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  • 01 Feb 2017 4:23 PM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)

    The Blue Water Area Child Advocacy Center in Port Huron, MI is hiring a part-time MDT Coordinator and a part-time Forensic Interviewer.  A resume, cover letter, and references can be emailed directly to Sara Wagar at swagar@sccstopchildabuse.org. See job descriptions attached.


    MDT Coordinator Job Description 

    Forensic Interviewer Job Description 

  • 11 Jan 2017 11:19 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    NCA has worked with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to have Children's Advocacy Centers added as a priority funding area under the Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program. NCA has advised MINCA that despite the title of the solicitation, virtually all activities that could be undertaken by a rural or tribal CAC are fundable under this award. MINCA, NCA and OVW would like to see more eligible CAC programs apply for these funds. Please note that only those developing or established CACs that are serving rural or tribal areas are eligible to apply. Information on the program is below:

    The FY17 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program solicitation has been posted on OVW’s website and on Grant.Gov.

    The deadline for applications is February 23, 2017.

    Pre-application conference calls will be held on:

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST

    To register for the pre-application conference calls, please contact Michelle Thomas, Rural Program Assistant, at Michelle.thomas2@usdoj.gov.

    If you have any questions about the solicitation, please feel free to contact me at 202-532-3546 or via email at Debbie.bright@usdoj.gov.  

    Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance.

  • 11 Jan 2017 10:57 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    Most CACs should have received notice from NCA that requests for proposals for NCA's competitive grant funding for FY16 (Calendar Year 2017) are now available for award to both individual CACs and for Chapters. This year, NCA offers two available funding streams under the following national programs:

    • Awards for the Establishment, Improvement, and Expansion of Children’s Advocacy Centers
    • Awards for Expansion Access to Children’s Advocacy Centers’ Resources and Services for Victims of Child Pornography and Human Trafficking

    The first RFP focuses on several priority efforts in alignment with NCAs strategic plan:

    • Improving the response to physical abuse cases;
    • Improving access to evidence-based mental health treatment;
    • Increasing access to services in rural and tribal communities;
    • Improving the response to youth and children with problematic sexual behaviors; and
    • Improving the quality of service provision within CACs through state Chapter support.

    The second RFP focuses on:

    • Improving CAC response to child pornography cases;
    • Provision of training on technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation/child pornography
    • Creating CAC resource tools for serving victims of child pornography

    It is important to note that the above information is about grants that NCA is offering directly to CACs and to Chapters. MINCA will apply for a Chapter grant and after approval of that grant, we will issues instructions for our sub-grant process to Michigan CACs.

    There are opportunities in the NCA RFPs for individual CACs to apply for funding directly from NCA and we encourage all of our Michigan CACs to review the RFP and apply for funding if appropriate. Please contact us if you have any questions.
  • 11 Jan 2017 10:18 AM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)

    The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County is looking for a positive, organized person to join our team as an Intake Coordinator/Program Manager.  This person must possess excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.  This position is a full time non-union position.

    Interested applicants please send cover letter and resume to:  The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County, 429 North State Street, Caro, MI  48723 or email to tuscolacac@aol.com



    Intake Coordinator/Program Manager

    Job Description 

    Summary: The Intake Coordinator/Program Manager is responsible for the daily management and coordination of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and Multi-Disciplinary Team under the direction of the Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer and the Board of Directors. The position is charged with assisting with coordinating forensic interviews, office management, recordkeeping, and grant assistance.

     

    Responsibilities of the Intake Coordinator/Program Manager include but are not limited to the following:

    ·       Assist with coordination of interview schedules with members of the Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) and family

    ·       Facilitate MDT pre-interview and post-interview meetings along with MDT surveys

    ·       Prepare for and coordinate Case Review sessions

    ·       Assist in the technological running of the Center and specifically of interviews

    ·       Provide referrals to agencies that can assist with services needed by child and non-offending family

    ·       Assist in regular follow-up with child and non-offending family regarding needs and services including pre and post family surveys

    ·       Assist with case and advocacy center statistics in conjunction with case tracking reports to be presented by the Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer to the Board of Directors at regularly scheduled monthly meetings

    ·       Ability to work independently as a productive member of a team

    ·       Possess strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills

    ·       Able to work effectively with diverse populations

    ·       Work cooperatively with student interns and volunteers

    ·       Additional duties as assigned by the Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer  


    Full time position


  • 13 Dec 2016 4:11 PM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)

    Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment Child Advocacy Center seeks Part-Time Forensic Interviewer (14-16 hours a week)

    Employment Type:   Contractual                  Union Status: Non-union

    IM SAFE CAC is looking for an energetic, passionate individual to join our team as a forensic interviewer!  The primary responsibility of this position is to conduct forensic interviews of alleged victims of child sexual abuse and physical abuse utilizing the Michigan Forensic Interview Protocol. The candidate must possess excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.  Must be able to work in highly intense situations and conduct self in professional manner. Must have essential understanding of Michigan Forensic Interview Protocol, NCA Standards for Accreditation and implementation of best practices. Must also have excellent crisis management skills, and ability to function within a multi-disciplinary team.

    Qualifications:

    • Shall possess a Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice or equivalent degree from an accredited school OR have a minimum of 3 years’ experience with child sexual abuse cases.  
    • Demonstrated professional experience with children and a demonstrated knowledge of child abuse and neglect issues and child development. 
    • Ability to communicate with a wide range of children from different cultural backgrounds and with differing levels of development. 
    • Successful, documented completion of a 40 hour forensic interview training by a nationally recognized organization, or able to successfully complete training.
    • Cultural awareness of the needs of diverse populations
    • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
    • Strong problem solving and solution oriented skills
    • Knowledge of the impact of trauma on childhood development
    • An ability to work independently and also function effectively as part of a team.
    • Adequate writing and computer skills so as to complete forms, reports and other written materials.
    • Minimum of one year post degree experience conducting child interviews preferred

    Responsibilities:

    • Facilitate multidisciplinary pre- and post-interview case debriefing.
    • Conduct pre- and post-interview meetings with caregivers.
    • Conduct forensic interviews of child victims in a manner consistent with the Michigan Forensic Interview Protocol, NCA Standards for Accreditation, and consistent with the policies of the IM SAFE CAC.
    • Promote stable and cooperative working relationships between all multidisciplinary team members and community agencies.
    • Conduct follow-up interviews when appropriate.
    • Prepare timely and professional interview reports.
    • Complete all mandatory case documentation and maintain confidentiality of all case information.
    • Complete all appropriate statistical and case-tracking paperwork and maintain CAC database.
    • Respond to subpoenas and provide testimony in legal proceedings when requested on relevant cases.
    • Participate in regular peer reviews with multidisciplinary team members.
    • Maintain an expert awareness of current trends, research and developments in the fields of forensic interviewing and child sexual abuse.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Director.

    If you are interested in applying please send your Resume and Cover Letter to PO Box 441, Ionia, MI 48846 or email it to imsafecac@gmail.com.  If you have any questions please direct them to Lori Kirkhoff, Director at imsafecac@gmail.com


  • 03 Nov 2016 2:43 PM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)

    The Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center is seeking a part-time/ full-time Forensic Interviewer to interview children who are alleged to be a victim of abuse. Bachelor’s degree in the human service field required.  Master’s degree preferred and preference will be given to those with experience working with trauma.

     If interested, resumes can be sent to rebecca.yuncker@nmcac4kids.org by November 18th, 2016 or mail to PO Box, 887 Roscommon, MI 48653


  • 10 Oct 2016 11:18 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    STANDISH, MI — The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region's Children's Advocacy Center received a National Children's Alliance Program Development grant to broaden services for children and families in Arenac County. An open house to learn about the services was held on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Community United Methodist Church of Standish.

    Guests were able to meet CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region staff, Children's Advocacy Center team members as well as CAN Council board members and local business folks and legislators.

  • 28 Sep 2016 11:56 AM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)
    The Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center is seeking a full-time Therapist. The Therapist will be responsible for providing therapy/treatment to both children and family members after an investigation regarding child abuse. Must be Master’s Level in the human service field and preference will be giving to those who have worked with trauma victims and have Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Trauma Focused training.


    If interested, resumes can be sent to rebecca.yuncker@nmcac4kids.org by October 14th, 2016 or mail to PO Box, 887 Roscommon, MI 48653.
  • 14 Sep 2016 10:08 AM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)

    Berrien County CAC is looking for an energetic, passionate individual to join our team as a forensic interviewer!  We serve over 500 children annually in our recently renovated and expanded building. We are located in beautiful SW Michigan, right on Lake Michigan.

    Responsibilities:

    • Facilitate multidisciplinary pre- and post-interview case debriefing.
    • Conduct pre- and post-interview meetings with caregivers.
    • Conduct forensic interviews of child victims in a manner consistent with the Michigan Protocol on Forensic Interviewing and consistent with the policies and philosophy of the Children’s Assessment Center of Berrien County.
    • Promote stable and cooperative working relationships between all multidisciplinary team members and community agencies.
    • Conduct follow-up interviews and /or evaluation when appropriate.
    • Prepare timely and professional interview reports and distribute to MDT members involved in the case.
    • Complete all appropriate statistical and case-tracking paperwork and maintain CAC database.
    • Respond to subpoenas and provide testimony in legal proceedings when requested on relevant cases.
    • Participate in regular case reviews with multidisciplinary team members.
    • Maintain an expert awareness of current trends, research and developments in the fields of forensic interviewing and child sexual abuse.
    • Attend regular scheduled staff meetings.
    • Provide reports to the CAC Case Review meeting and the Berrien County Council for Children Board of Directors, as requested.

    Qualifications:

    • A minimum of a masters’ degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice or related field is required. 
    • Demonstrated professional experience with children and a demonstrated knowledge of child abuse and neglect issues and child development. 
    • Ability to communicate with a wide range of children from different cultural backgrounds and with differing levels of development. 
    • Successful, documented completion of a 40 hour forensic interview training by a nationally recognized organization, or able to successfully complete training.
    • Cultural awareness of the needs of diverse populations
    • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
    • Strong problem solving and solution oriented skills
    • Knowledge of the impact of trauma on childhood development
    • Oral and written Spanish Fluency preferred (not required)

    Knowledge and Experience:

    • Minimum of one year post degree experience conducting child interviews preferred;
    • Work experience in child abuse investigations;
    • Training, knowledge and experience in the following areas:
      • Current best practices for child interviews
      • Basic child development
      • Sexual and physical abuse, neglect, trauma, offender pathology and other pertinent topics
      • Cultural issues related to child abuse/neglect 
    • Experience working with diverse populations of clients

    Please direct any questions or inquiries to the attention of Jamie Rossow, Executive Director at jrossow@berrienchild.org.


  • 01 Sep 2016 3:07 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office for Victim Assistance, is currently canvassing for the Child Victim Program Coordinator at the GS 13 and GS 14 grade levels.   

    The FBI is committed to fulfilling our responsibility to victims of crime as outlined in the Attorney General Guidelines and Federal laws.  The Office for Victims of Crime (OVA) leads the nation in service delivery to federal victims of crime and especially vulnerable populations to include child victims.  

    The Child Victim Program Coordinator serves as a subject matter expert on issues related to child development, mental health impact of child victimization, victim assistance, and the rights and special services afforded to child victims.   Responsibilities include providing expert advice and consultation to Agents, Victim Specialists, Program Managers and other FBI employees on management of cases involving sexual exploitation, child pornography, sextortion and kidnapping.  The coordinator will be working with the Violent Crimes Against Children Section, Major Crimes Coordination Unit and other headquarters units to address all child threat priorities.  The coordinator also provides management for FBI responses to victims, witnesses and family members of child related crimes as needed. Response management includes direct services to victims and oversight of service provision by local Victim Specialist and coordination with other FBI entities and Federal State and local agencies.  In addition to demonstrating expertise in child victimization the incumbent will assist in writing and developing policy/guidance as it relates to best practice service delivery.   

    This position requires the incumbent to deploy when needed to assist in large scale/complex child cases/operations to include the victim assistance rapid deployment team for mass casualties involving children.  The coordinator is responsible for critical analysis of large scale cases and provides recommendation for quality improvement to enhance OVA support of operations. 

    Best qualified candidates will be able to demonstrate exceptional skills in project management, communication, coordination with multiple agencies on complex operations, dynamic presentation skills and have the ability to work well within a team context.  

    This position is located in Linthicum, MD. 

    Working Hours:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (M-F) (starting time may be flexible); with after hour(s)/ on call responsibility. 

     

    Travel:  Occasional travel may be required for program/victim assistance, special deployment, and/or conferences/training.

      

    If you are interested in one of these positions, please forward your resume, indicating the position(s) you are interested in, to the following email address: OVAjobs@ic.fbi.gov, by September 9, 2016.  

     

    All FBI positions require an extensive background investigation and a polygraph examination.  This means we will contact former and current employers, applicant references, social acquaintances, and neighbors.  We will also review your educational, criminal and credit backgrounds.  Our standards are high, so before applying, make sure to review the employment disqualifiers that may prevent you from obtaining the required top secret clearance.

     

    Disqualifiers include:

    ·         Conviction of a felony

    ·         Use of illegal drugs in violation of the FBI Employment Drug Policy

    ·         Failure of an FBI-administered urinalysis drug test

    ·         Default of a student loan insured by the U.S. government

    ·         Failure to register with the Selective Service System (for males only)

     

    Veterans' Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.  Required veterans' preference documentation should be forwarded, along with your resume and location(s) of interest, to the email address listed above.

     

    For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command, if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

     

    For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF)-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

     

    Once your resume has been received an evaluation will be conducted of your qualifications to determine if you meet the requirements for the position.  You will receive correspondence regarding receipt of your resume, as well as your status (i.e., qualified or not qualified).

     

    Thank You for your interest in FBI employment.

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