Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P)
The NJ Department of Children and Families seeks a proven leader to serve as Assistant Commissioner (AC) overseeing the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). Reporting directly to the Commissioner, the AC serves as a member of the Department’s Executive Management and is responsible for providing direction and leadership to DCP&P that results in sound programmatic, administrative and fiscal policies and practice, ensuring the delivery of integrated, quality, and family-centered services in the 9 Area and the 46 Local Offices. Responsible for providing vision, leadership and direction to the nearly 5,000 administrative and direct practice staff serving approximately 30,000 children from 16,000 families. The AC is responsible for contributing to the overall success of the DCF Strategic Plan through the development and implementation of Division goals and family outcomes.
The DCF strategic plan identifies four (4) major priorities for the Department:
* Primary prevention of maltreatment and maltreatment related fatalities
* Preserving kinship connections
* Staff health and wellness
* A fully integrated and inclusive Children's System of Care (CSOC)
The successful candidate will be able to articulate ideas and interventions needed to achieve these priorities, through the lens of system transformation, and incorporating the department’s values of collaboration, equity, evidence, family and integrity.
Division services include a statewide child abuse hotline (State Central Registry), child protective service investigations, child welfare assessments, case planning and case management, resource home recruitment, training and licensing, adoption services, and healthcare case management for children in out of home placement. This position administratively supports and conducts the daily operations of DCP&P and provides oversight of programs, policies and operations of the Division in accordance with state and federal guidelines. The AC will be instrumental in analyzing and/or coordinating the analysis of proposed policy, legislation of programs, Administrative Orders, Executive Orders and rules (New Jersey Administrative Code) affecting the Division, with particular emphasis on the administrative and budget implications of specific changes or additions impacting on programs and functions. The AC is a critical position that is required to work cooperatively with the three other DCF operating divisions and the many administrative support units to carry out the Division’s mission.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s from an accredited college or university with a. Master’s in Social Work preferred.
EXPERIENCE: 8 yrs social service experience including experience in the management and leadership of social service program, 3 yrs of which shall have involved management responsibilities.
RESIDENCY LAW: Refer to www.state.nj.us/dcf.
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