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State of Massachusetts Director of Disability Services in 600 Washington Street, Massachusetts

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking a mission-driven, dedicated individual with leadership, disability services, and disability community experience to fill the role of Director of Disability Services. In this role, theDirector of Disability Services will oversee statewide development and implementation of policies, practices and trainings that support effective casework practice with Department involved children, youth and families challenged by Autism and/or Intellectual Disabilities. The selected candidate will have a deep understanding of protective child welfare practice principles and an understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences, trauma informed approaches in child welfare, the strengthening family’s framework as well as the impact of secondary traumatic stress. The Director willprovide leadership, training, and guidance to staff regarding case practice and policies, clinical formulation and risk assessment as it relates to working with children and families that have Autismand/or Intellectual Disabilities.The Director of Disability Services will interface with field clinical teams to provide statewide coordination of best practicesand approaches in meeting the needs ofDCF involved children and families withAutism and Intellectual Disabilities. The Director of Disability Services will contribute to the development and implementation of policies, practice and training that supports best casework practices with DCF involved children, youth and families living with disability to ensure compliance with substantive and administrative state and federal disability laws. This will require working across DCF divisions, with field managers and staff to identify challenges and opportunities for effectively meeting the needs of these families involved with DCF. They will foster internal and external relationships and provide leadership in identifying barriers and developing strategic approaches to improving DCF practice, and in the development of policy, training, and resources. Therefore, they must be able to work effectively at the case level and systemic levels, transition between them smoothly and use information and experiences from each to inform their work. The Director of Disability Services will also be responsible for working collaboratively with other state agencies and community-based disability coalitions and providers, and advocate ensuring timely and effective service and support access for DCF involved children and their families. A deep and active relationship with the Department of Developmental Services, Mass Developmental Disabilities Council, Mass Commission for the Blind, Mass Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Mass Rehabilitation Commission, Mass Office on Disability and Disabled Persons Commission will be critical to this role. The Director of Disability Services will report to the Associate Deputy for Protective Operations. They will work closely with DCF Central, Regional and Area Offices in providing statewide support, tracking and identifying challenges in accessing and provision of consultation and care for children and families with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. This includes collaboration with the Department’s Statewide Disability Coordinator and Regional Disability Liaisons. They will also work closely with the Directors of Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Medical Units, as well as colleagues in multiple specialized areas in developing policy and practice, maintaining relationships amongst the clinical specialist teams and to ensure the ongoing development of best practices to support field staff. _Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive)_: * Establish effective communications and maintain formal mechanisms for case level problem solving that engages key Area Office, Regional Office and Central Office managers and staff as appropriate to ensure timely response to all clinical case questions and concerns related to children and families with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. * Oversee provision of timely consultation on individual cases involving families challenged with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities to support casework practice and decision-making at every step in the child protective process. * Develop policy language, practice guidance, protocols, procedures and other written materials to provide resources, information and direction to DCF managers and staff in understanding and working effectively with DCF involved families impacted by Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. * Support DCF staff and managers to integrate knowledge of children and families with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities that present with highly complex circumstances and multiple risk factors including mental health, domestic violence and untreated trauma; and ensuring a multi-disciplinary approach with families.Be a primary clinical resource for knowledge of best practices and approaches related to working with children and families who have Autisms and/or Intellectual Disabilities including but not limited to; in person-centered planning process and information regarding applied behavior analysis. * Collaborate with the Statewide Disability Coordinator and Regional Disability Liaisons in their review and resolution of disability related complaints. * Coordinate with the Directors of the Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence Units on protocols, procedures, and policies as they relate to the behavioral health care needs/issues of children in the custody/care of the agency and to support each unit’s consistency of practice in supporting DCF field staff. * In collaboration with the Child Welfare Institute and other relevant agency staff, identifies needs and develops/supports delivery of training for DCF staff and managers on issues related to child welfare involved families challenged by a Autism and Intellectual Disabilities; participates in and regularly updates training for newly hired DCF social workers; develops and provides on-going or one-time training as needed for existing staff; and develops and delivers trainings to other state agencies and community stakeholders related to Department disability policies and practices. * Act as liaison to regional/area management teams to build capacity and expertise in providing professional, caring, empathic, clear and timely assistance and resources for families related to needs associated with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. * Facilitate collaboration with key stakeholders and participate on relevant work groups or task forces. Develop and maintain linkages with state/community agencies and service providers to promote a consistent, integrated response to DCF families and children challenged with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. * Design and implement community education plans to expand state/community agencies and service providers’ understanding of child welfare protective services. Implementation will focus on educating community agencies and service providers that support children and families with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. _PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS_: * Master’s degree in applied behavior analysis, education, social work, psychology, public health, or related field. * Experience providing clinical services with children and/or families with Autism and/or Intellectual disabilities. * Knowledge of Special Education Law and ADA accommodations. * Knowledge and understanding of disability related issues impacting families specifically an expertise with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. * Experience promoting or enhancing services within the Autism and Intellectual Disability community. * Knowledge and understanding of child welfare practice principles and the impact of adverse childhood experiences. * Knowledge and understanding of trauma informed approaches in child welfare, the strengthening family’s framework and parental capacities, and safety and risk assessment. * Extensive understanding of large systems and the ability to participate in a robust systems reform process. * Demonstrated ability to provide clinical consultation services. * Skill in problem-solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, and team building. * Ability to work with diverse and multi-cultural populations. * Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with multiple disciplines and able to accomplish work objectives in a high paced, complex environment. * Proven ability to supervise and manage. * Ability to communicate effectively in both writing and in oral presentation. * Willingness to travel state-wide for work related purposes. * Demonstrated skills in advocacy, training, policy analysis, and quality improvement. _To Apply_: Please upload both Resume and Cover Letter for this position when applying. _About the Department of Children and Families:_ The Department of Children and Families (DCF) oversees expenditures of approximately $1.1 billion annually and provides services to 100,000 children and families across the Commonwealth with more than 4,000 employees who work at 31 locations throughout the state. DCF is the state agency charged with protecting children from child abuse and neglect in partnership with families and communities and ensuring that children served are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to upholding the fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. DCF’s vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency, and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and 6) committed to continuous learning. For more information about our agency and programs visit: www.mass.gov/dcf _Total Compensation:_ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: 75% state paid medical insurance premium * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance program * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _Pre-Hire Process_: * A criminal and tax history background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and click on "Information for Job Applicants." As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. * Education, licensure, and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. For questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least one (1) year must have been in a project management, supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience. II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience. III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience. IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience. *An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Administrative Services* *Organization: Department of Children & Families *Title: *Director of Disability Services Location: Massachusetts-600 Washington Street Requisition ID: 210004XF

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