The Advocacy Specialist is responsible for supervising and evaluating advocates appointed to serve children in foster care. The goal is to provide advocates with supervision and monitoring to ensure children’s best interest are being met while involved in the legal system. In addition, this position assists with advocate recruitment, screening, and training of advocates as well as program development, tracking and evaluation.
Advocates and Casework
- Supervise and monitor up to 30 advocates and up to 45 cases. Provide consultation, problem solving, troubleshooting, feedback, guidance, evaluation, motivation, training, monitoring and preparation for court appearances. Demonstrate knowledge of each case’s history and pertinent advocacy issues.
- Monitor CASA’s involvement in these cases and case activity, while assuring that Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s policy and practice standards and sound case management practices are followed.
- Attend court hearings as necessary
- Attend emergency hearings as necessary
- Consult with appropriate DFPS staff regarding client needs and advocate assignments
- Act as primary liaison with advocates. Release and reassign advocates whose advocacy is inappropriate or detrimental.
- Provide assistance and consultation to advocates as needed and when requested. Contact volunteers a minimum of once per month
- Notify advocates well in advance of hearing dates
- Review court reports prior the hearing date
- Assess and record advocate performance
- Maintain compliance with Texas CASA and National CASA standards
- Maintain orderly CASA case files
- Assist with the design and implementation of volunteer pre-service and in-service trainings
- Participate in quarterly training sessions
- Provide training to other CASA Programs as needed
Collaboration and Outreach
- Participate in public awareness and community outreach
- Coordinate assigned activities with key stakeholders in the community
Financial and Records
- Assist in preparing outcome reports for grants
- Collect and tabulate program effectiveness measures
- Attend all available conferences and workshops for the development of programs for advocates
- Participate in program implementation, evaluation and planning
- Attend monthly staff meetings
- Serve on appropriate community committees and task forces
- Participate in planning for all CASA programs
Strategic and Operational Plan
- Assist in the development of a CASA long-range plan and annual operational plans
Bachelor’s degree in social services or related field with at least 3 years experience working with services for children and adolescents. Strong project management skills and ability to work independently with a wide variety of people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Highly organized and detail-oriented. Use computers and program related softwar5e proficiently, ability to develop and design a program for advocates and children/youth, and evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
Pass a child abuse and criminal background check
Complete 30+ hour pre-service training
Bending, stooping, reaching and other movement required
Ability to lift 20 pounds
Valid driver’s license
Must comply with all city, state and federal laws
Perform other duties as assigned
Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Metoyer at email@example.com.
Request for Proposal – Courtesy CASA
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking to contract with an individual or individuals who will provide visitation for children appointed by the court to CASA programs. Visitation will supplement a CASA program’s ongoing visitation. The facilitator will communicate with CASA programs regarding children seen and consult with CASA programs regarding placements.
This contract opportunity will require extensive travel throughout regions of the state, as well as potential travel elsewhere in the state, at a rate of approximately 90% of total contract time. Hours per week are flexible, will depend on requests from CASA programs and will include some evening work/availability (see section G. for contract details).
- Contact: In-person contact with CASA children within their placements as requested by CASA programs
- Collaboration: contact with parties and collaterals involved in the child’s case, if needed
- Communication: reports to programs that have requested a visit within mandated timeframes
- Assessment: assess Residential Treatment Centers (RTC), shelters and other placements under contract with DFPS to provide placement for children in their custody and report on the status of those placements.
The Courtesy CASA will support CASA programs/locations in the Coastal and Eastern regions of the state and be managed by Child Advocates of Fort Bend in Rosenberg, TX.
- Contract Summary
The Courtesy CASA will work collaboratively with Child Advocates of Fort Bend, other local CASA program staff and advocates, children, youth and families seen for supplemental visits, and caregivers and staff at placements. The Courtesy CASA will work directly under the administration of Child Advocates of Fort Bend, but respond to visitation requests based on an established priority matrix. Following a visit, the Courtesy CASA will provide reports back to CASA programs. The Courtesy CASA will also collect information on placements and submit to Texas CASA.
- Deliverables and Duties
Supplemental visits for children and reporting to local CASA programs based on requests:
- Accept requests from CASA programs for supplemental visitation to children in placements that are not geographically near the court of jurisdiction.
- Prioritize requests based on an established matrix.
- Provide prompt response through in-person contact with children.
- Provide additional contact with parties and collaterals involved in the child’s case, as needed by the requesting CASA program.
- Facilitate visits between CASA children and their siblings/families, if requested.
- Within current placement, assess the child’s safety, relationship with caretakers, needs and well-being.
- Maintain records of visits and provide a standardized report back to the requesting CASA program.
- Submit documentation of time, travel and hours worked to Child Advocates of Fort Bend.
- Compile information regarding RTCs, shelters and other placements during visits onsite and submit quarterly reports on placements to Texas CASA.
- Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s or higher level degree in Social Work/Human Services or a closely related field. Experience with CASA and the child protection system. Demonstrated project management skills required. Clear and concise writing skills needed for reports and correspondence. Attention to detail and accuracy essential. Must maintain confidentiality. Must be able to pass required background checks.
Additionally, must have:
- Experience working with children and youth and demonstrated skills at quickly establishing rapport with and good communication skills with children.
- Experience using Microsoft Word and Excel.
- Experience preparing and maintaining narrative documentation of visits concerning individual children seen.
- Experience communicating effectively with people over the telephone, in writing and in person.
- Willingness and ability to work flexible hours.
- Willingness and ability to travel.
Contractor Development, as needed:
- Complete Texas CASA’s OCAST training.
- Complete CASA pre-service training.
- Attends trainings related to permanency, PMC, trauma informed care and others as requested by the managing CASA program.
- Develop an understanding of types of placements, levels of care and licensing standards.
- Contract Details
- The contracts range up to 40 hours a week per contract at $30.00 an hour. Travel and expenses are payable on top of the hourly rate. Proof of hours, travel including mileage, receipts are to be billed and paid on a monthly basis. Limits on travel expenses do apply. Rental car expense or mileage is reimbursable (whichever is least expensive). Mileage may be reimbursed at $0.54 a mile. Hotel rates are paid at state rate.
- Completion of contract deliverables and duties within the contract scope are required for contract payment.
- How to Submit a Proposal
Please submit the following to Metoyer Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Child Advocates of Fort Bend, 5403 Avenue N, Rosenberg, TX 77471.
- A technical approach, which describes how you will carry out the tasks outlined above.
- A summary of your recent and relevant projects. Resumes accepted.
- A sample of your writing skills.
- Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three unrelated individuals whom we can contact as references.
Selection will be completed by Child Advocates of Fort Bend.
The Development Analyst reports directly to the CEO with dotted line to Development and Accounting/Finance. This position is directly responsible for supporting the donor database, Raiser’s Edge, donor analytics, queries and reports, gift processing, donor stewardship and administrative support.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Interfaces with the CEO, the development team, and the accounting/finance team regularly regarding Raiser’s Edge management, gift processing and stewardship activities.
- Processes gifts and pledges in Raiser’s Edge.
- Manages data and reports from Raiser’s Edge to assist in the formulation of prospect cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities for the full development team, including supporting the management of team portfolios.
- Ensures the data integrity in Raiser’s Edge. Creates a maintenance schedule to update electronic constituent records.
- Manages the data and reporting to implement a comprehensive stewardship plan that encompasses events, systems and activities (e.g., newsletters, donor acknowledgement letters, special events). Ensures all donor recognition takes place in a timely manner.
- Primary responsibility for annual and cumulative giving and recognition (Donor Walls, Naming, Annual Reports, Donors, etc.)
- Supports the Development Team with an effective, ongoing practice of gratitude and communication that builds relationships with donors and strengthens ties to CAFB.
- Assists with grant reporting input to grant applications regarding donor gifts.
- Coordinates mailings for special events and other development activities.
Other Duties as Required
- Bachelor’s degree in accounting, data management, development, and marketing preferred.
- Two years of development experience with a concentration in gift processing and stewardship, preferred.
- Full knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Raiser’s Edge and QuickBooks (preferable).
- Organized, energetic, flexible, deadline and detail-oriented, and strategic approach to problem solving.
- Initiates and has the ability to work independently
- High degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Cathy at email@example.com.