Under the supervision of the Director, the Adoption Coordinator is responsible for assisting adoptive parents throughout the adoption process, including screening expectant parents, supporting outreach clients through the waiting period, facilitating matches, taking relinquishments, providing post-adoption support and consultation, leading educational groups and engaging in community outreach. The Coordinator understands and assists in meeting budget and services goals, understands the mission and objectives of Jewish Family and Children’s Services and works within the limitations of the Agency’s resources.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Facilitates all aspects of individual open adoptions from initial connection through the relinquishment process with adoptive clients and birthparents. This includes working with cooperative agencies and legal and other professionals throughout the United States.
- Supports agency outreach clients through the waiting period, providing regular communication and support via phone, email and in person meetings as needed.
- Provides initial information, educational support and ongoing supportive counseling to adoptive parents throughout their adoption process. Provides consultation and support during outreach and referrals regarding parenting issues.
- Screens and counsels pregnant women considering adoption, responding to all inquiries in a timely manner with regular follow up.
- Creates and fosters cooperative relationships with local social service agencies and conducts marketing and outreach activities to partners and community members in Northern California. Represents the agency in the larger community for public speaking, workshop, and development event.
- Plans and facilitates educational groups, workshops, conferences and other special events as needed.
- Shares on-call duties for evening hours and on-call every other weekend. Responds to requests for immediate hospital placements by providing onsite services at hospitals throughout the service area during normal business hours, evenings and weekends by way of rotation with other staff.
- Prepares written reports, and prepares and files documents in compliance with California state law.
- Maintains positive work relationships with all staff to help the whole Agency operate as a positive, coordinated unit.
- Meets agency standards for performance by delivering all work to a high-quality standard.
- Complies with agency policy and procedures for health and safety standards of its’ clients, employees and the facilities.
- Undertakes other duties as assigned by the Adoption Connection Director, Associate Executive Director or executive leadership.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Minimum basic to intermediate working experience in MS Office suite (Word, Access, Excel and Outlook).
- Excellent writing skills.
- Availability to work on-call evenings and weekends.
- Ability to travel within service area regions. A valid CA Driver’s License and proof of automobile liability is required.
- General knowledge of and experience in adoption practices.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Required Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in a behavioral science.
- Minimum 1 year experience working with clients with histories of mental health and substance abuse.
- MSW or equivalent degree with clinical experience in adoption or working with those with histories of mental health and substance abuse preferred.
- Bi-lingual Spanish highly preferred.
Compensation and Benefits
Competitive compensation will depend on experience and proficiency level. We offer a robust array of benefits including: medical, dental, and vision coverage; paid holidays, paid vacation, paid sick leave; 403(b) plan; life and disability insurance.
Please submit a cover letter and your resume to: [email protected]. Please use “Adoption Coordinator” as your email subject line.
Only qualified candidates will be contacted.
***LOCAL CANDIDATES ONLY. NO RELOCATION OFFERED FOR THIS ROLE***
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and disabled individuals. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status. JFCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees so classified.