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  • Regional Director, Family Engagement & Abuse Prevention

    Job ID
    Temporary Full-Time
    1st Shift
    # of Openings Remaining
  • Overview

    The Regional Director works at the nexus of research and practice by researching available family intervention and prevention models and coordinating implementation of best practices into existing programs that speak directly to biological families. Regional Director will be instrumental in designing strategy to bridge the gap of care, by providing service models to biological families across multiple programs agency-wide.


    This position is project-based and subject to the continuation of assigned projects. Initial period of 12-18 months (benefits eligible for duration).


    Essential Duties  

    • Research and obtain information related to models that specifically target biological families and keys to successful engagement and abuse prevention
    • Surveys the substance and content of a wide variety of prevention efforts on all levels to assure the quality of prevention models
    • Plans, develops, implements, and reviews prevention policy related to family engagement and child maltreatment
    • Analyzes impact of Federal activities on State and local government and private program activities
    • Provides leadership in establishing and maintaining liaisons within the Agency, and other public and private organizations engaged in related programs
    • Assess the implications of legislation and other initiatives which may have an impact on prevention activities
    • Serve as in-house expert on family intervention and prevention services in child maltreatment
    • Provides leadership and regional direction in the establishment of short and long-range goals, objectives, plans, policy guidance and leadership in the emphasis on prevention in an effort to reduce the incidence and prevalence of child abuse and maltreatment
    • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of available theories and models and apply them to existing programs, in service of Upbring’s mission of breaking the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities.
    • Build relationships with professionals and organizations across the state of Texas, concentrating efforts on agencies who specialize in Family Involvement/Engagement
    • Provide programs with information about state and Federal Disability laws, abuse prevention education, disability education provisions, provide problem-solving opportunities, and support that will help them to better meet the needs of young children and their family members
    • Conduct deep-dive review of nationally available family intervention and prevention service models (e.g. Homebuilders) and theories
    • Actively participate in all data collection processes including inputting information into database
    • Translate key findings into easily understood, implementable program recommendations that fit within the Upbring mission and strategic plan
    • Ensure that all program recommendations fit within the Upbring Ascend model and protocols and can be implemented throughout the Upbring family of programs
    • Maintain a library of all relevant family services theory that is up-to-date and easily accessed
    • Effectively prepare and deliver workshops according to the audience and time constraints to ensure compliance with grant guidelines
    • Conduct workshops and presentations for programs on topics related to Family Engagement and intervention and abuse prevention
    • Ensure fidelity of evidence-based model implementation if applicable
    • Oversee implementation of family services models into existing programs.
    • Manage project timelines and deliverables in a fast-paced environment focused on process improvement
    • Support the work of agency team members, project collaborators and community-based team members
    • Demonstrate efforts to manage a budget within budget limits and constraints
    • Using statistical data provide monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports of program outcomes, personnel costs, and operating costs
    • Ability to apply costs to program services and the return on investment in terms of program outcomes


    Working Relationships

    • Lead collaborative efforts and activities with internal and external stakeholders, management, staff, and community partners to ensure deployment or resources, implementation of models and ultimate success of families
    • Develop and maintain positive strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, families, professional service providers, and community partners, while maintaining boundaries at all times
    • Work as team player and exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external clients that reflects positively on the Agency and is consistent with Agency policies and practices
    • Work in close cooperation with senior program leadership for Upbring’s Foster in Texas, children’s centers, and education programs
    • Demonstrate sensitivity and respect while working with child welfare-related populations


    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Public Policy or a related field
    • 2 years research experience in social services, child welfare or related fields
    • 3 years field experience working with families, child welfare, education, abuse prevention or related fields
    • Strong collaborator with the ability to partner with diverse partners
    • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
    • Knowledge of trauma-informed care and evidence-based practices
    • Working knowledge of current principles in family engagement; current local, state, and national laws, public policies, legislative issues, and political processes important to the concerns of parenting engagement, intervention and abuse prevention
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
    • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook and other related programs
    • Valid TX Driver License and current auto insurance in good standing
    • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Texas region


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in related field
    • 1-year’ research and family services experience specifically in the child maltreatment field
    • Lived experience with the child welfare system


    Physical Demands & Work Conditions

    • This position requires sitting and looking and using a computer for long periods of time
    • Position may have limited exposure to children
    • Lift, push, pull, move up to 20 lbs.


    The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, lift and/or move up to specified weight, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. Specific vision requirements of this position may include color vision, seeing things close up, and the ability to adjust focus.



    The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status


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