Now Hiring: Forensic Interviewer/Advocate & Advocacy Coordinator

The Bridge of Hope is currently hiring for two full time positions: Forensic Interviewer/Advocate and Advocacy Coordinator. More information on these positions can be found below. If you are interested in either position, apply by sending your cover letter and resume to director@bridgeofhopecac.org.

Advocacy Coordinator 

Job Title: Advocacy Coordinator                                                           Supervisor: Executive Director

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, 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 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 Advocacy Coordinator’s goal is to recruit, train, and coordinate the Advocacy program. The Advocacy Coordinator will seek, establish, and maintain positive working relationships with community agencies, community groups, volunteers, 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 Advocacy Coordinator will provide direct services through advocacy and other duties relating to preparing for and following up after client services.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Advocacy Coordinator

  • Recruit, train, and coordinate the Advocacy Program;

  • 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;

  • Coordination of client mental health service referrals

  • Coordination with community mental health providers

 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 directed;

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

Knowledge/Skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of issues related to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases

  • Knowledge and understanding of issues related to the disclosure process of child victims

  • Must respect and maintain confidentiality

  • Ability to work with a difficult subject matter

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Self-starter/self motivator

  • Must submit to a thorough criminal background check

  • Must have access to a vehicle, possess a valid Nebraska Driver’s License and proof of vehicle insurance

  • Position involves out of town travel

  • Must be willing to work flexible hours

  • On-call responsibilities required

  • Comply with all regulations and policies of the Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center

  • Includes other duties as assigned

Forensic Interviewer/Advocate          

Job Title: Forensic Interviewer/Advocate                                              Supervisor: Executive Director

Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree and/or experience is preferred in the areas of social work, criminal justice or a related field.  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; collaboration with medical personnel and team members to support the SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) program for victims of sexual assault; computer skills; knowledge, experience and expertise in the area of child abuse/neglect and family violence is beneficial. 

Job Purpose:

A Forensic Interviewer is tasked with obtaining a statement from a child in a developmentally sensitive, unbiased and truth-seeking manner that will support accurate and fair decision making in the criminal justice and child welfare systems through the use of nationally accredited forensic interview practices.

An advocate provides on-site and follow-up advocacy to non-offending caregivers of children alleging abuse.  Advocates coordinate with a team of responders to assure appropriate referrals for services are secured.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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 or directed;

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

Other Duties

  • Serve as a team leader for SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) communication and community education (nursing experience not required)

  • Assist the Coordinator Assist in coordination of child abuse cases required under Nebraska State Statute, National Children’s Alliance Accreditation Standards and Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center policies.

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Knowledge and understanding of issues related to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases

  • Knowledge and understanding of issues related to the disclosure process of child victims

  • Knowledge and understanding of issues related to memory and suggestibility, as well as age appropriate language in conducting interviews with child victims

  • Must respect and maintain confidentiality

  • Ability to work in a stressful environment with a difficult subject matter

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Self starter/self motivator

  • Must submit to a thorough criminal background check and have no arrests/citations for crimes against children, sexual offenses, domestic violence, theft, or any other felony or serious misdemeanors

  • Must have access to a vehicle, possess a valid Nebraska Drivers License and proof of vehicle insurance

  • Position involves out of town travel

  • Must be willing to work flexible hours

  • On-call responsibilities required

  • Comply with all regulations and policies of the Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center

  • Includes other duties as assigned

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Forensic Interviewer/Advocate.  They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.