Kenaitze Indian Tribe
  • Human Services
  • Kenai, AK, USA
  • Full Time

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Job Title:

Family Services Case Worker (ICWA)

Revision Date:

6/16/2014

Dept./Program:

Human Services

Employment Status:

Full Time

Division:

Human Services

FLSA Status:

Non-Exempt

Reports To:

Director of Human Services

Schedule:

40 hours/week

Supervises:

N/A

Posting Period:

 

 

Job Summary

The Indian Child Welfare Act passed by Congress in 1978 has declared that it is the policy of this Nation to protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by providing assistance to Indian tribes in the operation of child and family service programs.  The Family Services Case Worker is responsible for protecting the Kenaitze Indian Tribes greatest resource, our children.  She/he is responsible for the delivery of a variety of in-home services, including parenting classes.  She/he is responsible for representing the Tribe in State Court & OCS, and also participating in Tribal Court as needed.  She/he will be expected to respond to referrals in a timely manner and to engage in ongoing Clinical supervision.  The Family Services Case Workerwill serve as ICWA liaison between agencies or committees and the Tribe.

Essential Functions

  • Participate in case conferences, initial case plans, case management investigations and Tribal & State Court hearings where Kenaitze Tribal children have been removed or may be removed and represent the Tribe's best interest to prevent unnecessary removal, placement or adoption.
  • Provide assistance and advocacy to other Alaska Native/American Indian families residing within our jurisdiction by offering the option of the Tribe's Tribal Court in children's proceedings through a resolution from the child's Tribe.
  • Testify in state and tribal court proceedings. 
  • Supervision of parental visitation with children removed from home as needed.
  • Prepare monthly and annual ICWA reports to the BIA & other funding sources.
  • Prepare quarterly dashboard reports as required by the Tribal Court Administrator.
  • Refers customers to mental health and substance abuse counseling services and other community resources, and participate in therapy when requested if appropriate.
  • Provide limited transportation for clients when necessary with a Tribal vehicle.
  • Provide cultural continuity with children (ex. placement and advocacy for Native Children).
  • Provide ICWA awareness to include "active efforts" with potential and current family services families.
  • Provide resource support when applicable to new ICWA preference placement homes. 
  • Conduct parenting classes as needed. 
  • Keep case records up to date, comprehensive, case records; accordance with federal standards.
  • Learn the culture and history of the Dena'ina people, and demonstrate cross-cultural competence.
  • Attend basic, intermediate and advanced ICWA training as approved by Tribal Court Administrator.
  • Maintains confidentiality in accordance with the Tribe's policy.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions

Lifting Requirements

Light work – Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.

Physical Requirements

Stand or Sit (Stationary position)

Walk (Move, Traverse)

Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)

Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)

Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)

See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)

Pushing or Pulling

Repetitive Motion

OSHA Categories

Category III – Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue and as part of their employment, incumbents are not called upon to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid

Equipment and Tools

List Equipment used for job: Computer, copier, fax, scanner, and other office equipment.

List Tools:

Drives KIT or Personal Vehicle:

Other:

Travel

Local

In-State

Comments: Travel will be required for home visits, meetings and trainings.

Qualifications

Education

  • B.A. in Human Services related field or equivalent experience.

Experience

  • Experience in case management.
  • Direct endemic experience in the Alaska Native community and culture is strongly preferred. 

License/Certification

  • Alaska driver's license, and must pass the required criminal background check.

Special Skills

  • Knowledge of drug and alcohol abuse and treatment options.
  • Knowledge of mental illness, FASD, and mental and physical disabilities affecting customers.
  • Understanding of domestic violence and child abuse.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel. 
  • Ability to lift program materials weighing up to 30 pounds.

Signature

This Job Description reflects Kenaitze Indian Tribe's best effort to describe the essential functions and qualifications of the job described.  It is not an exhaustive statement of all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of the job.  This document is not intended to exclude an opportunity for modifications consistent with providing reasonable accommodation.  This is not intended to be a contract.




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