Samaritas Resource Family Development Worker, Full Time - Jackson, MI in Jackson, Michigan

hr / Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan. We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us. hr / Job Summary Develops, coordinates and participates in the recruitment, training and licensing of foster care homes for children within the community and in accordance with all applicable contractual and regulatory requirements and accreditation standards. Duties and Responsibilities liEstablish and maintain a current contact file with recruitment sources, prospective foster homes data files and mailing lists./li liDevelop and maintain ongoing relationships with religious/community groups and key individuals to increase awareness of the need for foster parents and other services offered by the organization./li liDevise, implement and evaluate strategies and recruitment plans to ensure adequate foster homes in accordance with program, organization and contractual requirements and standards./li liMonitor and evaluate recruitment strategies effectiveness. Compile statistical data related to service delivery outcomes and measurements and provide reports and data as requested./li liPlan and attend recruitment events and activities. Respond to calls from interested parties./li liInitiate follow up with prospective foster homes that were identified from recruitment activities./li liPlan and conduct regular orientation meetings and pre-service training sessions with prospective foster parents./li liComplete initial home study process for all new foster family applicants, achieving expected timeframes./li liPlan and participate in foster family retention activities and events to acknowledge and support foster parents./li /ul hr / Job Qualifications Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification liBachelor's degree in a social work ore related field./li /ul Experience liExperience in child welfare and foster care services preferred./li /ul Knowledge, Skills and Abilities liKnowledge of State of Michigan child and family service systems and resources./li liAbility to work independently with minimal supervision./li liExcellent organizational and prioritization skills./li liAbility to be culturally sensitive./li liStrong analytical skills with ability to work with complex social systems and coordinate resources./li liAbility to work effectively in a team environment./li liAbility to advocate for person served and program needs./li liAbility to express empathy and compassion towards persons served. Ability to constructively deal with hostility, anger and resistance./li