Social Services Director

Job Title: Social Services Director
Department: Social Services
Reports to: General Manager
FLSA Status: Full Time Exempt
Opens: July 11, 2022
Closes: Open until Filled
Salary: $65,000 to $75,000 (DOE)


Supervise staff and programs assigned to Social Services:

Programs: BIA Social Services
General Assistance BIA Indian Child Welfare Program
Child Care
Juvenile Crime Prevention Staff:
Alcohol and Drug Prevention Child Care coordinator
State Tobacco Prevention State Prevention/Juvenile Services Coordinator
State Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program Domestic Violence/Tobacco/Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Suicide Prevention ICWA assistant/foster home certifier
Domestic Violence Awareness


With the supervision of above, make sure clients receive quality services, respond to complaints, and make sure plans, reports and budgets for all programs are turned in timely


Complete yearly evaluations on staff and supervise their activities. Make sure staff and self are maintaining regular updated trainings for the programs.


Complete cross training in each of the programs and be able to provide these services to clients. For example, be able to do a general assistance report, or client intake or a food distribution report. Ensure mandatory reporting training is complete yearly by all staff.


Develop and maintain relationships with tribal community members. Relationship building is key, especially when there is a child welfare or domestic violence crisis.


Develop and maintain relationships with Tribal community partners and tribal programs, especially Tribal Law Enforcement, Tribal Housing, Tribal Administration, Tribal Health, Tribal Enrollment, Tribal Court and Tribal Education. Work with these programs to identify training needs and provide training, education and activities to the community.


Develop and maintain relationships with community partners in the local community, including Department of Human Services, the school district, Symmetry Care, District Attorney’s Office, Victim’s Services, Harney County Corrections and Harney County Juvenile Department.


Collaborate with Community agencies as necessary and represent the Tribe to make sure the Tribes interested are represented in the Social Services arenas. Currently the committees represented by BPT Social Services are Multi-Disciplinary Team and Harney Partners for Kids and Families.


Responsible for the Child Welfare system including investigating reports of abuse and neglect of elders and children, collaborate with police and FBI and coordinate with Tribal Court and lawyers to submit petitions, court letters, family reports, etc. Developing case plans, monitoring the case, providing services, supervising visitation and work with clients to ensure safety of the children with the goal of reunification.


Responsible to monitor ICWA cases that are in any state or other Tribal court with children eligible to enroll in the Burns Paiute Tribe. Intervene in case and work with tribal attorney, Tribal Court and LICWAV committee in regards to the case.


Maintain monthly LICWAC advisory meetings, maintain documentation required, offer training to LICWAC committee members, participate in State ICWA cluster meeting, complete reports to BIA in regards to ICWA notices and respond to all ICWA notices within required time frame. Complete qualified expert witness training.


Provide training to the tribal community as needed in regards to child welfare including mandatory reporting training, safe touch, sex education classes, parenting classes, etc.


Work with staff to develop programming activities, training, and speakers, etc. to plan for the year. Plan, coordinate and follow through with all logistics of activity. Maintain at least one monthly social activity for elders.


Provide services to community members as needed. Examples include crisis services, transportation, minimal counseling including anger management, skill building, assisting in applications for general assistance, social security and disability.


Continually look for funding sources, work with staff to develop strategic plans and look for grant funding and write grants to fund these programs and support ongoing programs.


Complete 6 month and yearly reports to BIA and General Council. Complete reports to Tribal Council as required.


Develop policies, procedures as they relate to changing programs, work with Tribal Court to develop tribal codes as they involve child welfare and delinquency.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required in Social Work, Humans Services or related field
  • Five years of experience in managing Social service programs, and personnel management.
  • Experience in the development of human service strategies
  • Experience managing private, state and federal grants; and grant compliance
  • Experience in budget management
  • Experience in policy and procedure development & implementation
  • Knowledge and experience working with diverse cultures
  • Valid Oregon Driver license and must remain insurable under the Tribe’s policy. Extensive background check is required.


  • Know and understand the terminology commonly used in human services fields or settings;
  • Critical Incident Reporting and Reports of Harm;
  • The ability to organize, evaluate, and present information orally and in writing; and
  • The ability to work with professional and support staff
  • Knowledge of the Burns Paiute Tribe’s culture and traditions
  • The ability to provide training and comfortable with public speaking
  • Be flexible, open minded and willing to learn
  • Experience in court hearings


Indian preference will be given to candidates showing proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe. In the absence of Indian applications meeting the qualifications as listed above, all applicants not entitled to or who fail to claim Indian Preference, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, political preference, age, religion, or national origin.

Successful Candidate must:

  • Submit to, and pass a drug test
  • Agree to a criminal background check
  • Sign confidentiality clause
  • Be insurable to operate tribal vehicles (3-year clean driving record)


Return completed Burns Paiute Indian Tribe Application, Cover Letter, and resume, to:


Human Resources Manager
Burns Paiute Tribe
100 Pasigo Street
Burns, OR 97720


Fax: 541-573-2323