The Mockingbird Society (TMS) is an advocacy organization that works with young people and families to improve foster care and end youth homelessness. Our youth programs train young people who have been homeless or in foster care to be their own best advocates. By doing so, they change policies and perceptions that stand in the way of every child having a safe and stable home, and a loving family. Our family programs advocate for innovation in the way services such as foster care is delivered. By creating supportive systems of care, youth thrive and may develop lasting connections to support their transition to adulthood. Together, our solutions focus on improving the social service systems that ultimately serve thousands of children, youth and families each year in Washington and beyond.
POSITION SUMMARYTMS is seeking a Program & Training Coordinator to join our collaborative team. This position will contribute significantly to MFM training and program development with special emphasis Mockingbird Family Model (MFM) replication statewide, nationally & internationally. The MFM is an innovative foster care delivery model that improves upon the traditional foster care experience.
Under the supervision of the Director of Family Programs, the Program & Training Coordinator will provide direct consultation, technical assistance, training and support to external clients implementing the MFM; contribute to and implement all aspects of MFM program data collection, evaluation and quality assessment processes; support MFM operational & administrative processes, including data entry, invoicing, managing files and other day-to-day MFM operations. Travel outside of Washington for periods up to a week or more is required to support MFM external agency contracts. This position will also work closely with Mockingbird’s internal and external constituents to support the agency’s overall child welfare advocacy efforts.
External Program and Training Coordination
· Provide direct support to MFM interested agencies through the contract development process.
· Train & consult with agencies through all stages of MFM pre- and post- implementation
· Travel nationally and possibly internationally to coordinate and manage MFM replication efforts.
· Develop constituent relationships that contribute to further expansion and replication of the MFM.
· Respond to all requests for MFM presentations, stakeholder orientations & trainings.
· Actively track and manage all MFM inquiries; produce inquiry reports as required.
· Engage in on-going MFM quality assessment & feedback with MFM implementing agencies.
· Serve on various external committees related to improving foster care delivery, foster parent retention and overall improved outcomes for children and youth in foster care.
Internal Program Operations & Administration
· Assist in supervising Family Programs interns, contractors and volunteers.
· Develop and revise, as needed, MFM trainings and presentations.
· Actively engage in implementing short- and long-term strategies for evaluating MFM’s impact.
· Collect and manage data and information on foster care outcomes using spreadsheets, etc., to produce written and oral reports necessary for internal and external MFM messaging.
· Deliver MFM presentations to TMS staff and Board members, Funders and community partners.
· Actively engage in all tasks necessary to coordinate and manage short & long-term MFM project contracts, including invoicing, documentation of work efforts and creating feedback loops.
· Develop and implement MFM internal/external messaging through social media, briefs, legislative testimony and all other venues available to TMS.
· Coordinate other TMS departments to support agency efforts and strategic goals.
· Help promote a positive, productive work environment and model a “can-do” attitude
· Promote cultural competence principles and concepts
· Other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS· BA in in Social Work, Human Services; or relevant field will be considered
· Minimum, two years’ experience managing and supervising projects and people
· Experience working with child welfare or social services organizations
· Knowledge of issues and obstacles faced by youths and families involved in social service systems
· Successful organizational development & relationship experiences and skills
· Experience with research methods/evaluation tools for reporting social service program outcomes
· Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills; meets deadlines & can multitask
· Competency with Microsoft Office Suite and database systems
· Excellent positive, professional, and service-oriented demeanor
· Must thrive working for a small, mission-driven organization
OTHER REQUIREMENTS· Upon date of hire, must be able to pass a Washington State and national criminal history check
· Must be available to work evenings and weekends, including traveling nationally & internationally up to a week or more at a time
· Must have valid driver’s license, appropriate insurance and access to a vehicle or source of transportation for regular business use throughout Washington
· Ability to perform physically; exerting 50 pounds of force occasionally and 10 pounds frequently
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITSThe compensation for this position is competitive and based on experience. Benefits include generous vacation, annual holidays, employer-sponsored retirement match, and paid medical, dental and vision.
EMPLOYMENT POLICYThe Mockingbird Society is an Equal Opportunity employer. Employment is based upon individual qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disabilities, political ideology, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Alumni of foster care and those who have experienced youth homelessness are encouraged to apply.
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