Position Title: Forensic Interviewer, LSW
Reports To: Executive Director
Schedule: Full-time, Exempt
Location: Worcester County, Maryland
Full-time, 40 hours per week, flexible schedule; some evening/weekends required.
Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Forensic Interviewer has primary responsibility for interviewing children and developmentally delayed adults who are the suspected victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, witness to violence, or drug exposure. The Forensic Interviewer is responsible for active participation on the multi-disciplinary team, high quality written and verbal reporting, and providing testimony in court and legal proceedings.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
-Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in social work, psychology, counseling, criminal justice, or closely related field plus two (2) years of related work experience in any of the following: Child abuse investigations, crime victim advocacy, children and/or youth counseling.
-Licensed Social Worker, or in the process of completing licensing requirements.
-Training in one or more nationally-recognized, evidence-based forensic interview models/protocols (NCAC, NICHD, ChildFirst, APSAC, Cornerhouse, BCAC FIT, etc.) preferred.
-Minimum one (1) year experience conducting forensic interviews of children in response to allegations of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse; previous experience in a children’s advocacy center or working with a multidisciplinary team preferred.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
-Knowledge of child development; specific stages in cognitive, physical, moral and emotional developmental stages.
-Must be able to work as a team member and work independently.
-Must possess high integrity and maintain confidentiality at all times.
-Must be able to cope effectively with stressful situations and time constraints and demonstrate critical- thinking skills.
-Must be able to perform a variety of duties characterized by frequent change, and requiring foresight and leadership skills.
-Must be emotionally prepared, on a daily basis, to interact with child abuse victims and their families in a professional manner.
-Must possess tact, good judgment, and flexibility.
-Ability to work as a team member with individuals from a variety of disciplines.
-Develop and maintain effective working relationships with persons from varied socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, clients, co-workers, the staff of member agencies, court officials, and the general public.
-Maintains technical and practical skills by participation in professional organizations, peer review, and ongoing trainings.
-Provides in-service, educational and outreach programs for professionals, paraprofessionals, public and private social service agencies and the general public.
-Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
Must possess the ability to comply with The CRICKET Center’s policy and procedures.
Must submit to criminal and civil background checks.
Involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing.
May be requested to travel throughout Worcester County on occasion to attend meetings, training, and community events.
Must be able to handle stress effectively.
These essential functions identify the major requirements of the job. They are not an exhaustive list of all job requirements. An employee may be called upon to perform physical actions not specifically identified in this job description.
The schedule is based on the needs of the multidisciplinary team; flexibility is required. Evenings, weekends, and/or holiday availability may be necessary.
Pre-employment background investigation required.
This position is grant funded.
To apply, please send a cover letter and your resume. Applicants may be invited to participate in a phone or in- person interview, but an interview is not guaranteed. The successful applicant should expect a three-month probationary period and a six-month performance appraisal.
Interested applicants should upload a resume and cover letter no later than Friday, October 21, 2022.
The cover letter should explain why the applicant is interested in the job. It should also include a description of all experience relevant to each requirement of the position and an explanation of why the experience makes the applicant qualified for the requirements of the job. The resume should include all relevant education and experience (both professional and volunteer) and at least three professional references relating to professional activity within the last five years. Letters of recommendation are not required but if submitted, should not exceed three.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $45,000.00 - $55,000.00 per year
8 hour shift
Berlin, MD: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)
Education: Bachelors (Required)
Work Location: Hybrid remote in Berlin, MD