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
  • Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with partner agency representatives
  • 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 in maintaining records of services provided
  • Documentation of all case activities
  • 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

Minimum acceptable qualifications include:

  • Bachelors degree in social sciences or criminal justice
  • Master’s of Social Work or related field (psychology, child development, sociology) preferred
  • Must be 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
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • 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

The Bilingual Forensic Interviewer reports to the Manager of Forensic Interviewing.

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

 

Children’s Advocacy Center Clinical Director

Clinical Director position in a Children’s Advocacy Center is responsible for the overall program direction and management of  the day to day operations of the therapy department. Also provides therapeutic services to sexually abused, physically abused children, witnesses to violent crimes and non-offending family members.

Personnel supervised:  Therapists, Contract Therapists, Therapy Interns, Psychiatric Fellows

Requirements:

  • LCSW, LMFT, or LPC license
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in working with abused children
  • Experience in managing a therapy program or in private practice
  • Experience in providing individual, group, family and play therapy
  • Experience in providing crisis intervention services
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Good speaking and writing skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good management skills

Job Duties:

  • Sets the clinical expectations for the program ensuring that therapies are evidence-based and designed for victims of trauma
  • Supervises staff, including determining workloads and schedules, evaluating staff performance, providing training and making hiring, promotion and disciplinary recommendations
  • Assures that clinicians are trained
  • Develops and supervises a clinical internship program that offers meaningful professional development for students and future clinicians
  • Collaborates with the Program Director to ensure cohesion and teamwork
  • Responsible for the proper functioning of the department to ensure the quality and efficiency of services to clients
  • Collaborates with the Program Director to provide leadership, vision and future planning for the CAC
  • Collaborates with the Program Director to manage the therapy department budget
  • Oversees the policies and paperwork and policies of the department to ensure adherence to current best practices and guidelines
  • Ensures timely completion and quality of therapists’ treatment plans
  • Provides training and orientation to new employees in department
  • Leads the therapy team meetings including agenda and minutes
  • Collaborates with the Manager of Family Advocacy to maintain community resources
  • Collaborates with the Manager of Family Advocacy regarding CAC therapy referrals and waitlist
  • Provides clinical consultation/supervision to therapists
  • Manages interns when appropriate
  • Manages the community speaking requests for the therapy department
  • Manages the archiving process of closed files
  • Manages subpoena requests for files for the department
  • Ensures the department has the appropriate tools necessary to serve clients
  • Is responsible for the gathering of statistical reports
  • Is responsible for ensuring client surveys are distributed and analyzed
  • Maintains a small caseload of clients
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary team case staffings
  • Participates in the CAC after hours/on-call program
  • Provides expert 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 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

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

 

 

 

Therapist

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

Requirements:                                  

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

Job Duties:

  • Provides individual, group, family and play therapeutic services to child victims and their families
  • Provides individual, group, family and play therapeutic services to child victims and their non-offending family members
  • Provides evidence based treatment such as TF-CBT to clients
  • Provides pre and post assessments to clients to measure changes
  • 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’s 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

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

 

Training Coordinator

The Training Coordinator is a member of Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Community Engagement Team. The Training Coordinator will be the primary lead in coordinating/managing training and education presentations for CAFB Volunteers and community partners. The Training Coordinator will be the lead in the education efforts for volunteers and agency partners to CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), Voices for Children or Events. The Training Coordinator will work closely with the Community Engagement Director, Graphic Designer, CASA and CAC Program Directors, and Chief Executive Officer. The Training Coordinator reports directly to the Community Engagement Director.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Volunteer Training

  • Develops and revamps current training curriculum and implements pre-service volunteer trainings, which will include development of a course catalog for the agency.
  • Develops certification process for specified courses and/or series of training courses for volunteers, board members and community trainings.
  • Develops and implements in-service volunteer trainings.
  • Develops and implements in-service conferences and seminars to explore specific initiatives in-depth and with a variety of expert speakers.
  • Meets TX CASA, National CASA, CACs of Texas, and National Children’s Alliance standards for learning for program volunteers and continuing education.
  • Maintains training records/documentation and prepare statistical reports to evaluate performance of volunteers.
  • Implements specialized trainings for CASA volunteers and CAC volunteer needs based on information vital to each specialized program.

Community Outreach

  • Delivers presentations to promote Child Advocates of Fort Bend programs and education from small to large scale groups for the agency.
  • Organizes and conducts trainings to develop specialized volunteer groups, such as Outreach Prevention Volunteers. Specialized volunteer groups include staff, volunteers, board, and approved community members.
  • Creates and coordinates community education curriculum based on prevention & outreach needs.
  • Develops and organizes volunteer opportunities for groups.

Evaluation of Training Activities

  • Collects, analyzes and reports on agency-related training data and trends.
  • Reviews and evaluates the training plan at least quarterly and, in consultation with the Community Engagement Director and makes revisions and modifications as needed to fulfill Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s mission and meets goals of recruitment and training. Seeks input from Community Engagement Director.
  • Provides documentation and reporting related to education efforts of the agency in accordance with TX CASA, National CASA, CAC’s of Texas and National Children’s Alliance Standards.
  • Implement Pre-Service and In-Service Volunteer Trainings throughout the year
    • Measures:
      • Number of volunteers trained
      • Number of pre-service training sessions offered
      • Enrollment and graduation of volunteers in each training class
      • Satisfaction of volunteers and community members with training

Program Oversights

  • Communicates training/education needs to CEO, Community Engagement Director, Program Directors, and program staff designees.
  • Participates in public speaking and outreach.
  • Participates in pre-service training interviews with prospective volunteers as needed.
  • Organizes and plans Swearing-In Ceremonies.
  • Assists and supports advocates recruitment and retention events including but not limited to volunteer appreciation events and retention events.
  • Participates and partners with Outreach Coordinator for civic engagement activities and additional outreach needs.
  • Works with Outreach Coordinator and Graphic Designer to ensure that training activities are communicated through various media outlets, including social media.
  • Researches, develops and communicates training curriculums to be utilized with volunteers and community members.
  • Assists with other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in social services, education, human services or three years of experience in project management or training.  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 and graphic design programs. Demonstrated collaboration and leadership ability and sound understanding of the principles of volunteer management and training.  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
  • Evenings and weekends may be required
  • Bilingual preferred, but not required

Interested individuals should send a letter of intent and resume to Casey Davis at CDavis@cafb.org.

 

 

Trauma and Wellbeing Advocacy Specialist

The Trauma and Wellbeing Advocacy Specialist supports Court Appointed Special Advocates by motivating, empowering, guiding, and supervising volunteers as they advocate for the best interest of children to whom CASA is appointed by the courts, while ensuring accountability for meeting Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s values, policies, and standards of case management are met. The Trauma and Wellbeing Advocacy Specialist educates, supports, models, and encourages trauma informed advocacy, safety risk management, and culturally competent advocacy for CASA volunteers. The goal of the program is to support the healing process of children and families involved in the foster care system that have experienced trauma through educating all stakeholders utilizing trauma informed practices, ensuring safety standards and protocols for clients are met, and ensuring all clients are provided with a culturally competent service delivery model. This position reports to the Trauma and Wellbeing Advocacy Manager.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Volunteer/Casework Responsibilities

  • Manages and supports up to 25 volunteers and up to 30 cases through consultation, problem solving, troubleshooting, feedback, guidance, evaluation, motivation, training, monitoring and preparation for court appearances
  • Provide support to CASA Volunteers
  • Attend scheduled court hearings as needed
  • Attend emergency hearings as needed
  • Make a minimum of a monthly contact with each volunteer
  • Provide assistance and consultation to volunteers as needed and when requested
  • Coordinate, document, and channel all CASA requests until resolution
  • Match CASA cases with appropriate volunteer in consultation with the Program Director
  • Keep necessary and appropriate volunteer records as directed by the Program Director
  • Consult with appropriate DFPS staff regarding client needs and volunteer assignments.

Program Administration

  • Provides educational and resource information on trauma informed care to volunteer advocates
  • Facilitates trauma informed case staffings and helps to identify family strengths, needs, and trauma history to implement case plans
  • Ensures culturally competent case plans are implemented to ensure equitable treatment while identifying family strengths and needs
  • Research and advocate for trauma informed services in the community, child welfare and school systems
  • Networks with providers of trauma informed care
  • Ability to speak and promote use of the trauma informed care
  • Disseminates information and resources that are gathered to advocates, CASA staff, families, and child welfare partners
  • Ability to speak and promote use of the trauma informed care, family and youth voice and family driven care
  • Maintains up-to-date records and documentation according to program or agency policies and procedures.
  • Identifies areas of training needed for trauma informed advocacy
  • Facilitate trainings for volunteers based on information vital in trauma informed care
  • Assist in implementation and follow through of Praesidium risk management and safety protocols for CASA program

Program Related Responsibilities

  • Assist with yearly volunteer evaluations
  • Maintain compliance with Texas CASA and National CASA standards

Strategic and Operational Plan

  • Assist in the development of long-range plan and annual operational plans

Community Outreach Responsibilities

  • Maintain effective relationships through personal contact and written communication with other providers and resources for children and youth in foster care, professional and social service organizations, funding groups, foundations, and charitable organizations
  • Serve on appropriate community committees and task forces
  • Engage in public speaking when appropriate

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in social service-related field or two years of experience in volunteer coordination and/or social services. Ability to communicate with, supervise and empower volunteers to be effective in their roles. Experience with volunteers given preference.  Knowledge and understanding of issues and dynamics within families in crises relating to child abuse and neglect and trauma informed care. Experience working with such families given preference. Ability to work within a team atmosphere.

Other Requirements

Submit to a child abuse and criminal background check
Bending, stooping, reaching and other5 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 letter of intent and resume to Metoyer Martin at Mellis@cafb.org.

 

CAFB adheres to a strict Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse Policy in our practices and operations.