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Child Advocate

Location:York, PA
Salary Range:DOE
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:Provides direct supportive services to children who have experienced domestic violence. Must be dedicated to helping children in all phases of their mental, physical and social/emotional development and dedicated to the mission of YWCA York.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 am to 7 pm
Duties:• Provide emotional, non-threatening support to children coming from violent homes.

• Teach children strategies for staying safe and develop an individual safety plan with each child at the shelter.

• Coordinate and implement children's activities and developmentally appropriate educational programs that assist in the healing process for both individual children and for children’s groups.

• Work with shelter staff to address the needs of the children at the shelter.

• Provide regularly scheduled respite child care for parents living at the shelter and at the transitional housing apartments.

• Develop network of resources for children and coordinate referrals to services with the shelter staff to link children and families to these resources.

• Train and oversee volunteers assigned to the children’s support group.

• Maintain statistics and reports as required.

• Complete mandated training provided by ACCESS-York.

• Maintain clean and well-stocked children’s areas at emergency shelter and in children’s programming room, ordering supplies with permission of supervisor.

Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree preferred or 3 yrs. related work experience.

Must complete PCAR/PCCD/PCADV advocate training within one year of employment.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge and experience in field of children's services and child development.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Ability to work cooperatively with other staff members.

• Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences. - Treats people with respect.
• Works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
• Maintains strict client and staff confidentiality.
• Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure.
• Reliable and demonstrates follow-through.
• Observes safety and security procedures.
• Adapts to changes in the work environment.

Physical Requirements:
• Ability to lift, push, and/or pull up to 15 pounds.
• May require driving in inclement weather.
• Frequently sitting, standing, walking and typing.

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