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Lead Social Worker - Foster Care Services

Company: Lutheran Social Services
Location: Appleton
Posted on: November 21, 2022

Job Description:

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is a private, non-profit, human service agency providing a variety of services throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Over the years, LSS has grown to become one of the largest human service agencies in the two state area serving more than 125,000 clients annually. We are looking for passionate, mission-driven individuals like you to help provide services including outpatient behavioral health management, international, domestic and special needs adoptions, older adult services, support services for children, youth and families, community corrections programs and support services for adults with disabilities and/or mental health concerns.

Motivated by the compassion of Christ, we help people improve the quality of their lives. Does this describe your personal mission statement? Are you motivated to serve by sharing your talents? If you would like to help us achieve our mission, please apply for the following opportunity.


1000 sign on Bonus
Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan is currently seeking a Lead Social Worker for our Foster Care Team in the Eastern and Southern Area of Wisconsin.
LSS is committed to helping children in foster care and the parents who give them a home. Our lead works under our program supervisor in pursuit to lead out great team of social workers in pursuit of our shared goal of reuniting families or finding permanent homes for our clients. This role will focus on foster care licensing.
This role does require ability to receive or a current social work license . Hours for the position are generally 8:00 am - 4:30pm (Appointments, with children, may need to be scheduled after school hours.) Occasional nights/weekends may be needed. This is a full time, benefit eligible role
At Lutheran Social Services of WI and Upper MI, the health and safety of our colleagues and clients is our top priority! LSS is regularly reviewing OSHA and CDC recommendations and guidelines to stay abreast of the ever changing Covid-19 pandemic. LSS employees may be required to mask regardless of vaccination status when indoors and in the presence of clients or colleagues Covid-19 community levels. Employees are expected to adhere to agency protocols.
Delivers trauma-informed professional level social work care coordination services to children placed in foster care; assesses, treats and evaluates clients; trains, certifies and supports foster parents; and performs other duties as required.
Examples of services Expected may include (These are examples, not all inclusive, and all services may not be provided by an individual employee.):

  • Assessment of functional abilities
  • Care/Service planning
  • Care/Service facilitation
  • Licensing of foster homes

    AGENCY REQUIREMENTS (Required of all employees):

    • Must comply with applicable service regulations as well as agency and departmental policies and procedures.
    • Must relate to people of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity.
    • Must support the Mission, Vision and Values of the Agency.
    • Represent LSS internally and externally as a servant leader in thought, words and actions.


      • Promote client independence and growth, consistent with the service plan.
      • Provide services using a trauma-informed and person and/or family-centered model.
      • Provide services utilizing agency approved and supported evidence-based practices that have been indicated by the funder and/or agency.
      • Accurately complete time reporting.

        Essential Duties and responsibilities:
        This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.

        • Network, both formally and informally, with professionals in the community.
        • Provide on-call crisis services as assigned.

          • Follow all LSS policies and procedures regarding confidentiality and disclosure (HIPPA).
          • Attend regular staff meetings, individual supervision and program meetings.

            • Continuing education as directed by supervisor and/or selected by staff.

              • Expected to understand productivity expectations and meet those standards that have been established for the role and the program

                • Other responsibilities as assigned.


                  • Respond to foster parent inquiries via phone or email.
                  • Complete a log of such inquiries and submit quarterly to supervisor.
                  • License/re-license homes according to DCF 56 standards (in consult with supervisor).
                  • Maintain files/licenses of existing homes (hard and electronic copies).
                  • Provide pre-service and ongoing training to foster parents.
                  • Research available training and inform foster parents of opportunities as they become available; quarterly at minimum.
                  • Conduct annual foster parent evaluations (in consult with supervisor).
                  • Implement work plans, corrective action, and revocation when necessary (in consult with supervisor).
                  • Provide support and connect foster parents to needed resources.
                  • Screen referrals and inform placement decisions (in consult with supervisor)

                    Case Management/Care Coordination

                    • Facilitate placement, both planned and emergency (in consult with supervisor)
                    • Coordinate and facilitate case management services for children/youth in care.
                    • Provide support and connect foster parents with local resources.
                    • Coordinate and facilitate team meetings.
                    • Conduct assessments and complete support, treatment and independent living plans according to the expectations set forth in the Foster Care Services Handbook and/or on the audit checklist.
                    • Meet with clients weekly, bi-weekly, or as otherwise needed.
                    • Complete required documentation within required timelines and expectations per LSS, regulation, payers, and practice standards.

                      • Maintain records of respite services.

                        • Run background checks and call references, as needed.

                          • Attend permanency plan reviews and court hearings, as needed.
                          • Testify at legal proceedings as required by law and/or role.
                          • Attends and participates in staff development programs, including in-service training, staff meetings, and professional seminars.
                          • Within your scope of practice, provide consultation to peers.
                          • Work a flexible weekly schedule that includes some evening and/or weekend hours for client appointments. Work directly with Program Supervisor or Manager to set expectations for scheduling clients. Schedule is based on client need.
                          • Expected to understand productivity expectations and meet those standards that have been established for the role and the program.
                          • Assist the program supervisor with assigned duties.
                          • Provide training and support to team members on identified roles and responsibilities.
                          • Provide ongoing mentoring to assigned team members.
                          • Data analysis and report writing.
                          • Administrative responsibilities specific to the program/service.
                          • Expect, support, promote and manage change.
                          • Provide input using a problem solving approach to issues.
                          • Performs other duties and special projects as required


                            • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

                              • By being employed with LSS, which is a non-profit agency, you can be eligible for loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
                              • Loans are eligible to be forgiven after 10 years of on-time and consistent payments through the income-based re-payment plan.
                              • LSS Clinical Managers () and Human Capital employees can assist you in applying for this benefit.

                              • Clinical Supervision and Consultation

                                • We offer a free, robust clinical supervision experience for any type of licensure that focuses not only on client needs, but employee development.

                                • Training

                                  • LSS is focused on the continued growth of our employees and ensuring we provide high quality services.
                                  • LSS employees are eligible for receiving internal as well as financial support for external trainings to support your growth and required Continuing Education (CEU) credits.

                                  • Flexibility

                                    • LSS is a family/employee-focused agency which values work-life balance.
                                    • Employees can adjust their schedules to accommodate personal commitments by flexing their schedule or utilizing time off.
                                    • Some programs have the option of working remotely.

                                    • Benefits Package

                                      • 10 paid holidays (ex: Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, MLK Jr. Day, Memorial Day, etc.)
                                      • 2 personal days
                                      • Sick & Vacation Time
                                      • LSS makes annual raises and additional bonuses a priority for employees
                                      • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
                                      • Flex Spending for Dependent & Health Care
                                      • Mileage reimbursement
                                      • Ability to Contribute to 403B
                                      • Employee Assistance Program
                                      • Service Awards and Recognition

                                        EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
                                        This position requires:
                                        A Bachelor's Degree in a social work, psychology or related field and a minimum of 3 years post degree related experience.
                                        A Master's Degree or higher in a social work, psychology, or related field.
                                        Demonstrated ability to function as the lead
                                        CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

                                        • The incumbent of this position must have a valid driver's license and have reliable transportation to perform the essential duties of the role; a motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record per the LSS Driver Safety Procedure is required, and ability to meet LSS auto insurance requirements.
                                        • Certification/Licensure is required (CSW, APSW, LCSW or ability to become certified).

                                          LANGUAGE SKILLS:

                                          • Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret to complete required documentation by established timeframes.
                                          • Ability to document in a neat, legible, accurate, objective and consistent manner to reflect the services provided.
                                          • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from all levels of LSS management and employees, as well as the individual, family, and circle of support.

                                            COMPUTER SKILLS/TECHNOLOGY:

                                            • Working knowledge of computers to allow employee to access computer systems and applications to complete timecards, read and respond to email, and complete required on-line training.
                                            • Ability to utilize efficiently an electronic health record(s) for documentation of direct services.
                                            • Must be able to work on computer and utilize computer applications and programs to effectively complete the job.
                                            • Ability to work within a variety of ever-changing software packages and computer systems.

                                              PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
                                              The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
                                              While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to frequently bend/stoop, crouch, climb stairs and kneel. This position will require the ability to access a variety of locations in the community.
                                              The employee must react appropriately in times of crisis that may include verbal aggression.
                                              The incumbent of this position works in a community environment (home, office, community, etc.). The incumbent will also be exposed to outdoor conditions when traveling on company business.
                                              TRAVEL: Daily travel may be required. Some overnight travel may be required.
                                              LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
                                              EducationBachelor Degree of Social Work (preferred)Bachelor Degree of Psychology (preferred)
                                              Licenses & CertificationsAdv Clinical Social Wkr (preferred)Advanced Pract Soc Worker (preferred)Cert Advanc Prac Soc Work (preferred)Certified Social Worker (required)Clinical Social Worker (preferred)Driver's License (required)Indep Clinical Soc Worker (preferred)Lic. Clin. Soc. Worker IT (preferred)Lic Ind Clin Soc Worker (preferred)

                                              Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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