Job Title: Child and Family Advocate
Reports To: Associate Director
Agency: Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Centers
Location: Terre Haute
Salary: Full-time exempt position, Salary is $35,000. Benefits include paid time off and Simple IRA
Child & 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.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- 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 Susie’s Place.
- Coordinate and support alleged victim and family with medical evaluations and/or mental health services as needed.
- 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.
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
Education and/or Experience
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.
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.
Resumes are due by November 10, 2017. Here’s how to apply
Please submit a letter of interest and resume with references to Boardofdirectors@susiesplace.org . No phone inquiries please.
Susie’s Place is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the recruitment, employment, promotion, or transfer of qualified personnel, or in the administration of personnel practices based upon age, sex, race, ethnicity, nationality, handicap, or religion.