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If you have a passion for children, the drive to help end the cycle of abuse, and the experience needed to make lasting change, you may be the perfect fit for the The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center team!

Outreach Advocate

About the organization…
First established in 2008 and accredited in 2014, the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center plays a
critical, front-line role in responding to child maltreatment by coordinating a collaborative approach to the investigation of sexual and severe physical abuse, while ensuring that children and their families receive immediate, effective support. TLCAC also provides community outreach and prevention education to adults and children in our service area.

TLCAC is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving Wetzel and Tyler Counties in West Virginia.

The primary office location is in Paden City.  TLCAC is a member of the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network and an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance.

About the position…
The Outreach Advocate helps create a safe, welcoming environment for children and families while upholding the principles of the CAC model. Working with the Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team (MDIT), the Outreach Advocate will:

1) Assesses the needs of children and their caregivers
2) Works closely with the Team to ensure that clients receive services that are aligned with their             needs
3) Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with community partners, including child protection, law enforcement, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, victim advocates, education, and mental health and medical professionals to ensure that each child entering into the CAC receives immediate and coordinated services
4) Works with community agencies and organizations to coordinate and provide prevention and
education services to adults and children in the program’s service area

 

The Outreach Advocate position is part-time position (20-32 hours per week), reporting to the Executive Director.   The work schedule is typically Monday-Thursday 8:30am – 4:30pm with occasional evening and weekend hours when needed for special events or emergency cases.  Part-time benefits include paid holidays.  Full-time benefits include paid holidays, unscheduled absence days, vacation,  health, vision, and dental insurance.  Compensation will be based on candidate qualifications, prior experience, and the availability of funding.

Job responsibilities include…
· Developing, coordinating, and delivering child abuse outreach and prevention programs for organizations, children, and adults.
· Supporting the child and family during and after the forensic interview
· Providing crisis intervention and supportive counseling as needed
· Referring children and non-offending caregivers for needed services
· Assisting families in accessing community resources, including applying for compensation through the
WV Crime Victims Compensation Fund
· Providing accompaniment for children and families to medical, court, and other appointments as
approved by the Executive Director
· Maintaining records and entering data into the tracking database
· Providing education about the purpose of an MDIT response and the process of investigation and
prosecution in the criminal and civil court systems
· Working together with team members to ensure that families get the services, materials, and referrals that are aligned with their needs
· Tracking outcomes and contributing to data collection and grant reporting on a regular basis
· Participating in community education and outreach activities
· Staying abreast of current research and best practices in victim advocacy, child abuse prevention, child
maltreatment, and related fields
· Attending training, conferences, and meetings as a member of the TLCAC team
· Contributing to a dynamic, positive, forward-thinking, and collaborative work environment
· Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Qualifications…
· Associates degree required; Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred
· Two years of experience working with abused children and/or families impacted by violence preferred; a genuine interest to work with these populations required.  Must have experience in public speaking and have no reservations speaking to a classroom or auditorium of children or adults
· Strong interpersonal and engagement skills, listening and communication skills, and crisis management skills required
· Ability to work with a multidisciplinary team with a willingness to appreciate different points of view and problem solve in a constructive manner
· Strong written and verbal communication skills needed
· Strong computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office programs (including Word, Excel, Publisher, and Power Point) needed
· Dependable transportation with car insurance and the willingness to travel
*Must pass a criminal background check, child abuse registry check, and sex offender registry check

To Apply…
Email cover letter and résumé to: Wetzel_tylercac@yahoo.com with the subject line “Outreach Advocate Position”.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants selected for interviews must provide professional references.

NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE!

TLCAC is committed to affording equal employment opportunity to all qualified, reliable, and productive
employees without regard to age, color, race, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.