Director of Indian Child Welfare

ICWA · Elk Grove, California
Department ICWA
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $57,000 - $65,000


The Executive Director of ICWA shall be responsible for advocating for Indian children of the Wilton Rancheria community, who are in the court system or are at risk of entering the court system and protect their rights, assuring that they are placed with biological and/or extended family or in a Tribally approved Indian foster home. Works with families to aid their reunification, attend court hearings, provide support, referrals, counseling, and assist clients in complying with Court and/or Child Welfare Services requirements.


  • Maintains ICWA Department budgets and submits proposed budget and program amendments to the Chairperson.
  • Prepares and distributes information pertaining to the ICWA Program to the Chairperson, Tribal Council, General Council, Executive Director of Administration, and to other private or public agencies when appropriate.
  • Assess the needs of the community and develops and monitors programs accordingly.
  • Educate tribal and surrounding community members on the Indian Child Welfare Act.
  • Responsible for working with Tribal Member families, children, the legal system (including local, county, state, federal, and tribal), and county social workers and service providers to ensure compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act and applicable Tribal Laws.
  • Determines through interviews, intakes, home visits, and other evaluation procedures the range of services needed; Provide referrals to culturally appropriate services.
  • Developing case plans for child protective services while keeping assigned case files accurate and current.
  • Attend court hearings and maintain record of court proceedings and monitor on-going ICWA case files through case management.
  • Prepares case summary, updates and correspondence.
  • Supervises department staff; trains and evaluates employees; initiate and carries out appropriate disciplinary actions ensuring an efficient and effective work environment.
  • Establishes, implements, and communicates goals, objectives, policies, and procedures in accordance with strategic plan.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending relevant training and workshops.
  • Reviews cases for accuracy, compliance, and timeliness, and to ensure the quality of client services and compliance with Federal Laws.
  • Writing and updating program policies and procedures, including form development.
  • Conduct home assessments for foster care placements.
  • Work in identifying alternative out of home placements for children under state custody.
  • Attends meetings associated with clients, ICW programs or other meetings deemed appropriate for by the Director of Administration.
  • Complies with the Department of Indian Child Welfare Establishment and Organization Act
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • General knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Tribal, Federal, and State laws that govern the ICWA
  • Knowledge of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws and the support of its laws. 
  • Knowledgeable about working within Tribal customs, government, and Indian family structures.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Windows; Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Publisher
  • Effective oral and written communication at all levels demonstrating mastery of the English language.
  • Strong listening skills, especially relevant to the American Indian/Alaskan Native population. 
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. 
  • Ability to prioritize and plan work activities and develop realistic action plans, effective time management skills.
  • Ability to maintain the strictest confidentiality.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism in all aspects of work; always exhibiting sound and good judgment.  
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player to complete tasks in a timely and efficient manner, ultimately supporting the success of the department programs. 
  • Knowledge of state, federal, native, and non-native community business/organizations and ability to create and maintain healthy working relationships ultimately supporting the department of ICWA.
  • Knowledge of case management practices necessary to coordinate services to clients.
  • Familiarity with local, state, private, and Tribal agencies to develop comprehensive case planning, referrals, and case management to Wilton Rancheria children and families needing these services.
  • Ability to formulate accurate case plans and Court reports, and appropriately document client-related direct and in-direct services.
  • Must be personable and polite with ability to use discretion, initiative, and good judgment in dealing with tribal members and the general public in the performance of duties.
  • Must be culturally sensitive to the membership.
  • Must have the willingness and the capacity to function cooperatively in a variety of team settings.
  • An understanding of what constitutes child abuse and neglect and be able to follow proper procedures when children are deemed to be at risk or in need of care.
  • Ability to engage positively with a wide range of persons and agencies.
  • Past supervisory experience preferred with the ability to coach and train other staff
  • Must have demonstrated experience in exercising sound professional judgment, determination, and persistence.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information and to exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Must demonstrate strong and effective leadership skills.
  • Must have the ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries.
  • Must have adequate conflict resolution skills/training.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field (required).
  • Experience working with California Indian Tribes in Social Services desired; knowledge of Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) & Indian Law (required).
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record.
  • Must pass a background security check prior to employment.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and random drug tests as requested over course of employment.
  • Must be able to work evening hours and weekends on occasion and travel when required.


The Tribe shall give preference in employment opportunities first to Wilton Rancheria tribal members, then to spouses of tribal members and/or to other Native Americans.

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  • Location
    Elk Grove, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $57,000 - $65,000