Family Advocate and Trainer Job Description

Title: Family Advocate and Trainer
First Witness Child Advocacy Center
Deadline to apply: September 29, 2017

This position is full time (40 hr/ wk). Starting range is $32,000 – $35,000 with full benefits (health, dental, life, long term disability, 403b).
Reports to: Executive Director

To Apply, send cover letter and resume/cv to

Subject: Family Advocate and Trainer Application
Contact: Lori Young


Address: First Witness Child Advocacy Center 4 West 5th Street, Duluth, MN 55806
Attention: Lori Young, Family Advocate and Trainer Application

General Description:
The primary responsibility of an advocate is to provide crisis intervention/counseling, group support, advocacy, and information and referral services to children and non-offending caregivers. Additionally, the Family Advocate and Trainer will conduct community outreach and prevention education and provide professional training to advocates locally and nationwide.


Family Advocacy

• Coordinate all family advocacy programming and lead family advocacy team
• Follow up or ensure follow up with each family after a child interview and offer services
• Provide medical advocacy
• Provide individual crisis intervention/ counseling and advocacy to children and non-offending caregivers includes but is not limited to:

o Providing information regarding dynamics of abuse and the coordinated multidisciplinary response
o Provide or ensure updates on case status for families
o Provide assistance in accessing/obtaining victim’s rights as outlined by MN statute 611A
o Provide court education, support and accompaniment for all court processes (criminal and civil)
o Provide Assistance with access to treatment and other services such as protective orders, housing, public assistance, domestic violence inter

• Provide education and support groups
• Develop services and programs to meet identified needs of children and non-offending caregivers
• Evaluate groups and services to ensure positive impact on families
• Participate in case reviews
• Ensure that all services meet NCA standards

Community Outreach/Training

• Conduct community education and prevention education through the Safe and Strong Child Program n local schools and other organizations
• Provide professional training to advocates as an Advocacy trainer
• Develop collaborative programs with other non-profits
• Participate MDT meetings and other multi-disciplinary teams throughout the community

General Responsibilities

• Support positive environment for families, team members and all others who enter First Witness
• Build positive community collaborations and relationships
• Participate in trainings, review interview dvds, attend video conferences as appropriate
• Participate in staff meetings, board meetings and team meetings
• Other duties as assigned.


• Commitment to ending child abuse
• Strong interpersonal communication skills, crisis intervention experience preferred
• Strong written and verbal communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills
• Excellent organizational skills
• Demonstrated initiative and ability to learn quickly
• Experience working in a team environment
• Creative trouble shooter

Preferred Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work or related field or 3 years experience in related position