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St. John's Lutheran Ministries Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter in Miles City, Montana

Full-Time / Position is based in Billings. *Remote worksite in Eastern Montana will be considered.

SUMMARY: The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) Recruiter position is funded through a grant from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA). The Recruiter will connect children who wait for permanent homes with families who wish to adopt by implement and coordinating effective recruitment, matching and support services for a caseload of 15-25 children. The Recruiter will adhere to the components of the Child Focused Recruitment Model as developed by DTFA. With responsibility for Eastern Montana, the Recruiter will also be responsible for building relationships within the community and raising awareness and education about foster care and adoption. Although the Recruiter must be self-sufficient, they must also consider themselves to be an integral member of SJUFS and represent professional standards and organizational mission and goals at all times.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION: Key Responsibilities

Child Focused Recruitment

  • Reviewing case files
  • Contacting possible adoptive resources and past connections including child’s kin network
  • Networking to expand positive connections for WWK youth
  • Conducting diligent searches
  • Creating specialized recruitment plans for each child Relationship building with children prospective families

  • Monthly face to face visit with youth on active caseload. Monthly contacts with other youth and/or their guardians/care providers on caseload (not necessarily face to face)

  • Prepare the child and family for adoption
  • Develop, coordinate and facilitate the transition process
  • Monitor and support placements through adoption Professional collaboration

  • Attend staff meetings, foster care review meetings, WWK trainings and other professional meetings as appropriate for role within agency

  • Conceptualize case plan and implement new resources and recommendations
  • Collaborate with youth’s legal guardian and other members of support team to promote permanency Grant management

  • Submit monthly data regarding caseload, quarterly assessments of youth, bi-annual reports and yearly grant renewals

  • Execute job responsibilities within requirements of grant, inclusive of marketing, time management, travel decisions, etc. Inquiry responses

  • Respond to inquiries from prospective adoptive parents

  • Provide accurate education about adoption, permanency and foster care Other duties as assigned

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION: ORGANIZATION FOCUS

  • Work cooperatively with SJU colleagues, both in local office and statewide
  • Follow the St. Johns United Guidelines for Customer Service
  • Manage time to cover client needs and organizational responsibilities
  • Develop community resources for referrals and to promote the services of SJUFS and WWK
  • Work independently in stressful and sometimes isolated circumstances and accept consultation and supervision as needed ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION: CONDUCT

  • Ethical behavior – honesty and respect for the trust and integrity of clients and co-workers.

  • Courtesy – politeness towards all and positive cooperation with co-workers.
  • Confidentiality – preserve the confidentiality of clients, co-workers, and the Board of Directors.
  • Religious and spiritual dynamics – value and respect the role of faith in the lives of others. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION: SAFETY

  • Obeys health safety rules of St. John’s United

  • Identifies, reports, and/or corrects obvious safety hazards
  • Attends mandatory safety in-services REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: MSW (preferred). Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in human services field along with experience in direct client work.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Recent experience in the adoption and/or child welfare field
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage multiple projects and cultivate relationships
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write clearly and accurately in order to submit professional reports in a timely manner
  • The ability to project a professional, self-confident and compassionate image through appearance, conduct and conversation
  • The ability to relate well to clients of differing lifestyles, beliefs and circumstances
  • Knowledge of family dynamics, child development. TRAVEL/OTHER:

  • Candidate must have a valid Montana driver's license and a safe driving record

  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout the state with flexible hours
  • Must be able to pass a thorough background screening upon hire
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