Employment Opportunities

Chief Organizational Development Officer

Job Summary

The Chief Organizational Development Officer is responsible for: 1) managing and supporting the assessment of organizational needs and design, 2) evaluating and facilitating the professional development and continuous learning of staff, particularly executives and emerging leaders; 3) advising the organization’s leadership; 4) liaising among all organization staff; 5) creating the path from strategy and vision to empower employees to be high performers; and 6) facilitating initiatives across the organization.

Job Responsibilities

As a member of the Management Team, the Chief Organizational Development Officer will:

  • Partner with staff to drive transformative change in the organization.
  • Manage the strategy and processes related to building and retaining an exceptional workforce.
  • Anticipate growth and training needs to enable the agency to reach maximum organizational health.
  • Act as an advisor/consultant to the leadership team and supervisors, while being willing to “roll up their sleeves” to help execute solutions,
  • Optimize people-centered activities such as hiring, training, professional development, and performance management to support the agency’s growth and fulfillment of mission.
  • Work within the Coalition to continue to develop a well-defined agency culture, and to bring the culture to life through strategic “storytelling.”
  • Reinforce the agency’s values with every initiative and throughout all communications.
  • Serve as the agency’s culture advocate and brand builder.
  • “Build the bench” to help attract the best and brightest talent to the Coalition.

Chief Organizational Development Officer Characteristics

This is not a traditional Human Resources roll.  We are looking for:

  • A strategic change leader with influencing capabilities to provide leadership coaching and implement learning and development programs across the organization.
  • An organizational leader with an innovative mindset and ability to develop new ways of working across a diverse talent pool to optimize work and performance.
  • A culture influencer and skilled storyteller, with the ability to orchestrate shared values across employees, donors, families, the community, and other stakeholders.
  • A talent architect with the ability to partner with and support senior leaders in attracting, hiring, developing, and retaining top talent, with a focus on diversity and inclusion as a competitive business advantage.
  • Emotional intelligence with strong interpersonal and empathy skills, and integrity.
  • Authenticity with unique ability to help manage frequent and complex ups and downs, while being open and transparent with employees, fostering trust, and being a resource in the middle of challenging situations.

Requirements:

  • Passion about serving foster/adopted youth and families and collaboration, and other child welfare constituents.
  • Demonstrated ability to fulfill the above job summary, responsibilities and characteristics.
  • 15 years’ experience at the highest leadership levels.  Non-profit leadership required, but may be combined with other types of organizations.
  • Consulting experience preferred.

This is a full-time position. Currently the Coalition is work from home, but will return to the office at some point.  Serious candidates, only, please.  Send your resume and cover letter to Melanie Scheetz at melaniescheetz@foster-adopt.org.  Applications without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating your passion and qualifications for this position will not be considered. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Family Works Specialist

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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 Family Works Specialist to join the team. The Family Works program is an in-home (virtually at this time) parenting support intervention intended to stabilize and enhance foster, pre-and post-adoptive, or guardianship homes that are at risk of disruption.

Specialists are master level individuals who work with advanced training, understanding, and practice in the neurobiological impact of trauma on child development and attachment-based interventions to address the complexities that have created barriers to healthy family and individual functioning. Enrolled families have access to 24/7 support and coaching, as needed.

The 18-20 week program follows the principals of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and uses the strategies and techniques to help the families stabilize and further support the children and youth to develop greater relational skills, increase their sense of personal safety and security, begin to resolve developmental trauma and facilitate new relationships.

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:

  • Utilize knowledge of complex-developmental trauma and attachment-based strategies to educate parents and caregivers about the unique issues surrounding adoption and guardianship, child development, loss, grief, attachment, and trauma
  • Identify, collaborate with, and refer to collateral service providers
  • Respond to families in crisis situations in an urgent and timely manner
  • Provide face-to-face (virtual at this time) child and family interventions
  • Partner with families to identify and establish attainable goals and support families to achieve their goals
  • See job description for a complete list

Candidates must:

  • Hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling or Social Work–LMSW, LCSW, PLPC, or LPC preferred
  • Have 2 years of experience providing direct service to clients
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the needs of youth and families—early morning, late afternoon, evening and weekend meetings are planned as needed
  • Demonstrate the ability to build rapport and relationship with children and families during face-to-face meetings and phone contact
  • Critically assess family and relational functioning in a strengths-based manner
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Exhibit excellent knowledge of community services that support foster/adopt families
  • Demonstrated experience working with child welfare teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles

This is a full-time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Anne Zink at annezink@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.


Educational Advocate

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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
  • Demonstrates commitment and support for people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives

Candidates must:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in Education or a 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 Beth Nesbit at bethnesbit@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.


Extreme Recruiter

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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 waiting for an adoptive home. Our Extreme Recruiters work exclusively with the hardest-to-place children through permanency preparation and intensive adoption recruitment efforts. The position requires the recruiter to carry out all aspects of multi-faceted, child-specific adoption recruitment. Each case requires the Extreme Recruiter to facilitate team meetings with the goals of ensuring a system of supportive adults and identifying a permanent resource committed to adoption or guardianship for participating youth.

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 Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the needs of youth and families
  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge of child welfare law and policy and how to use it to advocate for youth and families
  • At least 2 years experience navigating the child welfare system
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to support movement toward permanency
  • Exhibit an excellent knowledge of community services that support foster/adopt families

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. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Practicum Students

The Coalition partners with area schools (UMSL, Washington University, SLU) to provide practicum opportunities for foundation level MSW students.

Practicum applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and students will be contacted if there is availability at the Coalition.

Resumes and Cover letters can be sent to
Amanda Denning, MSW
amandadenning@foster-adopt.org