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JOB DESCRIPTION - The Houston Area Women's Center

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									HOUSTON AREA WOMEN’S CENTER
JOB DESCRIPTION

TITLE:              Bilingual Court Advocate

GENERAL
DESCRIPTION:        Provide information, support and accompaniment services to
                    child survivors of sexual and family violence, child witnesses and
                    their families.

GRADE:              4

LEVEL:              1

CLASSIFICATION: Professional

SUPERVISOR:         Manager of Children’s Court Services

STATUS:             Exempt


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THIS POSITION:

1. Provide information and support to families participating in the Criminal Justice
   System.
2. Provide court orientation/preparation to child witnesses and Criminal Justice
   accompaniment to children and families.
3. Crisis intervention.
4. Liaison with other Criminal Justice professionals.
5. Interpret for Spanish-speaking clients.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work,
                Psychology or Child & Family Development.
                Experience in working with traumatized children.
                Knowledge of child development
                Fluent in English/Spanish

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program Development and Implementation
1. Evaluate services to clients and make recommendations to Manager.
2. Work cooperatively with other staff to ensure optimal utilization of
   resources and efficient management of the program.
3. Develop and maintain professional working relationships within the
   Criminal Justice System, with referral sources and other significant
   professionals.
4. Keep current a comprehensive list of referral resources available to clients.


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5. Staff office at CAC as assigned and participate in case review as needed.
6. Assist with field training of new staff
7. Assist with coordination of special projects that benefit clients.
8. Attend agency all staff meetings and other appropriate meetings.
9. Advocate at HAWC and other agencies on behalf of children and women.
10. Work towards constantly improving skills/knowledge related to job duties
    by seeking appropriate workshops, seminars, and conferences.

Direct Services
1. Provide crisis counseling, information, updates on the status of the court
    case, and support to children and their parents or caregivers.
2. Conduct home visits with children in preparation for court.
3. Provide accompaniment to children and their families to the District
    Attorney’s Office.
4. Provide age-appropriate court orientation to children who may testify in
    court.
5. Provide court accompaniment for children and families.
6. Refer families to appropriate health and social service agencies to obtain
    additional services as needed.
7. Assist families with applications for Crime Victims’ Compensation.
8. Translate for families, as needed, as they participate in the legal process.
9. Maintain accurate records and appropriate documentation of services.
10. Report abuse/neglect to Child Protective Services.

Administrative
1. Initiate, retrieve, and/or respond to E-mail, voice mail and written correspondence
   in a timely manner.
2. Keep current on latest research and issues on sexual and family violence,
   criminal laws and procedures, children’s testimony and other topic of relevance
   through but not limited to articles, books, videos, conferences, workshops, and
   meetings.
3. Participate in staffing, supervisory, processing, and consultation meetings as
   required or needed.
4. Complete pre and post surveys with children before and after court
   orientation.
5. Complete Witness Evaluation Form on all children who testify.
6. Complete and turn in all necessary paperwork for payroll, reimbursement, and
   leave in a timely manner.

Community Education
1. Speak to groups and agencies on topics regarding sexual and family violence,
   children’s issues, the Houston Area Women’s Center, and other topics of
   relevance.
2. Conduct tours as requested.
3. Participate in media interviews as requested.
4. Participate in all volunteer and professional training.
5. Participate in cross training with partner agencies.


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Volunteers
1. Assist volunteers with observation and continuing education as needed.
2. Give ongoing support to volunteers.

Provide other Duties as Requested

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

1. Understanding and sensitivity towards issues of sexual and family violence
   particularly as they relate to children.
2. Skilled in crisis intervention with parents.
3. Knowledge of child development and age-appropriate expectations.
4. Ability to effectively communicate with children of all ages.
5. Knowledge of Texas laws and criminal court procedures pertaining to child
   victims and witnesses.
6. Knowledge of community resources for children and parents.
7. Ability to speak effectively in public and write clearly and concisely.
8. Ability to work and cooperate with staff and volunteers in a supportive manner.
9. Ability to manage conflicting priorities and make appropriate timely decisions in
   a crisis environment.
10. Ability to take responsibility for and follow-up on decisions made.
11. Knowledge of laws and regulations relating to child abuse and neglect, sexual
   abuse, liability and negligence.
12. Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
13. Ability to maintain confidentiality.




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