Current Job Openings:
Job Title: Child Advocate/Education Specialist (Posted 11/16/2016)
Function: The advocate/education specialist will provide linguistically and culturally appropriate direct services to Latinx child/adolescent victims/survivors. These services will include providing information, referrals, groups, advocacy, crisis intervention and interpretation services for survivors. The advocate will also do community education outreach and be responsible for developing and maintaining good working relationships with key stakeholders to establish referral sources and resources for child and adolescent survivors and their parents.
Reports to: LUNA’s Executive Director
Hours & Availability:
- Full-time – 40 hours a week with occasional evenings and weekends
- Available to travel statewide
- Available to travel nationally to attend conferences/training
- Be fluent (reading and writing) in English and Spanish.
- Preferably possess an undergraduate degree in a related field.
- Be knowledgeable about gender-based violence and possess cultural sensitivity and skills regarding the Latino community particularly children/adolescents and families.
- Be versatile at building community resources, maintaining good collaborative partnerships, assessing needs of child/adolescent survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence and responding effectively to related complex issues.
- Possess excellent oral communication skills including the ability to present in front of diverse audiences.
- Possess good writing skills, which include the ability to compose varied correspondence in a precise, accurate and easily understandable manner.
- Excel at problem-solving.
- Have strong interpersonal and organizational skills and be able to work confidently with diverse groups of people and handle difficult or sensitive situations tactfully.
- Have initiative, creativity and motivation, including ability to work under pressure and with deadlines.
- Individual and intensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
- Be flexible to maintain flexible schedule to meet client needs.
- Be able to travel as part of work responsibilities.
- Agree to one-year service commitment.
- Complete Multidisciplinary certification from the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) and Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) within 1 year following hiring and maintain certification standards.
Direct Services (55%)
- Provides sexual assault and domestic violence education, safety planning and information on rights and options for survivors; provides referrals and assistance with law enforcement, legal, medical, housing and social services; provides accompaniment to attorney visits and court; and provides ongoing life skills development.
- Assists clients with VAWA petitions, U and T Visas including initial interviews and needed documentation.
- Responds to the 24 hour bilingual crisis line, ensuring callers have immediate access. (This responsibility will be shared between all staff on a rotating schedule.)
- Provides resources and skill building (individual and group) sessions for working with children and youth.
- Maintains client and staff confidentiality.
- Accurately and effectively interprets and advocates on behalf of survivors with other service providers and government officials and agencies related to the sexual assault/ domestic violence situation.
- Maintains accurate and up to date case files with all the required documentation 90% of the time.
- Submits all monthly required paperwork including timesheets, monthly reports, walk in sheets, call logs, crisis call logs, and other grant specific info, etc by the deadline
- Consistently makes an effort to provide clients surveys for evaluation purposes.
- Attends staff and/or individual supervision meetings, trainings, conferences and webinars related to field and child advocacy in particular (1-3/yr dependent on funding).
- Provides support and educational groups.
Community Education (40%)
- Collaborates with other agencies to reach children and adolescent victim/survivors of SA and conducts 2 new outreach contacts per quarter .
- Provides sexual assault and prevention education, specifically targeting youth at middle school, high school, and college levels.
- Work with educators/schools to develop culturally specific teaching and communicating about sex, relationships, and consent, specifically in relation to cultural norms and defined gender roles.
- Connects with community stakeholders to develop coordinated community response to child victimization.
- Develops strategies to reach out to children and youth affected by sexual assault, domestic violence, and other forms of violence.
- Provides public presentations and conducts meetings with community organizations, allies and other key stakeholders.
- Provides public presentations and events targeted to youth in middle school, high school, and college levels.
- Develops and maintains culturally appropriate materials for presentations and community awareness events.
- Planning, developing, and implementing sexual assault prevention and response programing in a culturally and linguistically sensitive format to program staff, child service agencies, community organizations, and Marshall County Schools, at all levels.
- Develop and provide training regarding consent, identifying boundaries and gender based violence in the Latinx community.
Other duties (5%)
- Answers business phone line in a professional manner
- Maintains up to date detailed calendar and keeps supervisor and fellow coworkers informed of any changes
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Director