Career Opportunities

Bilingual Criminal Court Advocate

Responsible for providing information, support and accompaniment services to child victims of abuse or any other child who is involved in the criminal court process.  Acts as the liaison between the District Attorney’s office and the family.  Provides court orientation to children having to testify. Services are provided in both English and Spanish.

Duties:

  • Provide crisis counseling, information, updates on the status of the court case, and support to children and their parents or caregivers.
  • Conduct home visits with children in preparation for court.
  • Provide accompaniment to children and their families to the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Provide age-appropriate court orientation to children who may testify in court.
  • Provide court accompaniment for children and families.
  • Ensure that families are referred to appropriate health and social service agencies to obtain additional services as needed.
  • Assist families with applications for Crime Victims’ Compensation.
  • Maintain accurate records and appropriate documentation of services.
  • Maintain statistics related to prosecution of child abuse cases in Fort Bend County
  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships within the Criminal Justice System,
  • Implement all program and outcome evaluations to ensure services are effective
  • Participate in case review team meetings
  • Participates in the CAC after hours on call program
  • Work towards constantly improving skills/knowledge related to job duties by seeking appropriate workshops, seminars, and conferences.
  • Evaluate services to clients and make recommendations to supervisor
  • Work cooperatively with other staff to ensure optimal utilization of resources and efficient management of the program
  • Keep current on latest research and issues on child abuse, criminal laws and procedures, children’s testimony and other topic of relevance through but not limited to articles, books, videos, conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Participate in staffing, supervisory, processing, and consultation meetings as required or needed.
  • Speak to groups and agencies on topics regarding child abuse, children’s issues, the criminal court process, Child Advocates of Fort Bend and other topics of relevance.
  • Participate in agency fundraising and awareness activities
  • Other duties as assigned by Program Director

Minimum acceptable qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Social Work or related field (psychology, child development, sociology, criminal justice), preferably specializing in children’s issues
  • Must be bilingual in English and Spanish
  • A minimum of two years direct work experience required in working with child victims of abuse
  • Skilled in crisis intervention with parents.
  • Working knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse, the ability to establish rapport with children, clients and other professionals, an objective attitude, patient demeanor, strong organizational skills
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Willingness to work some evening and weekend hours
  • Knowledge of Texas laws and criminal court procedures pertaining to child victims and witnesses.
  • Willingness to assist in fund development
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, ability to communicate effectively over the phone
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License
  • Willingness to submit to a child abuse background check (civil and criminal)
  • Willingness to work in a smoke and drug free environment
  • Bending, stooping, reaching and other movement required in dealing with children. Lifting of office materials (up to 20 lbs)
  • Willingness and ability to travel

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Fiona at fremko@cafb.org.

 

Children’s Services Coordinator

Provides crisis counseling and intervention to children interviewed at the Center and their families; conducts assessments of children and families needs to ensure appropriate treatment of post-traumatic symptoms; works collaboratively with caregivers and their social systems to process the development of a case; provides ongoing emotional support to restore and enhance psycho-social functioning;  ensures understanding of investigative process and the dynamics of sexual abuse; maintains case tracking documentation.

Job Skills:

  • Able to engage children and families of all ages, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic background to restore and enhance psycho-social functioning of individuals and families adversely affected by child abuse/trauma
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply social work theory, methods and techniques; knowledge of post-traumatic symptoms, stages of child development, and crisis intervention techniques required
  • Ability to provide supportive counseling
  • Must be able to work professionally and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Strong oral and written communication skills essential

Duties:

  • Contacts families prior to appointments to answer questions and process concerns
  • Implements early intervention and psycho-social support model to address the needs of victims of child sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers
  • Conducts assessments and treatment through supportive counseling, crisis intervention, psycho-education, and resource coordination to appropriately address post-traumatic symptoms
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary team review meetings and consultations with partner agencies concerning CAC clients to ensure client’s needs are being addressed
  • Assists Children’s Protective Services, law enforcement and other professionals with information that will benefit the child victim
  • Assist in maintaining records of services provided
  • Inform families of case progress and provide emotional support from the initiation of the case through its indictment for prosecution or closure
  • Provides ongoing service provision aimed at reestablishing stabilization and resumption of normalcy, thus preventing pathological consequences of potentially traumatic situations
  • Provides therapy services as appropriate and necessary
  • Documentation of all case activities
  • Oversees all civil and criminal case tracking documentation and activity
  • Participate in community outreach activities such as speaking engagements and fundraising events
  • Participate in training to enhance professional skills and development
  • Participate in CAFB Teams as required
  • Perform other tasks requested by Program Director

Minimum acceptable qualities include:

  • Masters of Social Work or related field (psychology, child development, counseling), preferably specializing in children’s issues and with a minimum of two years direct experience working with sexually and physically abused children.
  • Bilingual preferred
  • Willingness to submit to a child abuse background check (civil and criminal)
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License
  • Willingness to work in a smoke and drug free environment
  • Willingness to work some evening and weekend hours
  • Bending, stooping, reaching and other movement required in dealing with children. Lifting of office materials (up to 20 lbs)

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Fiona at fremko@cafb.org.

Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator

The Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator is a member of Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Community Engagement Team. The Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator will be the primary lead in the recruitment of volunteers with a focus on making strategic connections with civic minded businesses, organizations, faith groups, alumni associations, city and state employers and other small to large entities that could potentially funnel volunteers to CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). The Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator will strive to increase the diversity of underrepresented demographic groups among CASA & CAC volunteers. In addition, the Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator will also be primary lead in coordinating the screening and retention process of CASA & CAC Volunteers in the agency. The Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator will work closely with the Community Engagement Director, Community Outreach Specialist, CASA Program Director and CAC Program Director and Chief Executive Officer. The Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator reports directly to the Community Engagement Director.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Volunteer Recruitment

  • Approaches the recruitment and engagement of new CASA & CAC volunteers with a diversity lens that volunteers reflect the demographics of the community and children and families served.
  • Seeks input from and works alongside the Community Engagement Director and Outreach Coordinator to develop strategies to recruit volunteers from underrepresented demographic groups.
  • Seeks input from current and past volunteers on CASA and CAC recruitment efforts and overall CASA/CAC experience.
  • Researches and stays on top of current volunteer recruitment trends and strategies locally and nationally.
  • Responds to volunteer inquiries in a timely and thorough manner, with prompt answers and completion of the volunteer application process.
  • Serves as the program liaison for other Outreach, Development or Marketing related initiatives that could potentially yield potential program volunteers and special event volunteers.
  • Organizes and schedules quarterly Volunteer Informational sessions in accordance with Pre-Service Training scheduling.

Volunteer Retention

  • Regularly track volunteer satisfaction through focus groups, interviews and informal discussions.
  • Tracks and reports volunteer retention via collection of volunteer data.
  • Communicate feedback with the Community Engagement Director.

Community Outreach

  • Works with Community Outreach Coordinator to develop and organize volunteer opportunities for groups.
  • Assist in delivering presentations to promote Child Advocates of Fort Bend Break The Cycle Presentations and Prevention presentations from small to large scale groups in schools and the community.

Evaluation of Recruitment Activities

  • Responsible for collection, analyzing and reporting on volunteer recruitment data and trends including monitoring the timetables that include: application process, the training process, and case assignment.
  • Tracks ethnicity and gender trends in volunteer response to varied recruitment methods.
  • Reviews and evaluates the recruitment plans at least quarterly and, in consultation with the Community Engagement Director, makes revisions and modifications as needed to fulfill Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s mission and meets goals of recruitment and retention. Seeks input from Community Engagement Director.

Program Oversights

  • Primary contact for all potential volunteer referrals and applicants that come to the agency via phone and/or email/database.
  • Schedule and participate in pre-service training interviews with prospective advocates as needed.
  • Schedules all CAFB staff needed to assist with pre-service interviews and screening
  • Complete all required background checks for all Volunteers in the agency and tracking all background check information in database.
  • Creates and maintains documentation of volunteer information, including background checks, availability and status.
  • Provide monthly tracking for reporting of Volunteer Recruitment and screening to Community Engagement Director.
  • Coordinates and completes annual Volunteer file audits to ensure that all Volunteers have required documentation based on TX CASA, National CASA, CAC’s of Texas and National Children’s Alliance standards.
  • Plans and organizes all recruitment and retention events including but not limited to swearing-in ceremonies, volunteer appreciation events, case closing celebrations and retention events.
  • Participates in program trainings and specialized program needs (e.g. WINGS/NEST programs).
  • Works with Communications Specialist to ensure that recruitment and retention activities are communicated through various media outlets, including social media.
  • Assists with other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree in social services, human services or three years of experience in project management or recruitment.  Ability to communicate in a friendly and informative manner with people from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles; ability to work independently and possess strong time management skills; ability to multi-task; be highly organized and be extremely detail-oriented. Ability to establish strong working relationships with small to large scale businesses, community groups, and other entities needed in Child Advocates of Fort Bend. Competency in office software applications. Knowledge and skills in utilizing social media. Demonstrated collaboration and leadership ability and sound understanding of the principles of volunteer management.  Ability to communicate and empower volunteers to be effective in their roles.  Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Submit to 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
  • Nights and weekends may be required

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Casey at cdavis@cafb.org.