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Practice Model Consultant

Date Posted:  Jun 22, 2022
Requisition ID:  320854


Work for Indiana

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. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Hire Salary:

This position typically hires at the minimum salary of $42,328


About the Department of Child Services:

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:

  • Respect for all
  • Racial justice
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • A culture of safety
  • A commitment to continuous improvement

About the Job:

This position serves as the Peer Coach Consultant within the Staff Development Division of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). 
The Peer Coach Consultant is responsible for ensuring fidelity, sustainability, and refining skills initially learned through the Practice Model and Facilitation training while continuing to develop Peer Coaches as needed.  The incumbent trains and evaluates Peer Coaches as needed to coach DCS staff as Child and Family Team Meeting (CFTM) Facilitators.  The incumbent indirectly supervises between 15 to 20 Peer Coaches and local office/regional management, providing them with mentoring and coaching; and indirectly supervises new Family Case Managers during their facilitation training process. 
The Peer Coach Consultant is recognized as a "Practice Expert" due to mastering the skills of Teaming, Engaging, Assessing, Planning, Intervening, Peer Coaching and other pertinent proficiencies needed for sustainability of the Practice Model. 

A Day in the Life:

  • Master the skills of Teaming, Engaging, Assessing, Planning, Intervening, Peer Coaching and other pertinent proficiencies needed for sustainability of the Practice Model.
  • Continue to develop Peer Coaches across the state as needed to coach DCS staff as CFTM Facilitators (see Peer Coach Guidance document). This process will take between 6 to 8 weeks to complete.
  • Create a monthly calendar with a timeline of each Peer Coach in training. It will take approximately 9 days of the PCC’s time to develop one Peer Coach not to exceed 8 weeks.
  • Provide ongoing support and expertise to Peer Coaches within their Region and address any fidelity, sustainability, and skill enhancement issues identified by Regional Managers, Local Office Directors, Regional Practice Consultant, Supervisors and/or Peer Coaches.
  • Support Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Quality Assurance processes within their designated Super Region and elsewhere as appropriate.  Participate in the QSR process within their assigned Super Regions.  Peer Coach Consultants will be trained to become QSR Mentors.
  • Assist Practice Consultant with in-services practice support related to the Child and Family Team Meeting Process.
  • Apprise Practice Director and other relevant staff of any additional protocols needed to facilitate the Peer Coach Development process.
  • Assist with facilitating scheduled Peer Coach Meetings within their Super Regions on a quarterly basis.
  • Provide feedback on the Peer Coach’s strengths and needs to Peer Coaches and their Supervisor (when applicable, the Local Office Director) to aid in professional development. This will be done in regions by request through the Local Office Director, Regional Manager, and Practice Consultant.
  • Review and provided feedback for new CFTM Facilitators on CFTM Notes.
  • Attend Supervisor and Regional Directors Meetings when requested to answer questions and provide information about the Practice Model or Child and Family Team Meeting process.
  • Provide classroom or other training assigned by the Practice Director as related to the Indiana Practice Model.  
  • Observe facilitators during Child and Family Team Meetings when requested to do so by a Supervisor, Peer Coach, Local Office Director, Regional Manager or Practice Consultant and provide written feedback on the facilitators’ strengths and needs. 
  • Assist with QSR Grand Rounds within their Super Region.
  • Provide expertise and continuous support to Regional Managers, Local Office Directors, Regional Practice Consultants, Supervisors and Peer Coaches regarding the Practice Model as requested.
  • Develop special projects as identified in their work profile.  Specialized projects include:  IOT, QSR, Permanency Round Tables, Collaborative Care, Educational Advocacy and Resource and Adoptive Parent Training.
  • Utilize and maintain networking system to assist with the cohesiveness for the practice through the Indiana Practice Model SharePoint.
  • Complete special assignments as requested by the Executive Staff, Field Staff, or Staff Development with the approval of the State Practice Director.

What We're Looking For:

  • Three (3) - five (5) years of experience in extensive knowledge of child development, child welfare, family systems or related behavioral health topics
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Education or related

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Extensive knowledge of child development, child welfare, family systems or related behavioral health topics with 3-5 years experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Education or related is preferred.
  • Ability to train staff to become facilitators of Child and Family Team Meetings. (Perferrence given to  trained Peer Coaches)
  • Instructional classroom experience utilizing a standard curriculum.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Ability to establish and foster teamwork with Department of Child Services staff.
  • Demonstrated Oral and written communication skills to express ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to provide positive feedback to staff at all levels and address concerns, if needed.
  • Ability to work with advanced technology (projectors, power points, Microsoft products (outlook, word and excel), zip drives, webinars and mutiline conference calls).
  • Ability to utilize a strength based practice concept.
  • Ability to collaborate with multidisciplines throught the state.
  • Ability to create formal/informal curriculum.
  • Ability to understand and utilize data.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

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) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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