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Position Title

    CSEC Community Advocate

Description

    The CSEC Community Advocate program is part of the Bridge Collaborative
    between Friends of Youth, Nexus Youth and Family Services and YouthCare, and
    this position will be responsible for helping to maintain relations with our partner
    agencies. Under the supervision of the Case Management Program Coordinator,
    this position serves as the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
    Community Advocate and will provide advocacy and case management to youth
    and young adults who are survivors of sexual exploitation. Primary responsibilities
    include: outreach and engagement, risk assessment, safety planning,
    implementation of harm reduction strategies, emotional support, convening
    and managing multidisciplinary teams, and providing clients with guidance in
    navigating complex systems and institutions.

Responsibilities

    A. Direct Service
        1. Provide individual advocacy to a caseload of young people who are survivors
        of commercial sexual exploitation or are at-risk of commercial sexual exploitation.
        Develop individualized, trauma-informed, strength-based, youth-driven service
        plans in core areas of safety, recovery, housing, health, mental health, chemical
        dependency, education, employment, and life skills.
        2. Maintain regular contact with clients to respond to emerging needs and
        crises. Assist youth and young adults in navigating systems, including, but
        not limited to: justice system, detention, and DSHS.
        3. Connect CSE youth to community resources, including housing, health,
        mental health, chemical dependency, education, employment, life skills, etc.

    B. Community Relations/Outreach
        1. Provide in-person response as part of a 24/7on-call rotation response team
        when a CSE youth is identified or sexual exploitation is suspected. The on-call
        schedule will be shared with YouthCare and Nexus Youth and Families. This
        position will be expected to be on-call for one week intervals.
        2. Conduct community outreach at social service agencies and community
        organizations to inform and educate staff and youth of services and program.
        3. Develop and maintain relationships with police, courts, detention, and other
        staff and systems young people may be involved with.

    C. Administrative
        1. Maintain complete and timely documentation of client files including
        enrollment forms, goal plans, confidentiality and compliance related documents,
        and case notes.
        2. Compile monthly reports in compliance with agency and contract guidelines.
        3. Participate in weekly supervision meetings, monthly case consult meetings,
        and monthly team meetings.
        4. Perform other job related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. Bachelor’s degree with three years of experience in direct service role
        (case management experience preferred).
        2. Knowledge and experience of crisis intervention, trauma, child
        abuse/neglect, juvenile justice, domestic violence, housing and
        homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues, public assistance
        rights, sexual abuse and assault, family dynamics.
        3. Experience networking and advocating with other agencies to access
        housing, medical, financial, legal, educational and other resources on behalf
        of youth or young adults.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
        2. Knowledge of commercial sexual exploitation. Knowledge of and direct
        experience working with survivors of prostitution, runaway, and youth
        experiencing homelessness. Knowledge of systems and resources relevant
        to population.
        3. Ability to relate in an empathic, supportive, non-judgmental manner to all
        youth and their families.
        4. Strong youth engagement and relationship-building skills.
        5. Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients while building trust
        and respect.
        6. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
        7. Experience working with diverse populations. Acceptance of a variety of
        lifestyles, behaviors, and cultural and spiritual practices.
        8. Ability to pass a DSHS Criminal Background Check.
        9. Knowledge of relevant COA standards and participation in the PQI process.

    C. Additional Requirements
        1. Must have current negative TB test
        2. CPR / First Aid Certification
        3. HIV / AIDS Training (minimum 4 hours)
        4. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth vehicles
        on Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as defined by
        Friends of Youth. Employees and volunteers who operate their own vehicles on
        Friends of Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that complies with
        the requirements of Friends of Youth.
        5. An ability to engage with diverse populations in a culturally responsive manger.
        6. Demonstrate a commitment to the values of equity and inclusion by honoring
        and celebrating diverse characteristics and expressions of personal identity.

Hours

    Full Time

Salary

   $19.72 / hour       

Reports to

    Case Management Program Coordinator

Location

    Redmond

Application Deadline

    Open until filled

Contact

    Send cover letter and resume to Veronica Escalante at veronicae@friendsofyouth.org

Job Posting Date

    6/27/18
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