Located in Buffalo, NY 35 Hours Full Time, Hourly
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
SUMMARY OF DUTIES
The Survivor Advocate will be assigned to work with Children and Youth ages newborn to 18 years old, and their caregiver. The caseload will consist of child and youth victims impacted by any type of crime related to the addiction crisis. The Survivor Advocate will provide clients with information, linkages, referrals and support based on an assessment of client and family needs. The Survivor Advocate will provide advocacy and support throughout care and linkages to all needed community supports and services.
· Works independently with clients to provide supportive services, completes needs assessments and linkages to services.
· Provides information and linkage to identified community resources.
· Develops and maintains a working knowledge of community resources and makes appropriate
· Provides empathy and compassion and adheres to all standards of client confidentiality.
· Communicates effectively and functions in a collaborative manner within all levels of the
· Participates in case review, staff meetings, supervisions, and other team meetings.
· Maintains appropriate data and case documentation for all assigned cases.
· Consistently demonstrates professional behaviors and leadership skills that are in support of the
mission and philosophy with the Child Advocacy Center and the larger organization.
· Assures that quality services identified are delivered, acts as an advocate on client's
behalf/request with other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
· Performs all other duties as assigned.
· Bachelor's degree in one of the following listed fields: social work, psychology, counseling, or community mental health AND one year of experience in providing supportive services. -OR- Associate's degree in a relevant field, plus two years of full-time paid experience in a related mental health or related human service agency.
· Requires understanding of child abuse and the legal and family court systems.
· Must be able to perform duties in an independent and efficient manner.
· Must possess knowledge of and ability to provide crisis intervention strategies effectively.
· Valid NYS Driver's License.
· Must have accredited NYS Defensive Driving course; or obtain within 15 days of hire.
· Must maintain active NYS Defensive Driving course every 3 years, upon expiration.
· Must send updated copies of vehicle inspection, registration, and insurance cards to Human Resources upon expiration.