Children Services Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

The Adoptions Supervisor offers the opportunity to apply your leadership skills and expertise in child permanency, adoptions policy and practice. This position offers the opportunity to work with a dynamic work team directly impacting statewide adoption policy and services, including the ability to work nationally with the America Public Human Services Association and the Child Welfare League of America with the goal of reducing the number of Minnesota waiting children.

The Adoption & Guardianship Program Supervisory position will provide leadership to a team of professional staff to who carry out authorities delegated to the Commissioner of Human Services specifically for children in need of permanency. This includes children who are under state guardianship and in permanent kinship placements. The role of the supervisor is to ensure compliance with and application of state and federal policy surrounding adoption and kinship assistance, including post adoption searches.


  • Provide leadership and oversight to a team to ensure adherence to established policy and procedures surrounding permanency.
  • Appropriately delegate work activities to meet division’s statutory timelines and federal measures.
  • Manage the environment to develop a collaborative and progress team with positive energy.
  • Facilitate engagement and participation of internal and external stakeholders in the development and implementation of new state and federal requirements around permanency.
  • Provide constructive oversight regarding the adoption of children under state guardianship, transfers of custody for kinship assistance and other related state/federal policy and programs.
  • Develop and evaluate processes for the team to ensure quality assurance. – Lead the administrative operations of the adoption assistance and kinship eligibility programs so that children with special needs in placement have permanency and access to supports available.
  • Contribute in the planning and development of public policy impacting programs and operations across the division to decrease timelines to permanency.
  • Obtain professional development and/or participate in professional associations at department, state, national levels as appropriate.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or a related field AND minimum of 3 years of supervisory/management experience in a county/ tribal social service agency or a private nonprofit.
  • Experience with state child welfare systems specifically in the areas of adoptions and kinship care.
  • Experience providing guidance on state and federal laws as they pertain to adoptions, kinship, records and child welfare.
  • Experience leading, mentoring and supporting a diverse work team to carrying out a wide range of child welfare activities specifically related to permanency.
  • Knowledge of the Minnesota Practice Model and ability to advance the practice in the field of adoptions and kinship care with internal and external partners.
  • Demonstrate ability to lead a team in the implementation of child welfare policy changes as they occur.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A dynamic leader with supervisory experience in the adoptions field or health and human services.
  • Master`s Degree in social work or Human Service Administration.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota Chapter 259A. Statute and 260 C.
  • Professional maturity and demeanor to manage and lead responsibilities of the team.
  • Proven ability to develop teams, develop interpersonal relationships and build a trusting work environment.
  • Outstanding listening, written and communications skills.
  • Effective organizational skills to assist creating environments that encourage open communication and continuous learning.
  • Ability to be flexible with shifting demands while managing a team and multiple programs and priorities.
  • County, State or Tribal child welfare experience in Minnesota or other states.
  • Knowledge of the Minnesota legislative process, experience proposing and drafting legislation, providing bill analysis, and the ability to understand governmental and political issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage electronic file systems.
  • Strong analytical, decision making and conflict management ability.
  • Working knowledge of disparities, trauma and child social and emotional well-being in child welfare, specifically concentrating on permanency.

How to Apply:
Interested and qualified candidates MUST apply through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the state’s official hiring site.  Below are detailed instructions on how to submit your resume and apply.  Please be sure to apply at your earliest convenience before the position closes at midnight on April 22nd, 2014.

Submit your resume:

  • Visit
  • Select “My State Job Search” (upper right hand corner)
  • Select “Create a My State Job Search Account”
  • Complete the instructions under New Account
  • Once your account has been established, select “Resume Builder”
  • Build a resume or paste a text copy of your existing resume
  • Use the “Job-Specific Questions” space for your cover letter (optional)
  • Complete required sections of “Supplemental Information”
  • You MUST click “Submit Your Resume” at the bottom of the page!

Apply for the Children Services Supervisor opening after you have created your new account and submitted your resume (note: the state classification for this position is Childrens Svcs Prog Supv):

  • Select “Apply for Jobs”
  • Select “Apply for Positions”
  • Enter this posting number:  14DHS000644
  • Select “Continue” and verify the position is correct
  • Select “Apply”


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  • Make sure your resume clearly states all relevant skills and experience, along with the beginning and ending months and years of each position you have held.
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