Family Advocate/Intake Coordinator

  • Full Time
  • Midland Michigan
  • $22-$24 per hour/40 hours per week USD / Year

Website Midland County Child Protection Council

The Victim (Family) Advocate is a bachelor’s level professional with specialized training and expertise in crime victim assistance. The role of the Victim Advocate is to establish and maintain contact with the child and their non-offending caregivers/family and to act as a liaison, providing appropriate assistance from initial contact at the CAC through the entire investigative and prosecution process. The Victim Advocate provides initial and on-going support and services to the victim and/or family including crisis intervention, advocacy, case updates, resource referrals and navigation, victim’s rights compensation information, court accompaniment and education and more. The position has the expectation of understanding and implementing the State and County protocol for interviewing children identified as alleged victims of child sexual abuse, strong physical abuse, and/or witness to trauma.

Supervision: This position reports directly to the Executive Director and his/her designee.

Salary: This is an at-will, non-exempt, 40-hour position with the possibility of nontraditional hours; salary is based on education and experience and is contingent on grant funding.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work, child/family studies or related field.

Skills / Knowledge: Knowledge regarding the dynamics of child and adolescent sexual and physical abuse; criminal justice processes; skills in functioning within a multi-disciplinary team setting; organizational skills; and strong interpersonal communication skills

Duties and Responsibilities:

·   Act as a liaison and provide appropriate assistance from initial contact at the CAC through the entire investigative and prosecution process for children as suspected victims of abuse and their non-offending family members;

·   Maintain regular communication and collaboration with prosecution-based victim advocates in SAS service area;

·   Coordinate resources and referrals for children as suspected victims of abuse and their non-offending family members;

·   Provide initial and on-going support and services to the victim and/or family including crisis intervention, advocacy, case updates, resource referrals and navigation, victim’s rights compensation information, court accompaniment and education and more;

·   Ensure that all necessary release and consent forms have been signed by the child’s legal guardian prior to an interview taking place;

·   Maintain strict client confidentiality in accordance with federal, state funding guidelines and organizational policy;

·   Keep accurate and timely records of all sessions, including case notes and making needed revisions/updates, while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with Michigan Law, County Protocols, and SAS Policies;

·   Ensure client database is maintained and regularly updated with all aspects related to SAS Intervention Services

·   Attend conferences, seminars, meetings, etc. for the purpose of collaboration with other organizations and continuing education;

·   Participate in Court prep, proceedings, and other victim services as designated by the Prosecuting Attorney and/or his/her designee, and with the consent of the Executive Director;

·   Act as staff mentor for student interns as designated by the Intern Coordinator; adhere to all intern program policies;

·   Complete a minimum of 24 hours of staff development training annually;

·   Responsible for maintaining a clean, sanitary, and safe family friendly environment for direct services to crime victims;

·   And other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or his/her designee.

All employment relationships with MCCPC/Safe & Sound are of an at-will nature, may be terminated at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice. Nothing in any job description, employment agreement, personnel policy or future evaluation shall alter the at-will nature of this employment agreement.

SAS is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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