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Assistant Director, Intake and Placement (Palm Beach)

at ChildNet

Comprehensive employee benefits package to include but not limited to: Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b), company paid Life/AD&D and LTD, Flexible Spending Accounts, Preferred Legal Plan, Employee Assistance Program, 10 Paid Holidays, Paid Time Off, Medical Illness Account, Direct Deposit and position related Tuition Reimbursement program.
Posted: 1/9/2020
Job Status: Full Time

Job Description

ChildNet, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit community-based care (CBC) agency servicing Broward and Palm Beach County. We are contracted with the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, to provide case management support to abused, abandoned, and neglected children. ChildNet is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and employs over 450 staff at its location in Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida. There are current needs for individuals interested in working with the families and children to become Certified Case Managers. ChildNet provides on-site training for qualified individuals to prepare them to obtain their Florida certification as a Child Welfare Case Manager.  Becoming a Child Welfare Case Manager is an opportunity for select individuals to help vulnerable children through family reunification, adoption, or independent living. Case Managers work with parents, children, foster parents, group homes, the Broward Sheriff's Office, the County's Juvenile Justice System, and many support services to meet the goals of ChildNet and the Department of Children and Families.

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein.

Job Summary: This position supervises Intake Placement Advocates Supervisors (IPAs) and Safe Place support staff on a day to day basis and provides assistance to overcome challenges and barriers using ChildNet’s System of Care, Policies and Procedures and state and federal mandates for the Child Protection System.


Provides leadership and direction in the implementation of short and long term goals by:

  • Signing child(ren)’s visitation form; reviews the chronological notes in automated software system.
  • Supporting the staff in delivering services and producing results that meet or exceed ChildNet’s standards.
  • Providing advanced knowledge to employee’s on the laws that govern child welfare, the handling of sensitive or confidential information, and resources in the community.
  • Acting as a liaison with Department of Children and Families (DCF), Palm Beach Sherriff’s Office (PBSO), community based providers, School Board, Guardian Ad-Litem Program, CPT, Dependency Court System and the Delinquency Court System.
  • Making the determination if a child is appropriate for an alert at time of initial removal, and enters the alert into the Childnet Alert System.
  • Reviewing assessments, recommendations and placement decision with CA –IPA’s; provides consultation and direction to verify appropriateness, clarity, quality, and thoroughness in meeting the needs of the children and their families. Identifies, secures and monitors referrals to community resources to meet the client’s needs.
  • Attending and providing recommendations for the Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT)
  • Performing the duties of Intake Placement Supervisor (IPS) or Director of Intake and Placement in their absence.
  • Referring, identifying, and securing appropriate placement for children with disabilities.
  • Being able to recognize, respect and responds to the unique, culturally-defined needs of persons and families serviced.
  • Supports the Director of Intake and Placement in all aspects of program growth specifically through strategic and operational planning guidance and ensuring that required infrastructure is in place.
  • Promoting the safety, well-being, and permanency of children and their families
  • Maintain liaison with the Department of Children and families, Palm Beach Sherriff’s Office, Family court system, Board of Education, Guardian ad Litem, Child Protection Team, and community at large to analyze client’s needs, identify problems and overall performance.
  • Recognizing respecting and responding to the unique, culturally-defined needs of others served.

The items listed above are intended to provide an overview of the essential functions of the job. This is not an exhaustive list of all functions and responsibilities that the position may be required to provide.

Skill / Requirements

* Must have Bachelor’s degree in social services or a related field (Masters' Degree peferred)

* Must have a current and active Florida Department of Children and Families Child Welfare Certification.

* Must have four (4) years of experience in human services or child welfare programs as an administrator, supervisor and case manager

* Strong computer skills to include Microsoft Office 365 Suite and strong data entry skills.

* Must be available to work a flexible schedule to include nights and weekends in order to meet with children and families.

* Able and willing to work with a diverse client population.


Thoroughness: Ensuring that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; carefully preparing for meetings and presentations; following up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.

Stress Management: The ability to keep functioning effectively when under pressure and maintain self-control in the face of hostility or provocation.

Personal Credibility: Demonstrated concern that one be perceived as responsible, reliable, and trustworthy.

Flexibility: Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one's preferred way of doing things.

Persuasive Communication: The ability to plan and deliver oral and written communications that make an impact and persuade their intended audiences.

Important Notes

ChildNet is committed to equal employment opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, disability, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, veterans status or military service obligation, medical condition, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression and any other status protected by applicable law.  Including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and CFOP 60-10, Chapter 4. ChildNet is also a Drug-Free Workplace (DFWP).