Children's Advocate
Job Details
Emergency Shelter - , CA
Full Time
$15.56 - $17.89 Hourly
Up to 25%
Nonprofit - Social Services


Under the supervision of the Children's Advocate Team Leader, the Children’s Advocate will provide one-on-one interaction with children and parents, as well as group facilitation for children and adolescents. This position requires use of various evidence based curriculums and educational materials related to domestic violence. Children’s Advocates may be required to work some evening hours. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Other duties may be assigned.

  • Coordinates and facilitates children’s groups using any array modalities including evidence based curriculums such as Incredible Years, and Safe Dates.
  • Assesses and evaluates child development, learning, and social and emotional growth.
  • Conducts intakes and orients parents and children to group process.
  • Completes necessary outcome questionnaires as required by EBP curriculums.
  • Integrates social and emotional education about decision making, feelings, and self-esteem.
  • Integrates physical relaxation and self-calming techniques, as appropriate, into the curriculum.
  • Generates goals and objectives directly related to clients’ needs.
  • Provides strong classroom management and utilizes a structured and positive approach.
  • Provides on-going support to parents and provides parents with suggestions for activities to support the parent child relationship.
  • Provides one-on-one parent coaching, as appropriate, to support parents in enhancing healthy attachment and increasing healthy parenting skills.
  • Helps parents identify children’s current development, behaviors related to trauma exposure, current coping skills, and communicates emerging coping skills.
  • Maintains a safe environment based on safety guidelines and policies set by the program/site.
  • Assists in the set-up and cleaning of childcare rooms/areas. Sanitizes toys and play equipment.
  • Engages volunteers and interns in group process through training and observation.
  • Works closely with a multi-disciplinary team, such as therapist, case manager, legal advocate and the local school district to provide collaborative interventions for children.
  • Ensures smooth transition of children into local schools by facilitating school enrollment.
  • Co-facilitates the scheduling of volunteers and interns for the Children’s Program at large.
  • Directs day-to-day activities of volunteers and interns assigned to group.
  • In conjunction with the other members of the children’s program team, ensures that all day to day organizational and maintenance needs of the children’s program are met.
  • Abides by  Child Abuse and Elder Abuse reporting guidelines
  • Meets time and attendance requirements for the position and uses work hours productively and appropriately.
  • Follows policies and procedures in completing work.
  • Acts as a community ambassador for Human Options
  • Demonstrates ability to abide by Human Options’ values: Show Diversity, Respect, Curiosity, Ingenuity, and Individuality.  Demonstrates a commitment to excellence and maintains a supportive environment.


  • We ignite social change by educating Orange County to recognize relationship violence as an issue that threaten everyone, advocating for those affected abuse, extending a safe placed or victims and empowering survivors on their journey of healing.


  • We are committed to a future in which every person and family in Orange County experiences safe, healthy relationships and lives free from fear.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in Social Work, Psychology, Child Development, or a related field. Or currently enrolled in an accredited institution with at least 12 ECE units.
  • One to two years of experience working with children in a group setting.
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
  • Training in and experience using ABA therapy preferred.
  • Training in and experience with Parent Coaching preferred.
  • Evening and weekend availability, and ability to work occasional overtime required.
  • Preschool Special Education Credential or Early Childhood Education Credential highly desired
  • Education and/or experience in domestic violence field preferred.
  • Communicates ideas and concepts clearly and concisely in both oral and written form.
  • Embodies flexibility and is receptive to change.
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid preferred.