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Job Ad: Victim/Family Advocate

Post Date:03/13/2017 9:04 AM
The Victim/Family Advocate works directly with child abuse victims and their non-offending family members by providing advocacy, crisis support, and case management services in order to reduce effects of childhood trauma.

Key Responsibilities:
• Contact the non-offending caregiver prior to service delivery to provide orientation and explanation regarding upcoming CAC services.
• Provide information and case management to child victims of crime and their families. Assist in assessing for other needed services, including mental health treatment, and provide referrals and assistance in obtaining other services as appropriate, with specific emphasis on families who are impacted by low-income, multigenerational trauma, and other high risk factors.
• Assist child and family with identifying potential barriers to services and assist in exploring solutions to overcome identified issues.
• Work in collaboration with Victim/Witness staff to provide support to victims and their non-offending caregivers, including assistance in applying for Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.
• Provide follow up services identified as needed, including ensuring access to services and resources.
• Perform forensic interviews as needed, including arranging for other team members to be present during the interview.
• Participate in regularly scheduled case review meetings with the CAC’s multidisciplinary team (MDT), as well as those meetings held on an as-needed basis. Collaborate with MDT partners as a member of the MDT.
• Ensure case data, including court outcomes, are logged into the VCAC computerized data base system.
• Conduct education and outreach presentations related to child abuse prevention and identification to community members as assigned.
• Comply with all Center policies and procedures, including adherence to the confidentiality policy.
• Maintain cross-cultural awareness in the performance of all duties.
• Perform administrative duties as assigned.
• Perform other responsibilities and duties as assigned or added to the scope of work for this position.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
• Strong knowledge of child abuse dynamics, family systems perspective, and childhood trauma and recovery.
• Strong working knowledge of community resources.
• No felony criminal history or history of child abuse through DSS.
• Be willing to work a flexible schedule to include evenings and occasional weekends.

Reporting Structure and Position Status:
This is a full-time position consisting of 40 hours a week, reporting directly to the Executive Director. This is a grant funded position with the Center continuing to seek funding to renew this position past the initial first year grant period. Salary range: $37,000-$43,000.

Valley Children’s Advocacy Center does not discriminate in employment or service delivery on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, handicap, or sexual orientation.

Position is open until filled.

Cover letter and resume may be mailed to:
Rebecca Simmons
1234-E Middlebrook Avenue
Staunton, VA 24401
or e-mailed to Rebecca@valleychildrenscenter.org.

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