Department: Residence Position Title: Children’s Advocate
Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt Mandatory Reporter: Yes
Supervisor: Shelter Manager Salary: $15.00-18.00 an hour
Approved by: Caedy Minoletti Approved Date: May 27, 2021
Position Summary: Under the close supervision and direction of the Shelter Manager, Children’s Advocate provides direct service to children and parents residing at the emergency shelter, including developing and implementing our children’s program. The Children’s Advocate will provide support to our children to meet their distance learning requirements. This position works as part of an overall team that provides comprehensive shelter services, which includes emergency housing, case management, and our children’s program during nontraditional hours, specifically Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Responsible for the overall supervision of children during group and distance learning, with the aim of providing a healthy, safe, and enjoyable environment. This position provides educational support to our children of school age residing in our emergency shelter, assisting with scheduled class time facilitated by local school districts, homework help, other enrichment activities, including building daily/weekly schedules to ensure that all our children are meeting their educational requirements while distance learning on-site at One SAFE Place.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
- Meet with shelter residents to communicate the weekly outline for each child in their family residing in shelter, who is in need of education support, including children with Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals.
- Provide need assessments, teen assessments, and child interaction for families coming into shelter.
- Set weekly schedule for children’s attendance in distance learning and group activities, including preparing required materials, snacks, and activities to ensure structure of the program.
- Assist children in completing classroom video meetings, assignments, homework, and projects.
- Tutor individual or small groups of children.
- Facilitate group activities for children during free periods of time or as scheduled.
- Monitor and oversee student practice and assignments in various subjects
- Observe and redirect behavior of children in the program according to approved procedures
- Monitor children during outside activities as directed.
- Provide peer counseling to children affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
- Model positive parenting techniques and offer parenting support and guidance to parents as needed.
- Provide referrals to clients in need of childcare through Shasta County Office of Education (SCOE) Early Childhood Services Program for those who qualify for services.
ADDITIONAL JOB DUTIES:
- Work with families to establish a plan to address children’s needs.
- Keep parents updated on their children’s success in schoolwork completion.
- Provide opportunities for children and families at shelter to participate in healthy and positive social interactions and community functions when safe.
- Mediate any conflicts that may arise between children of your group.
- Participate in Residence Family Nights
- Report any notable concerns or incidents to Shelter Manager for direction.
- Upholds One SAFE Place’s organizational values in all internal and external actions.
- Other duties as assigned.
ADA Job Characteristics
Work environment is primarily in an office setting. Local travel (driving) may be required to attend off-site meetings, as needed. Lift and carry 25 lbs., extend both arms above the head and/or reach below the waist, stoop, squat, crawl, bend the back or open lower-level filing drawers, or to retrieve stored items, climb a ladder or stairs, or use an elevator. Sit frequently and/or stand when filing, using copier, etc. Use fine manipulation (hands and wrist) to operate a keyboard, take notes; utilize desk calculator, file and copy documents. Corrected vision to normal range. Speak in normal vocal tone and range and communicate clearly and concisely to others. Apply normal reasoning and detail as required in the accomplishment of job duties.
- Associate’s Degree in Human Services, Child Development, or a similar field preferred, or at least two years’ relevant work experience with a social services agency serving individuals who have experienced trauma OR in a school or pre-school setting.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to speak effectively in public and facilitate group discussions as needed.
- Ability to relate to others in a non-judgmental, empathetic, and supportive way.
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
- Ability to represent One SAFE Place professionally on agency business, including willingness to adhere to agency dress code policy.
- Ability to practice balance and self-care while meeting the demands of a crisis center.
- Free from any personal involvement with domestic violence and/or sexual assault within the past 12 months.
- Successful completion of One SAFE Place’s 66-hour domestic violence and sexual assault Crisis Intervention Counselor training (post-hiring requirement).
- Ability to provide copy of valid California driver license, have reliable transportation, and submit current proof of vehicle insurance.
- Ability to pass a background investigation, including willingness to be fingerprinted and undergo pre-employment drug testing.
- Mission: Accepts and demonstrates One SAFE Place’s mission and vision is to provide intervention and safety to a community affected by domestic and sexual abuse. Our vision is a community free of domestic and sexual abuse. We will do this by committing to serve the community with Integrity, Excellence, Compassion, Teamwork, and Respect.
- Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Build rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively and takes initiative to assist in developing others.
- Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better working environment. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work, and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed personal and agency goals.
- Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations, and how they impact relationships. Has functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.
One SAFE Place is an At-Will Employer
One SAFE Place is an Equal Opportunity Employer