Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Bloomington is accepting applications to fill a full-time Child and Family Advocate position. Benefits include generous paid time off and retirement options, but no health benefits offered.
For this position, interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center at email@example.com no later than December 27, 2019. No telephone inquiries, please.
Child and Family Advocate
JOB TITLE: Child and Family Advocate
AGENCY: Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Bloomington, Indiana
REPORTS TO: Associate Director
***Please note that Susie’s Place does not currently offer medical benefits.***
CHILD AND FAMILY ADVOCATE DEFINITION: Reporting directly to the Associate Director, the Child and Family Advocate position of Susie’s Place provides advocacy and support services is to meet the needs of children and their non-offending caregivers in a way that reduces trauma and disruption and enhances positive outcomes. Provides information to the families and assists families in obtaining the services needed.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in Human Services field plus two (2) years of experience in the field of children services, including sexual abuse and/or victim advocacy; experience with family services that embrace the concept of family-centered and strength-based service provision; knowledge of concepts of child abuse and neglect; experience providing services to culturally diverse communities/families and the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and be able to attend required trainings/meetings, have a valid driver’s license with proof of minimum state required auto insurance, and successfully pass a criminal history check. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
JOB DESCRIPTION-SPECIFIC DUTIES:
- Establish contact with and provide support for alleged victim and family while families are present for forensic interviews.
- Provide crisis intervention for alleged victims and families referred to the Susie’s Place.
- Coordinate and support alleged victim and family with medical evaluations and/or mental health services as needed.
- Work closely with the Medical Case Manager and Riley Physicians to coordinate, track and schedule medical appointments with the co-located medical program in the center.
- Maintain contact with alleged victim and family throughout investigation phase and prosecution to inform them of the status of the case, upcoming meetings or court dates, assessing needs of family and victim, understanding appropriate Indiana State Statutes for victim’s case, etc.
- Prepares alleged victims for court appearances, hearings, depositions, trials and victim impact statements.
- Maintain tracking of all Child Advocacy Center cases that enter the court system.
- Assisting families to access Violent Crime Victim Compensation Funds as needed.
- Identifies community resources, participate in communication and coordination of services with other internal or external providers.
- Document all services provided to clients according to agency requirements and guidelines.
- Follows up with family to determine satisfaction with referral sources.
- Maintains referral lists for supportive services within the region.
- Coordinates the center’s My Buddy Therapy Dog program.
- Participates in all team review meetings.
- Attend staff meetings as scheduled.
- Work a flexible schedule as required by responsibilities of the position.
- Work collaboratively to promote and participate in positive public relations and public education.
JOB DESCRIPTION-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
- Must be able to work well with children
- Must be able to work in stressful situations
- Must be able to work independently as well as function as a team member and accept guidance and direction from Executive Director
- Must be able to meet on-call requirements to respond to crisis intervention
- Must be able to work with a variety of people, including clients and their families, professionals in the areas of law enforcement, medicine, education and agency employees
OTHER RELATED SKILLS:
Knowledge of and sensitivity to family systems and child victimizations. Strong communication skills. Ability to effectively interact and function as a team member with a variety of disciplines including law enforcement, social services, the state’s attorney’s office, mental and medical health professionals, and school personnel. Knowledge of community resources.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb stairs, or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Thank you for your interest in Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Centers. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 27, 2019.