Careers

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FamilyForward offers an excellent working environment, competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability (LTD) insurance. Other perks include 403(b) match, paid holidays and vacation, education assistance, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and disability programs.

FamilyForward has such a comprehensive collection of innovative programs. We can help children and families go from hardship to healing.

Ben Keil

Foster Care Lead Supervisor, FamilyForward

Current Openings

The current job opportunities for FamilyForward are listed below. To apply for a position, please submit a cover letter and resume to ffmo.jobs@familyforwardmo.org.

Resource Development/Adoption & Foster Care Unit Secretary

Summary

Provide secretarial assistance to Licensing/Resource Development, Foster Care and Adoption Teams. This is a full time position that splits time between the Foster Care team and Resource Development team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 
Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Type requested paperwork such as Team Meeting Minutes, home studies or other reports as needed
  • Keep and order inventory supplies (paper, supplies, etc.)
  • Work independently when assigned tasks
  • Set up/open and close resource home cases in Faces and Evolve and enter other data information as requested.
  • Additional typing as required for resource files
  • File all materials for team members as assigned at all locations
  • Keep updated form file for use in home studies and renewals
  • Set up/close resource files
  • Develop and maintain excel files for various resource data
  • Input client/resource information into Evolve and Faces and update as needed; this includes information related to the “holes” report, billing, client moves, case assignment and after care service
  • Audit resource files per COA requirements
  • Maintain client and case confidentiality
  • Participation in team coverage
  • Must be actively involved in Continuous Quality Improvement processes and standards promoting excellent services to our FamilyForward clients and help maintain an excellent work environment for all staff and volunteers
  • Type correspondence; create forms, flyers and other materials
  • Independently track all information regarding children and parents in various formats
  • Knowledge of all Foster Care forms and procedure
  • Participation in team meetings
  • Compiles monthly statistics for the Children’s Division for permanency
  • Keeps numerous forms updated daily as cases open and close
  • Generate reports from the Evolve system as needed
  • Monitor and maintain training logs for team workers
  • Be the contact person for the Title IV request with the state for the team
  • Maintain current versions of internal and state forms
  • Pull files for Foster care & Resource Development for Record Reviews
  • Assist with the creation and updating the Newsletter for CPP
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Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Minimum typing speed 50 words per minute

  • Experience with Word, power point, Access, outlook and Excel

  • Good people skills and ability to handle deadline situations

  • Detail oriented and production of high quality materials

Education Requirements

  • High School education or GED
  • One year of secretarial experience

Language Skills

  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos 
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization

Transportation

Must be available to work at all FamilyForward office locations.

Reasoning Ability

  • Apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standard situations

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to walk; sit; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10-25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Jennifer.Humphrey@familyforwardmo.org

EOE

Clerical Intake Coordinator

Summary:

FamilyForward is a non-profit organization dedicated to moving vulnerable children in the direction of hope by delivering comprehensive therapeutic and education services to support biological, foster, and adoptive families. In addition to our work with foster care and adoption, FamilyForward also provides specialized services to prevent and treat abuse and neglect: trauma assessment and psychological evaluation, therapy, coaching and education, therapeutic preschool, and care for children with developmental disabilities.

FamilyForward is seeking a full-time clerical professional to assist with the functioning of our psychology and assessment department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Maintaining current waiting list
  • Entering data into a web-based database
  • Gathering information from caregivers, uploading data, filling data, and routing paperwork to the appropriate clinician
  • Data entry of intake assessments and monthly summaries of intake information
  • Assisting clinicians with scheduling appointments
  • Act as liaison between FamilyForward and outside stakeholders
  • Attend various meetings
  • Participate in program quality improvement activities
  • Perform related work as required or directed by the Program Manager
  • Assisting in additional functions necessary for department operations
  • Exhibit conduct and provide service in keeping with the values of FamilyForward and the ethics of the profession
  • Complete required (40 hours) continuing education / professional development hours yearly including CPR/First Aid, HIPPA, Child Abuse/Neglect. And others trainings as identified by the agency as mandatory

Core Competencies: Core Competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for workers to perform the job successfully.

  • Cooperation and teamwork
  • Communication through positive and productive customer service
  • Initiative/problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Goal orientated
  • Quality
  • Tolerance for pressure and change

Education/Certification and Licenses:

  • Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Education or a closely related field preferred

Requirements:

  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability to establish and maintain sound professional relationships with administration, other agency staff, clients and professional community
  • Must have the ability to assist in administrative matters as needed
  • Basic knowledge of mental health issues preferred

Job Relationships:

Reports To: Program Manager for Developmental Trauma Center: Psychological Assessments

Please submit cover letter and resume to jamie.scaccia@familyforwardmo.org.

EOE

Therapeutic Preschool Educational Therapist

Summary:

The position involves providing psychoeducational and therapeutic treatment services to preschool-aged children. The Therapeutic Preschool provides a highly structured environment utilizing trauma-informed, developmentally sensitive interventions for children ages three to five experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties. The program helps children learn problem-solving skills and new ways of processing feelings and emotions. Highly trained teachers and therapists provide individualized care for children who have experienced developmental trauma. The agency’s overarching philosophy is based in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), developed by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD of the ChildTrauma Academy. NMT is a trauma-informed, developmentally sensitive approach to understanding the impact of a child’s history on current functioning. NMT provides the structure to best recognize the presenting behaviors and needs of each child. The Therapeutic Preschool program incorporates interventions supportive of sensory integration and self-regulation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy utilizing evidence-based practices, including the ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency) Model, Theraplay principles, and NMT-informed interventions
  • Plan and execute weekly group therapy sessions within the therapeutic classroom environment
  • Serve as the Trauma Smart Coach within the classroom
  • Utilize Smart Connections with caregivers in group and home-based sessions
  • Provide regular Trauma Smart lessons with Therapeutic Preschool staff to review and reinforce content learned in formal training sessions
  • Participate in creating and providing a therapeutic environment in the classroom
  • Ensure timely documentation of all notes, reports, assessments, and progress into child’s file, and into data systems
  • Assist Program Manager in completing NMT Metrics
  • Participate in classroom meetings and regular case staffing
  • Perform other tasks related to the daily operations of the program in conjunction with the therapeutic preschool team
  • Assist in program outcome evaluations
  • Provide home and office-based individual/family therapy to parents/guardians of children served
  • Assist in conducting screenings for new referrals
  • Develop relationships with families and promote home-school communication
  • Participate in the planned discharge process for all children, including the IEP process if applicable
  • Keep parents informed of their child’s progress
  • Actively participate in quarterly conferences with parents, guardians, and treatment teams to address their child’s progress and treatment planning
  • Participate in regular staff development and staff meetings
  • Collaborate with local school districts, day cares, and traditional early childhood centers to support children enrolled in the Therapeutic Preschool
  • Participate in data collection in cooperation with research project with the ChildTrauma Academy
  • Ensure compliance with all reports required internally, and for funding sources and licensing regulatory agencies, on a timely basis
  • Ensure that all Critical Incident Reports are written and submitted to all appropriate parties in the time required according to FamilyForward policy
  • Provide coverage for van driver and van monitor positions, as needed
  • Must be actively involved in Continuous Quality Improvement processes and standards promoting excellent services to our FamilyForward’s clients and help maintain an excellent work environment for all staff and volunteers
  • All employees must exhibit conduct and provide service in keeping the ethics of the profession and FamilyForward.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Core Competencies: Core Competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for workers to perform the job successfully.

  • Leadership style that demonstrates team orientation, confidence, reliability, and maturity
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Flexibility, creativity, and the ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, highly collaborative, and mutually respectful environment
  • Ability to develop and sustain positive, long-term, trust-based relationships with children, families and staff
  • Innovative and critical thinking skills, ability to solve problems in a fast-paced setting
  • Passion about the work, coupled with strong work ethic
  • Demonstrable interest and commitment to the specific vision and mission of FamilyForward
  • Have the personal characteristics and temperament suitable for working with children with challenging behaviors and unique needs
  • Have the energy and flexibility to meet the needs of children
  • Have the personal characteristics to provide children with safe, nurturing, secure, and continuous care

Education/Certification and Licenses:

  • Education and Experience: Minimum of a Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or related discipline.
  • Must hold a valid professional license (LCSW, LPC, or be working toward a clinical license LMSW, PLPC)
  • Participate in 20 hours of staff training/in-service on an annual basis.

Requirements:

  • Background in developmental trauma preferred.
  • Professional license required.
  • Three years professional experience.

Working Conditions:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 45 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move no more than 45 pounds.* Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus. This job may, if necessary, require evening or weekend work.  Qualified individuals with disabilities may make a request for reasonable accommodation to the Chief Human Resource Officer. (Occasionally: 1-33%, Frequently: 34-66%, Continuously: 67-100%)

Job Relationships:

Reports To: Therapeutic Preschool Program Manager

Please submit cover letter and resume to Jennifer.Blevens@familyforwardmo.org.

EOE

Nurse Assistant/Direct Support Staff

Department: Residential and Respite Care
Status: Full-time and Part-time available
Reports to: Program Manager

Summary:

FamilyForward is a non-profit organization dedicated to moving vulnerable children in the direction of hope by delivering comprehensive therapeutic and education services to support biological, foster, and adoptive families. In addition to our work with foster care and adoption, FamilyForward also provides specialized services to prevent and treat abuse and neglect: trauma assessment and psychological evaluation, therapy, coaching and education, therapeutic preschool, and care for children with developmental disabilities.

FamilyForward is seeking full-time and part-time Nurse Assistants and Direct Support Staff to join the team at our Children’s Homes in Brentwood and St. Charles.

FamilyForward’s Children’s Homes provide long-term, 24-hour residential care and short term, 24-hour respite care for non-ambulatory children ages 0-21 with significant medical needs, offering individualized habilitation programs to maximize physical, emotional, and educational growth. The Children’s Homes provide comprehensive and coordinated care for these individuals in a warm, stable, and supportive environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Providing safety and constant supervision of children in care
  • Directly engaging children in learning activities and play
  • Interacting/communicating with parents/care givers
  • Providing personal care, (bathing, diapering, dressing, undressing, feeding and hygiene of residents)
  • Turning or re-positioning bedfast patients to prevent bedsores
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly environment for children served
  • Recording vitals, observations, visitors, and any other information requested by the Charge Nurse on each shift
  • Immediately reports resident health care problems to the Charge Nurse
  • Preforming other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Excited to work in a team-oriented, friendly work environment
  • Ability to respond to multiple demands and prioritize as needed
  • Willingness to be compassionate and enjoy helping others
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience in the healthcare field preferred
  • Experience working with children with developmental disabilities is preferred but not required
  • All applicants will need to complete a background check and drug screening.

Benefits:

Starting salaries are $12/hr plus shift differential for evenings and nights.

Full-time staff are eligible for:

  • Full health, dental, and vision coverage
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Matching donation to retirement plan

The Nurse Assistant and Direct Support Staff positions are based at our Brentwood and St. Charles sites.

Please submit cover letter and resume to elefteria.marcou@familyforwardmo.org.

EOE

Family/Parent Coach – Community-Based Social Worker

Summary

FamilyForward is a non-profit organization dedicated to moving vulnerable children in the direction of hope by delivering comprehensive therapeutic and education services to support biological, foster, and adoptive families. In addition to our work with foster care and adoption, FamilyForward also provides specialized services to prevent and treat abuse and neglect: trauma assessment and psychological evaluation, therapy, coaching and education, therapeutic preschool, and care for children with developmental disabilities.

FamilyForward is seeking a full-time community-based social worker for the role of Family/Parent Coach.

The Family/Parent Coach carries a caseload serving families voluntarily seeking preventive or early intervention services in their homes or community to assist with parenting and other family relationships. Families served often have concerns related to mental/behavioral health, financial instability, substance use, violence and/or trauma. Coaches provide Parent Support and Case Management addressing concrete needs, connecting to community resources, and sharing evidence-based practices for developing healthier coping skills and parenting techniques through the Nurturing Parent Curriculum. For families meeting eligibility, the Coach may provide intensive short-term crisis support services to help stabilize a family situation. The Coach is a member of a multi-agency team utilizing wraparound approach and interventions individualized based on the family’s assets and needs. These practices draw from models that are trauma-informed, and address safety/risk, well-being, crisis intervention, system family theory, and all services are driven by fostering healthy, nurturing relationships through a developmental lens.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 
Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Maintaining a caseload of approximately 15 families / parents
  • Providing coaching sessions in families’ homes or other community locations using evidence-based, trauma-informed interventions
  • Addressing concrete needs and connecting families to community resources
  • Interacting/communicating with parents/care givers in a respectful and supportive manner
  • Assessing the safety and health of children as a priority
  • Communicating/collaborating with others (therapists, child welfare workers, medical providers, etc.) for continuity of care
  • Documenting interactions, developing case plans, and conducting needs assessments

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Masters Degree in Social Work or closely related field preferred – Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience working in community based social services
  • Experience working with high-needs families
  • Ability to be part of a team
  • Ability to assess need for routine or emergency intervention
  • Commitment to innovatively achieve best results for children and families
  • Able to manage multiple competing demands, make independent decisions, and manage time and resources effectively
  • All applicants will need to complete a background check and drug screening

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of agency mission, vision, and services.
  • Knowledge of supervisory requirements and practices.
  • Knowledge of comprehensive accounting principles.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Skill in handling multiple projects with deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze data, problem solved, and resolve challenges.
  • Ability to review and analyze financial statements.
  • Ability to communicate professionally with coworkers, customers, donors, and vendors.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to create and sustain positive working relationships with all levels of the agency; internal and external.

Benefits
Full-time staff are eligible for:

  • Full health, dental, and vision coverage
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Matching donation to retirement plan

Family/Parent Coach positions are based out of our Kingshighway location.

Please submit cover letter and resume to tijen.gassararo@familyforwardmo.org.

EOE

Accounting Manager

Summary

Manages accounts payable and payroll processing, performs account reconciliations, assist with budgeting and audits. Supervises two accounting support staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Adhere to the ethical standards of FamilyForward and those of the specific profession.
  • Review all accounts payable disbursements.
  • Review allocation of expenses to grant projects.
  • Reconcile bank accounts.
  • Oversee and analyze payroll records and processing.
  • Perform audits and analysis of each payroll.
  • Review and approve 1099s and W2s.
  • Assist with budgeting process.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field.
  • Two years’ experience or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Accounting software knowledge a plus.
  • High level of accuracy required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of agency mission, vision, and services.
  • Knowledge of supervisory requirements and practices.
  • Knowledge of comprehensive accounting principles.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Skill in handling multiple projects with deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze data, problem solved, and resolve challenges.
  • Ability to review and analyze financial statements.
  • Ability to communicate professionally with coworkers, customers, donors, and vendors.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to create and sustain positive working relationships with all levels of the agency; internal and external.

Working Conditions

Normal working conditions absent extreme factors.  Employee will remain in stationary position 50% of the time and frequently lift items up to 25 pounds or greater.

Job Relationships

Reports To: Controller

Please submit cover letter and resume to Robert.Ahrens@familyforwardmo.org and Isabel.Sippo@familyforwardmo.org

EOE
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed, but are not to be seen as a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees so classified. Also, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Evenings and Nights

Department: Residential and Respite Care
Status: Full-time and Part-time available, Evenings and Nights
Reports to: Nursing Supervisor

Summary:

FamilyForward is a non-profit organization dedicated to moving vulnerable children in the direction of hope by delivering comprehensive therapeutic and education services to support biological, foster, and adoptive families. In addition to our work with foster care and adoption, FamilyForward also provides specialized services to prevent and treat abuse and neglect: trauma assessment and psychological evaluation, therapy, coaching and education, therapeutic preschool, and care for children with developmental disabilities.

FamilyForward is seeking full-time and part-time Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses to join the staff at our Children’s Homes in Brentwood and St. Charles.

FamilyForward’s Children’s Homes provide long-term, 24-hour residential care and short term, 24-hour respite care for non-ambulatory children ages 0-21 with significant medical needs, offering individualized habilitation programs to maximize physical, emotional, and educational growth. The Children’s Homes provide comprehensive and coordinated care for these individuals in a warm, stable, and supportive environment.

Essential Duties:

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Directly engaging children in learning activities and play
  • Providing safety and constant supervision of children in care
  • Interacting/communicating with parents/care givers
  • Assessing the health and medical needs of children
  • Performing all medical procedures and treatments (such as G-tube and NG-tube feeding, tracheotomy care, dressing changes, PPD, PROM, application and removal of splints, etc.
  • Reviewing, administering, and charting all medications ordered
  • Preparing written reports, nursing notes, client charts, and goal charts
  • Communicating/collaborating with others (direct care staff, physicians, management personnel, etc.) for continuity of care

Requirements:

  • Valid RN or LPN license to practice in the State of Missouri
  • Experience working in a pediatric setting preferred
  • Experience working with children with developmental disabilities is preferred but not required
  • Ability to serve as charge nurse during shift and direct a team of care givers
  • Ability to assess for changes in patient’s health and determine need for routine or emergency intervention
  • Commitment to providing excellent medical, physical, social, and emotional care for vulnerable children
  • All applicants will need to complete a background check and drug screening
  • Must work every other weekend

Benefits:

Full-time staff are eligible for:

  • Full health, dental, and vision coverage
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Matching donation to retirement plan

The Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse positions are based at our Brentwood and St. Charles sites.

Please submit cover letter and resume to chakea.wilborn@familyforwardmo.org.

EOE