State of Massachusetts Indian Child Welfare Coordinator in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Children and Families seeks dedicated child welfare professionals who are committed to upholding the Department’s fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. The Department’s vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous learning.




Acts as administrative support to the General Counsel’s Office and the executive assistant to the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Child Welfare Agency.


  1. Manage, coordinate and monitor all ICWA related functions. Responsibilities include handling highly confidential material in order to comply with the ICW Act.

  2. Administrative duties for ICWA include the management of an Excel Spreadsheet, completing ICWA notices, scanning, mailing, managing email chains and legal memoranda and filing.

  3. Access, assimilate and summarize DCF ICWA data as requested.

  4. Maintain a relationship of communication with each Regional ICWA Liaison, all levels of each DCF Area Office, Area and Regional Counsel, any federally recognized Tribes within Massachusetts, the Nipmuc Nation (State recognized) and the otherfederally recognized tribes across the USA (currently 564 tribes (October 2016)) in orderto exchange information, resolve problems and coordinate ICWA compliance.

  5. Use of interpersonal skills that enhance positive interaction with staff at all levels both internal and external.

  6. Develop and implement ICWA training materials and respond to training requests for a variety of settings.

  7. Train DCF staff and participate in collaboration with the Tribes in training the courts, judges and others.

  8. Collaborate with the DCF and Tribe ICWA team and assist in organizing and overseeing joint ICWA conferences.

  9. Utilize small group discussion skills to educate and to enhance collaboration

among local DCF/Tribe teams

  1. Utilize writing skills that lend themselves to a positive approach towards problem solving, annual report writing and ICWA notice completion.

  2. Maintain and update the DCF Intranet ICWA page.

  3. Other duties to support compliance with ICWA as needed.


  1. Ability to exercise sound judgment.

  2. Ability to interact effectively with people.

  3. Ability to utilize effective communication and interpersonal skills.

  4. Ability to work independently.

  5. Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information.

  6. Ability to maintain accurate records.

  7. Ability to give written and oral instructions in a precise understandable manner.

  8. Ability to organize, coordinate and synthesize information and documents.

  9. Ability to write concisely and effectively, to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in logical sequence.

  10. Ability to identify and resolve problems as necessary and appropriate.

  11. Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access.

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A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit click on "Information for Job Applicants".

As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact the CYF Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for the required experience.*

II. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Administrative Services

Organization: *Department of Children & Families

Title: Indian Child Welfare Coordinator

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-600 Washington Street

Requisition ID: 170003W8