Bilingual Services Specialist
Provides assistance to bilingual and Spanish speaking children and non-offending family members of the Children’s Advocacy Center in various capacities. Position is responsible for criminal court advocacy, long term case management, crisis intervention, community outreach and education, and other assistance to bilingual and Spanish speaking clients.
- Provide information and updates on the status of the court case, and support to children and their non-offending parents or caregivers.
- Conduct home visits with children in preparation for court when appropriate.
- 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 during hearings and trials.
- 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, VINE, and information on other resources as indicated appropriate for each family.
- Participates in multi-disciplinary team review meetings concerning CAC
- Provide crisis intervention services for children and adults at the point of the forensic interview.
- Work collaboratively and effectively with Law Enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, Child Protective Services, and Forensic Interviewers in the investigation of child abuse and/or children who have been exposed to violent crimes.
- Inform families of case progress and serve as a liaison between families and partner agencies including the District Attorney’s Office.
- Ongoing case management and follow up with families.
- Documentation of all case activities.
- Assist in maintaining records of services provided.
- Identifies Spanish speaking resources.
- Responsible for developing and implementing a plan to community education to Spanish speaking community.
- Assists in developing other appropriate services for the Spanish speaking community.
- Additional duties can be assigned based to Masters level candidate
- Assist Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) in volunteer recruiting and training efforts.
- Other duties as assigned by the Program Director.
Bachelors in a social service field. Master’s degree preferred. Must be bilingual in English and Spanish. Experience in service delivery to children and families. Knowledge of child abuse dynamics. Professional demeanor. Good attention to detail. Exhibits initiative and flexibility. Public speaking skills a plus.
Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed
Participates in the CAC on call program
Current Texas Driver’s License
Submit to a child abuse and criminal background check
Willingness and ability to travel
Ability to lift 20 lbs
Interested individuals should send cover letter and resume to Fiona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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
- Master’s of Social Work or related field (psychology, child development, sociology) preferred
- 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 email@example.com.
Volunteer Recruitment/Community Outreach Coordinator
The Volunteer Recruitment/Community Outreach Coordinator is a member of Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Volunteer Services Team. The Volunteer Recruitment/Community Outreach 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. The Volunteer Recruitment/Community Outreach Coordinator will strive to increase the diversity of underrepresented demographic groups among CASA volunteers. In addition, the Volunteer Recruitment/Community Outreach Coordinator will also be primary lead in coordinating/managing community outreach. The Volunteer Recruitment/Community Outreach Coordinator will work closely with the Volunteer Services Team Leader, Communications Specialist, CASA Program Director, and Chief Executive Officer.
- Builds and maintains relationships with civic minded businesses, organizations, faith groups, city and state employers and other small to large entities for the purpose of creating a channel of potential volunteer advocates and educating the community on child abuse
- Approaches the recruitment and engagement of new CASA volunteers with a diversity lens ensuring efforts to recruit volunteers reflect the demographics of the community and children and families served.
- Seeks input from and works alongside the Volunteer Services Team Leader to develop strategies to recruit volunteers from underrepresented demographic groups.
- Seeks input from current and past volunteers on CASA’s recruitment efforts and overall CASA experience.
- Researches and stays on top of current volunteer recruitment trends and strategies locally and nationally.
- Plans and staffs events for recruiting volunteers, using the time and resources of current volunteer advocates and CASA supporters as appropriate.
- Organizes and staffs monthly volunteer information sessions.
- Assists in responding to volunteer inquiries in a timely and thorough fashion, with prompt answer and complete packets.
- Coordinates with the Development team in recruiting volunteers and teams for annual special events (e.g. Christmas Home Tour, GALA, etc.)
- Serves as the program liaison for other Development or Marketing related initiatives that could potentially yield potential volunteer advocates (e.g. special event volunteers, etc).
- Develops and manages plan for community outreach and marketing with the Volunteer Services Team Leader, Communications Specialists, Program Directors, and Chief Executive Officer.
- Organizes and conducts trainings for current, former, and inactive volunteer advocates who wish to assist with recruitment and outreach presentations.
- Develops and organizes volunteer opportunities for groups.
- Delivers presentations to promote Child Advocates of Fort Bend from small to large scale groups in schools and the community.
- Develops speaker’s bureau to include staff, volunteers, board, and community members.
Evaluation of Recruitment/Outreach Activities
- Assists in collecting, analyzing and reporting on volunteer recruitment data and trends including monitoring the timetables that include: application process, the training process, and case assignment.
- Assists in collecting, analyzing and reporting on community outreach data and trends.
- Assists in tracking ethnicity and gender trends in volunteer response to varied recruitment methods.
- Reviews and evaluates the recruitment and community outreach plans at least quarterly and, in consultation with the Volunteer Services Team Leader makes revisions and modifications as needed to fulfill Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s mission and meets goals of recruitment and outreach. Seeks input from Volunteer Services Team Leader and CASA Program Director.
- Collaborate and communicate with the CASA Program Director to ensure deliberate overlap, such that if one person on the team is missing, the Volunteer Recruitment/Community Outreach Coordinator can step in to take care of necessary tasks for CASA.
- Participates in pre-service training interviews with prospective advocates as needed.
- Assists and supports advocates recruitment and retention events including but not limited to volunteer appreciation events, retention events, swearing in ceremonies and in-service trainings.
- Assists with other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in social services, education, management, 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.
- 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
- Perform other duties as assigned
Interested individuals should send cover letter and resume to Metoyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.