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Forensic Interviewer - Family Advocate

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A Kid's Place DBA LifeStories Child & Family Advocacy
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The position is split between duties as a Family Advocate and Forensic Interviewer to meet program needs. The Forensic Interviewer works as part of a multidisciplinary team responding to child sexual abuse and physical abuse allegations. The Interviewer conducts child-focused, forensically-sound, legally defensible forensic interviews of alleged child victims and provides emotional, material, and informational support for their non-offending caregivers. The Interviewer testifies as a fact and expert witness in Court as requested through subpoena. This position requires knowledge of child protection/law enforcement systems, child development, child communication, and child trauma related to child abuse. Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required. This is a 40 hour per week hourly position.

Areas of Responsibility

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Assist in creating and maintaining a warm, welcoming environment for clients, agency partners, and coworkers  Conducting a forensically sound interview focused on obtaining accurate information which can then be utilized to support any subsequent system or court actions necessary to secure the child’s safety and well-being and facilitate justice in criminal proceedings.  Remain current on proper forensic interviewing practices and guidelines and maintain expert awareness of current trends, research, and developments in the field of forensic interviewing, trauma, sexual abuse, offender pathology and other pertinent topics.  Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism in stressful situations  Experience in inter-agency collaboration  Effective presentation and communication skills, both oral and written  Ability to react well under pressure  Ability to adapt to change in the work environment, able to deal well with frequent changes, delays and/or unexpected events  Support agency awareness and participate in fundraising events FORENSIC INTERVIEWING • Attend an initial minimum 40-hour forensic interview training • Provide video recorded forensic interviews for law enforcement and the Dept. of Human Services investigations • Conduct forensic interviews at other locations, if needed • Remain current on proper forensic interviewing practices and guidelines and maintain expert awareness of current trends, research, and developments in the field of forensic interviewing, trauma, sexual abuse, offender pathology and other pertinent topics • Maintain accurate documentation in the electronic data collection system and files at all times • Participate in the multidisciplinary case review process • Participate quarterly in peer supervision • Respond to subpoenas and testify when requested • Provide training for partner agencies and community members • Attend a minimum of 40 hours professional development per year, including ongoing training and national conferences about forensic interviewing and child abuse FAMILY ADVOCACY • Use the "expertise" of the family, working together to identify protective factors, risks, strengths and needs as well as developmental, cognitive, cultural, maturity and age factors that may impact linking a victim to appropriate services • Educate abuse victims and their non-offending caretakers about the criminal and judicial system and processes (timelines, expectations, processes) • Provide referrals and recommendation for treatment that are directed by the uniqueness of the victim and his or her family needs; • Provide immediate crisis intervention by telephone, and/or in person with the victims and families • Provide emotional support, crisis intervention, and resource referrals to families while their child is being interviewed • Provide follow-up services to families through phone calls and additional resource referral • Accurately and regularly update our web-based client management database.

  •  Master’s degree or bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, human development or a related field.
  •  2 years of significant experience working with children, preferably in an advocacy, mental health, counseling, education, or other closely related field. Or, a combination of education, training, skills and experience
  •  Ability to engage children of all ages in an interview-type setting and mediate with parents in crisis.
  •  Experience testifying in Court proceedings, ability to withstand scrutiny and confrontation.
  •  Knowledge of child protection and law enforcement child abuse investigative procedures. Emphasis in sexual abuse investigations preferred, ability to communicate and function within these systems.
  •  Sensitivity to the cultural and developmental needs of individual children and family members
  •  Candidate must be available to attend an out-of-town forensic interview training course as scheduled.
  •  Ability to handle and manage crisis-oriented situations in a calm, effective manner and Effective communication skills, both oral and written.
  •  Two years directly related work experience in child abuse investigations or child abuse treatment and experience in forensic interviewing of children is preferred.
  •  Candidates’ knowledge of suggestibility, memory, styles of questioning, language acquisition, development issues, and validity of allegations and competency requirements highly preferred.
  •  Effective communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Must complete and pass a criminal background investigation.
  •  Must ensure strict confidentiality of agency and client information.

Life Stories Child & Family Advocacy offers a benefits package including paid holidays and PTO and professional development opportunities. After 90 days of employment we offer partial employer-supported health and life insurance; short- and long-term disability coverage and a Simple IRA Retirement plan. Salary Range $45,000 - $50,000.

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of: Chris Eisenhauer Position open until filled.

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