Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC)
April 9, 2018
Full Time - Entry Level
Case Management/Social Services
4 Year Degree
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Children’s Advocate at CAWC’s Greenhouse Shelter is responsible for the delivery of Greenhouse children's programming for child witness of domestic violence. Programming includes counseling, education and prevention components of services. This is a full-time position that collaborates with the team of shelter staff to provide high-quality services to women and children residing at Greenhouse Shelter, with a focus on children’s services. The Children’s Advocate also provides comprehensive direct service to residents at Greenhouse, including shift coverage, enforcement of shelter policies, facilitation of cooperative living among residents, and coordination of group recreational and educational activities. The position reports to the Shelter Director and may work closely with volunteers who assist in providing shelter coverage and children’s group activities. Specific responsibilities include those outlined below.
The ideal candidate has experience in domestic violence service provision and a strong working knowledge of child development.
Organizes social, recreational and educational experiences in the Chicago area for the residential children of Greenhouse Shelter.
Develops, in cooperation with the primary counselors, opportunities for parent-child experiences and family conferences to enhance family and life management skills.
Participates in the training of volunteers for the children's program.
Makes recommendations and assists Counselor/Advocates in development of appropriate aftercare referrals and follow-up for children
Develops and maintains educational materials for the direct service staff as related to the provision of children's services.
Maintains a caseload as work requirements dictate and interacts with the Family Trauma Therapist to ensure appropriate services for families with special needs.
Routinely provides individual, family and group counseling/education.
Maintains and enhances community linkages with relevant agencies/programs; acts as liaison to community for enrollment in school, after-school and summer programs.
Completes and maintains client and service provision records as required; routinely reviews children’s files as assigned; ensures that required school records are complete.
Routinely participates in data collection and preparation of reports.
Monitors service provided to children on an ongoing basis to ensure it meets client and community needs, as well as conforms to agency goals, policies and program outcome measures.
Participates in assigned trainings and community/government committees, activities and networks affecting the services provided to children.
Other responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in related field or three years of experience working with children.
Demonstrated knowledge in childhood development.
Dedication to empowerment of women and children, as well as a commitment to and understanding of anti-oppression and social justice work.
Strong assessment and counseling skills, with a focus on trauma-informed service provision.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).
Demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively.
Capacity to work effectively with others of diverse ages, languages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, mental/physical abilities, and socioeconomic status.
Availability to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.
Highly preferred: Bilingual/bicultural; familiarity with community resources; crisis intervention experience; completion of 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training at an ICDVP-approved site.
Helpful: Experience interacting with social services, schools and summer camps.
WHAT WE OFFER
CAWC offers excellent benefits, a commitment to ongoing learning, and an opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of women and children.
To apply for this position, please send both a cover letter and resume via e-mail with the subject “Children’s Advocate” to Beatris Burgos, Shelter Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC)
In 1976 a landmark meeting was held in Chicago to address the crisis of violence against women. This gathering resulted in a task force that ultimately became Chicago Abused Women Coalition (CAWC). In 1977, CAWC then established the city’s first 24-hour domestic violence hotline and in 1979 opened Chicago’s first shelter for battered women and their children.Over the years, CAWC has evolved in response to changing needs. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the organization expanded programs to include community-based outreach services to adults and specialized intervention services with children. To reflect the expanded scope of its services and its goals for the future, CAWC in 2008 changed its name to Connections for Abused Women and their Children, maintaining its recognizable acronym, while signaling its commitment to programming for both women and children affected by domestic violence. Today, CAWC continues to demonstrate leadership in addressing domestic violence in Chicago, providing life-saving assistance to more than 1,000 women and children each year. Known for its innovative and effective programs and partnerships, CAWC continues to operate its 24-hour hotline and 42-bed sh...elter (Greenhouse), as well as the following: the Hospital Crisis Intervention Project (HCIP), based at both John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, offers not only crisis intervention to victims at the time they seek healthcare, but also trains physicians on appropriate screening for domestic violence; the Humboldt Park Outreach Program (HPOP), a walk-in program that provides individual and group counseling to women and their children, along with enhanced therapeutic services for children; and domestic violence education and support for women seeking substance abuse treatment at Haymarket Center.CAWC is a 501(c)3 designated non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors with an operating budget of approximately $1.7 million. CAWC enjoys a broad base of support from governmental entities, corporations, foundations, United Way and individuals. Staffed with multilingual, multicultural advocates, CAWC is well-known for providing a safe place for women and children from a rich variety of cultures and backgrounds.