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Job opening: Family Advocacy Program Victim Advocate (FAP VA)

Salary: $59 966 - 67 961 per year
Published at: Mar 11 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
The primary purpose of this position is to provide assistance and advocacy for victims of spouse/intimate partner abuse and to non-offending parents or caregivers to victims of child abuse; and to educate command personnel regarding appropriate responses to victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

Duties

Victim Advocacy: Serves as Victim Advocate for the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) to provide comprehensive assistance and liaison to and for victims of spouse/intimate partner abuse and non-offending parents or caregivers of victims of child abuse; and to educate personnel on the installation regarding the most effective responses to domestic violence/intimate partner abuse on behalf of victims and at-risk family members. Screens victims of domestic abuse, evaluates their needs, and provides them with information about domestic violence, safe and confidential ways to seek assistance, their rights as Navy spouses, and the resources and services available to them. a) Coordinates with FAP case manager in developing appropriate plan of assistance/intervention, which provides for the safety of the victim and their family members. Ensures that the clinical case manager is fully aware of victim's situation at all times. When FAP case managers are not on duty, this may involve working with law enforcement and/or sponsoring command. This involves decisions affecting a wide range of problems and services, some difficult/complex. b) Provides services for victims of spouse/intimate partner abuse and their families to include the following: crisis intervention; assistance in securing medical treatment for injuries; information on legal rights and resources available through both military and civilian programs; education, transportation; pre­ trial, trial, and post-trial support; and follow-up. Assists in conducting support groups for Child Abuse and Domestic Abuse victims. Evaluates needs and establishes with the victim a detailed, individualized safety plan and reviews and revises the plan with the victim as necessary. Makes referrals to other helping agencies. Provides follow-up to all identified victims (to include those who have declined services) three months following initial contact to assess whether further services are needed or wanted. c) Provides advocacy services to non-offending parents or caregivers of identified victims of child abuse. This includes: safety planning, identifying supportive resources, working with civilian authorities, and creating an environment that makes it easy for the non-off ending parent or caregiver to support the child. Advocates will have knowledge regarding child abuse within the context of domestic abuse as well as the impact of child abuse on children. d) Advocate s for the expressed interests and safety of the victim when providing information to military and civilian courts; the Clinical Case Staff Meeting; and, when accompanying victims to legal appointments and investigative interviews. e) Reports all suspected child abuse or neglect cases to proper state child protective service authorities in coordination with the Family Advocacy Representative (FAR) for investigation. Reports incident s to Military Police and NCIS as appropriate. Program Duties: Maintain s a cooperative working relationship with all action agencies to include Medical Treatment Facility, Military Police, NCIS, and Unit Commanders. Serves as non-voting consultant on the Clinical Case Staff Meeting. Ensures that FAP case manager is aware of victim's situation and makes written entries in the victim's FAP case record system. The documentation will be labeled and identified as a "Victim Advocate Note," the content of which will be non-clinical in nature. Provides input to FAP Manager in the establishment and implementation of local policies and directives pertaining to the Family Advocacy Victim Advocate Program. Assists with measures designed to determine program effectiveness. Assists the FAR in the conduct of specific activities of the Community FAP education program such as Child Abuse Prevention Month (April) and Domestic Violence Prevention Month (October) and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (February). Coordinates with local media to publicize information of FAP seminars, workshops, and programs available to the community. May conduct briefings on FAP policies, dynamics of domestic abuse, availability of treatment services, procedural requirements for handling both on and off installation domestic abuse cases, state laws, and other pertinent information about family violence. Conducts education classes for Family Support Groups and the community on the prevention of domestic abuse. Research and networks with civilian resources such as court appointed victim advocates, shelters and other civilian resources that provide services to victims of domestic violence and/parents of child abuse victims; provides education and training as needed to civilian providers of services on military resources and regulations to center staff on resources available to victims and victim issues within the community. Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Must meet Federal Employment suitability requirements and successful completion of background investigation. Background investigations are conducted using fingerprint identification and completion of background inquiry forms.
  • Must successfully pass the E-verify employment verification check. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of employment.
  • You must go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9.
  • May be required to pass pre-employment examinations.
  • Must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National.
  • A valid State driver's license is required to operate motor vehicles.
  • Must have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. All non-government positions identified on your resume must include complete address and to and from dates. Government positions must include pay plan, series, grade, to and from dates and address of the agency/organization. Specialized experience directly related to the duties described above. Qualifying experience must have been equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: Professional knowledge of social services work, counseling services, psychosocial principles and theories, and group dynamics of family and individual systems as may have been acquired through earning a baccalaureate degree in counseling, education, psychology or related behavioral sciences. Competency in crisis intervention skills, safety planning and procedures, and civilian and military orders of protection. Knowledge of the dynamics of domestic, interpersonal and family violence to include domestic violence and child abuse. Knowledge of child advocacy to include working with the non-offending parent of an abused child. Intensive practical knowledge of community resources and services, crisis intervention, and how individuals in distress may quickly obtain the types of assistance they need. Knowledge of laws pertaining to family relationships and protection of children and adults. Not required to have formal training in aspects of law, but must be capable of working and interacting with lawyers, court officials, police, etc. Experience with preparing court testimony and victim impact statements is helpful. Knowledge of military organizations, missions, lifestyles, and situations which can contribute to family stress, problems and crisis situations. Demonstrated ability to interact with diverse individuals during crisis situations, including persons in the medical, legal, and social service communities. Ability to express oneself orally and in writing in a professional manner, to deal with diversified groups, individual s and organizations, and to compose written reports and material clearly, concisely and effectively. Current driver's license and physical ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must be able to obtain within six (6) months of hire or already have, at minimum, the Basic Advocate Credential with the designation as a Comprehensive Intervention Specialist, as approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). Both the Basic Advocate Credential and the Comprehensive Intervention Specialist designation must be maintained throughout employment in this position. Failure to obtain/maintain both the credential and designation is cause for termination. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire and your RESUME MUST SUPPORT AND VALIDATE YOUR ANSWERS or you may be removed from consideration. ONLY THE MOST HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WILL BE REFERRED. IF MANAGEMENT DOES NOT WISH TO SELECT A HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE, THEY MAY REQUEST A REFERRAL LIST INCLUDING WELL OR QUALIFIED APPLICANTS. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility. PLEASE READ THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ENSURE ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE ADDRESSED IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE. RELOCATION AUTHORIZED NO Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest KEY REQUIREMENTS/CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT You must be a US Citizen. Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. https://www.sss.gov/register/ Selectee must be determined suitable for federal employment. Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period. Selectee is required to participate in the direct deposit pay program. Social Security Card is required. Satisfactorily complete an employment verification (E-VERIFY) check. A favorable background is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain a favorable background may result in the withdrawal of the position offer or removal. NOTE: Applicants have the ability to perform an E-Verify Self Check to confirm employment eligibility at http://www.uscis.gov/mye-verify/self-check. Although a Self-Check is not mandatory, it can be a useful tool for applicants to find out if there is a problem with their employment eligibility records and resolve any issues before taking a job.

Education

This position does not have a positive education requirement.

REQUIREMENT TO OBTAIN AND MAINTAIN CREDENTIALS AT INCUMBENT EXPENSE:

Must be able to obtain within six months of hire or already have, at minimum, the Basic Advocate Credential with the designation as a Comprehensive Intervention Specialist, as approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)/National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). Both the Basic Advocate Credential and the Comprehensive Intervention Specialist designation must be maintained throughout employment in this position. Failure to obtain/maintain both the credential and designation is cause for termination.

The Basic Advocate Credential, with the designation of a Comprehensive Intervention Specialist, must be renewed every two years after initial credentialing. A continuing education process is required to maintain credentialing and is at the discretion of the employee. 32 hours of continuing education documentation must be received by NACP [NOVA to recertify. Included in the 32-hour requirement is a minimum of two hours of ethics training, ten hours of child advocacy training and not more than 12 hours service specific training. Trainings must be completed after the credentialing application/renewal submission month and before the end of deadline month.

Subject to funds availability, it may be feasible to reimburse employees for tuition and training course expenses associated with acquiring certifications or licenses. However, the responsibility of maintaining credentialing, as necessary to perform job duties, is the responsibility of the employee. This includes bearing the cost of recertification and obtaining the required education. To ensure employees maintain professional currency, meet continuous learning requirements, and develop requisite skills, employees are encouraged to leverage applicable DOD and federal agency learning events and training opportunities whenever possible.

Contacts

  • Address NSA Mid South 5722 Integirty Drive S-455 Millington, TN 38055 US
  • Name: Amanda Urmanic
  • Email: [email protected]

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