Location: Birmingham, AL
Facilitates the international adoption process and manages Lifeline’s relationships, including staff management, for a specific International Program and/or countries.
- To be a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ to co-workers, clients and ministry partners
- Acts as primary contact on program-specific issues
- Acts as one of the official stateside liaisons for the country’s Central Authority and Lifeline’s overseas team, including the foreign supervised provider
- Manages the re-accreditation process for assigned country.
- Monitors the processes of each family in the program with the Case Worker.
- Looks for ways to improve current operations by implementing QI information, and developing new materials, etc.
- Manages the progress of the adoption process from beginning until the post adoption/placement reporting is completed.
- Trains and develops team members.
- Provides the referral to the adoptive parents.
- Counsels clients/families on the nature of international adoption and special needs children and counsels clients/families on referral information and updated referral information specifically for the referred child, if not prohibited by state regulations.
- May provide travel preparation for families.
- Works with out-of-state families, monitoring the interactions by exempt or supervised providers.
- Maintains ethics as established by the agency, through regular attendance at trainings and meetings.
- Assists with the oversight and supervision of the interactions and activities of Foreign Supervised Providers and in providing initial and on-going training.
- Provides consultation to the Hague Team and the Quality Improvement Team, as requested.
- Reports to the Director of Compliance all related events that require a self-report
- Supervises Adoption Specialists II, if qualified to do so.
- Maintains an active caseload as an international social worker/case worker, when qualified to do so by state regulations.
- Assists the Director of International Adoption with various assigned tasks associated with international adoption.
- Maintains good working relationships with colleagues, including solving all disputes in a Biblically prescribed fashion.
- Represents the ministry in a professional manner in and away from the office.
- Assists with international information meetings
- Mentors intern field placements
- Participates in agency-related special events and celebrations
- Maintains annual training hours according to state regulations, if required.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor or member of Executive team
- Bachelor’s or Master’s Social Work Degree preferred
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in human service field and at least two years’ experience in international adoption case work
- Previous management and/or supervisory work experience is preferred.
- Strong Christian character and integrity
- Provides leadership that nurtures staff, helping them grow spiritually and professionally
- Makes sound, competent, biblically-based decisions
- Upholds the mission and core values of the ministry
- Exercises good judgement and critical thinking skills
- Establishes Christ-centered relationships
- Professional office environment
- International travel may be required
State Specific Requirements:
- Maintains current passport
- Social Work license from applicable state licensing Board, if required
- Complete annual training/CEU’s as determined by State regulations and Hague requirements, whichever is greater