Advocacy Coordinator Job Description

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Position: Advocacy Coordinator

Reports to: Director of Programs

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POSITION SUMMARY

The Advocacy Coordinator (AC) is a multifaceted position that entails: assigning, managing, and supervising up to 35 CASA volunteers who provide direct advocacy to abused and neglected children in Fulton County’s foster care system in numerous ways including but not limited to:  managing the caseload of each volunteer assigned to the AC; developing interpersonal connections; identifying the child’s needs in all domains; ensuring needs are met; monitoring well-being and safety in placements; overseeing and supporting academic progress; engaging children in enrichment activities; facilitating information sharing among professionals; writing, proofreading, and editing court reports to help guide judicial decision making; and providing consistent support to assigned volunteers.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage up to 35 CASA volunteers
  • Serve as a resource and dependency Court expert for a core group of CASA Volunteers
  • Interview prospective CASA volunteers
  • Match trained CASA volunteers with children and youth
  • Edit Court Reports written
  • Develop ongoing strategies for volunteer advocacy improvement
  • Maintain case files and volunteer files
  • Accompany volunteers on home visits as necessary
  • Track court dates
  • Maintain and document regular contact with volunteers
  • Provide basic and ongoing training for CASA volunteers
  • Serve as Subject Matter Expert for staff in content areas relevant to child welfare or youth and children at-risk & develop written materials on the content area
  • Maintain regular communication with assigned CASA volunteers to ensure high quality of service and provide support, including attending court hearings and other meetings
  • Participate as a team member by sharing your unique skills and knowledge and serve as back up to other team members as needed
  • Ensure that all CASA volunteer and child records are accurate and up to date
  • Other duties as assigned (This position will require evening and weekend hours on occassion)

ACCOUNTABILITY

The Advocacy Coordinator is hired by the Executive Director. The Advocacy Coordinator reports directly to the Director of Programs, who is responsible for his/her performance evaluations. The Advocacy Coordinator should display a commitment to CASA’s goals and mission.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication  skills
  • Ability to present information in judicial proceedings
  • Ability to manage and track progress of children on caseload
  • Strong understanding of the foster care system
  • Problem solving and/or mediation skills
  • Open minded, collaborative team player
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Cheerful flexibility and sense of humor
  • Passion for working with children and families

SKILL SET FOR SUCCESS

  • Two years case management experience
  • Professional child development, mental health, or education experience, with a preference for a Master’s degree in social work, education or related advanced degree
  • Previous experience working for a non-profit organization
  • Previous experience working with and managing volunteers
  • Knowledge and understanding of child abuse and families in crisis
  • Knowledge of the Child Welfare System