Community Practice Coordinator-School of Social Work, Office of Research and Child Well-Being (...

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Community Practice Coordinator

School of Social Work

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Located in Cook County

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking dynamic professionals to join a partnership between public university social work programs and the Office of Workforce, Research & Development (WRD).

The Community Practice Coordinator [CPC] role is designed for professionals who possess child welfare and child development expertise and knowledge about local community-based services. Through coaching and support for family engagement for parents assigned to the Baby Court, the CPC promotes systems change and ensures that family-centered, developmentally informed case management for each child takes place.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provides coordination and facilitation of monthly Child and Family Team Meetings and written clinical summaries the Court Team.
  • Attends weekly court hearings; works with Illinois judicial leadership and foster care agencies to implement the recommendations of the Court Team.
  • Identifies learning needs and provides individual and team level training and coaching for Safe Baby Court Team [SBCT] core concepts to agency staff.
  • Identifies and addresses service gaps in communities through community partnerships; coordinates with case management processes through identification and acquisition of effective and where possible evidence-based interventions to support identified child and family needs.
  • Provides continuous quality improvement processes, including implementing the Court Team evaluation plan – collects data on SBCT cases in Illinois and enters it into SBCT database.
  • Interact with internal and external stakeholders and subject matter experts to determine their functional needs.
  • Contributes and participates in monthly program meetings. Presents at National and local conferences.
  • Participates in monthly ITCP Site Leadership Team calls and other regular project conference calls.

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a Master’s degree in social work, child development, or related field. Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience. Background in infant/early childhood development, young children's mental health, or related field. Experience with systems change and community collaboration.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working with child welfare and legal personnel including, juvenile and family court judges, preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements:

Must possess knowledge of local community early childhood services including early care and education, early intervention, child welfare, mental health, health, and behavioral health. Have the ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary group and facilitate working with people of diverse educational, professional, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds. Ability to mediate differences of opinion effectively and objectively. Knowledge of practice and policy issues related to child abuse and neglect. Knowledge of juvenile and family court functioning. Ability to work effectively across agencies and disciplines; and the ability to work independently and effectively and participate in reflective supervision. Knowledge of infant/toddler social-emotional development and impact of abuse and neglect preferred. Knowledge of trauma-informed practice preferred.

This is a full-time (100%), twelve month academic professional position located in Cook County. The position is grant-funded and renewal is contingent upon availability of funds. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The proposed start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by November 17, 2020. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume, and the name, address, and phone numbers of three professional references. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after the search has closed.

For further information about this specific position, contact [email protected]. You may also visit for additional information. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:School of Social Work Category:5-Education and Student Services Title:Community Practice Coordinator-School of Social Work, Office of Research and Child Well-Being (137786) Open Date:10/20/2020 Close Date:11/17/2020 Organization Name:Child Welfare Partnerships




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Posted: 10/22/2020
Application Due: 11/17/2020
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