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replication specialist

The Institute for Child Welfare Innovation is seeking a dedicated professional to join the team!

The Replication Specialist position is a full-time, salaried position, created to support program replication sites through individualized training, monitoring, and coaching. The home base of the position is The Institute’s office in St. Louis, Missouri, however the position does require a significant amount of travel, both by ground and air, in Missouri and throughout the country. The necessary travel is both planned and unplanned and the ideal candidate would be able to travel at a moment’s notice when required.

The Replication Specialist should be self-motivated, a natural leader, a fast learner, and have a pleasant and positive communication style. The Replication Specialist will train sites on program models, provide technical assistance to ensure they are set up for success, and monitor their progress through program fidelity reviews. The Specialist must be comfortable discussing alternative plans and strategies if the site is not performing as expected. The Specialist must embrace training and speaking in front of large groups of people, as well as small, interactive training groups. The Specialist will be responsible for designing program training curriculum and supplementary learning sessions.

The Replication Specialist must be confident in meeting with program stakeholders to advocate and influence social change, including leaders of child welfare organizations, judges, attorneys, and state and federal legislators. 

The Replication Specialist must have superior written and verbal communication skills, in that 95% of their job includes communicating with others. Attention to detail and accurate record keeping is also key. Finally, as The Institute is a start-up organization, the Specialist must be flexible and ready to work in a fast-paced, growing environment. The ideal candidate will feel invigorated in a place where change is rapid.

This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a related field. As most of the skills needed for this position are obtained through experience, a candidate’s experience will be viewed more favorably than an advanced degree.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

·  Experience working within the child welfare system.

·  Experience working in a collaborative team setting.

·  Knowledge of implementation science and the stages of program implementation.

·  Ability to quickly research to find a jurisdiction’s child welfare practices, policies, laws, and procedures.

·  Familiar and comfortable with technologies including internet, office suite, smart phones, and video conferencing.

·  Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with other professionals.

·  Ability to collect, analyze, and integrate relevant data and resources.

·  Ability to successfully engage with replication sites and support them regarding implementation challenges.

·  Ability to build rapport and relationship with replicating partners.

·  Ability to critically assess a site’s strengths and needs with regard to all elements of implementation.

·  Ability to use general office items, including various software packages, fax and copy machine, and cell phone.  

·  Car and valid driver’s license and insurance required.

Qualified candidates should send their resume, including cover letter, to Melanie Moredock, Director of Program Replication.

manager of operations and development

The Institute for Child Welfare Innovation is seeking a dedicated professional to join the team!

The Manager of Operations and Development is a full-time, salaried position, that serves as a partner to the Executive Director on the organization’s administrative and operational processes, with a goal of continuously developing and improving child welfare systems.  Duties include but are not limited to billing, receivables, collections, and payables. Administer or improve internal business related systems. Take the lead on preparation of the annual audit.  This position is somewhat unique in the field as the position also requires one to manage the development program to support the mission, sustainability and growth of the Institute.  This position reports directly to the Executive Director and is part of the three person Executive Management Team including the Executive Director, Director of Program Replication and this position.  

In essence, this position devises strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals as well as plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities.

** It is anticipated that this position will secure opportunities and then have the ability to apply for an eventual Director of Operations and Development position (in a public competitive process) when the Institute can financially sustain the position.  

The essential functions of the Manager of Operations and Development include by are not limited to:

·  Initially, take the back-end office lead in establishing the policies and procedures, vendors, softwares, etc. for the Institute.

·  Manage day-to-day activities of accounts payable, cash disbursements, invoice/billing, customer credits and collections, Human Resources and Operations.

·  Coordinate the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess any changes.

·  Utilize computerized accounting software programs (QuickBooks, Excel, Salesforce, etc.) to generate accounting statements and reports.

·  Forecast requirements; assist in preparation of annual budget, specifically scheduling and analyzing expenditures

·  Create monthly, quarterly, and annual budgets as required by funder grants and contracts

·  Understand and is comfortable with contracts and contract language

·  Ensure agency and programs comply with accreditation and funder standards 

·  Develop and implement a successful fundraising plan to include individual giving, corporate and foundation grants, annual appeals, special events, third party events, Board of Directors gifts, planned giving, etc.

·  Work closely with the Board of Directors to train, aid, and encourage them to solicit event sponsorships and other gifts.

·  Develop increasing levels of involvement and support among donors and prospects through regular in-person contact with follow-up by phone, mail, group activity (alone, or with the ED or Board members.)

·  Research and prepare proposals to select foundations and corporations in support of the Institute's mission.

·  Prepare agendas and minute for committee meetings, and regularly provide update reports for the Board of Directors


Education:  Master’s degree in public, personnel or business administration, or related field.

Experience: At least 5 years’ experience in all phases of public or private sector finances and personnel administration.  Training and experience with accounting principles, human resource management, and in general office procedures, policies, and methods; knowledge in the use of accounting software, and office equipment, strong verbal and written communication skills. .  

Experience in nonprofit development a plus.  Demonstrated ability to work with top-level community leaders and philanthropists.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

·  Must possess a valid driver’s license, reliable access to an automobile and valid automobile insurance is required

·  Good written and verbal communication

·  Knowledge of general best practices, policies, laws, ethics and procedures

·  Ability to collect and integrate relevant data, and resources

·  Ability to organize, multi-task, and plan work to meet deadlines

·  Skill to provide training, supervision and professional feedback

·  Team facilitation

·  Self motivated with honesty and integrity as core values

·  Conflict resolution and negotiation

·  Adaptation and flexibility *being willing to be all-hands-on-deck when needed and ready to learn the ins-and-outs of every dept/ practice the Institute will replicate (i.e attending trainings, doing field visits, etc.)

·  Competency in working with diverse populations in various environments

·  Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs

·  Understanding of, or ability to learn, QuickBooks and Salesforce

·  Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to engage donors and build long-term relationships. Outstanding written and interpersonal communication skills; strong organizational skills with attention to details

Additional skills/competencies necessary to carry out services to the service population’s culture and socioeconomic characteristics:

·  Display sensitivity to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.

·  Obtain a cultural awareness that results in a clear understanding of the worldview that directs individual interactions with people of other backgrounds.

·  Locate appropriate resources to communicate with limited-English-proficient individuals or those with hearing impairment.  

·  Assist other professionals and team members in understanding the unique needs/characteristics of diverse populations.


·  Work is performed primarily in-office but flexibility is extended as long as trust remains. 

·  Hours are mostly weekdays, with infrequent weekends and evenings.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily, as well as possess the skills and meet the demands outlined in this job description. Upon an individual's request, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job duties and responsibilities, or related to the skills and demands outlined herein.

The Institute for Child Welfare Innovation is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applicants for all positions equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic condition, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation (real or perceived), any disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, or for any other characteristic protected by applicable United States federal or state law.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

·  This position demonstrates commitment to the mission, vision and values of the agency by engaging in respectful, cooperative relationships with customers (i.e. clients, employees and external stakeholders); being accountable for providing services and ensuring safety to customers while empowering customers in achieving the agency's mission. 

Qualified candidates should send their resume, including cover letter, to Melanie Moredock, Director of Program Replication.