Center on Child Welfare
POSITION: Director of the UCLA Center on Child Welfare is eligible for appointment to the Academic Coordinator series.
OVERVIEW: The UCLA Department of Social Welfare Center on Child Welfare was established in 1991 as part of the Inter-University Consortium Department of Children and Family Services (IUC/DCFS) Training project. The IUC is a collaborative endeavor between Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and six (6) graduate programs of social work/welfare in Los Angeles. The goal of the IUC is to enhance the level of professionalism in the field of Public Child Welfare through designing, delivering and evaluating training programs for all levels of current and future employees of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) through Title IV-E Training Grant Contracts with DCFS. The IUC also provides generous stipends and specialized coursework to MSW students at each university who concentrate in Public Child Welfare, intern at DCFS, and commit to a year’s employment at DCFS upon graduation. It is the intent of both the Universities and the County that the training centers operate as collaborative partners contributing to the advancement of excellent practice in public child welfare.
The Director of the UCLA Center on Child Welfare reports to the Chair of the Department of Social Welfare, principal investigator for the IUC project at the UCLA Department of Social Welfare. The Center Director also coordinates with the Director of the Inter-University Consortium.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of the Center on Child Welfare is responsible for administering the Center and provides leadership for the planning, implementation and accountability of all activities. The Director of the Center manages a multi-million dollar program budget and oversees all budget expenditures to insure that funds are spent in accordance with specifications of the Title IV-E regulations. The Center Director is also responsible for overseeing renewal of the IUC/UCLA Center on Child welfare’s Training Agreement with DCFS and renewal of the lease for the Center’s Training Center.
REQUIREMENTS: MSW required. LCSW preferred.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, & ABILITIES:
The IUC Director possesses the following:
- Knowledge of the mental health needs of children and adolescents in foster care.
- Ability to utilize sound judgment and make independent decisions consistent with IUC, Field Education, and Department of Social Welfare policies, procedures, and practices.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the public child welfare system in the state of California and familiarity with the current peer reviewed literature in public child welfare.
- Ability to recruit, select, orient and directly or indirectly manage/supervise the administrative professional staff assigned to the Center including Associate Director, Field Education Consultants, Trainer/Consultants, Program Assistants, Administrative Analyst and support staff.
- Ability to develop curricula and module/course materials and to identify, conceptualize and design the range of training for each target audience per the contract.
- Ability to manage the UCLA IUC field education units.
- Ability to represent the UCLA at required meetings with DCFS/IUC Consortium members who are responsible for operational control of all training.
- Ability to develop and manage annual program budget and renewal. Oversee and track all budget expenditures to insure that funds are spent in accordance with specifications of Title IV-E regulations.
- Ability to represent the UCLA Center on Child Welfare at state-wide planning meetings pertaining to Child Welfare training.
- Ability to engage with faculty in developing child welfare related research.
- Familiarity with Council on Social Work Education’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
- Ability to negotiate lease for and administer all activities of off-campus UCLA Center on Child Welfare training site through UCLA Real Estate Office and interface with the on-site property managers, brokers and the city of Torrance.
SALARY: Determined by experience and qualifications.
CLOSING DATE: April 4, 2011
APPLICATIONS: Send CV and the names of three references addressed to:
Robert Schilling, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs
Department of Social Welfare
3250 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
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