Athens-Oconee CASA Advocacy Coordinator
Employer: Children First, Inc.
Position: Athens-Oconee CASA Advocacy Coordinator
Status: Full-time (Night and Weekend Shifts)
Posted: June 6, 2017
Search Ends: July 5, 2017
Through advocacy and mentorship, the Athens Oconee Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization empowers community members to stand up for a foster child and champion their rights in court. CASA recruits, trains and provides ongoing support to community volunteers serving as officers of the court to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Through sustained, personal attention, CASA creates positive change in children’s lives, providing children with hope, stability and opportunities to thrive in preparation for healthy, productive adult lives. More information can be found at www.athensoconeecasa.org.
The Advocacy Coordinator is primarily responsible for the administrative case management of the open dependency court cases serviced by CASA. In doing so, the Advocacy Coordinator provides supervision and direction to Peer Coordinators and CASA volunteer advocates, and ensures volunteer compliance with Agency policies. The Advocacy Coordinator also collaborates with Children First staff to screen potential volunteers, assist in various aspects of volunteer advocate training, and ensure that the educational needs of all client youth are met.
Supervision, support and management of volunteer advocates and their assigned cases:
Create and participate in Children First, Inc and Athens-Oconee CASA Marketing Campaigns
Facilitate and attend Volunteer Recruitment, utilizing social media and other promotional avenues. This will include public speaking opportunities
Spearhead and co-facilitate Athens-Oconee CASA fundraising and community events Maintain organized, accurate and up-to-date physical and electronic case records in compliance with Agency protocols, HIPAA laws, and ensure data integrity for reporting needs Support volunteer advocates in the completion of court-mandated duties, including, but not limited to, developing and submitting monthly contact logs, court reports and case plans and participating in court hearings and case meetings
Exercise discretion and independent judgment to assist advocates in creative problem solving, utilizing Agency and community resources and ensuring accuracy and consistency with dependency permanency planning law and best practices
Facilitate and mediate relationships between advocates and professionals, family members, and others as needed
Assess and strategically match advocates with cases in a timely manner
Maintain monthly minimum contact with advocates, providing coaching and advice tailored to individual case and volunteer needs Identify and share information about specialized services and resources with advocates and CASA staff
Annually evaluate and document advocate performance in the fulfillment of their duties.
Support Athens Oconee CASA to provide comprehensive, extended training for volunteer advocacy and mentorship
Provide assistance with training of new advocates and the continuing education and retention of established advocates Establish and maintain effective, collegial working relationships with CASA staff, board and volunteers, as well as with representatives of the respective courts, attorney panel, education service providers and other community service providers and entities
Participate in Community Meetings as a representative of the agency Participate in agency fundraisers Other duties as assigned; by the Executive Director and Agency may be assigned from time to time; Athens Oconee CASA is a small non-profit organization requiring flexibility from its staff
Candidate will have or be willing to purchase and use own personal cell phone.
Qualifications and Requirements
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in social-service related field
Experience in the fields of social service, juvenile law, education and volunteer program management and/or case management required
Knowledge of the needs and strengths of transitional youth with an appreciation of the middle and late adolescent stages of development; direct service experience supporting youth in foster care strongly preferred
Strong working knowledge of community resources in the city of Athens and the greater Clarke and Oconee County Areas
Must complete Volunteer Advocate Training; and undertake related self-development activities
Must pass a comprehensive background check
Comfortable with learning and using new software programs including database management systems
Strong written communication skills, including editing skills; candidates should be prepared to provide a writing sample upon request
Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to welcome feedback, calmly evaluate and make mindful, strategic decisions in emotionally-charged situations and in the absence of complete clarity
Competence in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook programs
Flexibility with hours, including some evenings and weekends, with an ability to independently manage one’s workload and schedule
Have reliable transportation and ability to schedule some travel
Demonstrated respect of all people regardless of socioeconomic background, culture, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender and experience working with culturally diverse populations
Ability to build team morale and support everyone’s effort to succeed
Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise diplomacy and discretion in communication with others
Demonstrated follow-through on commitments, with accountability for own actions
Spanish-English bilingual candidates encouraged to apply
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Children First, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.