Employment & Interships

Foster Forward is a 501 (c) 3, private non-profit. Foster Forward is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, handicap, disability or veteran status.

Assessment and Data Support Specialist

Reports To: Evaluation Coordinator

1 FTE Position

Summary: The Assessment and Data Support Specialist will work with the Program Evaluation Coordinator to ensure Foster Forward is able to meet its obligations for delivering quality programs and services that improve the lives of youth in the foster care system.  Under the supervision of the Program Evaluation Coordinator, the Assessment and Data Support Specialist will help to further develop and utilize the Social Solution’s Software Efforts To Outcomes (ETO), to enable Foster Forward to track and measure its work.

Responsibilities include: The Assessment and Data Support Specialist will help perform quality assurance and assist with maintaining funding deliverables. He/she/ze will learn how to build and run reports to support program staff, as well as help Foster Forward leadership use data to drive policy and practice enhancements.  The Assessment and Data Support Specialist will also work as part of the transition support team to assess youth referred from the Department of Children, Youth and Families, to identify strengths and areas for growth and development.  The Assessment and Data Support Specialist will convey any assessment results with the youth and his/her/zer team and coordinate with the Skill Development Manager to ensure that all youth receive the services they need and data are entered in respective data bases.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Locate and connect with youth, providers, and DCYF staff to schedule assessment
  • Travel to various locations throughout the state (and areas of Massachusetts) to conduct assessments
  • Conduct needs assessment with youth as a starting point for a conversation about areas of needed support for the youth
  • Help connect youth with other Consolidated Youth Services programs to ensure maximization of services
  • Work as part of a team to offer other educational and/or health or behavioral health services for youth as needs are identified
  • Utilize DCYF SACWIS system to retrieve referrals, input NYTD services, and assessment information
  • Maintain all case files – electronic and paper – as required – inclusive of Foster Forward and DCYF’s data systems
  • Develop proficiency with Foster Forward’s database, particularly with back end functions to assist Coordinator in supporting program staff and leadership decision making.
  • Support program coordinators in understanding data input and building/running queries to respond to their needs.
  • Perform quality assurance through data cleaning on entry and exits.
  • Help maintain grant deliverables through creation of dashboard outcome reports for each program.
  • Assist Program Evaluation Coordinator with monitoring progress toward outcomes and output deliverables, reviewing regularly with front-line and program managers.
  • Respond to report and data requests from staff.
  • Compile quarterly reports for state and federal contracts.
  • Participate in staff trainings, agency events, and promotional opportunities as required.

Required: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience.  Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite; experience relating to adolescents and adults from a variety of backgrounds; attention to detail; organized and able to accurately plan work and tasks; adaptable; pass a criminal background check; flexible schedule; reliable transportation.

Preferred: Knowledge of Efforts to Outcomes or other relational databases. Knowledge of the foster care system.

Send resume and cover letter to Caitlin Divver at caitlin.divver@fosterforward.net by Thursday June 14th.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internship opportunities may be available in our Family Support program, for more information contact Lorette Dussault at 401.438.3900 x101. There may be opportunities in Development and Communications, as well; for more information contact Christina Jagolinzer at 401-438-3900, Ext. 128.

Data, Policy & Evaluation

This intern will work with the ProgramEvaluation Coordinator to ensure Foster Forward is able to meet its obligations for delivering quality programs and services that improve the lives of youth in the fostercare system.

Under the supervision of the Program Evaluation Coordinator, the intern will help to further develop and utilize the Social Solution’s Software Efforts To Outcomes(ETO), to enable Foster Forward to track and measure it’s work. The Intern will also help perform quality assurance and assist with maintaining funding deliverables. He/she/ze will learn how to build and run reports to support program staff, as well as help the Foster Forward leadership use data to drive policy.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Develop proficiency with Foster Forward’s database, particularly with back end functions to assist Coordinator in supporting program staff and leadership decision making.
  • Support program coordinators in understanding data input and building/running queries to respond to their needs.
  • Build dashboard report for board of directors and regularly maintain.
  • Perform quality assurance through data cleaning on entry and exits.
  • Help maintain grant deliverables through creation of dashboard outcome reports for each program.
  • Assist Program Evaluation Coordinator with monitoring progress toward outcomes and output deliverables, reviewing regularly with front-line and program managers.
  • Respond to report and data requests from staff.
  • Compile quarterly reports for state and federal contracts.
  • Work with senior team and Program Evaluation Coordinator to use data to draft policy and data briefs.

Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite: Word,Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. Knowledge of Efforts to Outcomes a plus, but not required. Other relational database experience also welcome. Must have interest in using data to drive decision making and policy.

Send resume and cover letter to Caitlin Divver at caitlin.divver@fosterforward.net.  

ASPIRE

Interested in helping to teach Financial Literacy classes? Interested in helping to organize events and door openers to improve access to community opportunities for youth in foster care? Interested in helping to organize and conduct youth leadership trainings? Then ASPIRE might be the internship for you. This opportunity is best suited for Junior year (8 hours per week) interns. To learn more about ASPIRE or internship opportunities contact Victoria Ferrara at 401.438.3900 x105.

Real Connections

The BSW/MSW intern in Real Connections will participate in the program in the following ways:

  • Support Program Manager in recruiting, training and supporting both community mentors and mentors already known to youth
  • Attend Eco-mapping training with the Child Welfare Institute and work on four eco-mapping cases throughout the year.
  • Record Mine case records and other data to develop a full picture of a youth’s potential existing positive adult resources
  • Provide support to the Real Connections staff in identifying contact information for adults identified
  • Coordinate and Facilitate mentor workshops
Program Development
  • Attend weekly team meetings with Real Connections team to further develop, refine and improve program
  • Take the lead on at least one key project related to program development, with the support of Real Connections staff
  • Participate in program measurement and evaluation
Skills Required
  • Proven ability to connect with youth and adults from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances.
  • Experience developing positive connections with teenagers
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Flexibility: Evening/weekend/workday availability
  • Own transportation
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Understanding of the issues facing older youth in care
  • A belief in the program’s mission, goals and strategies

To learn more about social work internships, please contact Kate Bronner at kate.bronner@fosterforward.net or 401.438.3900 x108

*****NOTE there is a difference between the BSW and MSW internships and will be further discussed in the interview.