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If you have a passion for children, the drive to help end the cycle of abuse, and the experience needed to make lasting change, you may be the perfect fit for the RTCAC team.

We are hiring…

Tucker County Child & Family Advocate

About the organization…

First established in 2003 and accredited in 2010, the Randolph-Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center plays a critical, front-line role in responding to child maltreatment by coordinating a collaborative approach to the investigation of sexual and severe physical abuse, while ensuring that children and their families receive immediate, effective support. RTCAC also provides community outreach and prevention education to adults and children in our service area.

RTCAC is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving Randolph and Tucker Counties in West Virginia. The primary office location is in downtown Elkins. RTCAC is a member of the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network and an accredited member program of the National Children’s Alliance

The Tucker County Child & Family Advocate helps create a safe, welcoming environment for children and families while upholding the principles of the CAC model. Working with the Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team (MDIT), the Child & Family Advocate:

1) Assesses the needs of children and their caregivers

2) Works closely with the Tucker County Team to ensure that clients receive services that are aligned with their needs

3) Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with community partners, including child protection, law enforcement, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, victim advocates, education, and mental health and medical professionals to ensure that each child entering into the CAC receives immediate and coordinated services

4) Liaisons with community agencies and organizations to provide outreach and education about available services for victims and their families

 

The Child & Family Advocate position is part-time (20 hours per week), reporting to the Executive Director. A specific weekly schedule will be determined based on candidate availability and program needs. The Child & Family Advocate will be expected to work 8:30am-4:30pm two days per week and an additional four hours weekly, with occasional evening and weekend hours when needed for special events, support groups, or emergency cases. This position will be based in Parsons, WV, with travel within Tucker & Randolph Counties as needed for meetings, events, outreach, and client support required. Compensation will be based on candidate qualifications, prior experience, and the availability of funding.

Job responsibilities include…

  • Supporting the child and family during and after the forensic interview
  • Providing crisis intervention and supportive counseling as needed
  • Referring children and non-offending caregivers for needed services, serving as primary collateral contact with professionals in partnering agencies
  • Assisting families in accessing community resources, including applying for compensation through the WV Crime Victims Compensation Fund
  • Providing accompaniment for children and families to medical, court, and other appointments as approved by the Executive Director
  • Co-facilitating caregiver support groups and supervising childcare providers for group
  • Maintaining records and entering data into the Collaborate database
  • Tracking outcomes and contributing to data collection and grant reporting on a regular basis
  • Participating in community education and outreach activities
  • Staying abreast of current research and best practices in victim advocacy, child abuse prevention, child maltreatment, and related fields
  • Attending training, conferences, and meetings as a member of the RTCAC team
  • Supervising volunteers and interns, as needed
  • Contributing to a dynamic, positive, forward-thinking, and collaborative work environment
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Qualifications…

  • High school diploma required, bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred
  • Two years of experience working with abused children and/or families impacted by violence preferred; a genuine interest to work with these populations required
  • Strong interpersonal and engagement skills, listening and communication skills, and crisis management skills required
  • Ability to work with a multidisciplinary team with a willingness to appreciate different points of view and problem solve in a constructive manner
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills needed
  • Strong computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office programs (including Word, Excel, Publisher, and Power Point) needed
  • Dependable transportation with car insurance and the willingness to travel
  • Must pass criminal background and CPS Child Abuse Registry checks prior to direct client contact

RTCAC is committed to affording equal employment opportunity to all qualified, reliable, and productive employees without regard to age, color, race, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.