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- Child Advocate, MN, USA

Child Advocate

Redwood County - Redwood Falls, MN

Description and Essential Function
The Children’s Advocate is responsible for providing ongoing crisis intervention counseling. The Children’s Advocate is also responsible for making referrals for additional services when necessary; in addition to, providing family support and follow up services for clients utilizing the Children’s Advocacy Center. The advocate is also responsible for providing crisis intervention for non-offending caregivers. The advocate will establish and maintain a strong interpersonal relationship with all professionals, children, and caregivers by communicating, cooperating, and assisting promptly in a courteous manner.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Welcome and orient the child and family to the CAC; monitor their needs; and provide crisis intervention to non-offending caregivers during initial visit to the CAC.
Assist the family with completing and signing necessary paperwork during the forensic interview of the child.
Provides advocacy services to victims according to grant agreements with strict adherence to crime victim services guidelines and timelines.
Exhibits sensitivity towards victims of crime without prejudice regarding race, color, sexual preference, disability, creed, or previous criminal record.
Provides general advocacy services including crisis intervention, support counseling, transportation, emergency housing, information and referrals.
Provides legal advocacy including assistance with Orders for Protection, Harassment Restraining Orders, and accompaniment to court hearings, information and referrals.
Advises victims of their rights, court hearings, court procedures and decisions in accordance with Minn. Stat. 611A and other applicable statutes. Maintains communications with victims to provide accurate and timely information regarding their cases.
Assists victims with restitution and/or reparations process, prosecution process and victim impact statements.
Responds to emergency requests for victims.
Acts as a liaison and facilitates communications between families and social services agencies, law enforcement, probation officers, the court system and other service and support agencies.
Assists victims by attending and/or escorting victims to trial; provides emotional support throughout the trial; assists victims in coordinating travel, lodging, and child care as required.
Participate in the team meetings regarding each case and participate in case review meetings
Access to Not Public Data – The incumbent may encounter not public data in the course of these duties. Any access to not public data should be strictly limited to accessing the data that are necessary to fulfill the employment responsibility. While data is being accessed, incumbent should take reasonable measures to ensure the not public data is not accessed by individuals without a work reason. Once the work reason to access the data is reasonably finished, incumbent must properly store the not public data according to the provisions of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13).
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties performed.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs other work-related duties as required.
If a new work assignment requires access to not public data, the incumbent is permitted to access not public data for the work assignment purposes only. Any access to not public data must be strictly limited to the data necessary to complete the work assignment and after the assignment is completed, the employee’s work assignment no longer requires access.
Education, Experience and Skills Required
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor's degree in sociology, human services, psychology, criminal justice, or related field; one year of related experience working directly with victims of crime; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. A valid driver's license is required. Must successfully complete a criminal history background check.

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED

In addition to the requirements listed above, this position must also possess the following:

Education, knowledge, and experience in crisis intervention.
Experience providing advocacy and follow-up services.
Knowledge of parent-child interaction, child development, the dynamics of child abuse, child sexual abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and the ability to apply this information in working with clients.
Knowledge of community resources and ability to use appropriately to meet client needs.
Knowledge of local social service agencies and services they provide
Ability to be tactful and adept in dealing with a wide variety of people
Ability to deal with the public in difficult/stressful situations
Ability to work with and manage materials in a confidential manner
Ability to organize workload to efficiently prioritize/meet multiple demands and deadlines
Ability to work cooperatively with coworkers as a team player
Ability to work independently on a variety of assignments
Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions, adhere to schedules and perform work assignments
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department personnel, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, experts and the general public
Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing
The qualifications listed above are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience could provide necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform this job.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT

Normal office environment. Physical activity is moderate and intermittent such as occasionally lifting up to 25 pounds. Driving is occasional. The incumbent has frequent exposure to potentially hostile and violent individuals, and may be at risk for emotional strain due to frequent interaction with individuals experiencing extremely difficult situations and trauma.

 

Job posted on 6 October 2018.

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