Children and Family Futures

CFF staff work to support development and dissemination of best practice knowledge to child welfare, substance use disorder treatment and courts.


The Program Associate develops and provides training, technical assistance and expertise on collaborative practice initiatives and programs for services to children of parents with substance use disorders who are involved in the child welfare and family court systems.

Technical assistance areas include a range of practice and policy topics focused on improving child welfare, court and substance use disorder treatment procedures for families affected by substance use disorders and child abuse/neglect.   The Program Associate also works collaboratively with other CFF program areas as needed on task completion, resource development and knowledge management.

The Program Associate tasks include day-to-day project implementation, synthesizing information, developing materials, providing technical assistance through phone, web-based and in-person meetings.

The Program Associate reports to a Senior Manager or Deputy Program Director of the associated Training and Technical Assistance Program.

Program and Project Tasks and Deliverables

  • Work collaboratively on assigned project teams to complete deliverables in an organized, timely, and efficient manner
  • Act as Task Lead on project deliverables
  • Work directly with Program Director, Deputy Program Director, Senior Program Associate and Federal Project Officers on day-to-day operations of federal contracts
  • Produce high quality work products that meet the quality standards established by CFF
  • Conduct review of program materials and practices across the nation to understand and identify lessons, best practices and child and family related outcomes
  • Conduct literature reviews and synthesize information into policy and practice briefs

Communication – Oral and Written:

  • Prepare regular reports, summaries, protocols and documentation of technical assistance activities
  • Attend and participate in all project and TTA Team meetings as requested
  • Work with federal agencies, including U.S. Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF)/Children’s Bureau, the U.S. Department of Justice, 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 SUD treatment providers, family treatment and dependency courts and child welfare

Technical Assistance:

  • Provide training and technical assistance through phone, web-based and in-person meetings, events and site visits, including the development of pertinent agendas, materials and handouts
  • Prepare web-based and in-person presentation materials and resources
  • Provide effective on-site and web-based technical assistance and training activities

Other Duties:

  • Travel as needed for project meetings with the Federal government, on-site technical assistance in various sites across the country and attend pertinent conferences and national training opportunities
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned


  • Must have Master’s degree, Juris Doctorate, or Ph.D. in a related health or social science discipline. MSW preferred with a minimum two years of experience in related field or Bachelor’s degree with a Must have knowledge in child welfare services, substance abuse treatment, and family drug courts
  • Must have direct experience in one or more of these service systems
  • Two plus years of applicable work experience in related field and/or industry
  • Exceptional written communication skills including synthesis and interpretation of data
  • Experience with web-based communications (e.g. Webinar and adult learning methods)
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills and the ability to manage multiple grantees, tasks and deliverables
  • 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 and dependency drug courts
  • Familiarity with child development assessment and intervention and knowledge of programs that serve children of parents with substance use disorders
  • Effective public speaking skills
  • Able and willing to travel periodically (local and overnight, inclusive of weekends)
  • Candidates must have access to a broad band internet connection for work with minimum of 10 mbps download and 4 mbps upload speed that is verified during the recruitment process

Salary range is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Interested candidates should submit a resume to Children and Family Futures, Inc.: Human resources:

CFF is an equal employment opportunity employer. Providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment, regardless of sex, (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, marital status, physical, mental, medical or sensory disability, legally protected medical condition, family care status, veteran status, sexual orientation, ancestry, citizenship, or any other basis or characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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