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Permanency Consultant

Date Posted:  Feb 9, 2024
Requisition ID:  437110

100% Remote, IN, US, 46207

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Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion - Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process, as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


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About the Department of Child Services:
Join a team that engages with families and children to improve lives in meaningful and significant ways. DCS engages authentically with children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through services that focus on family support and preservation. The Department also administers family preservation and prevention services, foster care, and child support throughout the State of Indiana. You will relentlessly pursue permanency for children and families through reunification, guardianship, adoption or support youth in making a successful transition to adulthood. While this job is difficult and may have long and sometimes unconventional hours, this is more than a job—it is a calling to improve your community and neighbors. Will you join us in supporting our Mission, Vision, and Values?
Mission: The Indiana Department of Child Services leads the state’s response to allegations of child abuse and neglect and facilitates child support payments. We consider the needs and values of all we serve in our efforts to protect children while keeping families together whenever possible.
Vision: Children will live in safe, healthy and supportive families and communities.
Values: We at the Indiana Department of Child Services empower our team, in collaboration with state and local partners, to make decisions in the best interest of every child in our care by embracing:
•    Child Safety
•    Permanency
•    Collaborative partnerships with foster and adoptive families
•    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
•    A culture of safety and transparency
•    A commitment to continuous improvement 
This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $53,222. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.
Role Overview:

The Permanency Consultant is a member of the Permanency Initiatives Team in the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) Strategic Solutions and Agency Transformation (SSAT) Division. The Permanency Consultant is the Permanency expert and they lead a variety of programs across the agency to help ensure timely and lasting permanency for all children involved with DCS. Permanency Consultants also advocates for individuals with lived experience in the child welfare system. The Permanency Consultant lead programs to support DCS in their efforts to learn from parents' past experiences and work with the Indiana Birth Parent Advisory Board to improve the agency's practices, policies, and services for families.

Permanency Consultant- Program Director 1- Job Description:

This position serves as the Permanency Consultant of Permanency Initiatives for the Indiana Department of Child Services. They will serve as subject matter experts in the areas of Permanency and will also work closely with the Indiana Birth Parent Advisory Board. The incumbent will lend their expert knowledge in directing and facilitating the following programs:

  • (Strategic) Permanency Roundtable (PRT)
  • Indiana Birth Parent Advisory Board
  • Strategic Sharing Training Initiative
  • Parent Ally Program Pilot
  • All other Permanency Initiatives as assigned.


The incumbent is responsible for the organization and implementation of Permanency Initiative assignments. This includes the compiling of data and information gathered from the (Strategic) Permanency Roundtables, the Parent Ally Program Pilot, and all other assigned initiatives in order to identify trends and patterns in barriers and to implement strategies to bust those barriers in the local office, the region, and/or the state. The incumbent is also responsible for ensuring Permanency Model fidelity by providing Permanency Trainings, and the continued development of (Strategic) PRT Liaisons to help sustain (Strategic) PRT regionally and statewide.


The Permanency Consultant is recognized as a “Permanency Expert” due to mastering not only the skills of Permanency, but also the Practice Model skills of Teamings, Engaging, Assessing, Planning, and Intervening. 

A Day in the Life of a Permanency Consultant:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Serve as a subject matter expert for all Permanency and Birth Parent/Lived Experience initiatives.
  • Demonstrate mastery of Teaming, Engaging, Assessing, Planning, and Intervening Skills and how they relate to child Permanency.
  • Maintain a high level of understanding of all DCS policies related to Adoption, Reunification, and Guardianship.
  • Maintain a high level of understanding of the importance of collaborating with Birth Parents and others with lived experience in efforts to improve the Indiana Child Welfare System.
  • Develop, implement, and ensure sustainability of new Permanency Initiatives, and provide trainings to help support these initiatives, including the Strategic Sharing Training. 
  • Serve as a coordinator for the Parent Ally Program Pilot and assist with program implementation, evaluation, and recruitment.
  • Collaborate with Field Staff and provide the necessary tools and support for implementation and sustainability of all Permanency Initiatives and ensure fidelity to the (Strategic) PRT process.
  • Participate in (Strategic) PRTs to assist in the development of Action Plans to achieve timely Permanency for youth.
  • Assist with facilitation of the Birth Parent Advisory Board and member recruitment.
  • Attend Regional Management Meetings as needed to support Field Staff with Permanency and Birth Parent/Lived experience Initiatives.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to explore opportunities for improving Permanency outcomes and for collaboration on agency improvement projects with individuals with lived experience.
  • Provide expertise and support to Executive Leadership, Field Staff, and the DCS Practice team regarding Permanency Initiatives.
  • Collaborate with Field Staff and stakeholders to ensure timely Permanency for youth.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

What You'll Need for Success:

The ideal candidate in this role should minimally have either  

  • a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Education, Public Administration or a related field and  3+ years of experience work in Child Welfare or a closely field, OR
  • a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Education, Public Administration, or related field and 1+ years of experience working in Child Welfare or a closely related field. 

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:

  • Specialized knowledge about the Child Welfare System and child welfare practices and policies, obtained through experience and/or education. 
  • Specialized knowledge of issues related to permanency for children in the Child Welfare System. 
  • Extensive knowledge of the Indiana DCS Practice Model.
  • Ability to develop and implement new principles and policies and discern any far-reaching implications.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to delegate work, set clear direction, and manage workflow.
  • Ability to effectively give feedback, provide guidance, coach, and help develop.
  • Ability to work independently, without immediate supervision and to be responsible for coordinating and implementing specific activities in an assigned program(s) and solving day-to-day problems. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.

Difficulty of Work:

As the Permanency Consultant, you will follow generally accepted, though often complex, guidelines and theories of Child Welfare Practice, and program management, as well as policies and procedures of multiple programs within the Indiana Department of Child Services. You will use considerable judgment in choosing and recommending appropriate methods and procedures to handle a wide range of situations. Individual cases may involve multiple variables to be considered which could significantly affect long term outcomes for the program and resource involved. 

Working Conditions:

This role requires occasional and/or overnight travel.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruit, select, develop, and promote employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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