Director of Family Support

Director of Family Support

The Children’s Trust is on a mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. We give parents the tools and resources to build self-confidence and gain lifelong skills to ensure children grow up safe and healthy. Our proven programs reflect a fierce commitment to empowering families at the earliest stages and prove the vicious cycle of reoccurring abuse can be stopped. We are seeking an individual for the Director of Family Support position to join our team and help make a difference for children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Director of Family Support is responsible for the management, planning, development, and oversight of the Children’s Trust Family Support funded programs, and managing the activities of the Family Support team with a special focus on the Stop Abuse for Every (SAFE) Child Community initiative. The incumbent is accountable for the activities of the Family Support team in ensuring funded programs are providing quality services developed in alignment with best practices in implementation, including receiving the training and technical assistance needed, delivered according to standards and quality assurance and improvement protocols, and addressing all program performance issues in a timely manner, as well as managing evaluation projects and consultants. The position effectively leads the Family Support team staff in all areas of program development and contract management, including compliance and quality improvement and assurance, and provides supervision to the Family Support team.  The incumbent will work closely with the Communications, Information Technology, and Development teams in support of the Family Support activities generally, and the SAFE Child Community initiative specifically. The Director of Family Support actively collaborates to ensure meeting the requirements of Children’s Trust Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) federal grant and will participate in promoting family support activities through state and national collaborations and networking. This position reports to the Deputy Director of Programs, is a Senior Staff Position, and supervises the Family Support Team.

Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads and actively collaborates with Family Support team on program development, planning, implementation including the integration of protective factors in all programs and networking meetings, contract management, including leading procurements, training, technical assistance and quality assurance activities in support of the Family Support funded programs: Family Centers and the SAFE Child Community initiative
  • Leads and actively collaborates on development and planning of Family Support and SAFE Child Community initiative evaluation projects and manages the contract and activities of evaluation contractors
  • Actively collaborates with the Director of Home Visiting in support of the home visiting component of the SAFE Child Community initiative.
  • Provides supervision, professional development, management oversight, technical assistance and support to Children’s Trust Family Support program staff
  • Develops and manages state, federal, and grants budgets for Family Support team activities
  • Leads and actively collaborates with other Administration and Finance, Communications, Information Technology, and Development teams to further develop and implement the SAFE Child Community initiative, including the Family Center Data System
  • Leads and actively collaborates with Program team on the development of Family Support practice activities including promoting the Strengthening Families framework and developing, planning and implementation of parent partnership and leadership activities
  • Works closely with other senior-level management and other Children’s Trust staff to promote and support dissemination of knowledge of family support practice through state and national collaborations, including with the National Family Support Network
  • Works closely with other senior-level management and other Children’s Trust staff and other key staff at state agencies working with children and families to promote and support dissemination and application of knowledge and research on best practices in family support across the Commonwealth
  • Works closely with other senior-level management to develop materials, information, and other tools to respond to legislators regarding the progress and activities of the SAFE Child Community initiative, as well for advocacy efforts
  • Works closely with other senior-level management to develop materials, information, and other tools to respond to private funders regarding the progress and activities of the SAFE Child Community initiative, as well as developing grant applications
  • Provides oversight of activities to ensure compliance with Children’s Trust CBCAP grant
  • Represents the Children’s Trust and the Family Support team at meetings and other collaboration and networking opportunities, statewide and national
  • Works closely with other senior-level management in support of Children’s Trust budget development, operations, strategic planning, and policies and procedures affecting the agency as a whole

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree preferred – disciplines in Social Work, Education, Child Development, Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Health, Early Childhood
  • At least four (4) years' experience working in Family Support, including evidence-based home visiting, Child Development, Early Childhood, Community Development, or Social Work field
  • At least four (4) years supervisory experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent knowledge of and dedication to Family Support practice
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill of working with men/fathers specific to their parenting/caregiving roles
  • Knowledge and experience in conducting/coordinating evaluation activities of programs that serve families
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Willingness and ability (valid MA driver’s license) to travel in-state and out of state, required
  • Flexible to meet changing demands and ability to respond changing priorities quickly
  • Ability to work in fact paced office environment
  • Ability to work in Senior Staff Team and Organizational Team environment

How to apply:

Please apply at MassCareers Job Opportunities.