Join the Collins Center Team
Title: Forensic Interviewer
Mission and Values:
Collins Center is a sexual assault response and advocacy organization that serves Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg. Our mission is to eliminate sexual violence and its impact in our community. We pursue our mission by offering support to victims, survivors, and their family members through many programs and services, including sexual assault crisis support and advocacy, prevention and education, and trauma-informed counseling. The agency's nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center (CAC) works collaboratively with community partners to provide a proactive and thorough response to child victims of abuse and their caregivers.
Collins Center operates under a set of core values that include being responsive to suggestions, influences, appeals, and efforts to meet our mission; acting with integrity, and adhering to a strong moral code of ethical professional practice; being accountable to our clients, staff, volunteers, donors, partners, and community; maintaining absolute confidentiality in the delivery of our client services, and engendering trust in all our interactions. These values guide our work with each other and with the communities we serve.
The Forensic Interviewer is a part-time position reporting to the Associate Director and working closely with the Crisis Response Coordinator and Advocacy Coordinator. The Forensic Interviewer is responsible for following the National Child Advocacy Center’s (NCAC) protocol for interviewing children who are suspected child victims of abuse (sexual or physical) and/or witnesses of abuse or violence.
Conduct sensitive and thorough forensic interviews with children who are alleged victims of sexual abuse, using evidence-based and developmentally-appropriate techniques as set forth by the National Children’s Alliance standards.
Consult with investigative team members before and after interviews.
Participate in monthly MDT case review meetings.
Assist advocates in collecting all relevant child and family history and making appropriate referrals.
Attend pre-approved, selected conferences and trainings on child abuse and forensic interviewing as well as periodic peer review.
Enter relevant data into Collins Center case tracking systems for thorough case documentation.
Testify in criminal and/or juvenile court when necessary to clarify information obtained during an interview with a child.
Participate in Collins Center staff, crisis, and supervisory meetings as scheduled.
Perform other job-related tasks and responsibilities as requested.
Qualifications and Skills:
Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, criminal justice, psychology or related subject area or equivalent professional experience in related field.
Knowledge of sexual abuse and its impact on children.
Training in forensic interviewing of children through a nationally and/or state- recognized organization and/or willingness to obtain or expand training within two months of hire.
Ability to communicate with a wide range of children from different cultural backgrounds.
Excellent interpersonal skills; able to coordinate between diverse groups and individuals including partner agencies, allied professionals, primary and secondary victims.
Good organizational and writing skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Knowledge of the criminal justice system, child protection services and court procedures.
The Collins Center provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, or any other any other characteristic or status protected by federal, state or local law.
Position Status: Non-Exempt
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