Under the supervision of the Therapeutic Program Supervisor, 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 psychoeducational materials related to domestic violence. The Children’s Advocate acts as an ambassador for Human Options and provides presentations, trainings, and program updates related to domestic violence and children. The Children’s Advocate may be required to work some evening, weekend, and overnight hours to cover Hotline and assist in agency events.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Coordinates and Facilitates children’s groups.
- Implements children and adolescent curriculums such as Incredible Years, Safe Dates, and A Window Between World.
- Conducts intakes and orients parent and child to group process.
- Coordinates resources such as referrals and tools to be used to increase positive family dynamics in the various groups.
- Assist with enrolling children into local schools.
- Completes necessary outcome questionnaires and/or pre/post test data 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.
- Provides oversight of the children’s group process and utilizes a structured and positive approach.
- Provides on-going support to parents and provides parents with feedback on child’s interaction in group process.
- 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 into group process through training and observation.
- After one year of employment, hosts the DVAT-Effects of DV on Children twice a year.
- Files incident reports and child abuse reports as appropriate.
- 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.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, a related field or commensurate work experience required.
- A minimum of two years working with children in a group setting.
- Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
- Evening 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.
- Embodies flexibility and is receptive to change.
- Certified in CPR and First Aid preferred.