CASA Youth Advocates, Inc.
Advocacy Coalition Coordinator: Delaware County
Full time 40 hour week
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
Position Description: Advocacy Coalition Coordinator is responsible for supporting the agency’s role in leading the Delaware County child victim services coordinating body and is responsible for representing the agency on Delaware and Chester County multi-system, interagency and multi-disciplinary teams and committees and representing the agency on any statewide groups when the Executive Director is not able to participate.
Qualifications: Masters degree required or five years progressively responsible experience in direct services to, or advocacy efforts for, abused and neglected children and/or sexually abused children.
- Experience with supporting multi-agency program improvement initiatives such as a child victims support and services multi-disciplinary teams
- Ability to work collaboratively with large groups representing a variety of systems and services
- Ability to organize, coordinate and support group projects involving multiple systems and agencies
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of individuals including victims and representatives of stakeholder agencies to work toward common goals
- Ability to speak to large groups and to high level government and community members with ease to engage large groups and key individuals in supporting services for victims
- Ability to develop written and oral communications presentations to support system coordination and multi-disciplinary team efforts
- Experience in and knowledge of the child welfare system, the criminal justice system, and the dynamics and issues related to child abuse and neglect and sexual abuse and exploitation
- Ability to use a variety of technology including Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook, CASA case management software Optima and other databases used by the agency
- Works with Executive Director and contracted facilitator to establish Delaware County child victims services coalition, including identifying partners and members, soliciting interest and participation from those entities, convening organizing meetings, establishing committee and small working group structure, working with facilitator to address and resolve areas of interagency conflict, establish the coalition’s mission, vision, values and goals.
- Works with Executive Director and contracted facilitator to support the coalition in identifying its action objectives and developing a work plan to achieve those objectives on an annual basis.
- Works with Executive Director and contracted facilitator and coalition to define measures of coalition success.
- Organizes and maintains the Delaware County child victims services coalition to facilitate coordination of direct service providers for victims of physical and sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and neglect and their families.
- Chairs regular meetings and facilitates meetings after contract with facilitator ends, including setting agendas, recording and distributing minutes, and following up with team members regarding action items.
- Facilitates information and resource sharing and identification of service gaps among coalition members to promote the provision of high quality, and comprehensive multi-system services and interventions for children and their families.
- Develops protocols for interagency communication regarding child victims of abuse, neglect and sexual abuse and exploitation, including developing of templates for partnership agreements and memorandums of understanding between organizations.
- Identifies key stakeholders and builds and maintains relationships with government and community leaders and stakeholders in child and family serving agencies in Delaware County.
- Develops recruitment and retention strategies ensuring multi-system representation, including but not limited to: legal, medical, educational, psychological/psychiatric, substance abuse, sexual and domestic violence.
- Develops, maintains and distributes/provides access to a resource directory of all child and family serving organizations in Delaware County.
- Works with website designer to provide content for Coalition website, keeping up to date information about child trauma and child victims of abuse and neglect, including landmark and current research, reference material, news articles, as well as recommended reading and viewing lists.
- Works with marketing team to develop and maintain social media platforms for coalition communications and develop educational and public awareness materials for the coalition’s efforts.
- Educates CASA staff and volunteers on community resources, Coalition initiatives and research on child abuse and neglect and effective and evidence based interventions.
- Makes presentations and participates in Coalition events to promote and support the Coalitions goals and objectives.
- Maintains a calendar of community events and solicits participation in those events where the Coalition has an opportunity to increase public awareness and to generate support for the Coalition’s goals and objectives.
- Maintains professional knowledge of issues related to child victims of abuse and neglect; identifies and attends trainings/workshops/presentations to enhance this knowledge and keeps Coalition members updated on upcoming trainings available in the area.
- Identifies and participates in other relevant task forces and working groups in both Delaware and Chester Counties.
- In conjunction with Chester County CASA direct services staff, represents CASA at interagency and multi-system, multi-disciplinary groups in the county that address child victims of abuse and neglect, sexual abuse and exploitation.
CASA Youth Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national original, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religion.
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CASA Youth Advocates Inc. began in 1970 as Youth Advocates Inc., an organization of volunteers in Delaware County working to help young people in trouble or at risk of getting into trouble with the law. Working one-on-one with young people, this group of volunteers strived to improve community attitudes toward troubled youths and advocated for more comprehensive youth services.
In 1990, the organization could no longer sustain itself and sought to create a new, volunteer-based model to help Delaware County youth. Over a period of two years, the volunteers worked with the National CASA Association to establish a CASA program in Delaware County and, in 1992, CASA Youth Advocates Inc. was incorporated and accepted its first volunteers and its first cases. Since then (1992), CASA has served over 1100 children with nearly 500 trained volunteers.
CASA added its Educational Decision Maker service to its overall volunteer program in 2012. Through it, the court appoints the volunteer to champion those with special education needs by legally empowering them to make all educational decisions on the child’s behalf.
In 2015, CASA expanded its reach to Chester County, establishing a formal relationship with the Chester County dependency court to serve children in that county as well as Delaware County. CASA has served 45 children to date in Chester County.