Senior Program Associate

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Children and Family Futures (CFF) is seeking an experienced full-time senior level program associate to serve as a team member on federally-funded contracts and grants. Our work is to develop and provide technical assistance regarding family drug courts and technical expertise on collaborative practice for services to children of parents with substance use disorders who are involved in the child welfare and family court systems. The Senior Program Associate will lead the development of the program including the development and dissemination of materials, conduct onsite visits, and summarize qualitative and quantitative findings.

The successful candidate will also provide consultation and technical assistance to family drug court and other grantee sites that are implementing program changes to create better outcomes for families affected by substance use and mental disorders. Materials development includes writing monographs, white papers and fact sheets on best practices for family drug courts and child welfare.

The position reports to the Director of the Training and Technical Assistance Program and will lead and work collaboratively with CFF staff and consultants in functional teams for task completion. In the event that Program Director is unavailable, the Program Associate will be the contact person for the Federal Project Officer and external stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work directly with Program Director, Federal Project Officers on day to day operations of federal contracts
  • Supervise project staff and consultants, as directed
  • Develop consultant scope of work and budgets, oversee effective implementation of on-site and web-based technical assistance and training activities
  • Monitor the quality of tasks and activities and the development and dissemination of products to ensure that they meet the quality standards established by the Department of Justice
  • Work with the Conference team in developing program content for a national conference each year
  • Work with other federal agencies, including the U.S. Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF)/Children’s Bureau, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Office of National Drug Control Strategy (ONDCP) as their roles affect the oversight and implementation of family drug courts and the child welfare population
  • Work with staff from the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare to conduct a review of program materials and practice in Family Drug Courts across the nation to understand their lessons, best practices and child and family related outcomes
  • Lead in the content development of TTA material and resources
  • Prepare contract reports, summaries, and protocols
  • Travel for project meetings with the Federal government, on-site reviews in family drug court sites and attend pertinent conferences and national training opportunities
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned


  • Master’s degree, Juris Doctorate, or Ph.D. in a related health or social science discipline, required with experience in child welfare system, prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, or court-based programs or
  • Bachelor’s degree in related health or social science discipline with 10 years of direct experience in child welfare, substance abuse services or court-based programs or a minimum of 5 years at CFF as a Program Associate
  • Exceptional written communication skills including synthesis and interpretation of data
  • Experience with web-based communications (e.g. Webinar and adult training methods)
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills and the ability to manage multiple grantees, tasks and deliverables as well as supervise staff
  • Effectively demonstrate team leadership, project management and initiative to improve and institute process changes
  • Working knowledge of the child welfare system and the issues affecting the field as well as the role and functions of the dependency and/or tribal court systems, and other health and social service agencies
  • Familiarity with methods and best practices in prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, with special emphasis on Family-centered practice
  • Familiarity with child development assessment and intervention and knowledge of programs that serve children of parents with substance use disorders
  • Effective public speaking skills
  • Proficiency in MicroSoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Able and willing to travel (local and overnight, inclusive of weekends) at least 50% time or as needed.

Position is available immediately and is located in Lake Forest, California.  Salary range is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Qualified candidate should submit a resume and salary history to:

Children and Family Futures, Inc.