Kinship Navigator

*Additional Pay for Bilingual Candidates

Position Summary:

The Kinship Navigator works with kinship caregivers to provide a range of services and promote kinship care initiatives. This position is responsible for working with the KARE Program (specialized population) and its kinship caregivers, groups, organizations, and institutions to increase kinship awareness, involvement in development of kinship resources, system navigation and development processes, and work with stakeholders for the betterment of kinship care.

Who We Are:

Founded in 1912, Arizona's Children Association is one of the oldest and largest statewide comprehensive child welfare and behavioral health not-for-profit agencies in Arizona. Located in all 15 Arizona counties, we provide a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of more than 40,000 children, youth and families each year. When working with AzCA, you'll be surrounded by highly talented and dedicated individuals who are committed to our mission of protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families.

Why You'll Love Working for Us:

At Arizona's Children Association, our employees are our most valuable asset; and as such we offer a wide range of benefits to aid your health and wellness including:

  • We have a whole new comprehensive benefits package for 2023! Click here to view our 2023 Benefits Guide for full details!
    • All full time employees working 30 hours or more per week are eligible and we offer several plans for Medical, Dental, and Vision so you can choose the option right for you and your family!
    • Plans are effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment
    • Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Life and AD&D, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and more!
  • Employee Wellness and Support Time every Friday morning
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Generous paid time off, paid sick leave, and 8 paid holidays
  • 403B Retirement Savings Plan provided through Mutual of America
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Discounts

Find your passion. Join our team!

Essential Job Functions:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of kinship care, children and families.
  • Organizes and coordinates meetings specific to the kinship population.
  • Supports kinship caregivers, groups, organizations, and institutions with identifying assets and needs. Nurtures emerging kinship caregiver leadership.
  • Assists in creating partnerships in the community.
  • Acts as a liaison between community building initiatives, bringing together people and programs to work alongside kinship caregivers.
  • Shares data and provides access to information about the kinship care. Collects and shares stories about kinship care and the building process.
  • Prepares monthly activity summaries and other appropriate reports for program and grant requirements.
  • Collaborates with other agencies and groups to provide services to kinship families.
  • Develops programs and educational materials for kinship care, and delivers trainings on kinship issues to a variety of audiences.
  • Provides screening and assessment, case management, information and referral; organizes events; and facilitates support groups for kinship families.
  • Safely and effectively monitor client activities.
  • Attends and participates in all required meetings.
  • Performs work and represents AzCA in accordance with our mission, vision and values and Foundations for Success.
  • Maintains consistent attendance and punctuality to provide consistency in serving clients.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, which are consistent with the general responsibilities of the position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Knowledge of kinship family dynamics and systems.
  • Ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural environment and be sensitive to the service population's cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Ability to participate as a team member, utilize supervision and able to accept peer support
  • Effective written, oral and interpersonal communication skills in the English language. Might also require Spanish.
  • Must be organized with the ability to take direction, prioritize tasks, and to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Must have ability to maintain confidentiality, and exhibit sound judgment while providing emotional support.
  • Ability to interact professionally with all staff and guests.
  • Must be able to recognize and communicate with your supervisor to address self-care needs in order to effectively maintain all job duties.
  • Ability to work in a variety of environments to include but not limited to in/outdoors with various obstacles, stairs and unknown conditions.
  • Must be able to physically demonstrate competency in the following areas: operate transport vehicles as needed (unless declared a non-driver).
  • Able to operate common office equipment and be proficient with electronic health records, calendaring, word processing and other needed computer and electronic device skills.

Minimum Qualification & Requirements

  • Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement).
  • Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Possess a valid Arizona driver's license and be insurable under the agency's automobile policy.
  • Must be able to provide own transportation to and from clients' homes and/or other relevant organizations/agencies

Minimum Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree and 2 years related experience in the child welfare or behavioral health field OR
  • Master's degree and less than 2 years of related experience
  • Relevant Degree includes the following degrees: Human Services, Psychology, Social Work, Counseling and Child Development. Other degrees may be considered with at least 20 Credit hours from an accredited university in the previously referenced degree specialty.

Minimum Qualification & Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement)
  • Possess a valid Arizona driver's license and be insurable under the agency's automobile policy.
  • Must be able to provide own transportation for business related purposes
  • Must be able to provide DPS fingerprint clearance.
  • Must be able to meet training and agency compliance requirements for the position.
  • An individual may qualify for this position if the individual is able to "perform safely" the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

At Arizona's Children Association we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that not only promotes, but values and celebrates diversity. Our goal is to create an inclusive workplace and culture to better serve our children, families and community.

Just like the uniqueness of the families we serve, we strive to be diverse in:

race, color, ethnicity, national origin, culture, language, gender, age, sexual orientation/preference, gender identity and expression, disability and/or diagnosis, marital status, religion, status, or any other protected status.

AzCA does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.