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Full time Family Advocate Position

 

Do you want to make a difference and be part of a wonderful team of professionals whose primary mission is to protect children?  Are you looking for a career that is fulfilling and meaningful? Do you value and appreciate a team environment?

Then our full time Family Advocate position may be just for you!

 

The Children’s Place is a Child Advocacy Center located in Wasilla, Alaska. Our Mission is to offer hope and healing to children and families impacted by child abuse and neglect through a coordinated community response. Our Family Advocates are the heart of our team as they work directly with children and families who have been impacted by child abuse, ensuring their ongoing needs are met.

 

If you have a heart to help children and have two years’ experience in child abuse/neglect fields or victim advocacy then please consider applying. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work, Human Services, Criminal Justice or other relevant field preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Experience with group work and public speaking is also preferred. This position must pass a criminal background check.

 

We offer competitive compensation, benefits, and training.

 

This position will be opened until filled.

 

Please send your cover letter and resume to:

administrative@tcpak.org with “FA Applicant” in the subject line  or fax to 907-357-5159

or mail it to :

Carol Clausen

The Children’s Place

P.O. Box 871788

Wasilla, Alaska 99687

 

The Children’s Place Job Description

JOB TITLE:                                                                  Family Advocate

REPORTS TO:                                                             Program Manager

FLSA STATUS:                                                            1 FTE (40 Hours) Non-Exempt

JOB DESCRIPTION:

             

The Family Advocate is responsible for facilitating the case management process for those children and families whose maltreatment cases are processed through The Children's Place (TCP). This position works closely and collaborates with members of the multi-disciplinary team to coordinate cases seen at TCP; works closely with contracted mental health clinicians to refer and schedule therapy services for children and non-offending caregiver(s); provides neutral support, resource information and referrals to clients of the TCP; manages NCAtrak data collection system for the organization, and assists with providing statistical grant reporting data. In addition, this position coordinates and provides outreach and community education presentations and events including, but not limited to, Shaken Baby Prevention, Health Fairs, Mandated Reporting, etc. Outreach duties may occasionally include attendance at outreach activities outside of regular business hours.  This position is required to participate in the TCP’s after-hours on-call schedule. Professional appearance and demeanor required. This position must pass a criminal background check.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Two years experience in child abuse/neglect field or victim advocacy required. Experience with group work, public speaking, and presentations preferred.  BA/BS in Social Work, Human Services, or Criminal Justice preferred. 

 

MUST HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF:             

  • TCP’s mission, goals, and programs.

  • Child abuse dynamics and its impact on children.

  • Trauma Informed Care.

  • Non-profit systems, local community services and resources preferred.

  • Child development, and ability to utilize this knowledge to make referrals. 

  • Child Protection (OCS), Law Enforcement and Court Systems.

  • Problem solving relating to child abuse and family dynamics. 

 

ESSENTIAL SKILLS

  • Ability to hold highest standards of client confidentiality required.

  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills and ability to function as a team member required.

  • Excellent customer service skills required for working with client families, donors/funders, board members, co-workers, multi-disciplinary team members, and the general public.

  • Ability to consistently demonstrate professional behaviors and leadership skills that are in support of the vision, mission, and philosophy of The Children’s Place.

  • Ability to problem-solve, work independently and without constant supervision.

  • Skilled at proof-reading with intense attention to detail required

  • Ability to be flexible in your work schedule.

  • Ability to provide trauma informed care, assessments and resources.

  • Proficient using office equipment/machines including computer, facsimile, scanner and copy machine. 

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Excel, Word, Power Point Presentations, Internet and E-mail. 

  • Ability to work with deadlines, stressful situations, and shifting priorities.

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.

  • Ability to read, write and speak English.

  • Ability to maintain accurate charts and records. 

  • Desire and ability to work as a team member toward a common goal with a wide range of patients of varied socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Demonstration of excellent interpersonal skills and a non-judgmental, supportive attitude toward patients, families, and community law enforcement and child protection professionals. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Maintain strict standards of confidentiality for clients.

  • To be present for the initial interview, interface with the child and family during the       evaluation process, explain the investigative and follow-up policy, and provide referral       information.

  • Administer screening tools as part of trauma informed care.

  • Establish and maintain case management files and enter data in the NCAtrak system.

  • Maintain contact with families, providing victim advocacy as needed, throughout the duration of their case.

  • Administer client satisfaction surveys as part of the Quality Assurance Program and recommend changes as appropriate. 

  • Coordinate with appropriate investigative and referral agencies regarding child       maltreatment cases.

  • Participate in monthly Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) case reviews.

  • Responsible for coordinating and scheduling appointments for interviews/exams.

  • Assist families with mental health and community resources and referrals.

  • Participate in “On-Call” rotation schedule, responding to TCP for emergent after-hours cases.

  • Maintain case tracking system to record both short and long-term data on children evaluated at TCP.

  • Participate in community outreach: health fairs, presentations, rallies, etc. Occasional attendance at outreach activities outside regular business hours is required

  • Work with Program Manager and/or other TCP staff in developing new presentations and handouts.

  • Participate in trainings, certifications, and continuing education as required.

  • Collect and report on the organization’s client and case-related statistical data at least quarterly and as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.

 

This position is required to participate in a rotating schedule, as needed, to respond to The Children’s place after regular business hours for emergent cases. Expectations for participation in the rotating schedule are as follows: 1) Be available by telephone 24-hours per day, on your pre-scheduled “on call” day(s). 2) Be prepared to respond in a drug and alcohol-free status to The Children’s Place within 90 minutes of receiving a call for service. Employees pre-scheduled to be on-call for afterhours service are paid a flat “on-call rate” for each 24-hour period for which they are expected to respond. When an employee who is pre-scheduled to be on-call responds to The Children’s Place, the employee is paid for actual hours worked, in addition to the daily “on-call rate”.

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The Children’s Place Job Description

JOB TITLE: Program Manager

Do you want to make a difference and be part of a wonderful team of professionals whose primary mission is to protect children? Are you looking for a career that is fulfilling and meaningful? Do you value and appreciate a team environment? Then our full time Family Advocate position may be just for you!

The Children’s Place is a Child Advocacy Center located in Wasilla, Alaska. Our Mission is to offer hope and healing to children and families impacted by child abuse and neglect through a coordinated community response. Our Family Advocates are the heart of our team as they work directly with children and families who have been impacted by child abuse ensuring their ongoing needs are met.

If you have a heart to help children and have two years’ experience in child abuse/neglect fields or victim advocacy then please consider applying. Our preferred applicant will have a BA/BS in Social Work, Human Services, or Criminal Justice field and preferably, experience with group work, public speaking, and giving presentations to agencies, community, schools etc.

Program Manager Job Description

PURPOSE OF THE JOB: Exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to coordinating, providing and supervising direct services provided to children and families by The Children’s Place including but not limited to providing/arranging for immediate safety, legal and community justice assistance, individual and systems advocacy, supervision and mentoring of Family Advocate staff and for operations of the Multidisciplinary Team

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must demonstrate their ability to accomplish the Essential Job Results stated below.

Job knowledge absolutely required before entering the job

  • Solid understanding of the root causes, dynamics and prevention strategies for child maltreatment

  • At least two years’ experience providing direct services and victim advocacy with progressively responsible job duties and supervisory experience including screening, training and employee evaluation.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to communicate effectively, and to work with people of varied backgrounds and value systems.

  • Ability to give and receive oral and written communications and to read, interpret, abide by and document required policies and procedures for program operations.

  • A personal and professional commitment to ending child maltreatment and related forms of interpersonal violence. Ability to effectively confront issues of gender and race.

  • Must be a responsible individual of reputable character who is known to exercise sound judgment, maintain confidentiality, cope with stress and crisis situations in a calm manner and who models non-violent behavior and freedom from substance abuse

  • Must have or be able to pass State of Alaska and federal background check

  • Must have valid Alaska driver’s license or ability to travel off-site for meetings and/or services

Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work preferred

  • Bachelor Degree in related field with a minimum of three years’ of progressively responsible experience providing services to child victims of maltreatment and to the people responsible for their care

Preferred:

  • Thorough understanding/knowledge of criminal, civil and community justice systems including ICWA, tribal courts and jurisdictions in PL280 states.

  • Experience and training in working with people who have mental or physical challenges, who are impacted by fetal alcohol exposure and/or persons experiencing substance abuse or addictions

  • Training in nationally approved ChildFirst interview model and experience testifying in court

Responsibilities

  • Provide supervision of TCP program staff and interns including program monitoring and evaluation.

  • Assists in the recruitment, hiring and training of all new members of program staff to ensure high quality candidates are properly screened, trained and supervised to meet the needs of the programmatic services.

  • Assume a leadership role in ensuring collaboration among all members of the multi-disciplinary team, including protocol development and revision and facilitation of multi-disciplinary committees. Develop and implement regular orientation and training for new members of the MDT. Oversee planning of training and team building activities for TCP staff and MDT members.

  • Review referrals with program staff, monitor screening process and provide best practices to case management. Assume a leadership role in expediting referral decisions and management of case logistics within TCP.

  • Develop, implement and monitor on an ongoing basis an evaluation process within TCP to evaluate its programs, services and partner relations.

  • Develop, implement and monitor on an ongoing basis the necessary activities to assist programs to remain in compliance with the standards for National Children’s Alliance membership standards.

  • Assure that updated methodologies, practices and programs in all areas of TCP work with physically and sexually abused children.

  • Implement and maintain the procedures, policies and operational manuals for TCP in compliance with the accreditation standards of the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) and the local protocol.

  • Promote strong, effective working relationships with partner agencies and other service providers.

  • Collaborate and liaison with community organizations to network and build a collaborative working relationship between TCP and other programs.

  • Implement and monitor outreach with community members and agencies through participation and presentations in local events.

  • Maintain, monitor, and report statistical data for grants and NCA requirements.

  • Assist the Executive Director on an as needed basis.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Fast paced office environment with moderate to loud noise. Frequent, unscheduled interruptions. Periodic exposure to situations where individuals may be a danger to themselves or others. Occasional exposure to hazardous conditions (cigarette smoke, bodily fluids, spills, chemicals and cleaning agents, broken glass, etc.) Exposure to communicable diseases. Able to travel over night to conference and training

WORK HOURS: Flexible, full time (40 hours/week) generally running from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Monday-Friday. Requires a flexible schedule including participation in on-call rotation that may require some evening/weekends hours.

 

Contributes to the team effort and maintains continuous quality improvement by welcoming new and different work requirements; exploring new opportunities to add value to the organization; helping others accomplish related job results; and being active in self-directed learning and professional development. Attending all mandatory staff meetings and in-service training. Providing and maintaining documentation of required training in appropriate field(s)

Protects program integrity and confidentiality by adhering to all confidentiality requirements including but not limited to TCP’s internal policies, requirements of local, state and federal law and requirements of common sense necessary to protect the safety, dignity and privacy of persons seeking or receiving services.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Fast paced office environment with moderate to loud noise. Frequent, unscheduled interruptions. Periodic exposure to situations where individuals may be a danger to themselves or others. Occasional exposure to hazardous conditions (cigarette smoke, bodily fluids, spills, chemicals and cleaning agents, broken glass, etc.) Exposure to communicable diseases.

MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT USED: Standard office equipment (FAX machine, computers, copier, telephone, etc.), outside grounds & yard equipment, basic carpentry tools and household cleaning equipment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to walk, sit, hear, speak, climb stairs, stoop, reach, use hands, lift up to 25 lbs, see and use close vision; speak, write, hear and understand English.

SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director

POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Family Advocates

COORDINATION: Works closely with the Medical Director and Nurse Practitioner under the guidance of the Executive Director to provide an effective, coordinated, on-going response to persons seeking or receiving services.

 

Background Check: Position must have current clearance through the State of Alaska Background Check Unit and/or submit fingerprints, complete and pass a national FBI/State of Alaska criminal background check.

We offer competitive compensation, benefits, and training.

This position will be opened until filled.

Email your cover letter and resume to Michelle Bayless at administrative@tcpak.org.

Or fax to 907-357-5159

Or mail it to:

Michelle Bayless

The Children’s Place

P.O. Box 871788

Wasilla, Alaska 99687

The Children’s Place is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All employment with The Children’s Place is at will. The Children’s Place reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

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                         Job Title:  Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Physician Assistant

                         FSLA Status: Full time/Non-Exempt. May be part time if requested/desired

                         Pay Range: Competitive and DOE

 

Job Purpose

The Children’s Place is a Child Advocacy Center and exists to provide effective, immediate and sensitive support to child abuse victims and their non-offending family members.  The Children’s Place is committed to a vision with a focus on one goal: ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect.

 

The Children’s Place is committed to building a team of dedicated, compassionate professionals who are supportive of our culture.

 

We are all The Children’s Place: We exist because of the unique collaboration of community partners dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect.  Our strength lies in our people, their ideas, their differences, their diverse talents and perspectives.

 

We bring our best everyday: The Children’s Place consists of experts, problem solvers and visionaries dedicated to promoting creativity and innovation.  We demonstrate personal integrity and maintain a high standard of ethical behavior.  We are dedicated to fostering a learning environment where all members of the collaborative process can flourish.

 

When it comes to children, we don’t compromise: Children come first in all that we do.  The Children’s Place provides a safe place where children have the courage to use their voices – a place where healing begins.  Because of our coordination of care, children entering our program go from crisis to courage.  Our vision reimagines the system to make it work best for all involved, especially the child.

 

If you are looking for a place where you can make a difference in the life of a child, The Children’s Place is looking for you. 

 

We are seeking an experienced and committed Nurse Practitioner (NP)/Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or Physician’s Assistant to join our dynamic and innovative organization on a full-time basis.  The NP/APRN or PA is responsible for the medical evaluation, care and treatment of children with suspected sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. Specialized child maltreatment training will be provided through TCP for this position.

 

Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant

Reports to: Clinical Supervision: Medical Director / Administrative Supervision: Executive Director

FLSA Status: Full or Part Time/Non-Exempt

Primary Function: Serves in his/her professional capacity as a staff member of The Children’s Place (TCP) and is responsible for the examination, evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents referred for suspected sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and drug endangerment.

Will use discretion and independent judgment with respect to clinical and forensic exam services to child and adolescent victims of abuse, and to their non-offending care giver(s) including coordination with multidisciplinary team, child protection and criminal justice systems. 

 

Job knowledge required before entering employment

  • Ability to establish rapport and trusting relationships with children, families and care-givers 

  • Demonstrates effective listening and communication skills including ability to cross-communicate among diverse groups and facilitate problem-solving and conflict resolution

  • Computer competency including working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and database programs including Electronic Health Records and/or NCATrak

  • Ability to be flexible and adjust to stressful and ever-changing situations

  • Highly organized, detail oriented with strong time management skills

  • Trauma-informed understanding of the root causes, dynamics, scope and impact of child abuse and neglect 

  • Ability to work flexible hours and share rotating 24/7 on-call schedule

  • Must be a responsible individual of reputable character who is known to exercise sound judgment, maintain confidentiality, cope with stress and crisis situations in a calm manner and who models non-violent behavior and freedom from substance abuse.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide direct clinical services to include forensic medical examinations of child abuse victims (sexual, physical and neglect).

  • Provide testimony as needed in criminal and/or juvenile court regarding medical examination and/or consultation of child abuse/neglect victims.

  • Coordinate care with families, investigators and community providers

  • Complete electronic health records documenting clinical services in a timely manner

  • Provide child abuse education to professionals in the community as well as medical students and residents.

  • Provide clinical consultation to partner agencies and multidisciplinary team members regarding medical issues related to child abuse & neglect

  • Rotate 24/7 on-call responsibilities

  • Work hours will involve evening, holiday and weekend responsibilities

  • Participate in regular case and peer review for TCP.

  • Meet quality of care standards as established by the Medical Director

 

Education & Professional Status:

  • One to three (1-3) years of experience in medical examination of children

  • Master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited educational institution and/or degree in Physician’s Assistant Studies (MPAS), Health Science (MHS), or Medical Science (MMSc)

  • Licensed or eligible to be licensed in Alaska as a Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Physician Assistant

 

Preferred:

  • Training and experience in the child welfare system including the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

  • Experience working within a multidisciplinary team (MDT)

  • Experience working with children with special needs including developmental and physical disabilities, TBI, FASD and/or mental health challenges

 

Benefits:

  • Dental, Vision and health Insurance

  • 11 Paid holiday days

  • Accrued paid time off

  • Self-Care is scheduled/valued

  • Competitive compensation

 

If you meet these qualifications and have a desire to be part of our team, apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to: mbayless@tcpak.org

This position will remain open until filled.

 

The Children’s Place is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

All employment at The Children’s Place is at will. TCP reserves the right to revise or change

job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.