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Therapeutic Foster Home Recruitment and Support Specialist
Job Code:2021-354
Department:Community Programs
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Summary of Responsibilities:

“AK Child & Family practices the Sanctuary Model which is a non-hierarchical, highly participatory, trauma-informed and evidence-supported whole culture approach, which helps the organization function in a safe, democratic and socially responsible manner and thereby provide effective treatment for clients and the community. We expect all of our employees, families and students to learn, understand and implement this model as part of their daily responsibilities and commitment to the culture of this agency.” 

The Therapeutic Foster Home Recruitment and Support Specialist (TFH RSS) is primarily responsible for screening and recruiting of AK Child & Family Treatment Foster Parents. He/she must actively work with respective applicants in the licensing process to encourage timely and thoughtful processing of the application. The TFH RSS is also responsible for helping implement retention efforts to maintain current foster parents providing services. 

  •  The TFH RSS works collaboratively with the Licensing Team and other agency staff to develop a yearly recruitment plan with monthly goals.The plan is approved by the Director of Community Programs (DCP) and implemented by the TFH RSS.
  • The TFH RSS is responsible for meeting and maintaining the agency’s initiatives for treatment foster programming; which are aligned with the agency’s long and short term strategic goals.
  • TFH RSS will meet the identified quarterly recruitment goals and activities included in the recruitment plan.
  • The TFH RSS implements and evaluates the recruitment plan in collaboration with the Treatment Foster Care Clinical Supervisor to determine the effectiveness of recruitment strategies and will adjust as needed to better achieve goals.
  • The TFH RSS will connect with faith based organizations, Alaska Native agencies and other community partners as applicable, to promote Treatment Foster Care and fostering opportunities within the community.
  • He/she is responsible for working directly with the Communications department to ensure that promotional material is up to date and available as needed for treatment foster care events; banners, handouts, brochures, PSAs, DVDs, articles, etc.
  • TFH RSS is responsible for helping maintain agency on line recruitment presence, in collaboration with other identified agency staff (e.g. IT department).
  • The TFH RSS will participate in relevant agency meetings and external meetings as deemed applicable and complete tasks as assigned.
  • The TFH RSS will represent the agency in a professional manner.
  • The Therapeutic Foster Home Recruitment and Retention Specialist will ensure current homes complete required annual and bi-annual licensing requirements, as part of retention strategies.
  • The TFH RSS will help develop agency retention plan to maintain current homes (including activities like monthly trainings, and foster parent appreciation events) and implement plan.

 Additionally, the TFH RSS will supervise homes as needed which includes

  • Ensuring Treatment Foster Homes are in compliance with state foster care regulations and agency policy and procedure,
  • Providing ongoing supervision including addressing concerns and compliance needs,
  • Providing yearly performance appraisals for treatment foster parents and review of progress notes to ensure Medicaid standards.

 Additional duties may include routine licensing functions when needed, such as:

  • Matching,
  • Licensing,
  • Training,
  • Newsletter publishing,
  • Investigations,
  • Data entry, etc.

The TFH RSS participates in the CP emergency on-call rotation. The TFH RSS must attend all OCS licensing trainings and be up to date in all OCS licensing policies and procedures. 

The TFH RSS adheres to standards and regulations as set forth by the agency, The Joint Commission, and OCS licensing.  The TFH RSS is expected to abide by all safety rules and regulations of the facility.  The responsibilities of the TFH RSS are carried out according to AK Child & Family policies, and the mission of AK Child & Family and its philosophy of care. 

*All positions at AK Child & Family may have responsibilities altered during the course of employment due to agency imperatives. 

All employees with AK Child & Family are required to be in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid COVID vaccine mandate.  The mandate requires that by 12/6/21, staff at all health care facilities must have received their first dose of a 2-shot series (Moderna or Pfizer, currently) or a single dose of a 1-shot vaccine (Johnson and Johnson, currently) with the exception of those that have sought and been granted an exemption to the COVID mandate. Staff must complete this step before they can provide any care, treatment or other services for the facility and/or its patients.  By 1/4/22, all staff with the exception of those that have sought and been granted an exemption to the COVID mandate, must complete the primary vaccination series.


Benefits are available to both Part-Time and Full-Time employees!

Health Benefits:

  • Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, & Vision – with HRA!
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Account
  • Group Life and AD&D
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program

Other Benefits:

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) - 13 hours/month in 1st year and then increases
  • 2 Floating Holidays/year
  • 6 Observed Holidays: double-time pay for working on the Holiday
  • Bonuses: Longevity & Referral
  • Educational Support Program


  • $19.00/hour+ DOE & Education
  • 3% pay increase after successful completion of 6-month Intro Period.
  • Annual raises are based on the annual budget and not guaranteed each year.

Supervision and Coordination of Services:


The TFH RSS is supervised by the Therapeutic Foster Care- Clinical Supervisor. 



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • The TFH RSS must be at least 21 years of age.
  • She/he must have an Alaska driver’s license and have adequate insurance, as defined by AK Child & Family, in order to carry out the duties of the job.
  • The TFH RSS must display an understanding and sensitivity in serving a culturally diverse and/or specials needs population.
  • The TFH RSS must demonstrate proficiency in written and verbal English.
  • The TFH RSS must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with agency staff as well as the general public, referral sources, and community providers.
  • She/he must work a flexible schedule, including after hours and on-call responsibilities to respond to client crisis.
  • The TFH RSS must demonstrate ability to use a computer for both word processing and newsletter production. 

Education and experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work or a related field, and two years’ experience working with children/adolescents impacted by severe emotional disturbance, and families, is preferred; or
  • Five years’ experience working with children/adolescents impacted by severe emotional disturbance, and their families.
  • Experience in marketing/sales and human relations is preferred.
  • Experience in supervision/ management is preferred.

Physical Demands:


  • The TFH RSS must be able to access AK Child & Family and community buildings for meetings and agency activities.
  • He/she will transport self within the Anchorage Borough to meet with schools, families, and other involved parties.
  • He/She must produce in a timely manner, assessments and other documentation required by AK Child & Family, insurance and referral sources.
  • The TFH RSS must be able to use a copy machine, fax machine, to produce legible youth records, and prepare reports using a computer.
  • The TFH RSS must be able to develop and manage electronic tracking systems to ensure accountability for productivity measures for associated responsibilities.