Forensic Interviewer at the Child Advocacy Center

Job Title: Forensic Interviewer

Reports To: CAC Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

Notice: 4 Weeks

Grade: 7

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Provides consistent, high quality forensic interviewing and advocacy to the abused children seen at the Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center. To communicate the results of the interview as indicated and act as an effective member of the multidisciplinary team. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with investigative interviews of children by conducting forensic/investigative interviews at the request of the CAC in a manner consistent with the Erie County Child Abuse Protocol.  Demonstrate ability to quickly establish rapport with children and teens, and to utilize protocols based on best practice standards for children of all ages and ability. Conduct interviews in a manner that is respectful of the child's culture and abilities, and in a way that maximizes the young person's ability to fully and accurately describe what has occurred. 
  • Document results of the interview in a timely manner using the format and standards required by CAC policy. Assist in reviewing formats used nationally to assure that the CAC maintains a best practice approach.
  • Communicate interview results accurately and clearly in multidisciplinary and/or forensic settings. Offer court testimony and documentation as required.
  • As needed, provided advocacy, information and referrals, supportive counseling and linkage to NYS Office of Victim Services to clients seen at CAC.
  • Attend case review meetings and CAC staff meetings.
  • Assist in peer review, mentoring of forensic interviewers, and community/regional trainings.  Assist with the training and implementation of child abuse protocols. 
  • Maintain a high level of professional excellence and credible reputation among the various constituent organizations involve in the multidisciplinary team and CAC.  Actively pursue new learning in all areas related to the position and be proactive in disseminating the information to others.  As resources permit, actively participate in State Chapter meetings, peer review, conference and workshops to maintain a high level of professional skill. 
  • As schedule of interviews and related events permits, assist with other organizational projects including fundraising, training, mentoring, and other related duties.
  • Schedule and assigned duties are subject to change based on the needs of the program and the clients we serve.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence in team work and multidisciplinary coordination. 
  • Current Act 33/34 and any other required clearances in place.
  • Able to commit to out-of-town training in forensic interviewing. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • MA degree plus 2 years' experience interviewing children from abusive/dysfunctional life settings.

OR

  • BA/BS degree plus 4 years' experience may be substituted for MA degree