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The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center
Forensic Interviewer/ Advocate Job Description
Full Time – Salary (32 hours per week)
Answers to: Executive Director
Position Mission: To provide developmentally, culturally appropriate, and legally
defensible forensic interviews of children and adolescents alleging sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, drug endangerment, and witness to crime. If a conflict of interest arises, family advocate duties are expected.
Training Requirements: Must attend and successfully complete the ChildFirst WV forensic interview training.
- Coordinate the scheduling of forensic interviews
- Conduct neutral, fact-finding, and developmentally appropriate investigative interviews of abused and neglected children
- Ensure victims are informed of their rights and that their rights are upheld
- Facilitate pre/post interview multidisciplinary case staffing
- Help victims apply for Compensation Benefits
- Prepare written summaries of interviews and track in Collaborate
- Assist with preparation of monthly and annual reports for grant funding agencies
- Maintain forensic interview recording equipment and manage DVD’s
- Respond to subpoenas and testify when requested
- Participate in case reviews and multidisciplinary investigative team (MDIT) meetings and present results of forensic interviews
- Assist advocate in collecting all relevant child and family history and making appropriate referrals
- Enter data into the case tracking system, Collaborate
- Participate in supervision, professional development, and on-going training activities – to include monthly peer review
- Maintain strict client confidentiality
- Carry out policies and procedures established by the Executive Director and Board of Directors
- Ensure victim safety and help develop a safety plan
- Perform other tasks and responsibilities as requested
- Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred or equivalent experience in a similar field
- Must successfully complete and a criminal background check, sex offender registry check, and child abuse registry check.
- Experience with children and families and knowledge of issues involved in child abuse and neglect cases
- Strong communication and above average computer skills necessary
- Must be versatile, self-motivated, ethical, and accountable
- Must be able to think critically, manage stressful situations, and work as a part of a team.
- Must be willing to travel for training and business purposes; some overnight travel is required.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Interpersonal skills – Maintains confidentiality; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things
- Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings
- Written communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; able to read and interpret written information
- Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed
- Ethics – Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values
- Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; respects diversity
- Judgement – Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgement; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions
- Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals; measures self against standard of excellence
- Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; sets goals and objectives; develops realistic action plans
- Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments
- Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality
- Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events
- Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work an on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments on time
- Dependability – Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan
- Initiative – Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed