Career Opportunities

Bilingual Forensic Interviewer

Responsible for interviewing child victims of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and witnesses of violent crimes brought to the Fort Bend Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) by law enforcement or child protection investigators. These interviews are highly specialized and gather information needed by law enforcement and Children’s Protective Services investigators. Interviews are conducted in a manner that takes into account how children experience the investigative process and their developmental age. Other areas of responsibility include: coordinating team efforts, case tracking documentation and court testimony.

Primary Duties:

  • Conduct interviews of child sexual and physical abuse victims
  • Review and critique of forensic interviews through the peer review process
  • Assess children’s cognitive and linguistic abilities as well as non-verbal communications
  • Foster an environment that is sensitive to a child’s cognitive, emotional, and psychological development, without leading a child in questioning
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary team review meetings concerning children who have been interviewed
  • Testify as an expert witness in civil and criminal trials regarding the child’s statement
  • Assist Children’s Protective Services, law enforcement, and other professionals with information that will benefit the child victim
  • Assist in maintaining records of services provided
  • Documentation of all case activities
  • Oversee all civil and criminal case tracking documentation and activity
  • Participate in community outreach activities such as speaking engagements, publication of newspaper articles, and fund raising events
  • Participate in training to enhance professional skills and development
  • Participate in after hours on-call emergency program
  • Perform other tasks as requested by the CAC Program Director

Minimum acceptable qualifications include:

  • Master’s of Social Work or related field (psychology, child development, sociology) preferred
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Minimum of two years direct work experience with victims of sexual and physical abuse
  • 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
  • Working knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse, the ability to establish rapport with clients and other professionals, an objective attitude, patient demeanor, strong organizational skills, and knowledge of child development
  • Assist in fund development
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, ability to communicate effectively over the phone
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to project a positive image in court room testimony
  • 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)
  • Willingness and ability to travel

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

 

Bilingual Therapist

Therapist position in an advocacy center providing therapeutic services to sexually abused and severely physically abused children and non-offending caregivers.

Job Duties:

  • Provides individual, group, family and play therapeutic services to child victims and their families
  • Provides pre and post tests to clients to measure change
  • Develops treatment plans for clients and updates those plans
  • Documents sessions through case notes
  • Provides brief crisis intervention when necessary
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary team case staffings
  • Provides court testimony in civil and criminal cases
  • Provides community education regarding child abuse and CAFB
  • Maintains statistics and data entry as necessary for grant reports
  • Participates in the Children’s Advocacy Center on-call program
  • Participates in CAFB awareness and fundraising activities
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • May be required to bend and stoop and lift up to 20 lbs. In connection with assigned duties

Qualifications:

  • LMSW, LCSW, LMFT, LPC, or LPC-I license
  • Experience in working with abused children
  • Experience in providing individual, group, family and play therapy
  • Experience in providing trauma focused treatment
  • Experience in providing crisis intervention services
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Good speaking and writing skills

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

 

Forensic Interviewer/Children’s Services Coordinator

Responsible for interviewing child victims of sexual abuse and serious physical abuse brought to the Fort Bend Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) by law enforcement or child protection investigators. These interviews are highly specialized and gather information needed by law enforcement and Children’s Protective Services investigators. Interviews are conducted in a manner that takes into account how children experience the investigative process and their developmental age. Other areas of responsibility include: coordinating team efforts, case tracking documentation, providing back up crisis support and intervention to children interviewed at the Center and their family members, overseeing follow-up contacts with families, providing referrals to families to meet their needs, providing trauma focused therapy to children, teenagers, and adult caregivers.

Job Duties:

  • Provide crisis intervention therapy services for children and adults as needed.
  • Conduct interviews of child sexual and physical abuse victims
  • Review and critique of forensic interviews through the peer review process
  • Assess children’s cognitive and linguistic abilities as well as non-verbal communications
  • Foster an environment that is sensitive to a child’s cognitive, emotional, and psychological development, without leading a child in questioning
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary team review meetings concerning children who have been interviewed
  • Testify as an expert witness in civil and criminal trials regarding the child’s statement
  • Assist 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 serve as a liaison between families and partner agencies
  • Documentation of all case activities
  • Oversee all civil and criminal case tracking documentation and activity
  • Participate in community outreach activities such as speaking engagements, publication of newspaper articles, and fund raising events
  • Participate in training to enhance professional skills and development
  • Provide appropriate CAC and community referrals to families
  • Ongoing case management and follow up
  • Provide trauma focused therapy to children, teenagers, and adult caregivers.
  • Perform psychosocial assessments and clinical diagnostic evaluations at various points in the life of the case i.e. initial meeting, follow up appointments.
  • Assess children’s developmental level to include verbal abilities, cognitive, and emotional functioning.
  • Masters level only:
  • Provide psychoeducation on trauma and development tailored to meet clients’ individual needs.
  • Provide short term and long term trauma focused therapy services for children, teenagers, and adults.
  • Assess and diagnose therapy clients.
  • Assess therapeutic needs of all affected family members.
  • Provide individualized treatment plans for therapy clients.
  • Maintain a client log and progress notes for therapy clients.
  • Provide emergency clinical assessments to assess mental status of children and families who are in emotional distress and expressing thoughts of self-harm or expressing suicidal and/or homicidal ideation, or are currently experiencing psychotic symptoms.
  • Participate in after hours on-call emergency program
  • Perform other tasks as requested by the CAC Program Director
  • Attend weekly clinical supervision with CAC Program Director to review client treatment goals and objectives.
  • Assist Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) in volunteer recruiting and training efforts.
  • Participate in CAFB Teams as required.

 

Minimum acceptable qualifications include:

  • Master’s of Social Work or related field preferred (psychology, child development, sociology), preferably specializing in children’s issues and with a minimum of two years direct work experience required in children.
  • Minimum of two years direct work experience with victims of sexual and physical abuse
  • 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
  • Working knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse, the ability to establish rapport with clients and other professionals, an objective attitude, patient demeanor, strong organizational skills, and knowledge of child development
  • Assist in fund development
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, ability to communicate effectively over the phone
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to project a positive image in court room testimony
  • 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)
  • Willingness and ability to travel

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

 

Grant Writer

Responsible for supporting  and contributing to the fundraising activities of Child Advocates of Fort Bend to ensure that the agency has the financial resources necessary to accomplish its mission.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Grant Writing and Grant Management:

  • Research: Utilizing on-line, library, foundation and peer research to identify new foundation and organizational sources in alignment with CAFB’s funding priorities.  Maintain research files for reference and prioritize opportunities.  Develop prospect lists and workplans to achieve sufficient grant activity to meet annual grants and foundations budget.
  • Write Grant Applications: Maintain a portfolio mixture of new and recurring grant sources. Write and submit compelling grant applications that identify CAFB needs and gaps, provide a strong case for funding and are in alignment with foundations’ granting strategies and focus areas.  Obtain program and financial information from staff members so that grant applications are complete, professionally written and accurate. Submit in a timely fashion to meet deadlines.  Document receipt of grant applications to ensure grants were received by granting agency and submittal was complete.
  • Grant Tracking: Log all grant applications on share drive and enter information in Raiser’s Edge database to ensure complete and accurate grant-related donor/prospect records.
  • Grant Activity Management: Maintain grant activity on share drive calendar/spreadsheet. Email weekly grant submittals routed to CEO, Finance Director, Development Officer – Institutional Giving and Program Directors and summarize written updates for monthly board reports. Communicate upcoming weekly priorities with Development Officer – Institutional Giving and CEO. Prepare thank you letters for grant-related gifts and pledges.
  • Write Reports: Keep log of all report deadlines and submittals on share drive and in Raiser’s Edge.  Write reports using information collected from programs and accounting.  Submit all work in a timely fashion to meet deadlines and ensure reports are complete and accurate.

 

Budget:

  • Meet or exceed annual Grants and Foundation Budget in collaboration with Development Officer – Institutional Giving.

Other Fundraising Activities:

  • Other Fundraising: Participate in other fundraising opportunities that will bring in additional sources of funds, as appropriate. Coordinate with Development team to support donor marketing activities as needed.

Qualifications:  BS or BA degree in Marketing, Communications, Non-profit Management, business or similar is preferred.  Proven persuasive writing skills and research capabilities a must. Experience in nonprofit sector, especially in youth and human services, strongly preferred. Highly organized with attention to detail.  Good team player who can work well with Development Officers, marketing and other development staff, board members, volunteers, Finance Director, Program Directors and CEO.   Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge required. This position reports directly to Development Officer – Institutional Giving.

 

Other Requirements:

Submit to a child abuse and criminal background check

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.

Attend all development meetings as appropriate.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Interested individuals should send cover letter, resume and writing samples to Jessica at jjubin@cafb.org and Ruthanne at rmefford@cafb.org