Program Associate

Contact Person at CFF: 
Roxanne Tran
Contact Person Email:


Children and Family Futures (CFF) is seeking an experienced program associate to serve as a team member on federally-funded grants to develop and provide technical assistance and expertise on collaborative practice regarding efforts to improve services to children of parents with substance use disorders. Technical assistance areas include a range of practice and policy topics focused on improving child welfare, court and substance abuse treatment procedures for families with substance use disorders and child abuse/neglect.


The Program Associate will work within a team of CFF staff to develop and effectively disseminate best practice knowledge to child welfare, substance abuse treatment and courts.


The Program Associate will be responsible for day-to-day project implementation, synthesizing information, developing materials, providing technical assistance through phone, web-based and in-person meetings. The successful applicant will report to the Co-Director of the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) contract and will lead and work collaboratively with CFF staff and consultants in functional teams for task completion.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Work directly with Project Director, Co-Director and Federal Project Officers on day to day operations of federal contracts
  • Prepare web-based and in-person presentation materials and resources
  • Develop consultant scope of work and budget, 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 CFF
  • Work with staff from the NCSACW to conduct a review of program materials and practice across the nation to understand their lessons, best practices and child and family related outcomes
  • Travel as needed for project meetings with the Federal government, on-site reviews in various sites across the country and attend pertinent conferences and national training opportunities
  • Conduct literature reviews and synthesize information into policy and practice briefs
  • Assist in the content development of guiding principles, standards and operations
  • Prepare regular contract reports, summaries, and protocols





  • 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 minimum of five years of related field and/or industry experience
  • 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 training 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


The position is located in Lake Forest, California.  Salary range is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Interested candidates should submit a resume, writing sample and salary history to: