The NJ Department of Children and Families seeks a strong and dynamic leader with proven skills in coaching and mentoring staff in DCF case practice. Candidate must have demonstrated experience in implementation, must be effective in both verbal and non-verbal communication, and in modeling case practice strategies. Demonstrated track record as a team player is required.
NOTE: While this position reports into Trenton, NJ, the physical location of the position is flexible, depending on where the selected candidate resides.
NOTE: This position may be eligible to work remotely for up to two days in a calendar week.
The Deputy Division Director is responsible for leading the Division’s case practice growth and sustainability.
* Advance and foster case practice development and the implementation of Solution Based Casework.
* Oversee a dynamic team working across the state to support case practice locally.
* Evaluate the effectiveness of local case practice implementation.
* Participate in and lead, as required, senior leadership meetings.
* Play a key role in the implementation of the DCPP CQI model across the state and support improvement planning efforts.
* Plan and assign the work of operational staff within the Case Practice Unit.
* Evaluate employee performance, recommending hiring, firing, promoting and disciplining of subordinates.
* Ensure adequate and appropriate use of staffing resources for the Division such as identifying DCPP staffing needs and recommend allocation of staff resources and assist in the development of job responsibilities and equitable distribution of work.
* Serve as a liaison to and collaborate with the Policy Development Unit to review existing policies and assist with the development of future policies to support best practice.
* Serve as a liaison to the DCF Office of Analytics and System Improvement, the Children’s System of Care, the Division of Family and Community Partnerships, the Division on Women and other offices across the Department for coordination of practice related matters.
* Participate in the development of RFPs to align service provision with the needs of DCPP children and families.
EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree in Social Work is preferred.
EXPERIENCE: Ten (10) years of experience in a public or private organization involved in programs focusing on child welfare and child protective services, five (5) years of which shall have involved training, coaching or mentoring focused specifically on improving child welfare case practice. Six (6) years of experience involved in supervisory or management responsibilities is preferred.
SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience.
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