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Child Forensic Interviewer

Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine

PURPOSE
To serve as a half-time interviewer at both the Children’s Advocacy Center of York County (CACYC) and the Cumberland County Children’s Advocacy Center (CCCAC). The Forensic Interviewer will conduct forensic interviews with children and adolescents following an allegation of abuse, using research-based, best practice interview techniques. The Forensic interviews conducted will aid in child abuse investigations carried out by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and various law enforcement agencies.

This position is a salaried and 40 hours per week.

ACCOUNTABILITY
The Child Forensic Interviewer is directly supervised by the CAC Program Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice, or a related field preferred
  • An understanding of child abuse and its impact on children, child development stages, and rapport building with children
  • Significant prior experience working with children and families
  • Experience working with all or some of the following systems: child protective services, law enforcement, social services, or legal services.
  • Experience and skill at public speaking, leading meetings, and working with multidisciplinary teams (MDTs)

RESPONSIBILITIES

INTERVIEWING

  • Become trained in a nationally-recognized 40-hour model of forensic interviewing
  • Conduct developmentally-appropriate, legally sound, neutral and non-leading interviews of children
  • Facilitate pre- and post- interview meetings with non-offending caregivers
  • Remain current on research regarding interviewing, child abuse investigations, and disclosure of abuse
  • Participate in Statewide Peer Review
  • Testify in criminal, civil, or family court if subpoenaed

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAMWORK

  • Develop and maintain relationships with law enforcement agencies, child protective services, the district attorney’s office and other service providers through on-going communication
  • Attend monthly Case Review for CACYC and CCCAC to discuss ongoing and/or challenging cases recently seen at both CACs
  • Facilitate pre- and post-interview meetings to debrief with MDT members

EVALUATION & TRAINING

  • Attend trainings and participate in professional development when necessary and available
  • Participate in Statewide Peer Review
  • Accept observation and critique in initial and occasional subsequent interviews

OTHER

  • Complete SARSSM’s 40-hour advocate training
  • Aid in projects as directed by CAC Program Manager
  • Participate in agency events and programs.

Additional Job Information

Note that providing a salary range is not required, but is a practice that models transparency and is one recommended strategy for advancing equitable compensation.
Social Work/Services
Full-Time
York County - Western
Cumberland and York Counties

Application Details

Please email your cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to Molly Louison at molly@sarsonline.org
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