsible for completing relative foster care home studies.

The Coalition hires individuals:

  • Passionate about serving foster/adopted youth and families
  • Confident enough to work independently, while knowing when to reach out for help
  • With the highest level of integrity and flexibility when working both in the office and in the field

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborate with internal and external partners face-to-face in the office and in the community
  • Knowledge of and ability to educate families about the unique issues surrounding foster care, adoption and guardianship, child development, loss, grief, attachment, and trauma
  • Follow up with families via phone and/or email to find out if they have additional questions or if they are in need of any additional support through the licensing process
  • Complete thorough and professional documentation
  • Conduct pre-service and in-service training
  • Complete home assessments utilizing the SAFE model
  • Maintain at least once weekly communication with each family in the training cohort, either through phone call or email to provide additional training resources and support
  • Maintain regular and predictable on-site attendance

Candidates must:

  • Hold a degree in social services or related field
  • Have completed STARS and SAFE training (if not SAFE trained must be willing to complete required training)
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the needs of youth and families—early morning, late afternoon, evening and weekend meetings are required
  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge of licensing law and policy and how to use it to advocate for individual families
  • Minimum of 2 years working in or with foster care licensing
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to support movement toward initial placement and on-going stabilization
  • Exhibit an excellent knowledge of community services that support foster/adopt families
  • Demonstrated experience working with child welfare teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles is essential

This is a full time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Denise Kelley at denisekelley@foster-adopt.org. Applications without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating your passion and qualification for serving our population will not be considered.  Preference may be given to eligible candidates who also have lived experience as a relative foster care parent. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

What it is Like to Work Here

  • We have nationally-recognized programs with superior outcomes
  • Our program, development, and management staff are highly integrated
  • Design, communications, outcomes, and IT staff are readily available for support
  • However, there is no direct administrative staff at the agency
  • The board and executive director are highly engaged in fundraising
  • The development team shares responsibility for grants, reporting, special events, and other duties

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition has a strong and steadfast commitment to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are integrated into the policies, procedures and practices used to carry out our mission. This commitment extends throughout the Coalition workforce, board of directors, clients, volunteers, and other stakeholders.

At the Coalition, diversity is a broad concept that encompasses all the differences that employees bring to work. Diversity, therefore, includes the traditional focus around race and gender, but also includes diversity of thought, ideas, backgrounds, and experiences. Inclusion, one of the Coalition’s core values, is the leveraging and engagement of every employee’s unique strengths and talents so that each individual can contribute to his or her full potential. Diversity coupled with inclusion is a long-term business strategy that will help fuel the innovative outcomes and continual improvement necessary for our future success.

EQUITY – Equity is about ensuring fairness and respect. It means employees feel supported, valued, trusted and able to achieve their personal best, and it means that all stakeholders are treated equally. Equity encompasses legal obligations and requirements for non-discrimination, civil rights, reasonable accommodations and equal employment opportunity.

DIVERSITY – At the Coalition, diversity is a broad concept that encompasses all the differences that employees bring to work. Diversity, therefore, includes the traditional focus around race and gender, but also includes diversity of thought, ideas, backgrounds and experiences.

INCLUSION – Inclusion, one of the Coalition’s core values, is the leveraging and engagement of every employee’s unique strengths and talents so that each individual can contribute to his or her full potential.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION – Diversity coupled with inclusion is a long-term business strategy that will help fuel the innovative outcomes and continual improvement necessary for future success.

EDI Mission
Foster a diverse and inclusive workplace culture that is free from discrimination and embraces diverse strategies with integrity and fairness for all.

EDI Vision
A diverse and inclusive agency that understands and adapts our services to the unique and ever-changing needs of foster care and adoptive community.