The International Program Director is responsible for assisting the Executive Director with the day to day operations of Nightlight Christian Adoptions. The Director of International Programs is responsible for all aspects of service delivery and coordination of services. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Supervise International Staff: has authority and responsibility for management and oversight of the staff and any supervised providers in carrying out the adoption-related functions of the organization.
Maintain good working relationships with USCIS, Department of State, various ICPC offices, foreign country Central Authorities, foreign service providers, adoption support groups, adoption advocacy groups, agencies and adoptive parents.
Maintain up-to-date information regarding the laws of foreign countries where Nightlight Christian Adoptions offers services.
Draft documents and materials related to the adoption process
Maintain up-to-date information on the laws and regulations pertaining to international adoption, to specifically include The Hague Convention, IAA, INA, governing regulations of the IAA and INA, as well as the standards of Hague accreditation.
Assist with the maintenance of Accreditation standards, as well as all areas of best practice within adoption service provision whether covered directly by The Hague Treaty or not.
Attend professional meetings, workshops, seminars and other professional meetings/trainings and read books and articles to maintain professional expertise.
Ensure that all international staff are adequately trained and educated on facets of adoption covered by The Hague regulations, as well as topics not covered by Hague regulations. Ensures that all international service staff are able to do their jobs efficiently and to high ethical standards.
Ensure that all home studies done by Nightlight Christian Adoptions are completed in compliance with all state regulations and statutes, as well as USCIS regulations and ethical practice. Work directly with the Home Study Coordinator on ensuring home studies are reviewed appropriately, written professionally and sent to the appropriate entities, along with supporting documentation.
Ensure that all home studies accepted by Nightlight Christian Adoptions are completed according to the regulations and statute of the state of residence where the adopting family resides, USCIS guidelines and ethical practice. Work directly with the Executive Director and any country coordinators to ensure the home studies are reviewed appropriately, written professionally and sent to the appropriate entities.
Maintain excellent relationships with our overseas contacts, attorneys, coordinators, and their affiliates. Where the relationship of Nightlight Christian Adoptions is to serve as a Primary Provider and the overseas contact is a Supervised Provider, ensure all aspects of Hague Accreditation standards are met with regard to the provision of adoption-related services.
Travel as needed to maintain superior programs and research all overseas contacts to the extent possible before networking with them for adoption related services.
Actively participate in building overseas adoption programs.
Develop and market a superior adoption program that seeks first and foremost to find families for children, always remembering and practicing ethical guidelines that prohibit any payment or compensation for a child, as well as other standards of ethics and morals.
Works actively with the Executive Director to ensure budgetary requirements for the agency are met.
Work directly with the Executive Director, Home Study Coordinator, and Post-Placement/Post Adoption Coordinator to maintain adequate staffing levels, as well as on hiring and firing decisions.
Regularly be on call for emergency situations.
Coordinate adoption information seminars.
Responsible for coordination of all Post-placement and Post-adoption service provision and referrals as needed.
Assist with advertising decisions.
Assist with the scheduling of Staff Meetings and present applicable trainings to staff members.
All other duties assigned by the Executive Director.
Minimum of a master’s degree in a related human services field and 2 years of work experience in a human services program
Two years’ administrative experience with a nonprofit or similar organization
Experience and understanding of the principles of adoption, child growth and development
Knowledge and experience in the business and/or governmental environment
Knowledge of and experience in budget development and control
All appropriate licensing or credentialing as may be required by laws, regulations, or accreditation under which Nightlight Christian Adoptions operates.
Experience running inter-country adoption program at a Hague accredited agency.
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About Nightlight Christian Adoptions
Nightlight Christian Adoptions has been helping women facing crisis pregnancy make a plan for adoption for over 50 years, we are the innovator of Snowflakes embryo adoption, and a leader in inter-country adoption with programs in 15 countries.