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Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Will County Children's Advocacy Center's team. Please email a resume and cover letter to lmlas@willcountyillinois.com and include the position title in the subject line. NO PHONE CALLS. All positions open until filled.

Culturally diverse and bilingual (English-Spanish) individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Current full-time, exempt openings:

Intake/MDT Coordinator

JOB SUMMARY:  The Intake/MDT Coordinator facilitates the coordinated approach of the child abuse and neglect investigation process at the Will County Children's Advocacy Center. This position works closely with law enforcement, DCFS, the Will County States Attorney’s office, medical professionals, mental health professionals, victim advocates, and various other professionals represented on the multidisciplinary team (MDT). Focus is on scheduling and coordinating forensic interviews, monitoring case progress, maintaining client files, and assisting in the coordination of multi-agency case review to promote improved communication, coordination and accountability across agency lines. This position facilitates healthy relationships between the MDT members and works to resolve conflicts among the team when they arise.

In addition to working with children, Intake/MDT Coordinator may at times offer services to adults with disabilities who receive services at the CAC.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Initiate multidisciplinary child sexual abuse investigation:
    • Schedule forensic interviews.
    • Assist families in creatively identifying and eliminating barriers that may exist to keeping scheduled appointments.
    • Elicit information about a child’s special needs in order to provide the best experience possible, and ensure families have transportation to and from the CAC.
    • Provide initial information about what their visit to the CAC entails – including the investigative process (forensic interview and medical exam), advocacy services, and mental health treatment services.
    • Enter data into NCAtrak and agency databases, and complete and maintain all necessary and appropriate files and records associated with intake.
    • Consistently demonstrate professional behaviors and leadership skills that are in support of the vision, mission, and philosophy of the CAC at both the organizational and personal level.
  • Have an essential understanding of National Children’s Alliance standards and implementation of best practices.
  • Communicate effectively and function in a collaborative manner within all levels of the organization, with participating agencies and within the community.
  • Coordinate and participate in regularly scheduled MDT case reviews meetings.
    • Set agenda for case review, notifying participants, ensure all relevant information is shared and discussed, summarize the decisions and actions plans of the multidisciplinary team.
    • Identify training needs of MDT members and seek out training opportunities that meets those needs.
    • Work closely with the members of the multidisciplinary teams to review and update team protocols annually.
    • Maintain a positive relationship with MDT members and creatively identify and eliminate any barriers that may exist so as to ensure program success.
    • Work closely with the Statewide MDT Coordinator
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and cross-cultural awareness in the performance of all duties.
  • Assist in all CAC fundraising and development efforts as assigned.
  • Attend local, out-of-town, or overnight specialized training or meetings as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor’s degree minimum, in human service or related field with relevant experience working with children and families. A minimum of one year of applicable experience strongly preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL & ABILITIES: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products and database systems. Prior working experience with DCFS and knowledge of DCFS definitions and acronyms highly desirable. Sound reasoning, judgment, and high professional standards a must. Knowledge of group dynamics and effective facilitation strategies a plus. Demonstrated knowledge of multiple cultures and the cultural impact on the delivery of services a must. Beginning knowledge of family dynamics where abuse and/or neglect is occurring, and knowledge of child development stages. Skills in providing crisis intervention services to families. Training or experience in working with trauma victims, people with disabilities, and people with mental health disorders preferred. Knowledge of Will County courts, Will County area social service system, and victim’s rights, preferred.  Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and effective interpersonal and collaborative skills. Must be able to focus under pressure and with interruptions and meet strict deadlines. Must perform job duties independently, proactively, and with a variety of people in a team setting.

Position involves sensitive and confidential information about child abuse victims and partner agency personnel at all levels. Strict confidentiality must be maintained.

Must pass a thorough criminal background investigation. Must have own means of transportation, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance, as travel throughout Will County is required.

Must have the ability and flexibility to work outside of the normal working hours.

Forensic Interviewer

JOB SUMMARY:  To provide developmentally and culturally appropriate and legally defensible forensic interviews of children and adolescents involved in cases of alleged abuse. Involves interviewing children and adolescents regarding allegations of abuse, working collaboratively with a multi‐disciplinary team (i.e. law enforcement, DCFS, medical staff, therapists, prosecution) and testifying in court as an expert witness pertaining to abuse and trauma.

In addition to working with children, Forensic Interviewer may at times offer services to adults with disabilities who receive services at the CAC.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Essential understanding of National Children’s Alliance standards and implementation of best practices.
  • Conduct forensic interviews of children and adolescents involved in cases of alleged abuse per established protocol. Includes:
    • Developmental assessment
    • Establish competence of the child
    • Obtain data regarding traumatic history in a manner that meets legal requirements for evidence and meets social services needs for protection and treatment
    • Ensure psychosocial well‐being of the child
    • Obtain information regarding allegations in conjunction with investigators.
    • Facilitate pre/post interview multidisciplinary case staffing with team investigators.
    • Review intake information and obtain information about child’s emotional state, parents response to the investigation, child’s living situation, and relationship to the perpetrator
    • Educate team as needed regarding the process and issues
    • Review results of interview including determination of findings
    • Facilitate team collaboration regarding interpretation of interview findings
    • Elicit and clarify team members interpretation of interview
    • Clarify differences and opinion, and
    • Develop team plan for follow up regarding responsibilities and coordination
    • Educate team members as needed regarding the forensic interview process and abuse dynamics.
    • Enter case and interview data into the case tracking system, as required.
  • Participate in Multidisciplinary Team Case Review and present cases when requested.
  • Respond to subpoenas and provide testimony regarding cases in criminal and/or juvenile court when necessary.
  • Participate in supervision, peer review, professional development and on‐going training activities.
  • Communicate effectively and function in a collaborative manner within all levels of the organization,
    with participating agencies and within the community.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and cross‐cultural awareness in the performance of all duties.
  • Attend local, out‐of‐town, or overnight specialized training or peer review meetings as needed.
  • Assist in all CAC fundraising and development efforts as assigned.
  • Represent the CAC in CAC‐related activities.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or added to the scope of responsibility for the position.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor Degree required, Master’s Degree desired in Human Services or related field required, with experience working with children. Working knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse desired, and the ability to engage children of all ages in an interview type setting. Ability to communicate well orally and in writing Sound reasoning, judgment, and high professional standards a must.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL & ABILITIES: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products and database systems. Prior working experience with DCFS and knowledge of DCFS definitions and acronyms highly desirable. Sound reasoning, judgment, and high professional standards a must. Knowledge of group dynamics and effective facilitation strategies a plus. Demonstrated knowledge of multiple cultures and the cultural impact on the delivery of services a must. Beginning knowledge of family dynamics where abuse and/or neglect is occurring, and knowledge of child development stages. Skills in providing crisis intervention services to families. Training or experience in working with trauma victims, people with disabilities, and people with mental health disorders preferred. Knowledge of Will County courts, Will County law enforcement agencies, Will County area social service system, and victim’s rights, preferred. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and effective interpersonal and collaborative skills. Must be able to focus under pressure and with interruptions and meet strict deadlines. Must perform job duties independently, proactively, and with a variety of people in a team setting.

Position involves sensitive and confidential information about child abuse victims and partner agency personnel at all levels. Strict confidentiality must be maintained.

Must pass a thorough criminal background investigation. Must have own means of transportation, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance, as travel throughout Will County is required.

Must have the ability and flexibility to work outside of the normal working hours.

Bilingual (English-Spanish) Family Advocate

JOB SUMMARY:  The Bilingual Family Advocate provides advocacy, crisis intervention, and short-term case management services to child victims of sexual abuse and their families who are referred to the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center. The Family Advocate:

  • Is responsible for providing advocacy services to child victims and their families when sexual abuse and/or serious physical abuse has been alleged to the children and families being served by the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)
  • Is involved in coordinating intervention services that have been recommended by the MDT members, identifying any barriers that may prevent the family from receiving services, and advocating for immediate service implementation.
  • Is present when children and families are at the CAC and serves to support and answer questions about the investigative process, court process, and treatment options.
  • Monitors and maintains the case logistics and tracking of all cases at the CAC.

In addition to working with children, Family Advocate may at times offer services to adults with disabilities who receive services at the CAC.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Essential understanding of National Children’s Alliance standards and implementation of best practices.
  • Review case prior to family arriving at the CAC to identify family concerns or needs prior to their arrival, and coordinate/communicate with MDT and other CAC staff to ensure that the families’ needs are met during the visit.
  • Review the case prior to family arriving to determine any specific case issues that may need to be addressed with the family and/or the MDT.
  • Greet child and family upon arrival at the CAC and prepare them for the forensic interview and investigation by explaining the process, showing them the interview room, explaining their rights, and providing information regarding the MDT members and any other steps involved with explaining the process.
  • Complete the Family Screening Tool with the non-offending caregiver – including a social needs screening of the family and child and a mental health screening of the child and non-offending caregiver .
  • When a child or a non-offending caregiver present with a significant safety concern, refer for crisis assessment.
  • Provide crisis referral for victims and families referred on cases that do not involve a DCFS worker; answer any questions related to the investigative process and provide feedback to the assigned DCFS worker and/or law enforcement officer.
  • Provide information to the non-offending caregiver regarding trauma and the impact of trauma on children and families.
  • Assess the non-offending caregiver’s willingness and readiness to participate in and/or ensure his or her child participates in mental health services.
  • Document the information regarding engagement on the Family Screening Tool.
  • Provide information to the non-offending caregiver regarding medical exam and the benefits of a medical assessment for children who have experienced sexual abuse and other forms of trauma.
  • Schedule appointment with designated child trauma trained medical provider. Attend the medical exam if requested by the family or the law enforcement officer assigned to work with the family
  • Coordinate with other advocates that may be working with the child and family
  • Serve as families’ liaison and representative to the multidisciplinary investigating team including during the families’ visit to the center in MDT meetings and after the visit.
  • Assess families for needs and make referrals for families to appropriate social service organizations located in families’ communities.
  • Provide information to the families regarding the Illinois Attorney General’s Violent Crime Victims Compensation Program.
  • Follow up with families after they visit the CAC to facilitate referrals, answer questions, convey information, and provide on-going case management during child sexual abuse investigations.
  • Remain in regular and consistent contact with the family during child sexual abuse investigations, including home visits, if necessary.
  • Attend and participate in regularly scheduled team meetings and case reviews.
  • Attend and participate in staff development trainings.
  • Actively participate in on-going Advocacy program development.
  • Participate in local training opportunities.
  • Communicate effectively and function in a collaborative manner within all levels of the organization, with participating agencies and within the community.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and cross-cultural awareness in the performance of all duties.
  • Attend local, out-of-town, or overnight specialized training or peer review meetings as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or added to the scope of responsibility for the position.
  • Represent the CAC in employee, volunteer and intern recruitment and retention activities.
  • Provide translation as requested for partner agencies except for translation of legal documents such as safety plans and written statements.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree minimum, in social work, or human service related field, with relevant experience working with children and families. Previous experience in law enforcement, social work, mental health, and/ or experience as a trainer/educator is preferred. Strong team building, problem solving, organizational, and oral communication skills are
necessary.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL & ABILITIES: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products and database systems. Prior working experience with DCFS and knowledge of DCFS definitions and acronyms highly desirable. Sound reasoning, judgment, and high professional standards a must. Knowledge of group dynamics and effective facilitation strategies a plus. Demonstrated knowledge of multiple cultures and the cultural impact on the delivery of services a must. Beginning knowledge of family dynamics where abuse and/or neglect is occurring, and knowledge of child development stages. Skills in providing crisis intervention services to families. Training or experience in working with trauma victims, people with disabilities, and people with mental health disorders preferred. Knowledge of Will County courts, Will County area social service system, and victim’s rights, preferred.  Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and effective interpersonal and collaborative skills. Must be able to focus under pressure and with interruptions and meet strict deadlines. Must perform job duties independently, proactively, and with a variety of people in a team setting.

Position involves sensitive and confidential information about child abuse victims and partner agency personnel at all levels. Strict confidentiality must be maintained.

Must pass a thorough criminal background investigation. Must have own means of transportation, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance, as travel throughout Will County is required.

Must have the ability and flexibility to work outside of the normal working hours.

Mental Health Counselor

JOB SUMMARY:  Provide evidence-based, trauma-specific, individual, family and group therapy and case management to clients within agency policies and procedures and practices.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Essential understanding of National Children’s Alliance standards and implementation of best practices.
  • Provide evidence-based, trauma-specific individual and family therapy to an average caseload of 18 – 20 clients.
  • Provide evidence-based, trauma-specific group therapy as needed and agreed to by therapist and Behavioral Health Coordinator.
  • Complete a comprehensive written assessment of assigned cases within the guidelines established by the Behavioral Health Coordinator.
  • Perform a variety of casework duties, including obtaining, analyzing and evaluating data necessary to implement client service.
  • Develop and implement written treatment plans for each assigned case.
  • Actively participate in reflective, clinical and administrative supervision with the Behavioral Health Coordinator at a frequency to be determined by the therapist and supervisor together.
  • Provide linkage to other appropriate resources within specific referral procedures, as needed.
  • Maintain accurate, complete and timely client records as established by the Behavioral Health Specialist.
  • Conduct crisis assessments and respond to client crisis needs.
  • Participate in local training opportunities.
  • Communicate effectively and function in a collaborative manner within all levels of the organization, with participating agencies and within the community.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and cross-cultural awareness in the performance of all duties.
  • Attend local, out-of-town, or overnight specialized training or peer review meetings as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or added to the scope of responsibility for the position.
  • Represent the CAC in employee, volunteer and intern recruitment and retention activities.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Master’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or related field. LPC or LSW required. LCPC or LCSW preferred. Two years of professional experience providing trauma-focused evidence-based therapy to children and adolescents, preferred. Flexibility in schedule based on the needs of clients is required. Evenings and weekends required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of child development, diagnoses, impact of sexual abuse and physical abuse on children, PTSD, and trauma.
  • Knowledge of trauma focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) strongly preferred.
  • Strong problem-solving, organizational, written, oral, and communication skills needed.
  • Demonstrated awareness of multiple cultures and cultural impact on the delivery of service a must.

Must pass a thorough criminal background investigation. Must have own means of transportation, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance, as travel throughout Will County is required.

Must perform duties independently, proactively, and with a variety of people.

Must provide written documentation of licensure.

Must maintain a policy of liability insurance for services provided.

Participate in ongoing continuing education, as assigned.