Out-of-Home Care Section Manager – Career Executive

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), Division of Safety and Permanence, Bureau of Permanence and Out-of-Home Care is currently recruiting to fill an Out-of-Home Care Section Manager position. This position can be based in any of the DCF Offices including (Madison, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Green Bay, Eau Claire, and Fond Du Lac).  DCF offers great benefits, personal growth opportunities and work-life balance as a State of Wisconsin employee; and the intrinsic reward associated with serving the children and families of Wisconsin.

DSP provides services in accordance with the values and principles outlined in the Wisconsin Child Welfare Model for Practice. The purpose of Wisconsin’s child welfare system, as articulated in the Wisconsin Child Welfare Model for Practice, is to keep children safe and to support families to provide safe, permanent, and nurturing homes for their children. The system strives to engage with children, youth, and families to expand healthy connections to supports in their community and tribes and bolster resiliency in families to help them thrive. The following core values guide the work of the child welfare system: Trust, Respect, Engagement, Accountability, Trauma-informed Practices, Culturally-responsible Practices, Workforce Support, and Family-Centered Approaches.

Come see why DCF is such a great place to work!

DCF is committed to the important work of helping children, youth and families become safer, more secure and progress down the road to true independence. For more information about DCF, visit our website at http://dcf.wi.gov/.

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Position Summary:   

The position provides statewide leadership to the Wisconsin child welfare system. The position supervises the Section staff and directs contractor staff, as appropriate, working for the Bureau or Section. The position also works with county, tribal, and private agencies involved in the delivery of child welfare services and has responsibility to manage child protective services in Wisconsin. The position also advises the DSP management team on federal and state legislation that impacts the state’s child welfare system.

The position manages the following: out-of-home care programs including oversight of foster home recruitment, the kinship care program, foster child and foster family insurance programs; out-of-home care policy including oversight of federal placement requirements, permanency planning and well-being measures; and the development of policies, procedures, and programming to support local child welfare agency practice. The position is involved in efforts that ensure that children and families are protected by supporting community collaboration efforts and by supporting coordination with courts, law enforcement, local providers, and other partners critical to the success of child protective services.

Duties also include managing, leading efforts related to the development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of program policies, practices, and other programmatic supports that guide the effective delivery of CPS services in Wisconsin in collaboration with other Bureau and Division staff and stakeholders. The position operates collaboratively to coordinate and align CPS program activities with Bureau and Division programs, other Divisions and offices within the Department, and with other Departments and does so in a manner that is consistent with and in support of the state’s Child Welfare Model for Practice. (https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/files/cwportal/model/model.pdf).

For a complete copy of the position description, click here.

Special Notes:   

Due to the nature of the position, final candidates may be required to allow DCF to conduct a security background check to determine whether the circumstances of any pending charges or convictions would be substantially related to the job being filled.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, an alien authorized to work in the U.S. without DCF sponsorship.) The Department of Children and Families does not sponsor visas, either at time of hire or at any later time.


Please address the following in your cover letter and/or resume:

Minimally qualified applicants will have:

  • Experience managing, planning, overseeing, prioritizing, and/or implementing multiple projects
  • Experience interpreting federal and/or state laws, regulations, standards, and/or policies ·
  • Experience overseeing operational activities (developing goals, internal operating procedures, performance measures, etc.)
  • Experience developing, coaching, and/or mentoring staff in a professional setting

Well-qualified applicants will have:

    • Experience working with state, local, tribal, and/or federal human service agencies and partners
    • Supervisory experience (training, hiring, disciplinary processes, performance evaluations, etc.)
    • Experience serving in a leadership role for a large organization (managing change, lead workgroups, project management)
    • Experience communicating sensitive information verbally and in writing

How To Apply:   

If you haven’t already done so, you will need to create an account and apply online. You must apply online to be considered for this position. Application materials will not be accepted if received in an e-mail, as a hard copy or a fax.

After you are logged in and are viewing the announcement, click “Apply Now.” You will be asked to provide your personal information, attach a resume and cover letter, and then complete one assessment question, indicating your interest in consideration for this position. Online applications that do not include all of the requested materials will not be considered.

Your cover letter and resume are very important parts of your application at DCF and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on developing your resume and cover letter for your DCF application and what should be included in these materials, click here.

Submitted materials will be evaluated by one or more subject matter experts and qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on October 28, 2020. If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact, Hayley Westerby at 608-422-6412 or via email at Hayley.Westerby@wisconsin.gov

Veterans with at least a 30% service-connected disability rating should contact the HR Specialist listed in this posting regarding eligibility for consideration under the non-competitive appointment process.

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) must complete the application process to apply.

Brown, Dane, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Waukesha
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Out-of-Home Care Section Manager
Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
The starting salary is between $36.00 and $43.00 per hour ($74,880 and $89,440 annually), depending on qualifications. Pay for current State of WI employees will be based on the compensation plan in effect at the time of the appointment. The pay schedule/range is 81-02. A two-year career executive trial period may be required.
Hayley Westerby, HR Specialist-Senior, 608-422-6412, Hayley.Westerby@wisconsin.gov
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To apply, go to: https://wisc.jobs/public/job_view.asp?annoid=103131&jobid=102645&org=437&class=07580&index=true