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Good Shepherd Services

DIVISION DIRECTOR -Foster Care Program

Good Shepherd Services


Building on Strengths in Individuals, Families and Communities!

*To lead in the development of innovative programs that ensures a more promising future for our program participants.
*To advocate zealously for principles necessary to empower those with whom we work.
*To provide quality service to individuals consistent with their dignity and to communities consistent with their needs.

JOB SUMMARY: Manage and integrate the day-to-day operations of all Good Shepherd's Foster Care Programs, with particular responsibility for the quality, efficiency, positive outcomes and regulatory compliance of professional services and ancillary activities. The Division Director, reporting to the Assistant Executive Director, creates and maintains innovative programming that keeps GSS responsive to community and funders' needs while meeting the safety, well-being and permanency needs of the participants.

We offer an outstanding work environment, opportunities for career development and competitive benefits. Interested and qualified parties should forward their resume to:

Denise Hinds Good Shepherd Services 305 Seventh Avenue, 9th Floor New York, NY 10001 E-Mail: indicating position & location of interest or Apply on-line at

Employee Referral Award Program: If you, as our employee, refer an outside candidate for this position, you will be awarded $300: $150 upon the candidate starting as an employee and $150 upon successful completion of the first six months of employment.

• Directly supervise Program Directors representing Family Foster Care (FFC), Residential Foster Care, Treatment Family Foster Care and others as needed.
• Ensure that all evidence-based practice models are manifest in all aspects of programs.
• Ensure the adequate implementation of the Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed practice in all programs.
• Work closely with GSS support services (e.g., PEP, Information Technology, Facilities, Finance, Training, Human Resources, External Relations/Government Contracts/Foundation Support).
• Collaborate effectively with Performance Evaluation and Planning Department regarding agency-wide and program outcomes systems in fulfillment of quality improvement processes.
• Ensure that program facilities comply with maintenance and security standards in partnership with the Director of Facilities.
• Responsible for reviewing and reporting on any and all divisional grants.
• Network with colleagues from other agencies to share ideas and promising practices. Professionally represents Good Shepherd Services at meetings within and outside the agency.
• Participate in relevant internal and external workgroups, committees and task forces, including Good Shepherd’s Senior Leadership Group.
• Implement practices that ensure compliance with City and State regulations, as well as promote Good Shepherd’s mission, vision, values and philosophy.
• Develop and administer contracts and budgets, monitor contract compliance, and meet reporting requirements for each program and funding source; provide statistical and narrative reporting.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

• LMSW/LCSW or advanced degree in related field required.
• 10 years experience in Child Welfare, with a minimum of 5 years experience in supervisory and leadership positions.
• Proven ability to direct and oversee the program staff in the carrying out of the objectives of Good Shepherd’s Foster Care Services.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and computer proficiency required.
• Must be able to provide on-site supervision at several Good Shepherd program locations.
• Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based youth and family development and trauma-informed perspective.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: All staff members are expected to be committed to the mission, vision and values of Good Shepherd Services, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness to work within a culturally diverse environment.

Good Shepherd Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Any offer of employment is contingent upon receiving satisfactory references and approval of hire by applicable regulatory bodies, as appropriate. For programs regulated by the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Department of Youth Justice Programs, the respective City departments determine employment eligibility and advise Good Shepherd Services (GSS) if the organization can hire the individual. Falsification or omission of relevant information in connection with any application for employment is grounds for denial or dismissal.

Interested and qualified parties should forward their resume to:

Denise Hinds Good Shepherd Services 305 Seventh Avenue, 9th Floor New York, NY 10001 E-Mail: indicating position & location of interest or Apply on-line at

About Organization:
WHO WE ARE Good Shepherd Services has won the Non Profit Excellence Award for Overall Management Excellence given by the New York Times Company! Good Shepherd Services is a non-sectarian, social service and youth development agency which positively affects the lives of more than 18,000 children and families annually. Throughout our history, we have shown leadership in developing effective programs that help New York City's more vulnerable residents gain the support, skills and opportunities necessary for success in life. United by our shared mission and vision, these programs are characterized by a profound respect for the strengths inherent in individuals, families and communities. We provide city-wide residential and foster care services with concentrations in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. In addition, we have developed two networks of community-based educational support, youth development, family support, and after school programs, in Brooklyn, primarily in the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Red Hook and Gowanus and in Central Bronx. Through our professional training services, we help to ensure the implementation of best practices in human services agencies across the City.



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