Program Associate (Help Make a Difference in Child Welfare)
Oakland, CA, or Madison, WI (Other locations may be considered.)
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) works to improve social systems that serve society’s most vulnerable individuals and families. Through research and training, we work to help protect children from abuse and neglect, to create safe and rehabilitative justice systems for youth and adults, and to address the needs of older adults and adults with disabilities.
NCCD’s work to reform the criminal and juvenile justice and child welfare systems is inextricably linked with issues of racial justice and equity. We believe that NCCD staff composition should reflect the individuals and communities most affected by these systems and that diversity is critical to advancing just and equitable systems.
Our goal is to be an employer of choice that upholds a core value of diversity and inclusion in our recruiting. NCCD is proud to be an equal opportunity employer of all people. We are actively seeking individuals committed to creating an inclusive environment at our organization. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively across difference among a diverse range of individuals on multiple teams; actively promote an equity-minded understanding of people and workplace culture; and contribute to an equitable and inclusive workplace environment.
NCCD is hiring two program associates with knowledge and experience in the child welfare field for our social services practice team. One position is mid-level and one is junior. The primary focus will be training and coaching staff on child welfare practice involving the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system, family-centered engagement practices, technical assistance/consultation, field coaching, and organizational supports for program implementation. You will also be involved with developing grants and proposals for new projects. With NCCD having clients across the United States and around the world, business travel for this position is extensive (50%).
More About Social Services Practice
Our social services practice group works with child welfare, adult protection, and other public service agencies across the United States and in Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, and Bermuda to improve outcomes for children, families, and vulnerable adults. They strive toward this goal by working with agencies and jurisdictions to customize and implement SDM assessment tools, training workers to use these tools in combination with other practice approaches, and providing ongoing support and technical assistance after implementation and training are complete. Our dynamic team works in a collaborative environment that supports autonomy, growth, and creativity.
More About NCCD
We are a century-old nonprofit organization of 100-plus motivated and mission-driven employees with offices in Madison, WI, and Oakland, CA.
At NCCD, we value and look to support diversity and inclusion, both in our external work and among staff. While we take pride in the serious impact of our work, our casual workplaces inspire teamwork and offer balance to the workday. Through monthly staff lunches and other regular events for learning and socializing, NCCD offers opportunities for staff to have fun and build camaraderie. For a peek inside NCCD, visit our photo gallery.
Salary will reflect level of qualifications, experience, and geographic location and range from approximately mid-$40,000s to upper $90,000s. NCCD’s comprehensive benefits package includes no-premium cost share for employee medical coverage, generous vacation and paid holidays, and a relaxed environment with support for work schedule flexibility where possible. Other benefits include dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance; retirement plan; sick leave; and more. Learn what the City of Madison offers residents by watching this short video. Read about relocating to Oakland here.
NCCD provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants regardless of age, religion, sex, physical disability, medical condition, marital status, skin color, sexual orientation, race, national ancestry, or any other protected category.
Only candidates completing the apllication process will be considered for these positions.
Deep knowledge of child welfare systems, social work skills, family engagement skills, and/or collaborative and safety-organized approaches to child welfare practices required.
Child welfare leadership experience required.
Experience with the SDM® system and/or NCCD practice models required.
Demonstrated ability to use data in decision making required.
Minimum of five years of professional experience in a child welfare system required for mid-level position. Minimum of three years of experience required for junior position. Master’s degree in social work, social science, psychology, counseling, or other human services–related field preferred.
Strong group-facilitation, team-building, and customer-relations skills required.
Experience in direct services, program development, program management, and/or technical assistance in a child welfare, adult protection, or related social service agency required.
Additional Salary Information: NCCD’s comprehensive benefits package includes no-premium cost share for employee medical coverage, generous vacation and paid holidays, and a relaxed environment with support for work schedule flexibility where possible. Other benefits include dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance; retirement plan; sick leave; and more.
Internal Number: PA SSP P-04-19
About National Council on Crime and Delinquency
NCCD is a nonprofit social justice research organization that promotes just and equitable social systems for individuals, families, and communities through research, public policy, and practice. We envision a just society in which people are safe and supported in their communities and treated with dignity by the systems that serve them. For more than 100 years, our research has informed better system responses at all points of contact.NCCD has three offices: Madison, WI; Oakland, CA; and Washington, DC. Our projects span jurisdictions across the United States, Canada, Australia, Bermuda, Taiwan, and Singapore. Please see our website for more information.