Kinnect to Family Coach

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Overview of Kinnect

At Kinnect, we envision a child welfare system in Ohio where:

  • Foster care is a temporary or short-term option
  • Children and families are empowered to find solutions to the problems they face
  • Direct service providers and social workers can establish and maintain a culture of innovation and excellence
  • All stakeholders prioritize permanency in each decision made on behalf of a child and their family

We believe that childhood is a fundamental human right, and that every day for a child in foster care is a day in crisis. We envision a world where families, agencies, resources – and children – work together so that every child is loved and nurtured in a permanent chosen family. We develop partnerships that transform beliefs, values, and actions to achieve permanency for all children in the shortest time possible. We have been advancing this mission since 2005 (as Waiting Child Fund).

Position Summary

The Kinnect to Family Coach is responsible for providing coaching and support for Kinnect to Family Specialists and their Supervisors in counties located in a geographical region in which KINNECT operates.  The support comes in the form of ensuring fidelity to the model and facilitating communication among assigned counties to develop mutual support and case consultation.  The Coach also provides technical assistance to support family searches and genogram development, as well as provides appropriate training to support and sustain the program.

Kinnect to Family Values:

  • All children have family, and we can find them if we try
  • All family have value, regardless of their ability to take physical placement of a child
  • All children deserve to remain connected to their culture, their community, and their family


Essential Functions

  • Coach Family Specialists and Supervisors in designated counties on the program model and best practice strategies
  • Provide direct support to Kinnect to Family Specialists, including:
    • Interpreting and articulating the program model and benchmarks
    • Communication among designated counties to develop mutual support
    • Regular check-in with Specialists and Supervisors for technical assistance, including relative/kin searching to help move service forward, barrier busting, and finding family supports
  • Regular consultation with each Specialist, including review of search tools, genogram, and family engagement tools
    • Conduct regular program reviews for each Specialist
  • Provide technical assistance on the intake and referral process for prospective Kinnect to Family families
  • Accompany Specialist to home visits, meetings and hearings for families, as needed
  • Utilize technology to ensure that all electronic and paper files are properly maintained
  • Identify, develop, and facilitate trainings to Specialists, Supervisors, and stakeholders as needed
  • Capacity to work among child welfare and court teams
  • Demonstrated commitment to the above core philosophies
  • Ability to work outside of a “business as usual” model, including:
    • a “relentless” search for family
    • vigorous search for and engagement of fathers
    • a strength-based approach to engaging family members in a problem-solving process to identify and organize their collective resources to support relative placement
  • Professional maturity to work independently, while also engaging with peers and supervisory staff
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships
  • Superior advocacy skills


Education, Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Social work or related field, preferred
  • Experience in the child welfare field with knowledge of foster care and adoption, strongly preferred
  • Licensed social worker preferred, but not required
  • Past supervisory experience, preferred
  • Demonstrated experience working with interdisciplinary teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Organization and superior time management skills with the ability to meet multiple program deadlines and manage multiple tasks
  • Facilitation and conflict resolution/mediation skills
  • Able to adapt quickly and comfortable working with diverse populations in various environments
  • Understanding of, or ability to learn, Genopro (family tree/genogram software program)
  • Works independently exercising keen assessment skills
  • Ability to use customer service initiatives to work with partner agencies
  • Available to work a flexible schedule, which may include nights and weekends
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and dependable transportation


Additional skills/competencies necessary

  • Teaming: Ability to motivate and inspire a team. Must show a commitment to establishing and maintaining vision in a fast-paced fluid environment and to help team members to understand their role in helping to accomplish the vision.
  • Initiative: Measure self against a standard of excellence. Undertake self-development activities and learn new skills, seek increased responsibilities and ask for and offer help when needed. Demonstrate the ability to work independently and harmoniously with a variety of personalities and leadership styles.
  • Communication Skills: Clearly and persuasively communicate, including public speaking; listen and seek clarifications; participate in meetings; write clearly and informatively.
  • Integrity: Work well in a rapidly changing environment; treat others with respect and consideration; accept responsibility for own actions. Understand business implications of decisions, align work with strategic goals, complete administrative tasks and develop strategies to achieve organizational goals.
  • Flexibility: Able to multitask in a changing work environment. Handle competing demands and unexpected events. Willingness to change approach to best fit the situation.
  • Dependability: Follows instructions, takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments.


Working Conditions

  • In-office, home-office, and field work required including visits assigned counties and family home visits as needed for coaching purposes.
  • The role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, etc.
  • This position occasionally requires long hours and occasional weekend work.
  • Frequent travel throughout the Northwest/Central Ohio region
  • Some infrequent travel outside the service area for training or meetings.


DISCLAIMER:  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.

All employment decisions at Kinnect are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, size, 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, family medical history or genetic  information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

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