METRO CENTERS FOR COMMUNITY ADVOCACY
TITLE: Children’s Advocate
ACCOUNTABILITY: Director of Programs
HOURS: 35 hours per week, flexible schedule to accommodate for children’s availability
All Metro employees are expected to work as a team to accomplish whichever tasks are necessary to meet the needs of the survivors we serve. This may include diverse tasks such as assisting with sorting donations, grocery shopping, etc. as needed. Metro uses Trauma Informed Care advocacy and counseling and expects all employees to serve as role models for the survivors and their children. This means treating all members of the program/shelter (survivors, volunteers, other employees, and supervisors) with respect and compassion.
We are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic program and shelter, which means that we have clients from a variety of backgrounds (i.e., diverse cultures, classes, races, and sexual orientation) living closely together. It is important to be respectful of those differences. Racist, homophobic, and culturally insensitive comments will not be tolerated. By agreeing to employment at Metro, you are agreeing to this policy.
The Children’s Advocate is responsible for providing clinical services to children and adolescent survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Clients will include youth that are in Metro’s emergency shelter as well non-residential referrals. Children’s Advocate will also be responsible for facilitating a daily playgroup for children in shelter as well as evening playgroup when support groups occur.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
● Maintain consistent individual counseling sessions with children and adolescents as caseload allows
● Facilitate structured playgroups every day for youth in shelter.
● Assess shelter family’s needs for services within 48 hours of intake (school enrollment, clothing needs, basic needs of children)
● Maintain electronic records on all clients
● Adult clients will be referred based on need
● Plan seasonal activities with residential children in conjunction with the Shelter Advocate.
● Develop community resources and network with the community and with the public school system on behalf of Metro, advocating for the children and survivors of domestic violence.
● Submit monthly statistics and quarterly reports for clients served to the Program Director.
● Capable of understanding the sensitivity and needs of survivors and their children.
● Function as back-up for the Crisis Line.
● Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director/Program Director
● Follow all DCFS standards.
● Abide by grantor policies and regulations
● Abide by Metro policies and procedures
● Assist with answering the Crisis Line.
● Sensitivity to all LGBTQ and multi-cultural, multi-racial, and language/customs
● MSW required.
● Direct service experience in working with children.
● Experience in counseling children
● Have reliable transportation
● Flexible Schedule
● Agreement to abide by the standards and ethical practices required by our funding sources.
● Fingerprints and a Background check to be filed in accordance with the law.
Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to email@example.com.