Child Welfare Coach - 16003BR

Child Welfare Coach

Social Welfare
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Child Welfare Coach will provide the KanCoach program to supervisors in public and private child welfare agencies across the state. In addition to providing coaching and training to child welfare supervisors, this position will provide feedback to assist with promoting, implementing, evaluating, and enhancing the KanCoach program. This position requires a strong understanding of the child welfare system, a commitment to building a learning culture within the child welfare workforce, and demonstrated success in teaching, training, and/or coaching. Additionally, this position requires flexibility, creativity, team-building skills, ability to provide strengths-based feedback, and strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Kansas Strong for Children and Families, is a federally-funded five-year project focused on improving child welfare outcomes (e.g., reducing the number of youth coming into foster care, increasing timely permanency for youth currently in foster care) by developing and strengthening child welfare agency and court practices. KanCoach is one of four initiatives of Kansas Strong. KanCoach focuses on improving agency practices by enhancing supervisory capacity and skills through a strengths-based coaching model. Priority topics for KanCoach are: safety/risk assessment and case planning, parent and youth engagement, relative/kin connections, and secondary traumatic stress.

Considerable in-state and limited out-of-state travel is required in this position from one to five days per week. Applicants may be based in other areas of Kansas. Applicants should expect to be on the Lawrence Campus a minimum of 2-4 times per month.

This position will work Monday through Friday with some evening and weekend hours required as needed.

Job Description

70% Coaching and communication
  • Conduct KanCoach with supervisors in the Kansas child welfare agencies (public and private)
  • Conduct initial and ongoing training for supervisors and other program staff to support KanCoach implementation
  • Support efforts to promote and establish buy-in for the vision and planning related to building a learning culture and implementing the coaching program
  • Participate actively in training, meetings, and coaching sessions
  • Advocate, promote, and practice cultural sensitivity and responsiveness in all interactions
25% Program and administrative duties
  • Work collaboratively with team to develop and modify coaching curriculum and related transfer of learning supports
  • Conduct ongoing fidelity assessments to ensure coaching is provided with fidelity
  • Work collaboratively with coach peers, Lead Coach, and other university and program staff to support the integration of KanCoach into supervisory practices within Kansas child welfare agencies (public and private)
  • Provide feedback to Lead Coach and program staff to incorporate coaching into supervisory practices in the Kansas child welfare agencies (public and private)
  • Ensure evaluation data is documented and reported regularly and accurately according to established protocols
5% Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in Social Work, Master’s in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or related field and two (2) years of experience in child welfare at the supervisor level or above OR Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with five (5) years of experience in child welfare at the supervisor level or above
  2. Licensed by Kansas BSRB

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Previous experience delivering training, coaching, or other supports in-person or through online technology
  2. Strong commitment to promoting coaching and building a learning culture
  3. Skill in providing strength-based feedback
  4. Strong written and oral communication skills, as evidenced by application materials and interview
  5. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint as evidenced in application materials.
  6. Available and eager to participate in a demanding learning environment

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, and resume or CV highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of applications begins on December 10, 2019. To ensure consideration, please apply by December 9.

Contact Information to Applicants

Sarah McCall

Advertised Salary Range

$41,299 - $48,000

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Social Welfare
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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