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Title:  Indian Child Welfare Act Coordinator - Temporary

Application Deadline Date:  08/21/2022
Req ID:  35022
Department:  Children and Families

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Temporary
Schedule Type:  Part-Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.42


The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) requires that:

(1) The state must identify Indian children subject to the act, including a child who is a member of an Indian tribe or is eligible for membership in an Indian tribe or is the biological child of a member of the Indian tribe. 
(2) Indian parents and tribes have the right to notice of and to intervene in state 
proceedings involving Indian children, if there is a reason to know there is an Indian child; 
(3) In placing an Indian child, special preference must be given to a member of the child's extended family, other members of the child's tribe, and other Indian families, in that order. The Act requires record keeping of placements for an Indian child.
Therefore, the division will inquire if a child is or may be an Indian child as defined in the Act. 
This position would provide support to the Family Services Division staff including tracking to ensure ICWA requirements are met for each case, including  inquiring whether or not a child is eligible for ICWA.  
Job duties would include:
1.    Point person for assisting district FSWs in genealogical search to complete parental family info linked to heritage and transcribing information parent provides into tribal notice forms;
2.    Point person to follow up with parent attorneys and parents on additional information needed to fill out tribal notice forms;
3.    Point person to follow up with BIA on tribal verification inquiries;
4.    Point person to finalize notices - send to AAG to review as to form - and then off to BIA/tribe with coordinators signature;
5.    Point person to receive the tribal responses, send to parents, district FSW, AAG and file with court;
6.    Point person to attend quarterly national ICWA meetings, update policy and best practices for the department and provide new practice tips to DCF & AGO;
7.    Point person on record keeping of notices and responses;
8.    Point person to create and maintain placement record keeping for children who are Indian children under the ICWA.
We are looking for the following experience and skills:
Skill in performing a variety of tracking functions.
Skill in communicating orally and in writing with a variety of people, including division staff, attorneys, and Tribal entities, answering questions and gathering and exchanging information.
Skill in organizing work efficiently and exercising independent judgment in making appropriate decisions concerning work methods.
Skill in applying specific, well defined rules, regulations, policies, and procedures to work performed.
Experience explaining rules, regulations and procedures.
Experience processing, entering and verifying detailed data.
Experience communicating and resolving issues with clients/customers.
Experience working with individuals from diverse populations.
Experience working with the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Who May Apply

This position, Indian Child Welfare Act Coordinator - Temporary (Job Requisition #35022), is open to all State employees and external applicants. This is a temporary position. Temporary work is typically for variable hours, and is not expected to be full-time. The State does not guarantee 40 hours of work per week.

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Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in a variety of setting ranging from departmental offices to client homes to courtrooms. Considerable field travel is required, for which private means of transportation must be available. Crisis situations may arise at any hour and may require evening or weekend responses. Incumbents predictably encounter high levels of stress and emotional situations, strong differences of opinion, and potentially exposure to physical danger. Class incumbents may be required to be on available or standby status during night, weekend, and holiday hours.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in social work.


Bachelor's degree AND eighteen (18) months of human services casework, including at least six months with a child or youth services caseload where duties included direct responsibility for client intake, assessment, plan development, monitoring, service procurement, and case closure in a formal human services delivery system.


Satisfactory completion of 12 to 18 months experience as a Family Services Worker trainee in DCF.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier