Graham Windham Director in Brooklyn, New York

About Graham Windham

In full partnership with families & communities, Graham Windham strives to make a life-altering difference to children, youth and families affected by abuse, neglect and delinquency by providing each child we serve with a strong foundation for life: a safe, loving, permanent family and the opportunity and preparation to thrive in school and in the world. With over 600 full-time employees serving children and families in multiple programs throughout Westchester County, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Harlem, Graham Windham provides an exciting & enriching work experience.

Graham Windham is one of the first organizations in the New York City to implement Solution – Based Casework. Solution – Based casework helps children and families to be the solution to the seemingly insurmountable problems in their lives, from generational cycles of poverty, abuse, and neglect to unemployment, domestic violence, and severe health problems. By recognizing and reinforcing their innate strengths and ability to cope, we at Graham Windham empower them to take the lead in making change in their lives.

About the Program

At Graham Windham our Family Foster Care programs help children to get back to their families, adopted into a new family or connected to someone who is willing to be an anchor for children, throughout their childhood and into adulthood. To help us do that, we have hundreds of loving & highly qualified foster parents primarily in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester County- who serve as our foster children's substitute family.

About the Position

The Regional Director of Foster Care will provide excellent care for children who are placed in foster care; and will ensure that families are provided with the help they need to reunify with their children or, when that is not possible, to ensure that an alternate permanency plan is created and implemented swiftly.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the design and implementation of service plans for families and children that are inclusive of stakeholders’ input; build on client strengths; that are realistic, effective, provide meaningful assistance, and are in accordance with City, State and Federal Regulations and mandates. Provides coaching and support to staff to reinforce quality case practice using Solution-Based Casework.

  • Ensure that staff interacts respectfully with families, foster parents, and children, adolescents and young adults.

  • Build staff’s capacity to foresee and prevent casework crises through sound assessments, planning and engagement and decision-making.

  • Oversee the function of the Bronx office including visit schedules, crisis intervention, use of agency vehicles and other resources, and coverage.

  • Recruit, hire, train and evaluate staff with assistance from agency administration.

  • Participate in Division’s strategic planning, policy making and training curriculum development

  • Provide direct supervision to supervisors/others as needed.

  • Be on-call for case or staff emergencies

  • Prepare monthly report of Region’s progress, activities for Division.

  • Assist in preparation for audits and accreditation.

Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW/LMSW) or related field; Minimum five years

supervisory/management experience in a foster care setting; Understanding of and commitment to

respecting cultural diversity; Understanding of and ability to navigate health, mental health, education,

housing, MR/DD and other social service systems; Commitment to staff development; Computer literacy

including word processing, spread sheets, databases and Connections required

Bi-lingual Spanish/English preferred

Full-time position; salary commensurate with experience, in accordance with qualifications. Graham Windham offers eligible employees a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, and vision coverage, paid time off, holiday pay, retirement savings plan, and much more.