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Office of Family Safety

Child Trauma Specialist

Office of Family Safety


Job Summary

This is a grant-funded non-Civil Service position in the Office of Family Safety (OFS) and will be responsible for developing procedures and practices for children of abused clients who receive services in Nashville’s Family Safety Centers (Jean Crowe Advocacy Center and Family Safety Center), creating and overseeing child trauma training curricula, and providing direct services to child clients.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide direct/crisis services and child trauma consultations for children and parents visiting the Family Safety Centers
  • Coordinate and supervise children while their parents are receiving services with the advocacy and case manager programs
  • Schedule the children’s program activities and curriculum implementation for both Family Safety Center and Jean Crowe Advocacy Center
  • Coordinate and provide the training of all interns, volunteers, and staff interacting with children
  • Create a childhood trauma training curriculum to be utilized by all OFS staff, partners, and interns
  • Update procedures and operations manual to be used for interactions with all children at the FSCs including those in DCS custody
  • Oversee the success of services provided to children and their caregivers in the play areas of Nashville’s Family Safety Centers
  • Staff OFS MDTS including but not limited to high-risk domestic violence panel, child death review, and domestic violence death review for Davidson County
  • Works as a team with the Department of Children’s Services and the Nashville Children’s Alliance to support children during the removal process when they are brought to the Family Safety Center while safe placement is located.
  • Maintain all grant reporting requirements
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required to maintain FSC operations


Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Child Development, Counseling, Psychology, or related field
  • Five or more years of direct experience working with children and families who have experienced trauma, preferably trauma related to violence in the home or child welfare system
  • Ability to navigate through complex systems with a solutions-focused mindset;
    Professional, resourceful, tactful style with the ability to respond immediately and appropriately in different contexts;
  • Skilled at identifying, addressing, and meeting child needs during crisis situations


Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Bilingual
  • Problem solver, highly efficient, and detail-oriented
  • Intern supervision experience
  • Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience working in a childcare facility or with groups of children
  • Registered Play Therapist (or working toward completion of 150 training hours in Play Therapy to become registered as a play therapist)
  • Training and experience with family-based/ attachment therapies (Theraplay ®, Developmental Psychotherapy, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and/or Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework) are desirable
  • Experience creating training curriculum and conducting trainings
  • Ability to function under pressure in crisis situations
  •  Professional licensure (Social Work or Counseling)

CPR/First Aid certified or willing to obtain certification

Additional Information


Full-time, Civil Service positions –
10 Vacation Days per year (increasing after 5 years of service)
1 Sick Day per month
12 Paid Holidays per year

Public Safety – Sworn and Civilian positions –
20 vacation days per year
3 Personal days per year
1 Sick Day per month
12 paid holidays per year

Part-time, Non Civil Service positions – Visit HR and Benefits webpages for more information.

Full-time, Non Civil Service positions – contact hiring department for benefits information

Seasonal/Temporary positions – no benefits offered.

How to Apply

Apply at

Required Applicant Materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References

1-2 page writing sample related to at least one of the following topics: the impact of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and/or neglect on children, and child abuse.


  • Date Posted: September 2, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Government
  • Start Date: 09/30/2022
  • Salary Range: $46,000.00
  • Working Hours: 40 hours/wk M-F 8:00am-4:30pm