The New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) is seeking an outstanding candidate to serve as the Associate Commissioner for the Office of Centralized Services within the Division of Family Permanency Services (FPS). The Division of Family Permanency Services (FPS) works with ACS’ contracted foster care provider agencies and other key stakeholders to deliver services to achieve positive safety, well-being and permanency outcomes for children and families in the foster care system.
The Associate Commissioner for Centralized Services reports directly to the FPS Deputy Commissioner and serves as a key member of the FPS leadership team. With latitude to exercise independent judgment, the Associate Commissioner is responsible for overseeing a range of critical foster care business processes and providing effective leadership and management to promote the objectives identified in the ACS Foster Care Strategic Blueprint. Specifically, the Associate Commissioner is responsible for the following key functions and responsibilities:
- Represents the Deputy Commissioner in high level meetings and on working groups with internal and external partners;
- Coordinates work with sister agencies (e.g., HRA, DHS, NYCHA, etc.) to secure relevant services and benefits for ACS-involved children and families;
- Oversees the operations of the following units/functions:
- Adoption Subsidy: Responsible for processing adoption subsidy applications. Provides training and technical assistance to foster care agencies.
- Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP): Processes KinGAP applications and subsidy agreements; provides training and technical assistance to ACS and provider agency staff; troubleshoots administrative issues that may be a barrier to KinGAP.
- Post Adoption Services: Provides direct assistance and referrals to support adopted children and families. Implements processes to verify adoption subsidies and to process change of payees as appropriate.
- Interjurisdictional Placements (aka ICPC): Coordinates and provides technical assistance regarding inter-jurisdictional movements of children to and from New York City. Processes requests from other jurisdictions for courtesy visits, home studies and supervision of resources that reside in New York City. Completes Title IV-E eligibility and financial/medical plan forms for ICPC packages for submission to the NYS ICPC office.
- Housing: Oversees units that educate and connect ACS-involved older youth and families to housing resources; provides training and technical assistance to ACS contracted providers; partners with HRA/DSS/HPD/NYCHA.
- Medicaid: Arranges transitional or community Medicaid for older youth who are exiting foster care; recertifies Medicaid for children who have been adopted and exited foster care to guardianship children (every year until age 18 or 21 years old); trouble shoots Medicaid issues for children who are in foster care.
- Corrective Action Monitoring Unit (CAMU): Monitors the progression of corrective action plans (CAP) issued to provider agencies by ACS’ Office of Special Investigations (OSI) as it relates to reports made to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR) involving a foster home or a child who is in foster care.
- Vital Records: Work with provider agencies, DOHMH and Social Security Administration to obtain birth certificates, death certificates and social security cards for children in foster care.
- Child Care: Coordinates with foster care agencies to arrange child care for foster parents.
- Acts as the Division Liaison to the ACS Office of Information Technology (OIT) and participates in the IT Governance Committee.
- Acts as the Division representative for the ACS Legislative Committee; reviews new legislation and advises the Deputy Commissioner pending legislative changes.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and four years of progressively responsible experience, in a large governmental agency, business firm, civic or community organization operating in the area of social services, including one year at the administrative or managerial level; or
2. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above. Graduate education or a license may substitute for up to a maximum of three years of experience in the area of social services, but not for the one year of experience at the administrative or managerial level as described in “1” above, as follows:
(A) A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, business, child welfare, counseling, economics, education, finance, human resources, labor relations, management, management science, nursing, operations research, organizational behavior, personnel or public administration, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, statistics, and/or urban studies may substitute for two years of experience; and/or
(B) Graduate education beyond the baccalaureate degree may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credits from an accredited college or university in the area(s) listed in “2(A)” above for each year of experience up to a maximum of three years; or
(C) A valid New York State Registration as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) may substitute for three years of experience.
However, all candidates must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and one year of experience at the administrative or management level as described in “1” above.
The preferred candidate is an experienced, senior level professional with at least 10 years of management experience; deep experience and expertise in social services practice and operations (preferably specifically in child welfare/foster care); and the personal and professional gravitas to
effectively lead and manage. The preferred candidate has a graduate degree in public
administration, social work public policy or other related field. The candidate has the ability to work effectively at a leadership level within ACS and with the foster care agencies, advocacy organizations, legal organizations, the Family Court and other stakeholders. The candidate has strong process improvement, analytical, project management, verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
How to Apply:
Please go online and apply at www.nyc.gov/careers . Search for JOB ID# 472111
City Employees: Apply through the Employee Self Service portal (ESS) at www.nyc.gov/ess. Search for JOB ID# 472111
Section 424-A of the New York Social Services Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a candidate for employment with child-caring responsibilities has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report.
The City of New York and the Administration for Children’s Services are Equal Opportunity Employers Committed to Diversity