Director, Adoption Programs and Humanitarian Aid
Company: Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children
Location: New York
Posted on: November 11, 2019
Reports to: EVP Adoption Programs, Chief Program Officer
Department: Program Primary Purpose
The Director of Adoption Programs, and Humanitarian Aid will report
to the EVP, Adoption Programs, Chief Program Officer and is part of
the leadership team at Spence-Chapin. The Director will supervise
at least four Associate Directors and other managers and provides
direction and management to about 15 professional staff in various
social work and outreach positions. The ideal candidate will manage
the development of the agency's domestic, special needs,
international adoption programs, granny aid, and outreach
initiatives. The Director should have extensive knowledge and
experience in adoption, child welfare and child development,
especially the issues related to the adoption of older children or
children with special needs, and children who have been
institutionalized from birth. The Director oversees the entire
process of adoption, from the recruitment of adoptive families,
their assessment and preparation for adoptive parenting, the
referral of a child to a family, post-adoption supervision and
support and the safe and ethical operation of our programs in the
U.S. and overseas in participating countries in South America,
Eastern Europe and Africa. The ideal candidate will also oversee
birth parent services and outreach including options counseling,
permanency planning, adoption process and/or referral to community
support services, hospital visits, selection process and placement.
The Director will have oversight of our humanitarian aid programs
in the US and oversees and develop strategies around growth and
implementation. The Director will provide strategic guidance for
outreach initiatives for purposes of community development, client
recruitment and promotion of services. Key Performance Indicators
- Manages all internal and domestic and international adoption
programs and humanitarian aid programs.
- Supervises staff in adoption and humanitarian aid programs to
ensure safe, ethical adoptions.
- Identifies Program outreach and marketing needs.
- Determines appropriate departmental structures; develops an
effective and cohesive team.
- Develops, updates and implements departmental policies and
procedures to ensure quality programs and the best possible service
- Guides department's approach for client recruitment,
assessment, and preparation for adoptive parenting. Ensures sound
- Oversees and facilitates growth in all adoption programs.
Initiates new programs and models of practice to maintain the
organization's high standards of practice.
- Engages quality representatives in the foreign countries who
represent the organization's highly professional practices and
maintain its ethical standards. Supports ongoing programs in those
countries and help program staff resolve problems.
- Ensures that staff keeps abreast of changes in foreign and
domestic laws and regulations affecting international and domestic
adoption, including INS rules, the implementation of the IAAME in
the U.S and other legislation that may be pertinent.
- Travels as needed to oversee programs and humanitarian
initiatives in international countries.
- Develops and manages services for birth parents which enable
them to be connected quickly to a social worker for information and
assistance, receive support and counseling about planning for
themselves and their baby, and obtain follow-up services as
- Oversees and directs outreach for programs in collaboration
with Marketing Director
- Ensures achievement of organizational goals and
- Participates in budget development; monitor budgets of
- Performs any other department or agency-related duties or
special projects as directed by EVP, Chief Program Officer
Education & Experience
- Preferred MSW from an accredited school of Social Work or
- A minimum of seven years of experience in adoption; child
welfare experience preferred
- Five or more years of management experience
- Knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural diversity and
- Ability to make decisions or intervene in difficult or complex
cases and resolve problems as they arise Technical Skills
- MS Office -Proficiency in Word, Excel and Outlook
- Experience with Salesforce, SAM or other database
- Knowledge of completing case notes in a database
- Strong adaptable leader who is open to challenges and changes;
a team player who can also function independently, assume
responsibility and provide direction
- Ability to provide staff with leadership and guidance regarding
the issues related to adoption, child welfare, etc.
- Passionate commitment to the welfare of children and the
mission of Spence-Chapin
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