Title: Children & Youth Services Coordinator, Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (CEDV) Program
Organization: DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended), Inc.
Summary of Position
This position is responsible to: provide trauma-informed and age-appropriate support services, counseling, and advocacy to children who have experienced domestic violence and their non-offending/survivor parent; provide advocacy and support parent/caregiver on behalf of their children’s education, health, and other needs; and provide leadership within DOVE to team members regarding children’s needs for immediate and long-term stabilization and healing after violence in the home.
The incumbent will also work closely with all of the direct service staff: emergency shelter, community advocacy, civilian advocacy, legal services, community outreach and education, and teen dating violence prevention. The position will additional receive clinical and programmatic support of staff at BMC’s Child Witness to Violence Program.
About DOVE, Inc.
DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended), Inc. was founded in 1978 and has since grown from one crisis hotline to a comprehensive multi-services organization. DOVE is the only domestic violence organization in Norfolk County. DOVE provides a range of services for individuals who have experienced abuse, including a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, safety assessment and planning, supportive education and counseling, support groups, legal assistance, assistance accessing governmental and community based services, and community outreach and education. At DOVE, we believe that all people have the right to live free from the fear of abuse. At our core, DOVE’s work is about fostering healthier and safer relationships for all.
Community Advocacy/Direct Service Provision
- Provide culturally competent and affirming, age-appropriate, trauma-informed emotional support, supportive counseling, advocacy, and assistance to children of survivors seen through DOVE’s community-based services, and to survivors particularly in their parenting role.
- In collaboration with DOVE staff, parent/caregiver, and child(ren), evaluate needs and appropriate intervention strategies to assist in addressing immediate concerns.
- Work collaboratively with health and social service providers, schools, therapists, child protection services, and others to ensure coordination of services for families.
- Interface closely with DOVE’s other programs, including Community-Based Advocacy Services, Emergency Shelter, Civilian Advocacy, Legal Advocacy, and Community Education & Prevention, ensuring two-way quality provision of care. Be available for consultation by other team members and intern(s) as well as community partners as needed, particularly on the needs of child survivors.
- Periodically provide coverage of the shelter and hotline.
- This role may include participation in regular on-call rotation for emergency shelter (for 1 week every 7-9 weeks).
- Develop and provide trainings about the dynamics of family violence and child trauma to community providers and early childhood educators.
- Design, promote, and co-facilitate psycho-educational and/or support groups as assigned, with targeted outreach to children as well as survivors/parents in both residential and community based settings.
- Assist Program Directors with ongoing program development and development/evaluation of program effectiveness.
- Attend and participate in regularly scheduled individual supervision, staff meetings, team meetings, and ongoing professional development meetings and trainings.
- Keep case notes and records, track services delivered in the EmpowerDB database; submit routine reports for funders in collaboration with the Director, Community Services.
- Periodically represent DOVE in meetings or interactions with collaborators, community stakeholders, donors, and/or funders.
- Complete other duties to ensure that DOVE clients/survivors and communities are provided with professional, empathic, safe, and affirming services within the context of DOVE’s mission and consistent with legal, organizational, and funder requirements.
Skills & Qualifications
- Knowledge and demonstrated ability/experience working with children affected by trauma, and survivors who are parents, using a variety of age-appropriate interventions and modalities; experience working with children exposed to domestic violence preferred.
- Knowledge and demonstrated ability/experience working with individuals and families impacted by violence, abuse and trauma.
- Knowledge and demonstrated ability/experience working with people from a range of diverse backgrounds (racially, ethnically, and culturally) as well as identities and lived experiences.
- Knowledge and demonstrated ability/experience working with individuals with histories of substance abuse and/or mental health challenges.
- Basic knowledge of legal, child protection, health/mental health, and social service systems helpful.
- Demonstrated crisis intervention, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.
- Be a “people person;” enjoy talking and working with others.
- Demonstrated experience making and maintaining connections in community and professional settings; some experience in public speaking, networking, designing and conducting presentation and training, group facilitation helpful.
- Willingness to learn about and actively use anti-oppression awareness and understanding in our work.
- Ability to collaborate effectively, internally and externally.
- Ability to effectively multi-task.
- Flexibility and sense of humor.
- Sound computer skills.
Education & Experience
- Clinical degree (MSW, MFT, MHC) required. License not required,
- Minimum of two (2) years direct service/clinical experience required.
- DOVE seeks to cultivate the leadership potential of promising candidates. Domestic violence survivors, BIPOC, people with disabilities, immigrants, and LGBQ/T people are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Must be committed to DOVE’s mission and practice philosophies, to ending violence and oppression, to using empowerment practice, and to promoting social justice and social change.
- Must complete DOVE’s comprehensive domestic violence training within one (1) year of hire, participating when the training is next offered by DOVE; documentation of similar training at another organization may partially fulfill this requirement.
- Valid MA driver’s license, reliable transportation, current automobile insurance, and willingness to travel within DOVE’s service area on organizational business strongly preferred.
- Able to climb and descend stairs, bend, and lift items up to 25 pounds preferred.
- This position is classified as an Essential Employee of DOVE and may be required to travel during State of Emergency declared by the Governor.
- A CORI background check is mandatory. CORI History will be reviewed and may not disqualify candidates.
Full-time, non-exempt position, generally weekdays, 8 hours/day, including 2-3 weekdays into at least early evening, and occasional weekend hours; flexibility is required. The incumbent will be required to work at other times/or attend training/meetings; this will periodically include evening and weekend hours.
DOVE is committed to working for social and economic justice, working with engaged and dedicated colleagues, and providing and ensuring training and education in best practices as well as professional development opportunities. As an organization we hold openness to innovation, and we seek the opportunity and resources to do meaningful, impactful work.
- Position will be paid $46,000-$50,000 annual salary/equivalent, depending on experience.
- Additional compensation is provided for demonstrated, proficient language skills preferred in DOVE’s catchment area, in addition to English, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and/or Vietnamese; $1,500 gross annual 40 hr FTE or .72/hr for 1st language. Additional compensation of $1,000 gross annual per 40 hr. FTE for 2nd or more language/s.
- Paid time off: Vacation (3 weeks in Year 1, increases at Year 3), Personal Days (3 days/year), Sick time (12 days/year), and 12 Holidays Insurance coverage (Health/Dental, Short-Term Disability, and Life).
- Opportunity for individual to establish and contribute to retirement account.
- To apply, send cover letter specifically for this position and a resume to Ms. Kathleen Lydon,
Director, Community Services, at email@example.com.
- Applications will be considered until the position is successfully filled. 1st round applicant
reviews will begin the week of November 16th and interviews offered to the strongest qualified
candidates to date. It is DOVE’s hope that the incumbent will begin work January 2021.
- Applications or resumes without a cover letter expressing interest in employment at DOVE will not be considered.