JOB TITLE: Victim Advocate
SUPERVISOR: Executive Director
PAY RANGE: $24.00
BACKGROUND CHECK: Extensive
TIME COMMITMENT: Part-Time; 5-15 hours/week
FUNDING SOURCE: Grant Funded; Position expires 9/30/2020
The Victim Advocate is responsible for providing advocacy services to child victims and their families being served by the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and the Child Advocacy Center (MCCAC) when sexual abuse and/or serious physical abuse have been alleged. The Victim Advocate will be involved in coordinating intervention services that have been recommended by the MDT members, identifying any barriers that may prevent the family from receiving services, and advocating for immediate service implementation. The Victim Advocate will be present when children and families are at the Center and will serve to support and answer questions about the investigative process, court process, and treatment options.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, social work, or related field with at least five years child welfare experience; and
Ability to work with clients from a variety of backgrounds; and
Ability to maintain strict standards of confidentiality; and
Working knowledge of local resources and familiarity with issues related to child abuse strongly preferred; and
Demonstrated commitment to child abuse prevention and the MCCAC’s mission.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Establish contact with and provide support for victims and families at the multidisciplinary team interview;
Provide crisis intervention for victims and families when necessary;
Maintain contact with the victim and family throughout the investigation and prosecution when requested by the family or the law enforcement officer;
Assist the family in accessing services recommended by the team;
Attend the Child Medical Exam if requested by the family or the law enforcement officer assigned to work with the family;
Attend court proceedings with the child and family if requested by the family or the law enforcement officer assigned to work with the family;
Maintain and update case records in agency database;
Attend case review and follow through with any recommendations of the team that would require the services of the Victim Advocate;
Provide effective and culturally sensitive support to clients;
Other duties as may be assigned.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Conditions of employment with the MCCAC include a thorough background investigation. Candidates for this position will be required to have dependable transportation available to them without notice.
Sitting for long periods of time, frequent walking, and occasional reaching, bending, kneeling, or stretching is to be expected. The nature of the work also involves manual dexterity to operate office equipment and while keyboarding. An employee will need normal, or corrected to normal, range of sight and hearing and will carry work-related materials up to twenty-five (25) pounds.
The above job description is intended to summarize the essential functions of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list of miscellaneous duties and responsibilities that may be requested in the performance of this job. Employees are occasionally required to participate in activities outside of normal business hours.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:
The Manistee County Child Advocacy Center (MCCAC) is an equal opportunity employer and maintains a policy of nondiscrimination with respect to all employees and applicants for employment. All personnel actions, such as recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, layoff, recall, compensation, discipline, termination, and education, recreational, and social programs are administered without regard to sexual orientation, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability status, opposition or participation activity protected by applicable law, or membership or application for membership in a uniformed service. Employment decisions, subject to legitimate business requirements of MCCAC, are based solely on an individual’s qualifications, merit, and performance.