Children’s Advocate

Children’s Advocate

Type: Full-Time

Department: Domestic Violence Services (DVS) of Lancaster County

Community Action Partnership’s Domestic Violence Services Program (DVS) seeks an energetic and creative individual for the position of FT Children’s Advocate, based in the DVS Safe House. The Children’s Advocate provides direct services and education to parents and child victims of domestic violence. The advocate also assists with domestic violence and dating violence programming in the community. Hours are flexible: 1:00 pm – 8:30 pm M-Th, and 9 am-4:30 pm F. Some on-call and holiday coverage is required.  CAP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Skills and Experience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide individual support counseling and co-facilitate DVSLC’s psycho-educational group program to children residing at the shelter. Maintain knowledge base regarding best practices in working with victims of domestic violence who are parents and their children and related topics
  • Provide parent intakes, individual support counseling and group counseling to domestic violence victims who are parents. Educate parents about the effects of domestic violence on children, effective non-violent parenting and related topics
  • Co-facilitate domestic violence/dating violence awareness education program for children and youth in the community. Assist with program development, scheduling and record-keeping for prevention education program
  • Assist with implementing parent/child activities and age-appropriate educational and recreational activities for the resident children at DVSLC’s emergency shelter including providing transportation when needed
  • Provide supervision of volunteers during evening activities. Accurately perform all rec-keeping and client data entry as required. Attend staff meetings and training as requested by supervisor
  • Complete a minimum of 20 hours of domestic violence/victims services training annually
  • Provide shift coverage for holidays and on-call coverage as required. Assist distributing donations for Children’s Program

Qualifications

Education, Experience & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Early Childhood Education preferred or;
  • Associate’s degree in a related field and 3 years’ experience working with children
  • Genuine concerns for the welfare of children and knowledge of state regulations concerning reporting of suspected child abuse
  • Must be organized, energetic and flexible. Ability and desire to work with people of different ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) skills a plus. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must complete 45-hour Domestic Violence training program upon employment
  • Child Abuse, FBI, and PA Criminal Background clearances required prior to starting of employment
  • Commitment to the DVS and CAP mission. Must have a valid PA Driver’s License

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, citizenship, veteran status or genetic information.


 

CAP employees are required to have three background clearances (Child Abuse, Criminal and FBI).

If you do not have the clearances, CAP will provide forms and related information about the application process.