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Family Preservation Supervisor 

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Category Social Services  



Family Preservation Supervisor

Overview: The primary purpose of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (LEKT) Family Preservation Supervisor position is to work with families to identify needs and provide a range of in-home services to families based upon their unique and individual needs and goals, in order to prevent out-of-home placement of children. All services are family-focused, and child-centered to help parents and/or caregivers learn necessary skills to avoid child abuse and neglect; by promoting job preparation, life skill development, family planning, and a stable family structure. This position will be supervised by the Indian Child Welfare Program Manager but will work closely with the LEKT Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. This individual maintains a flexible schedule (evenings required).This position requires excellent attendance, good communication skills as well as un-compromised attention to Client Confidentiality and detail. They will support the delivery of services to Native youth and families; identify, develop, and utilize community resources; provide leadership and design, development, implementation and evaluation of integrated program policies, and social work practices.

WORK LOCATION: Human Services Building
SUPERVISED BY: Social Services Director
SALARY LEVEL: $56,160 - $60,320 DOQ

POSITION STATUS: Regular full-time, flex schedule to meet needs of the program. This position includes medical, dental, life insurance, retirement, annual, and sick leave benefits.


  • Ensure that all case management services are family preservation focused, and child-centered to help parents and/or caregivers learn necessary skills to avoid child abuse and neglect; by promoting job preparation, life skill development, family planning, and a stable family structure.
  • Provides basic intervention and client and family counseling as required; provides crisis intervention to include responding to emergency calls; reports instances of neglect or abuse to the appropriate authorities; utilizes appropriate controls for individuals who may be aggressive, combative or hostile by following established protocols and policies.
  • Work with the tribal committee to facilitate ongoing program development
  • Assist ICW in the collection of community data and child welfare trends
  • Analyze clients' needs to identify additional services within the program and community and assist in seeking strategies for meeting those needs. Establish and monitor case plans for children and families who have open cases within the program.
  • Stay informed of all tribal and community programs available for clients that will enhance the quality of life.
  • Provide ongoing supervision to TANF Youth Advocate by supervising day-to-day activities as well as delegating community-based prevention referrals when appropriate.
  • Perform joint case planning with Tribal Child Welfare Case Managers and State DCYF Case Workers
  • Establish a work schedule based on client needs - this will require some evenings and weekends
  • Conduct home visits and complete home studies, family assessments to identify needs of families and to ensure child safety.
  • Assist clients with developing plans and accessing resources to promote family stability
  • Conduct all aspects of Independent Living services, maintain service records and prepare reports and informational documentation for DCYF and State and Tribal Agencies in relation to Independent Living Services
  • Coordinate and Facilitate client access to parenting classes, healthy relationship programs, family planning education, parenting and child safety classes, etc.
  • Facilitate support groups/educational classes for parents and TANF relative placement caregivers
  • Advise case managers regularly about clients' progress and participation
  • Update case notes on progress of clients in TAS or other database program.
  • Prepare reports as requested by the ICW Program Manager and Social Services Director
  • Schedule and facilitate Family Team Decision Making meetings and submit meeting summaries to all meeting participants as needed.
  • At the direction of the ICW Program Manager, TANF Case Manager (TANF), and/or at the request of the family attend meetings associated with clients, TANF Program, ICW Program, and/or other meetings deemed appropriate
  • Conducts services that are sensitive with respect to each family's culture, ethnic origin, race, language, gender, age, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, mental and/or physical challenges. Provides services in a natural environment convenient to the family.
  • Provides advocacy on behalf of families with schools and other agencies available in the community. Assists consumers in the pursuit of needed resources or services. Arranges for any follow-up services needed following the end of services.
  • Demonstrates the ability to teach communication and negotiation skills, link and refer the families with needed community resources and supports.
  • Network, develop, maintain and stay current on community-based resources, employment and training opportunities; advise clients and case managers of potential opportunities
  • Researches community resources and establishes community partnerships.
  • Ability to travel in order to attend trainings and meetings out of the city and state
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Facilitate staff and department wide trainings on positive parenting and facilitation practices and be available for consultation.
  • Transport clients to and from required appointments when needed
  • Attend state or tribal court when requested by client or tribal representative department
  • Develop and manage all Washington State DCYF contracts which includes, but is not limited to FPS, Triple P, Incredible Years and- This includes ensuring compliance with agency and contract standards for documentation and delivery of services.
  • Deliver services under the specifications of the contract providing an integrated and flexible array of strength-based services and supports

Provide 24/7 crisis response to assigned families in collaboration with ICW and other in-home service staff.


  • Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 2 years of experience working with high risk families.
  • Possess a comprehensive understanding of the Federal, Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 & Tribal/State Agreement;
  • Must have a thorough understanding of local indigenous cultures and be able to provide services in a culturally responsive and trauma informed manner.
  • Knowledge and understanding of children and families, child development and behaviors.
  • Excellent organizational skills with paperwork, including strong documentation skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to explain complicated information in layperson terms and to demonstrate tact and diplomacy. The ability to give and receive feedback in a constructive manner.
  • Requires reliability and a history of excellent work attendance.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision or as part of a team, and personal initiative, makes decisions, and maintains program wide goals and priorities.
  • Proficient computer skills and have must have word and excel spread sheet knowledge and know how to access and retrieve information from the internet
  • Must be able to pass a Tribal and/or Washington State Criminal background check and Driver's Record Check.
  • Knowledge of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and surrounding Community
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License, insurance and the ability to travel out of town.
  • Must pass UA testing prior to employment. Submit to random urinalysis upon request
  • Ability to establish and keep a high level of confidence with co-workers, clients and the community.
  • Ability to maintain a cordial relationship with various departments of the organization for proper coordination of services
  • Ability to work effectively, either independently or cooperatively with others and to work a flex schedule based on the program and client needs.
  • Two years' experience facilitating family team decision making meetings;
  • Experience conducting home studies.


  • Knowledge of the purpose of TANF program services and Indian Child Welfare program
  • Ability to be positive, enthusiastic and creative while coordinating a diverse group of individuals and organizations
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages and cultural/economic backgrounds
  • Ability to motivate others to participate in training, educational opportunities and other activities


  • Stamina to work 40 hours per week, primarily in an office setting
  • Ability to reach and squat for dealing with young children
  • Must be able to read handwriting
  • Must be able to deal with the emotional distress
  • Must be available for occasional evening work and travel up to 40% of the time

As with all positions of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe this position is Indian Preference in hiring in accordance with P.L. 93-638.


Employment Services Department

2851 Lower Elwha Road

Port Angeles, WA. 98363

Position Requirements  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Close Date  
Number of Openings 1  
Open Date 12/22/2023  
Location Human Services Building  
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