Social Worker/ Family Based Care Specialist (CED 17-0075)
The Center for Excellence in Disabilities at the WVU Research Corporation is seeking applications for a Social Worker/ Family Based Care Specialist. This position works within the realm of Specialized Family Care (SFC). The primary purpose of this position is to recruit, train, and maintain a network of homes that provide foster housing and care to adults and children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
This position serves as a resource contact and independently uses professional concepts and techniques, as well as organizational policies, to solve a wide range of moderate to complex problems in imaginative and practical ways. Depth skills, knowledge, and interpretive abilities, as well as some creativity, are required to successfully perform duties. Work effort often addresses non-routine matters within established protocol, guidelines, and/or policies; work effort has significant impact on client services and operations, producing moderate to major organizational, legal and financial results and/or liabilities. Position duties may require oversight of projects or programs, including coordination of work by others providing support of basic objectives.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Conduct regional recruitment activities to increase the number of Specialized Family Care provider homes available.
Coordinate specialized training for SFC home providers, conducting regular inspections of the home and certifying that the home meets standards of health and safety for the persons that are or may be placed there.
Provide technical, resource, and referral support to provider/foster families, organizations, and communities relating to individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities placed within SFC provider homes and serve as a support/service contact.
Be responsible for the quality assurance of up to 30 Specialized Family Care provider homes throughout a particular region. Error in judgment could cause displacement of persons with disabilities, non-payment of funds for services to providers, and litigation.
Provide quality assessment support for regulatory, contract, policy and/or program activities and matters based on applicable laws, policies, and standards.
Comply with existing state laws, regulations and guidelines for Medley Case Management and Specialized Family Care homes.
Conduct monthly home visits in the homes of providers, visiting with both the providers and persons in placement, and reviewing and inspecting the homes in an effort to assure the health, safety, and security of the home environment of the person placed in the home.
Assure that SFC home providers successfully complete all annual training requirements in order to maintain their certification to care for individuals with I/DD.
Serve as a resource to SFC home providers, other Family Based Care Specialists, and various representatives in state and local agencies and consumers on a daily basis
Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field required; master’s degree preferred
Five (5) years of related work experience. This provides the incumbent with a general knowledge of I/DD issues and associated training and care required to address specific consumer needs noting limitations and expectations.
Incumbent must have experience and skill in working as an interagency team member in planning community placement.
Must have or be eligible for licensure as a Social Worker or certified Social Worker by the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners.
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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.
The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) has chosen to provide a broad range of personnel services, having its employees work within the university environment, represent and support West Virginia University, while providing a distinct work package to its employees as a nonprofit corporate affiliate.
The WVURC Human Resources Office exists to support research infrastructure and... economic development opportunities at WVU by providing flexible, responsive recruitment and employment services for its sponsored activities. It is the goal of the WVURC HR Office to capitalize upon strengths, to help its workforce anticipate and meet the needs of the research community in its markets, and to value employees through effective communications, courteous, responsive, and enthusiastic service.