POSITION: Victim and Family Advocate
REPORTS TO: Program Director
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Victim and Family Advocate has the primary responsibility of providing support services for child victims and their non-offending family members at the direction of the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center (PRCAC) Executive Director. He/she is a highly trained individual skilled in dealing with families in crisis.
The Victim and Family Advocate must also understand the purpose and function of the PRCAC and be knowledgeable of existing policies and procedures.
Typical work hours include Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. However, the PRCAC operates on a 24-hour on-call basis. Victim and Family Advocate must be available to work on a rotating on-call schedule and be available to work occasional nights and weekends for special projects.
- Greet child(ren) & family members when they come to the center
- Provide each family with an intake process, offering services, and providing information regarding Crime Victim’s Rights, Crime Victims Compensation, Texas VINE, and Protective Orders
- Assist parents / guardians in completing all intake paperwork
- Make any necessary recommendations regarding follow-up for the child and the family
- Serve as a liaison between Law Enforcement, District Attorneys, County Attorneys, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and other community agencies as needed
Victim Follow Up Services
- Follow up with families after the initial interview at the PRCAC & provide status updates with regard to their case
- Document follow up contact with parents / guardians for the purpose updating team members during the MDT meetings
- Attend and participate in multidisciplinary team meetings
Referrals for Support Services
- Participate in improved collaboration efforts with community agencies
- Create and maintain a current list of resources available in the geographic area served by this PRCAC
- Make referrals for social services to meet the families immediate needs (Ex. Emergency financial assistance, food pantry, shelter placement, etc)
- Make referrals to Mental Health Providers in the area
- Prepare and maintain all Court education materials
- Educate victims & their family members about courtroom etiquette and what to expect during the court hearing
- Give tours of the courthouse for individuals as requested
- Ensure that the victim is aware of his/her right to complete a Victim Impact Statement and facilitate completion of the paperwork, if necessary
- Accompany victims to any meetings with criminal justice agency personnel or court hearings (upon request of the Executive Director, victim, parent or prosecutor)
- Complete referral paperwork for on and off site counseling services
- Assist the on-site counselor with preparation of materials for class and/or group sessions, scheduling appointments, and making reminder calls
- Maintain and provide list of off-site mental health service providers for victims & their non-offending family members.
- Maintain current copies of licensure and insurance for all mental health service providers delivering therapy/counseling services.
Personal Safety / Prevention Education
- Participate in and provide training / education for members of the community with regard to child abuse prevention, recognition & reporting
- Assist Executive Director and Board with public relations efforts pertinent to the Victim and Family Advocate
- Develop, where and when necessary, new programs/projects targeting specific populations of primary and secondary crime victims.
Crime Victims Compensation
- Provide education about the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund
- Assist families in completing the application
- Gather supporting documentation and compile any information that will be needed by the Office of the Attorney General when they review the application
- File applications on behalf of the victims
Other duties as assigned by the CAC Executive Director
At a minimum, the Family Advocate will have:
- A High school diploma or GED, Bachelors Degree preferred
- Demonstrated professional experience with children
- Demonstrated experience in working with individuals in crisis
- Demonstrated knowledge of child abuse and neglect
- Experience in conducting needs assessment of victims and families in order to make appropriate referrals
- Ability to understand and abide by the confidentiality requirements and procedures related to working in an environment such as the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Experience in working with diverse professionals from child protection, law enforcement, court systems and related community services
- Demonstrated commitment to on-going cross disciplinary education and openness to supervisory feedback
- Successfully completed a CPS and criminal history background check
- Spanish speaking ability (preferred)
Please email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Position: Program Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Position available with Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center for a full time Program Director. This position coordinates, schedules and directs all victim services provided by the Center. The Program Director develops and maintains interagency coordination and cooperation in the case management of child sexual abuse and physical abuse cases. Coordinates a multi-disciplinary team approach to child abuse investigation involving medical personnel, Child Protective Services, law enforcement, prosecutors, therapists, victim advocates, and volunteers. Responsible for CAC staff development and supervision, case supervision, statistical reporting, and assisting with fundraising and grant writing. Minimum requirements:
- Graduate degree in the social sciences preferred.
- Strong supervision skills.
- Two years or more in a non-profit setting.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills (including presentation and training skills).
- Ability to build and maintain consensus.
- Excellent computer skills.
- Good organizational and networking skills.
- Professional appearance and demeanor.
- Successful completion of a background check, including criminal/CPS clearances.
To apply, email resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position to email@example.com. For a full description of the position or specific questions regarding this position please email same address.
This position will close on July 15, 2018.