Foster Home Licensor

Full-time - Senior
Tacoma, WA

Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation

Posted On: Mar-11
Status: Open
Position Summary:

To certify potential homes as Washington State licensed foster care homes and to coordinate the placement of children.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Provides training, consultation and support to new and current foster, receiving and adoptive homes.  Monitors these homes for licensing compliance and provides re-assessment when necessary.

  2. Arranges foster home placements.

  3. Coordinates pre-service requirements with perspective foster parents, i.e. training, application, CPR/first aid resources, etc.

  4. Prepares monthly foster home invoices when necessary.

  5. Collaborates with PTCS staff in completing and routing criminal background checks.

  6. Performs home studies to determine the suitability of the family in becoming foster parents, including the preparation of detailed and comprehensive home studies and licensing reports.

  7. Assists foster parents with completing required training hours for on-going licensing compliance.

  8. Maintains documentation and records for foster parent case files as required by tribal department policy and procedures and licensing standards.

  9. Collaborates with other Washington State Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) offices for purposes of foster home licensing.

  10. Participates in foster home recruitment activities such as community events, information seminars, and pow wows.

  11. Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in a related field is required; or equivalent combination of education and experience, with a minimum of a four-year college degree and a minimum one year work experience providing social services in Native American communities. Strong public speaking skills, knowledge of adult learning styles and experience providing direct training preferred.  Intermediate computer skills in Word, Excel and Power Point.

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Licenses or Certificates

Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted Washington State driver’s license and proof of insurance.  Driver’s License restrictions must not prohibit an employee from complying with the Tribe’s Vehicle Use Policy or operating GSA vehicles.

Current First Aid and CPR certification and HIV/AIDS training.

Must pass Washington State DSHS criminal history and CPS background inquiry every two years unless otherwise indicated.

Willing to attend trainings for professional development.

Other Skills and Abilities

Must pass tuberculosis test.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Requires the ability to operate a typewriter, personal computer, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and photocopier.

  2. Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.

  3. Requires the ability to concentrate and consistently produce accurate work.

  4. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; talk or hear and use hands to finger, handle or feel.

  5. The employee is frequently required to sit; reach with hands and arms and taste or smell.

  6. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

  7. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

  8. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.      

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. The noise level is low to moderate.

  2. The physical exertion is low to moderate.

  3. Work is performed in an office setting with regular local travel.

  4. There are frequent employee contacts and interruptions during the day.

  5. Position may be stressful at times due to the sensitive or confidential issues being addressed.

  6. Requires local travel using the employee’s personal transportation.

    The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. 


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