• Foster Care Services Clinical Manager

    Job Locations US-WA-Tacoma
    Posted Date 7 months ago(11/22/2017 1:19 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Behavioral Health
  • Overview

    The position serves as an integral member of the FBH System Leadership Team, working collaboratively to administer foster care services, and to forward the overall values and goals of the Family Behavioral Health System.  The FCSCM works to enhance clinical consistency and clinical risk management across foster care services throughout the FBH System.  This position supervises the FBH foster care licensing supervisor and licensing team, ensuring quality service provision that is in compliance with CCSWW policy and licensing WAC’s.  The FCSCM works independently with a high degree of clinical decision making for foster care services provided to children/youth and their families. This work includes all FBH sites that provide foster care services, but will initially focus on three FBH sites that are implementing the Mockingbird Family Model of Foster Care within their therapeutic foster care services.  Additional service areas will be added within strategic timeframes so that MFM expertise and implementation will be provided across each FBH service site providing Foster care services.


    Increased Consistency in Foster Care Services Clinical Approaches:

    The Foster care Services Clinical Manager (FCSCM) works collaboratively with Site Directors, Site Clinical Managers and supervisors to increase levels of consistency throughout the FBH System pertaining to our provision of foster care services (e.g. MFM, BRS, FAST placements etc.).  For MFM manualized approaches, the FCSCM works with sites to follow the approach to the extent that is clinically appropriate and in the best interest of those we serve, ensuring both youth, their families and foster caregivers are engaged in team based planning  and service delivery.  While consistency is the goal, some regional differences are unavoidable due to foster care capacity and individual child/youth need.  As such, the FCSCM works with site leadership and staff to enhance practice consistency whenever possible, while also making intentional decisions when practice differences are determined to be appropriate based on community or individual child/family need for placement services.


    Risk Awareness, Identification and Response:

    Through multiple avenues; analysis of state and FBH foster care and child welfare data, attendance in clinical staffing groups, assessment of documentation, etc., the Foster care Services Clinical Manager actively identifies and assesses clinical risk as well as risk around clinical and operational approach inconsistencies. The FBH System Director and FBH VP are alerted and respond to any immediate risks, and the FCSCM works closely with both to develop and implement ongoing strategies needed for improvement pertaining to less immediate risk issues.


    Site Strength Identification, Reinforcement and Replication;

    Through interactions with clinical staff and leadership in FBH Sites as well as data analysis the FCSCM notes strategies and approaches consistent with strongest outcomes and satisfaction for children and youth in foster care and foster caregiver support.  Strategies and approaches of note are then presented in the weekly FBH System Leadership meeting as relevant for foster care services clinical operations.  If determined to be appropriate for replication, the FCSCM works with other MFM foster care sites to arrange for or directly provide training and technical assistance.  The goal of foster care practice for FBH is to provide a strength based service array that focuses on the child/youth served and supporting connections to their family. 


    Identify and Respond to Service Gaps:

    In the course of his/her work, the Foster care Services Clinical Manager may become aware of service gaps in different communities.  As such gaps become apparent the FCSCM brings information to the weekly FBH System Leadership Team meetings where it may (or may not) be determined that FBH will prioritize the development of a response to the need.  The FCSCM may assist or may independently direct new service development.


    • Master’s degree in Social Science, Education, Mental Health or related field.
    • Five years demonstrated experience in Child Welfare, Behavioral Health or Intensive Foster Care Service Provision.
    • Demonstrated technical ability with essential skills of supervision: coaching, mentoring, and directing staff.
    • Knowledge of, and experience with Child Welfare in Washington State.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and deliver completed product within expected time frames.
    • Experience in working successfully as a member of a team in the management or administration of mental health/behavioral health or healthcare.
    • Ability to instill confidence, pertaining to services, in community partners, including those with significantly different views.
    • Demonstrated ability to negotiate challenging or critical issues with political sensitivity and composed professional judgment.
    • Ability to work calmly with others to minimize interpersonal “drama” and maximize consensus and positive, collaborative relationships.
    • Ability to make high-risk decisions in shifting, limited-information environments.
    • Proven ability to flexibly respond while maintaining product delivery.
    • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural
    • Must enjoy humor, love people, and have the ability to help staff to experience a light-hearted work environment.
    • Demonstrated passion and deep investment in the mission of strengthening families in order for children and youth to safely remain with family.
    • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, auto registration and automobile
    • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of
    • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing 


    • Washington State Mental Health Professional and Child Mental Health Specialist as defined by Washington Administrative Codes.
    • Knowledge and expertise in the Washington State Foster Care Service Provision, Behavior Rehabilitation Services, and Division of Licensed Resources.
    • Ability to train and/or provide technical assistance to Foster Care licensing and clinical staff to include Child Safety, Child Permanency and Child Wellbeing


    Salary is DOE with excellent benefits


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