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Advocacy Coordinator

Benefits:
  • Paid vacation starting at 80 hours per year, plus 10 paid holidays
  • Paid sick leave at 96 hours per year
  • 401(k) with 3% employer safe harbor contribution
  • 100% paid employee medical insurance with significant contribution towards dependent insurance
  • Dental and vision insurance for $20/month for employees with significant employer contribution towards dependent care
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Spending Account
  • Health Spending Account
  • 100% paid employee basic life insurance
  • 100% paid employee long-term disability
  • 100% paid short-term disability
  • Employee assistance program
  • Insperity discount programs
  • Professional skills courses through Insperity portal
 
Job Summary:
The Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for the execution and oversight of the organization’s advocacy initiative serving children in the custody of the Department of Family Protective Services in Harris County, Texas.  This involves case management, including direct contact with children, caregivers and family members; appearance at court hearings and case-related meetings; active involvement in medical and educational advocacy; preparation of court reports and recommendations; and, documentation and other administrative tasks.  The Advocacy Coordinator also supervises a team of volunteers serving as court-appointed guardian ad litem on some or all assigned cases and represents a key tenet of the organization’s mission. 
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide advocacy, support, and coordination of services to children and youth in the care of Child Protective Services (minimum of 24 cases, not to exceed supervision of 30 volunteers or 45 cases).
  • Collaborate and network with a broad base of stakeholders, including local schools, community-based organizations, child welfare agencies, and physical or mental health providers to ensure appropriate services for children.
  • Support and mentor court advocate volunteers, providing guidance and direction, including:
  • participating in case staffings;
  • attending court hearings;
  • assisting in the preparation of court reports;
  • visiting children; and,
  • contacting stakeholders.
  • Work and manage cases when volunteers are not available.
  • Maintain complete, accurate, and timely case notes for all cases under your supervision, utilizing the organization’s case management system.
  • Ensure reports and evaluations are clear and concise, adhere to established timelines and standards, and include appropriate recommendations based on standards for risk assessment.
  • Ensure your work and your volunteers’ work meets or exceeds the organization’s minimum standards for casework and documentation.
  • Participate in volunteer training and continuing education as a presenter, facilitator, and mentor.
  • Participate in continuing education opportunities relevant to your professional development.
  • Recognize volunteer contributions and develop strong professional relationships with a team of volunteers and ensuring volunteers remain engaged long-term.
 
Qualifications:
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with children and families in a case management capacity.
  • Experience training, mentoring and supervising staff; strong preference for experience coordinating volunteers serving in a long-term capacity.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Windows environment, including Outlook, Teams, Sharepoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field.
 
Essential Skills:
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population and different types of personalities. 
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.  
  • Effective time-management, multi-tasking, and prioritization skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion.
 
Other Work Conditions:
  • Must be able to sit at a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Must have a valid Texas driver’s license, personal automobile, and auto insurance.
  • Must work non-routine hours as needed to attend court, child visits, and meetings; participate in volunteer training; and accommodate volunteer and client schedules and needs.
 
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@childadvocates.org.
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