Children’s Advocate

Position: Children’s Advocate
FUNCTION: Under the supervision of the Shelter Director and the Children’s Program Director, the Children’s Advocate is responsible for the implementation of program material and activities, including supervision of the children while they are in the program.

HOURS: Full-time Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 p.m.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Maintains a supportive and caring environment for children and facilitates the smooth operation of the Children’s Program.
Monitors, supports and encourages general adherence to Shelter and Children’s Program policies.
Responsible for implementation of daily planned program and supervision of children during program hours.
Assists children in developing and using non-violent problem solving skills.
Responsible for consultation with Children’s Program Director and Shelter Director and other Children’s Advocate and relevant staff regarding case management issues like: child abuse report, behavior management issues, and client histories.
Maintains accurate records, such as: records of daily events with the program as well as maintaining written accounts of children’s attendance, progress notes, and permission slips.
Provides appropriate role model for and promotes appropriate social interaction among the children in the program.
Assists with supervision and transportation of children on planned off-site outings.
Attends all mandatory and appropriate meetings. Including trainings.
Communicates professionally and appropriately with staff and the public by observing confidentiality, staying focused on job tasks and demonstration active listening skills.
Demonstrate ability to be an effective team member by communicating openly, cooperating with other staff, demonstration positive attitudes and working together to solve problems.
Demonstrate ability to work effectively under supervision by being open to feedback, reporting on and following through on suggestions.
Responsible for maintaining a healthy, clean and safe work space.
Other duties as assigned which may include but not limited to: shelter coverage, heavy cleaning, lifting and organizing supplies.

QUALIFICATIONS:
A bachelor’s Degree in a behavioral or social science or four years of related experience in a social service setting. Awareness of women and children’s issues and the dynamics of domestic violence. Ability to relate in a non-judgmental manner to women and children in crisis. Awareness of principles of crisis intervention, and child development. Bilingual Spanish is an asset. California Driver’s License, reliable transportation, proof of insurance and a good driving record required.

AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE INFORMATION
To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws insuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, reasonable accommodations are made for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability unless an undue hardship, direct threat to health and safety or other job related consideration exist. Applicants or employees who require accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should the Executive Director to request such an accommodation. The accommodation she/he is requesting or needs to perform the job should be specified. The request will be discussed, and if necessary, we will investigate barriers that make it difficult for the applicant or employee to have an equal opportunity to perform her/his job. Necessary accommodations will be made unless precluded by an undue hardship or other permissible considerations.

Children’s Advocate job description

Please send resume and cover letter to: dcarter@houseofruthinc.org