Hispanic and Immigrant Advocacy Specialist
The CASA Hispanic and Immigrant Advocacy Specialist’s primary responsibility is to directly supervise, develop and support volunteers who are appointed by the Juvenile Court System to advocate for abused and neglected children in court. The role may also provide advice, training and/or support to program staff and volunteers on cultural competency topics and other issues related to working with families and volunteers in the Hispanic and Immigrant Communities. Bilingual Spanish/English Required.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist advocates in identifying community resources, particularly those related to issues faced by non-English speaking, undocumented, and/or immigrant families.
- Participate in bi-weekly supervision with Program Director to discuss any problems or needs involving volunteers or cases.
- Supervise, coach, and support Volunteer Advocates to ensure the child’s best interest is being met.
- Assist Volunteer Advocates in connecting caregivers with relevant, culturally appropriate services, and navigating systems of agencies such as DCS, DHS, Juvenile Court, schools, health services, etc., particularly services to the Hispanic and immigrant communities.
- Support Volunteer Advocates in maintaining monthly contact with caregivers and children via telephone, home visit, or office visit as determined by the needs of the family.
- Assist with home visits as needed or conduct interviews in office to provide translation services.
- Ensure that necessary reports are submitted to the court in time for scheduled court hearings and case-related meetings.
- Accompany advocates to court hearings and related case meetings, providing support, coaching and empowerment to allow them to advocate effectively for the child(ren)s best interest.
- Represent CASA in court hearings and related case meeting when a Volunteer Advocate cannot be present.
- Lead a team of up to 30 volunteer advocates in continuing professional development, coaching, mentoring and supervision.
- Facilitate and participate in New Volunteer Training of CASA Volunteer Advocates.
- Attend monthly staff meetings to keep leadership apprised of relevant program and training information.
- Assist with compiling information for reporting monthly for all grants and funders.
- Assist leadership in any and all agency activities as needed or required.
- Participates in 12 hours of required professional development annually.
- Attend any workshops, trainings, and conferences relevant to CASA.
- Reliable transportation required.
- Other duties as assigned.
Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a related field or 5+ years of related experience and/or training, and minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience and/or volunteer management experience required. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. High level of fluency in Spanish, both speaking and writing, with the ability to translate information is required.
This position is benefits eligible.
How to Apply
Email resume and salary requirements to:
- Date Posted: March 10, 2020
- Type: Full-Time
- Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
- Service Area: Social / Human Services