Employment Opportunities

Unprecedented Growth

Why are there so many open positions at the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition? The Coalition is happily in a time of unprecedented growth thanks to an increase in funding from the State of Missouri. We are looking for superior candidates who can join our team. You are welcome to apply for as many open positions that are a match with your experience and skill sets.

Mandatory COVID-19 Policy to Include Bivalent 2022 Vaccine

Candidates must show proof of being fully vaccinated and be updated on eligible boosters, which includes the Bivalent 2022 Vaccine.  Religious and/or medical accommodations will be considered for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law. Applicants should be aware that for external-facing roles, particularly those involving close contact with vulnerable individuals, accommodations that include remaining unvaccinated against COVID-19 may not be deemed reasonable. The Company will engage in the interactive process individually in light of each particular role.

Current Openings

Senior Accountant

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Base Salary: $56,595+

The Senior Accountant is responsible for monitoring the agency’s financial health, At the Coalition, the successful Senior Accountant is a skilled financial professional who is:

  • Highly experienced in non-profit accounting (including GAAP) and expert in QuickBooks.
  • A hands-on accountant who can work collaboratively with the Finance Committee, management, front line staff, and funders.
  • Passionate about forecasting, analysis, and efficiency.
  • A self-starter, a problem solver, and driven to help others.
  • Well organized, flexible, and enjoys the challenges of supporting an office of diverse people.

This position is based out of the Coalition’s offices at 1750 S. Brentwood Boulevard, Brentwood, MO 64144.

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:

  • Oversees all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintains internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Coordinates all external financial audit and grant/contract activity.
  • Consistently inputs and analyzes financial data and presents financial reports in an accurate and
    timely manner; creates and clearly communicates monthly, quarterly, and annual financial
    statements; monitors progress and changes, keeping the Finance Committee, Executive Director,
    and COO abreast of the agency’s financial status.
  • Works with the Executive Director and COO in the annual budgeting and planning process;
    administers and reviews all financial plans and compares to actual results with a view to identify,
    explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Oversees all financial, project/program and grants/contracts accounting; ensures that
    expenditures are consistently aligned with grant/contracts and program budgets throughout the
    grant/contract period; creates financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and
    foundation grants/contracts.
  • Invoices government, corporate, and foundation grants/contracts accurately and in a timely
    manner.
  • Processes payroll and maintains the payroll systems with support of the Director of Human
    Resources.
  • Processes bills in a timely manner, maintain accounts payable and receivables.
  • Creates and manages organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with the
    Executive Director and COO.
  • See job description for a complete list

Candidates must:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. CPA highly preferred.
  • 5+ years experience as a senior-level accounting or finance manager.
  • Strong working knowledge of detailed financial data analysis.
  • Proven payroll experience, with a focus on streamlining accounting processes.
  • Exemplary history of financial project management.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local compliance regulations and reporting.
  • Expert in QuickBooks and Excel.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Outlook and Word.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to prioritize.
  • Must be a self-starter, driven, and highly organized.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and analytical abilities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to produce reports, assign tasks, accept instructions and handle vendor contracts, among other tasks.
  • Organization and the ability to multitask.
  • Flexibility to support the agency through rapid growth.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact positively with all employees.
  • Leadership ability to manage challenges.
  • Attention to detail to ensure tasks are completed thoroughly and correctly.

This is a full-time position. 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 qualification for serving our population will not be considered. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Family Works Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

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 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.

Navigation & Support Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

Summary of Position

Multiple systems serve children in foster care with the highest level of mental and physical health needs. These systems function independently and often at cross-purposes, resulting in poor outcomes for youth. The Navigation and Support Specialist theory of change is to create a practice-level System of Care created for each youth and family served. The intention is for these systems to function as an accountable, cohesive network that meet the youth and family’s needs. Services are designed to be culturally sensitive, trauma informed, and evidence-based or promising practices to ensure the youth will have improved outcomes that results in placement stability.

The Navigation and Support Specialist acts as care coordination consultant, helping the youth and family navigate multiple systems by: Engaging the youth and family; Being a single point of contact; Facilitating communication among providers; Tracking outcomes; Providing referrals and linkages; Managing transitions; Providing supportive follow up. The Navigation and Support Specialist helps the family drive the service plan to completion, navigating systems, and overcoming barriers.

Navigation services are tailored to the youth’s specific plan and may include some or all of the following:

  • Mental Health Services Navigation: to include the Department of Mental Health, BJC, Hopewell, Easter Seals, etc. Youth will experience continuity of mental health services or secure first-time services, as many youth are erroneously denied benefits.
  • Life Skills Systems Navigation: to include service beyond those offered by Chafee, such as Easter Seals Midwest, St. Louis ARC, Bridges, etc. for household maintenance, meal planning, personal care, etc.
  • Social Security/Disability Services Navigation: Youth who qualify will receive benefits when they transition to independence.
  • HUD/Affordable Housing Navigation: Youth will be guided through the complex intersection of housing vouchers, eligible housing opportunities, as well as practical concerns such as location and accessibility to meet life, work, and family needs.
  • Employment/Workforce Development Navigation: to include the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, STL Community College, SLATE, etc. (the goal is a living wage). Youth will receive an assessment for interest and suitability, be connected with resources to start on that path, and secure relevant supports to ensure the youth is able to sustain employment.
  • Placement Stability Navigation: If living in a foster home, youth will receive placement navigation services to ensure they are in a home which will meet their physical, mental, behavioral, emotional, and cultural needs.
  • Family and Community Navigation: Youth will be connected to safe and appropriate family and friends to establish a caring community who will help guide the youth through young adulthood.
  • Transition Services Navigation: Upon emancipation, youth will not lose access to their therapeutic services, doctor, dentist, pharmacy, medication, or any other needed support during their transition to independence.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field

Experience

  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles.

To Apply

This is a full-time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Denise Kelley at denisekelley@foster-adopt.org. Applicants without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating passion and qualifications for serving our population will not be considered.

Therapeutic Foster Care Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

Summary of Position

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is provided to youth who need a higher level of foster family setting to remain in the community. In the absence of a TFC home, the youth would be at risk of placement into a restrictive residential setting. While the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition does not hold a TFC contract with the State of Missouri, the Coalition’s Therapeutic Foster Care Specialist does work in collaboration with partner agencies that do in an effort to recruit, train, and retain quality homes.

The Therapeutic Foster Care Specialist provides training and assessment to prospective Therapeutic Foster Care parents. In addition to training, this position involves on-going support to families that have taken the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition’s Therapeutic Foster Care training. The Specialist also communicates and partners with licensed child placing agencies for the purpose of parent support and ultimately placement stability. This service is provided through partnering with the family in their home environment or where the family is most comfortable, for the purposes of evaluating and maintaining the needs of the child’s placement.

Therapeutic Foster Care at the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is a developing program and requires the Specialist to remain open and engaged in on-going program evaluation and modification as determined.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field

Experience

  • Knowledge in the field of foster care and adoption.
  • Demonstrate experience utilizing effective strategies to navigate through challenges.
  • Direct experience in the child welfare field. A minimum of 3 years preferred.

To Apply

This is a full-time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Denise Kelley at denisekelley@foster-adopt.org. Applicants without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating passion and qualifications for serving our population will not be considered.

30 Days to Family® Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

Summary of Position

30 Days to Family® is a short term intervention to expand efforts to find safe, appropriate relative supports for children entering foster care. One goal of the program is to assist in meeting the 2008 Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act’s 30-day standard of notifying a child’s adult relatives of their option to participate in the care and placement of the child. The initial search is for parents, siblings and grandparents, but the goal is that at least 80 additional relatives will be identified and explored. Because foster care placements can be fragile, the goal is to identify multiple relatives or kin as potential placement providers. Maternal and paternal relatives are explored with equal interest. In all cases, every effort is made to keep siblings together, maintain children in their school of origin, and preserve the child’s important relationships with friends and supportive adults. Once the placement provider is identified, family support interventions provided include, assessment of child and family needs, identification of family and community resources, assistance in eliminating barriers to placement with relatives, and creating a network of support services that are documented in a Roadmap to Family.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field

Experience

  • Demonstrated experience working with interdisciplinary teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles.
  • Direct experience in the child welfare field with knowledge of foster care and adoption.
  • Working knowledge of resource parent licensing strongly preferred.

To Apply

This is a full-time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Denise Kelley at denisekelley@foster-adopt.org. Applicants without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating passion and qualifications for serving our population will not be considered.

Communications Manager

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Base Salary: $56,595

Summary of Position

Are you a natural storyteller who believes no child should face the future alone? Do you have strong opinions about the Oxford comma? Do your friends ask you to ghostwrite their cover letters, speeches, and texts?

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is seeking a grammar enthusiast, creative writer, and lover of all things media to join our Marketing & Communications Team. Members of the Marketing & Communications Team support the Coalition’s mission by inspiring the community to invest in the futures of children impacted by foster care and to engage with our mission. You will work closely with our team of experts to support the agency’s marketing, communications, and fundraising efforts through newsletters, success stories, social media, print, and digital advertisements and any other storytelling focused on stakeholders in the community.

The Coalition is interested in hiring a Communications Manager with specialized experience in Marketing and/or Communications and will determine salary range, responsibilities, and title dependent upon the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

Our ideal candidate approaches their work with the same creativity, grace, and grit our kids and families show every day in their healing journey. This position will help us continually ask, and better answer, the following questions:

  • Does our community hear the voices of our clients?
  • Does our community hear the voices of our program staff?
  • Does our community hear how staff and clients talk to one another?
  • How accurately can our community describe what success looks like from your clients’ perspective?
  • How often does our community hear the voices of our donors and volunteers?

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 with internal and external clients

Candidates must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, journalism, or equivalent experience in related field
  • Experience in nonprofit sector and working with volunteers
  • Experience managing complex projects and deadlines with a high degree of independence
  • A self-starter, driven, and highly organized
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively and as a member of a team, sharing in responsibilities, successes, and challenges
  • Strong familiarity with social media strategy and use
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills with a passion for storytelling
  • Knowledge of graphic design fundamentals

To Apply

This is a full-time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Kyle Williams, kylewilliams@foster-adopt.org

Youth Acceptance Project Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

Summary of Position

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 Youth Acceptance Project Specialist to join the team. Youth Acceptance Project Specialist provides advocacy and support to families of LGBTQ+ youth in foster care or youth at-risk of re-entering foster care from guardianship or adoptions. The Specialist works to achieve permanency by working closely with family and significant others to support and sustain relationships for the youth served by the program. Training, consultation, and collaboration with community partners is an essential part of the Specialist’s role. Intervention training and ongoing consultation from Family Builders is provided to ensure compliance with the model and provide support.

While the primary focus of this position is serving families under the Youth Acceptance Project, the Specialist may also work in collaboration with the Family Works team to provide an attachment-based intervention to families who do not fit within the guidelines of YAP.

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:

  • Works with families and other caregivers of targeted youth to build or rebuild relationships, educate and train, and provide other support as needed where there are challenges for family members in regard to the youth’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Participates in training and consultation provided by Family Builders to utilize the tools and resources from the Youth Acceptance Project.
  • Identifies, collaborates with and refers to collateral service providers.
  • Communicates with the child welfare team about recommendations for placement for youth.
  • Partners with family and youth to identify and establish attainable goals and supports families to achieve their goals.
  • Conducts family finding and engagement services including discovery, exploration of files and records, documenting contacts, documenting the quality of relationships, connectedness mapping and engagement via phone, in-person interviews, and family team meetings.  Makes referrals as needed to the Family Connections team to provide family finding support.
  • Provides consultation to the child welfare team regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Provides and coordinates training regarding LGBTQ+ youth to professionals, families, providers, and caregivers.
  • See job description for a complete list

Candidates must:

  • Hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling or Social Work
  • Have 2 years of experience providing direct service to clients
  • Demonstrate ability to talk to families who have not been affirming and help them move towards acceptance of their youth’s sexual orientation or gender identity
  • 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 relationships with children and families during face-to-face meetings and phone contact
  • Exhibit excellent knowledge of community services that support foster/adopt families
  • Reflect experience working with child welfare teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles

To Apply

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.

Family Support Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

Summary of Position

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 Support Specialist to join the team. The Family Support Specialist is focused on supporting families impacted by foster care who are living in Franklin, Lincoln, and Warren Counties or caring for youth under the court jurisdiction of Franklin, Lincoln, and Warren Counties. The Specialist will engage with biological family, child welfare team, and foster placement at the initial Family Support Team Meeting. The purpose of this initial and ongoing contact with all parties is to engage and support the development and implementation of the visitation and case plan. This may include:

  • Assisting in the identification of additional familial/natural supports to aid in maintaining connection between parents and extended family while the child is in foster care
  • Provide linkage, referral, and system navigation support as needed to meet the needs of the youth, foster parent, and/or biological parent
  • Increase partnership between case management team and family

Services provided by the Family Support Specialist include a mixture of direct and navigation services proven to prevent placement disruptions. The Specialist will benefit from a rich, culturally competent knowledge of community resources in Franklin, Lincoln, and Warren Counties that work specifically in each of these five areas of activity:

  1. Education
  2. Mental Health
  3. Parent Coaching/Behavioral Health
  4. Kinship Navigation
  5. Resource, Referral, and Case-based Advocacy

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:

  • Respect and demonstrate understanding for differences including the ability to interact effectively with individuals regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, and socioeconomic status.
  • Partner with family to identify and establish attainable goals and supports families to achieve their goals. Receptive and responsive to training, coaching, supervision, and feedback; works well in team setting.
  • Respond to communication from families and professionals in a timely manner.
  • Visit with the child and family in-home or in the community to address concerns that relate to placement stability. (virtually during pandemic restrictions)
  • Participate in team and agency meetings and/or individual professional consultations. Majority of these meetings should be attended in person (virtually during pandemic restrictions).
  • See job description for a complete list

Candidates must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field
  • Have two years of experience in the child welfare field. Direct experience working with foster and adoptive families and knowledge of services and supports in Franklin, Warren, and Lincoln Counties preferred
  • 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 relationships with children and families during face-to-face meetings and phone contact
  • Exhibit excellent knowledge of community services that support foster/adopt families
  • Reflect experience working with child welfare teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles

To Apply

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.

Agency Shared Values

Employees of the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition agree to hold themselves and colleagues to the following values:

  • Equity: We insist on fairness and respect. We are deliberate in ensuring everyone has safety, opportunity, access, and support to be heard.
  • Family: We are family. We are connected and support one another in meeting the needs of our own families and the families we serve. We assume the best and are committed to each other.
  • Diversity: We celebrate differences and harness the power that diversity brings. Every viewpoint is heard and honored. We are stronger because of our differences.
  • Innovation & Excellence: We are intentional about knowing better and doing better, using innovation and solution-focus approaches with courageous passion and excellence.
  • Inclusion: We respect, leverage, and engage everyone’s unique strengths and talents so each individual can contribute to their full potential.
  • Integrity: We are an agency built on integrity, maintaining a culture of trust, respect, transparency, and honesty. We walk in our truth and uphold ethical standards.
  • Courage: We stand up for each other and what is right for our clients and stakeholders with truth, vulnerability, and accountability.
  • Teamwork & Collaboration: We develop and maintain authentic relationships by being flexible and open-minded and maximizing the strengths of each individual in the team to accomplish the best outcome for our children and families. Everyone contributes in leadership.