Senior TANF Program Specialist in Region VII providing oversight and program guidance to State TANF Administrators on Federal regulations, policies and program instructions to implement and manage state TANF programs that comply with Federal requirements.
Provided the Program lead for reviewing quarterly financial reports for accuracy and to determine whether costs for expenditures were allocated to the proper program and overall cost were allowable within the scope of the grant.
Provided the lead for reviewing and approving Cost Allocation Plans, revisions from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska's Social Welfare Agencies for compliance with the Division of Cost Allocation. The plans were reviewed for cost methodology soundness, allowable cost and how the specific funding is identified and cost tied back to the appropriate grant.
Work in collaboration with States with emphasis on developing comprehensive family and child-related programs and services. Goal-oriented professional with strong leadership capabilities.
Possess excellent communication, problem solving and strategic planning skills. Passionate about helping others.
As the Senior TANF Program Specialist, mentored new staff developed a training plan to ensure that trainee received appropriate and meaningful on the job training as well as hands on training. Identified activities and capacity development resources within the agency and community to enhance knowledge and skills of trainee. Cultivates positive employee morale by coaching and encouraging team members.
Extensive conflict management and intervention training.
Provided the lead for Region VII Human Trafficking activities and coordinated contact with community partners such as local law enforcement, community providers, medical providers, social service agencies, and other Federal agencies such as ICE, FBI, DOL, IRS, and the U.S. Attorney offices for each of the four states in Region VII.
Group Award from the Department of State, for work with Human Trafficking Rescue Project, U.S. Attorney Office of Western Missouri, 2012,
Performances Awards for Exceptional performances from 1998 through January 2012,
Special Act Cash awards from 2004 through June 2012,
Assistant Secretary Volunteer Award from Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, 1998,
Johnson & Johnson Head Start Management Fellow, John E. Anderson Management School, UCLA July 1995,
Financial Management Courses, USDA Graduate School, 1996,
Provided program oversight in law and regulations that shaped policy(s) and guidance to State TANF administrators to implement and successfully operate their programs to ensure compliance with TANF regulations,
Reviewed TANF State Plans for completeness and compliance with regulatory requirements such as the state assurances that they have in place a Child Welfare program, Child Support program and will not discriminate under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 in providing services to all applicants in a non-discriminatory manner.
Provided the lead for assuring that fiscal reports were timely received and expenditures clearly identified to determine if they were allowable cost and allocated appropriately to the correct grant.
Reviewed State Cost Allocation Plans for accuracy, sound methodologies and compliance with Division of Cost Allocation (DCA), standards and procedures.
Coordinated activities such as monthly calls with state key personnel on policies changes, visited States quarterly and more frequently if needed.
Provided technical assistance and resources to States with identified needs by referring them to the national Technical Assistance network for additional resources.
Identified States with innovative programs by recommending them to provide technical assistance on a national level to other states struggling in their areas of expertise.
Coordinated fiscal activities with fiscal staff by identifying issues that were program and fiscal in nature.
Region VII fiscal and programs reports filed timely for last five fiscal years,
Continuing education in Head Start Management, UCLA, John E. Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles, CA, 1995,
Child Development and Psychology coursework, UMKC, 1996,
Financial Management Courses, USDA Graduate School, 1998
Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Studies coursework 1998,
Communications and Public Relations coursework, 1994
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