Now Hiring--Outreach Coordinator

Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center is looking for a dynamic professional to join our team. Prior experience working with children and families in crisis is beneficial; strong communication and interpersonal skills are required. If you're looking to join an amazing team to work with, consider applying for the Outreach Coordinator.

Please send a cover letter and resume to director@bridgoeofhopecac.org by Monday, July 23rd to guarantee consideration for the position.

Job Title: Outreach Coordinator    

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree is preferred, with a focus in social work, criminal justice or a related field preferred but not necessary.  Must possess a high degree of communication and interpersonal skills; strong ability to communicate and interact with children and individuals in crisis. Knowledge of community resources, fundraising skills, computer skills, and expertise in the area of child abuse/neglect and domestic violence is beneficial.   

 Must respect and maintain confidentiality and be able to work in a stressful environment with a difficult subject matter. Rotating on-call duties required. Position involves out of town travel; must have access to a vehicle, possess a valid Nebraska driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance.

 Individual should be a self-starter, energized, resourceful, organized, detail-oriented and flexible, possessing a positive attitude, tact, good judgment and cultural sensitivity. Upon completion of training must have significant knowledge of best practices related to cases of child sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, witness to domestic violence and child exploitation and trafficking.

Employment contingent on successful completion of a background check.

Job Purpose: The Outreach Coordinator’s goal is to market the mission of the agency and to deliver/develop education initiatives. The Outreach Coordinator will be the lead in seeking, establishing, and maintaining positive working relationships with public and private schools, daycares, hospitals, community agencies, community groups, volunteers, and multidisciplinary teams and/or agencies to educate and train personnel in the area of identifying victims of child abuse, the proper steps to take to report the abuse, and the role of Children’s Advocacy Centers in child abuse investigation. When not providing the services listed, the Outreach Coordinator will recruit, train, and coordinate the Advocacy program and provide direct services such as forensic interviews and advocacy.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 Outreach

  • Provide education and training to community members to identify child abuse, proper steps to report child abuse, and the role of the Child Advocacy Center in the community;

  • Recruit, train, and coordinate the Advocacy Program

Forensic Interviewer

  • Successfully complete forensic interviewing training designed for professionals who are responsible for the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases and working in a Child Advocacy Center setting;

  • Conduct forensic interviews of child victims of abuse as requested by law enforcement, Health and Human Services and or the prosecuting attorney;

  • Assist in observing and providing input during forensic interviews conducted by other trained forensic interviewers;

  • Participate in quarterly peer reviews on a local and statewide basis;

  • Provide testimony in court hearings;

  • Participate in the multi-disciplinary case planning of involved cases 

Advocate

  • Provide crisis response, outreach and support to children and families;

  • Complete intake information and secure appropriate forms for service;

  • Assist families in accessing resources beneficial to their needs;

  • Contact non-offending caregiver within three days after the initial visit and complete follow-up contact(s) at least monthly or as needed; 

  • Maintain timely, thorough and accurate case documentation to include all contacts with a victim/caregiver;

  • Track monthly statistical information as required as directed;

  • Assist the MDT with measuring effectiveness and addressing identified system improvements

 

Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children

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Andrea Hongsermeier is now an authorized Stewards of Children facilitator!

Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children is a two hour prevention program tailored to raising awareness and education on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibility to child sexual abuse.  Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children is the only national distributed, evidence-based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.

The 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children:

  • Learn the facts
  • Minimize opportunity
  • Talk about it
  • Recognize the signs
  • React responsibility

For more information about Darkness to Light:Stewards of Children visit www.D2L.org

If you or your organization is interested in scheduling training please contact Andrea Hongsermeier at 308-534-4064 or by email at FI-Adv@bridgeofhopecac.org

1,000 Forensic Interviews-What an accomplishment!

We would like to take a moment to recognize Amber McNutt for her dedication and commitment to the Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center. Amber has been a loyal employee since the doors of the Bridge of Hope first opened in 2007. Amber officially conducted her 1,000th forensic interview this week. We know that the growth and success of the Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center is largely dependent on dedicated employees like you.  Congratulations, Amber, on your achievement and thank you for representing the heart and soul of who we are and what we do. You’ve made an impact on 1,000 children!

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