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Child Welfare Supervisor

Have you embarked on your Equity journey yet? Is your work centered in equity? Are you culturally responsive? Do you want the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of children and families? Do you want to be part of a diverse workforce that collaborates and learns from each other to improve services that support children, families and communities? If you’ve answered YES to all these , we want to hear from you!
The Office of Child Welfare, part of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), is looking for 1 (one) dedicated and compassionate Child Welfare Supervisor!

As a leader in this organization, you will be expected to demonstrate your efforts and contributions towards building an anti-racist culture. Child Welfare Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that positive outcomes are achieved for children and families through the delivery of equitable, competent, sensitive, and timely services, and that the agency’s mission and goals are accomplished. This position will oversee a unit of permanency workers but will also at times have to cover other units such as Child Protective Services, Certification and Social Service Assistants. This position also covers on call in a rotation with other Supervisors. 
In general, as a Child Welfare Supervisor you will:

  • Ensure that expectations are clear for staff
  • Systematically monitor progress toward completion of assigned tasks and attainment of goals.
  • Provide evaluations for staff on how well their performance matches expectations, using both positive and negative feedback to help staff serve families
  • Provide feedback on career development for your staff
  • Adhere to family engagement best practices and work with a diverse and multi-ethnic population and workforce
  • Reinforce positive social work ethics and values, and, encourage self-reflection and critical thinking skills
  • Work as team with 4 other managers in the branch (effective collaboration skills are crucial)
  • Be a leader and model to staff and the community on the vision, mission and goals of the agency
Your duties will also include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing weekly clinical supervision
  • Staffing safety plans and safety decisions with an equity lens (using the Oregon Safety Model)
  • Review legal documents for court and Citizen’s Review Board
  • Assign and monitor work of your staff
  • Strategic planning to improve practice and outcomes (by reviewing and using data to make informed decisions)
  • You may also staff new, or open, protective services assessments.  

Bachelor's or higher degree in Social Work/Human Services, or related field AND two years of direct experience working for a Protective Services Agency (providing protective services to children, adults, families, seniors and/or people with disabilities) as a caseworker.


Bachelor's degree in a field not closely related AND Two years of experience in supervision, staff-technical, or professional-level work of human services related experience (i.e., work experience, paid and non-paid, providing assistance to individuals and groups with issues such as economically disadvantaged, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging, disabilities, health, cultural competencies, inadequate housing). This experience must have included at least one year program/project leader responsibility related to human services which included one or more of the following areas:

  • Development of program rules and policies
  • Development of long- and short-range goals and plans
  • Program evaluation
  • Monitoring, controlling or preparing a budget.