Lead Childrens Advocate
Job Details
Emergency Shelter - Irvine, CA
$23.00 - $25.00


Under the supervision of the Therapeutic Program Supervisor, the Lead 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 psychoeducational materials related to domestic violence. The Lead Children’s Advocate acts as an ambassador for Human Options and provides presentations, training, and program updates related to domestic violence and children. The Lead Children’s Advocate is required to work two evenings during the week and occasionally on weekends.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Schedule the Children’s Program activities and curriculum implementation for both Emergency Shelter and Second Step Children’s Program groups.
    • Leads coordination and facilitation of children’s group.
    • Communicate with staff and clients to identify child-care availability times for clients to meet with staff members, attend groups, etc.
    • Provides on-site oversight of the children’s group process, utilizing a structured and positive approach.
  • Assist with recruitment and onboarding of Children’s Program staff and interns through college and volunteer outreach.
    • Maintain open communication with interns and staff to assess on-going training and professional development needs of children’s program staff.
  • Train interns and new staff to:
    • Implement children and adolescent evidence-based curriculums such as Incredible Years, AWBW, and Safe Dates.
    • Integrate social and emotional education about decision-making, feelings and self-esteem.
    • Integrate physical relaxation and self-calming techniques as appropriate into the curriculum.
    • Conduct intakes and orient parents and children to group process and services available through Children’ Program
    • Maintain a safe environment based on safety guidelines and policies set by the program/site.
    • Set up and clean childcare rooms/areas. Sanitize toys and play equipment.
  • Identify appropriate resources for a child’s individual needs in order to provide parents with feedback and coaching on child’s interaction in group process, behavior management techniques, and trauma-informed parenting techniques.
    • Assist parents in enrolling children in local school district or virtual learning academy.
    • If needed, drive to district offices or schools to retrieve educational items for clients due to safety concerns.
    • Models on-going client and staff support, especially in crises, with a child’s behavior. Identify appropriate resources and facilitate communication between referral and client.
    • Assist in facilitating groups, such as PEP, as needed.
  • Acts as a community ambassador for Human Options.
    • Lead liaison between NCL, Assistance League and McKinney Vento Liaisons to provide basic needs and community events for clients through trauma-informed services.
    • Coordinate resources used in various groups.  The resources include outside volunteer groups or agencies hosting events, donations, and tours of Children’s Program and Residential sites.
    • Facilitate the Effects of DV on Children for the bi-annual DVAT
  • Files Child Abuse Reports as necessary.
  • Meets time and attendance requirements for the position and uses work hours productively and appropriately.
  • Follows policies and procedures in completing work.
  • 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.


Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, a related field, or commensurate work experience.
  • A minimum of two years working with children in a group setting.
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
  • Evening and weekend availability, and ability to work occasional overtime required.
  • Preschool Special Education Credential or Early Childhood Education Credential highly preferred.
  • One year experience with domestic violence program preferred.
  • Communicates ideas and concepts clearly and concisely in both oral and written form.
  • Flexibility and is receptive to change.
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid preferred.



  • We ignite social change by educating Orange County to recognize relationship violence as an issue that threatens everyone, advocating for those affected by abuse, extending a safe place for 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.


ADA Job Characteristics:


The work environment is primarily in an office setting and includes travel to see clients or to different sites. Lift and carry up to 25 pounds up to waist length, extend both arms above the head and/or reach below the waist, stoop, squat, crawl, bend the back to open lower-level filing drawers, or to retrieve stored items, climb on stools, steps and/or ladders. Sit and/or stand frequently.  Use fine manipulation (hands and wrist) to operate a keyboard, take notes, complete and file reports, file and copy documents.  Corrected vision to normal range.  Speak in normal vocal tone and range and communicate clearly and concisely to and with others.  Apply normal reasoning and detail as required in the accomplishment of job duties.