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TITLE:                       PROGRAM DIRECTOR, DCFS




SALARY LEVEL:    $30.00 – $32.00/PER HOUR

STATUS:                   REGULAR, FULL-TIME




The Spokane Tribe of Indians is a great place to work! We offer competitive Benefits, matched 401K, & incentives that include; possible Commute Allowances and generous paid time off, with twenty-four paid holiday/wellness days off per year, plus Personal Time Off (PTO) accrual and cash-out ability!



The purpose of this position is to ensure that Tribal/Federal/State regulations are adhered to regarding Youth in Need of Care (YINOC) according to the Spokane Tribal Law and Order Code.  The Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) assists children and families in need while protecting children from child abuse and neglect.  It is DCFS’s desire to offer culturally responsive services to each child and family represented on caseloads. DCFS’s overall goal is to preserve the family unit and offer early interventions to prevent child abuse and neglect and out-of home placement. This position supervises the Children and Family Services Department Employees and works closely with the Spokane Tribal Indian Children Welfare Act Committee (STICWAC).  The Director will be responsible for preparing and maintaining the annual budget and securing available grants for future funding.



  • Supervise Tribal Social Workers within the department of Children and family Services
  • Screen & investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect intakes.
  • Make determinations as to the validity of all referrals of child abuse and neglect as well as assessing the risk of harm.
  • Coordinate and attend all Indian Child Welfare Meetings.
  • Process monthly Mileage Requests.
  • Gather DATA and report to proper entities.
  • Assist in outside agency Tribal inquiry requests.
  • Compliance of Spokane Tribal Law and Order Code, Federal Indian Child Welfare and Washington State Indian Child Welfare Act.
  • Provide assessments and oversee safety plans in accordance with the Tribal Youth Code and State DSHS guidelines.
  • Develop case and safety plans that address the needs of the children and families on DCFS’s caseloads.
  • Document collateral contacts, face to face contacts, court hearings, all contact with the children and families on DCFS’s caseloads: must have the ability to maintain accurate case records of each family.
  • Attend and testify at court hearings as needed. Negotiate and or interact effectively with Tribal and State Attorney’s, CASA, GAL’s, other Tribal entities, Foster Parents, and other local networking professionals.
  • Ability to work effectively with difficult client populations, including persons with drug addition, mental illness, developmental disabilities and others who may be angry and critical.
  • Have knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse and neglect and its effect on children’s development and mental health.
  • Responsible for handling ICW complaints.
  • Maintain strict codes of confidentiality.
  • Perform duties in ethical and professional manner.
  • Have the ability to utilize computer, Microsoft Software, fax machines, scanners, in order to write letters, memo’s, prepare court updates, inter-departmental staffing reports, service episode recording, etc.
  • Attend relevant and ongoing training.
  • Communicate to Supervisor on regular basis.
  • Communicate with line staff in positive and effective manner.
  • Will be responsible for training all new Social Workers.
  • May be responsible for training new employees and Tribal Staff on Mandatory Reporting and Child Abuse and Neglect.
  • ICW Director may be on call at least one week per month.



  • Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Washington State Indian Child Welfare Act.
  • Spokane Tribal Youth Code
  • Knowledge of child abuse and neglect.
  • DCYF ICW Policy Manuel.
  • Prefer skills in interviewing children of all ages.
  • Prefer skills in interviewing adults.
  • Knowledge of Supervisory Practices.
  • Basic Computer Skills, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
  • Ability to research and write grants for funding.
  • Maintain Program Budgets.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Knowledge in supervisory practices.



Program Director will be responsible for supervision of all Social Workers and support staff.  Program Director will assist in client file management and program file reviews.  Program Director will assist with grant, policy writing and budgeting for program development.  Program Director will coordinate all monthly Indian Child Welfare Meetings.  Program Director will report monthly DATA for ICW program to Assistant Director of HHS.  Program Director will ensure Social Workers are abiding to federal, county and tribal law when applicable.  Program Director endure that all mileage requests are processed for ICW program.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Service-Related Field; Sociology, psychology, counseling, law, etc.
  • Experience in case management.
  • Must NOT have any founded domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and or neglect and or elder abuse charges.
  • Public speaking experience and Leadership skills required; Must address qualifying experience & skills on application or resume’.
  • Must have a valid Washington State Drivers’ License, good driving record and be tribally insurable.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Must be computer literate for maintaining statistics, report writing, correspondence and developing presentations.
  • Previous experience working with Native American clientele and understanding of their cultural needs.
  • Abstinence from drugs and alcohol during employment in this capacity is essential to the overall effectiveness of the program.
  • This Position is considered Essential



  • Prefer one year experience working with Indian Child Welfare or working with child welfare agency in child protective services.
  • Preference will be given to applicants that provide documented supervisory skills.
  • Preference will be given to candidates that have successfully completed Regional DCYF Social Worker Cohort and or Academy.


Must Apply On-line for Consideration:




Section 101.630 This position will have regular contact with and/or control over children as part of their job duties.


Safety Sensitive

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Empero Corral

509-458-6583 or 458-6527 Fax: 509-458-6556

E-mail: hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

Applications must be received in the Human Resource Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.

The Spokane Tribe reserves the right to hire according to its Indian Preference Policy

All Applicants are subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Test, Safety Sensitive Positions Also Test for Marijuana

All Positions with the Spokane tribe of Indians are subject to a 90-day orientation period