Sault Tribe
  • - ACFS
  • Manistique, MI, USA
  • Salary Base Upon Experience: $57,181.28 - $67,860.00
  • Salary
  • Year Round - Full Time
  • Yes

POSITION SUMMARY:                                                        


The Casework-Binogii Placement Agency Specialist under the direction of Child Placement Services Supervisor is responsible for overseeing a variety of professional assignments to provide services to socially and/or economically disadvantaged individuals in programs administered by ACFS Child Placement Services.  Caseworker-Binogii Placement Agency Specialist carries a caseload consisting of   Binogii Child Placement Agency cases to include: Foster Care, Adoption, and Foster Home Licensing.  These services are provided within the scope of the agency's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Private Agency Contract and the Department of Child Welfare Licensing Child Placing Agency License as well as Tribal Code.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Completes program specific paperwork within established time frames.
  • Maintains client files according to program guidelines, state contract, licensing and funding standards.
  • Provides 24 hour crisis intervention.
  • Provides on-call services.
  • Responds to critical situations involving children and families within defined time frames.                 
  • Evaluates the safety of living environments through home visits and client interviews.            
  • Completes risk assessments with the family to determine individual strengths and needs and makes appropriate recommendations for services based upon assessment results.
  • Identifies placement resources for children within the protective services, in home care, and foster care system.
  • Prepares and files court petitions in protective services and foster care cases according to Tribal and State laws.
  • Testifies in court hearings as required.
  • Adheres to court orders by formulating a social services plan, supervising the families rehabilitative progress and reporting back to the court on any significant changes in case activity.
  • Reviews behavioral, medical, and educational needs of each child referred for placement at specified intervals and at other times as needed.
  • Prepares and presents information to the Sault Tribe Child Welfare Committee.
  • Serves as a Qualified Expert Witness and a Tribal Representative as needed.
  • Provides in home supportive services, education, counseling, community resource linkage and referral; advocacy; and other social service interventions to families and children.
  • Conducts forensic interviews.
  • Implement and ensure compliance with State of Michigan and Sault Tribe foster case, adoption, and foster home licensing policies and procedures as well as Sault Tribe Binogii Placement Agency contract requirements.  
  • Implement and ensure compliance with various Federal and State Laws and Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Codes.
  • Completes a monthly narrative and statistical reports.                                        

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Develops and implements effective and culturally sensitive strategies for outreach to the Native American Community.
  • Build lasting networks and collaborations with tribal and community resources.
  • Attends and participates in departmental staff meetings and related activities. 
  • Attends workshops, conferences and classes to increase professional knowledge.
  • Serves on projects and committees as assigned.
  • Serves as a resource person, responding to requests for information and assistance.
  • Evaluates home and community based situations for worker safety and follows best practices when working in volatile environments.              
  • Administers breathalyzer tests and drug screens as needed.
  • All other job related duties as assigned.




Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other departments, customers, outside vendors/service providers and court and law enforcement officials.




Position medium with lifting of 50 pounds maximum and frequent lifting/carrying up to 25 pounds. Physical factors include constant use of hearing, smell, near/midrange/far vision, depth perception and field of vision; frequent standing, walking, sitting, bending, typing and driving in and during inclement weather; occasional carrying/lifting, pushing/pulling, climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, manual handling, and use of color vision. Working conditions include frequent exposure to weather, extreme heat/cold, wet/humidity, and noise and air quality. Potential hazards include frequent client contact, infectious exposure, computer use; occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts, electric shock, needles/syringes and equipment use. Positions provide home-based services and the majority of work occurs within client homes/community.  At times these environments can be volatile due to drug/alcohol use, criminal behavior, or behavioral health needs.




Education: Bachelor's Degree in Human Services area: Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Family Ecology, Consumer/Community Services, Family Studies or Child Development, Guidance/School Counseling Psychology, Criminal Justice, Human Services or a degree in another major where at least 25% of the course credits earned are in human behavioral sciences required.


Experience: One year of experience working with children and families preferred.


Certification/License: Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Must have no felony convictions. Must maintain a good moral character standing requirements. Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver's license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing. Must participate and successfully complete the State of Michigan Child Welfare 9 week Pre-Service Institute and 4-week Program Specific Training in the areas of Foster Care and Adoption.  Must successfully complete the State of Michigan Department of Child Welfare Licensing Certification and Complaint Training.  Must complete 32 annual field specific/topic specific training hours as required per agency contract. Must complete DHHS Security Awareness Training (SAT) within 1 month of hire and every 2 years thereafter. Must complete Forensic Interviewing training and show proficiency at implementing forensic interviewing protocol.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Must be able to handle potentially hostile clients and adversarial situations.  Must be able to confront and redirect inappropriate client behavior. Must be able to travel.  Must have reliable transportation. Must be able to establish appropriate relationships and boundaries with clients. Must be flexible and available to work various shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays. Responsible for performing position responsibilities in a professional and courteous manner, sustaining professionalism under duress, and maintaining positive working relationships and communications with internal and external contacts.  Must be able to establish and maintain effective communication with co-workers, supervisors, guests and clients. Must have working knowledge and be able to use word processing and spreadsheet and data base software. Must be able to work with minimal to no supervision. Must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in a diverse range of audiences and settings. Must be able to work in high stress environment and handle difficult situations. Must have organizational skills and be able to plan, prioritize and manage work load to meet goals in a timely manner. Must be able to prepare clear, concise, thorough, meaningful, and grammatically correct written reports, letters, memoranda, policy and procedure drafts and other written documents.  Must adhere to department operating policies and procedures and safe work practice and procedures. Must have knowledge of child development and the ability to work with children. Must have the skills, knowledge and ability to be approved to testify as a qualified expert witness/tribal representative in various courts across the county. Must demonstrate skills and specialized knowledge related to Chapter 30 Child Welfare Code, the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act, and other various state and federal laws that pertain to foster care case management and adoption. Must demonstrate skills and specialized knowledge related to the State of Michigan and Sault Tribe Binogii Placement Agency foster case, adoption, and foster home licensing policies and procedures.

Must demonstrate skills and specialized knowledge related to Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians customs and licensing standards.  Must demonstrate skills and specialized knowledge related to the Michigan Department of Child Welfare Licensing foster home licensing standards. Must demonstrate skills and specialized knowledge related to the Sault Tribe Binogii Placement Agency PAFC and Adoption Agency contract requirements. Must maintain strict confidentiality. Native American preferred.   

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