The Orange County Special Investigations Unit/Child Advocacy Center, Inc. (OCSIU/CAC) provides for children and adults, a safe and respectful response to situations involving potential violations of sex crime statutes. In these cases, the Forensic Interview Specialist, a neutral member of the multi-disciplinary team, conducts forensic interviews of children and adults, using an evidence-based forensic interviewing approach. This position requires a high standard of professionalism, confidentiality, and integrity. The Forensic Interview Specialist reports directly to the OCSIU/CAC Executive Director.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct forensic interviews according to National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) guidelines, National Children’s Alliance (NCA) standards, and OCSIU/CAC procedures;
  • Testify in court when subpoenaed, and at the request of the state’s attorney;
  • Defend your forensic interviews in court;
  • Coordinate and contribute to monthly MDT meetings;
  • Facilitate and participate in regional and local peer reviews;
  • Maintain electronic and hard copies of client records to ensure confidentiality and protect integrity;
  • Seek out and attend national, state, and local training events to enhance and strengthen skill set;
  • Periodically present or facilitate local training events related to current family and child issues, and forensic interviewing trends;
  • Maintain video/recording equipment in good-working order;
  • Conduct self professionally, and in accordance with NCA standards and OCSIU/CAC policies and procedures;
  • Contribute to coordination and scheduling of forensic interviews;
  • Enter relevant data timely and accurately into NCATrak database; &
  • Other administrative and service-related tasks, as assigned, to further the mission of the OCSIU/CAC.

Skills

  • Understanding of law enforcement investigative procedures, child protection protocol, and the criminal and civil court systems;
  • Previous child protection experience and understanding;
  • In-depth knowledge of diverse family dynamics, child development, child abuse, and the neurobiological effects of trauma;
  • Ability to communicate effectively during the interview process with children of all ages, and adults;
  • Ability to well-organize work tasks, manage time, and meet deadlines;
  • Technological proficiency;
  • Work style that is flexible, collaborative, and team-oriented; &
  • Sound written and verbal communication abilities.

Education and Training

  • At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in child development, psychology, social work, criminal justice, or a related field; and
  • Training in an NCAC or other evidence-based forensic interviewing method.

Strongly Preferred 

  • One-two years of experience working directly with children and families who have experienced issues related to abuse or violence;
  • One-two years of experience effectively interacting with multi-disciplinary team members; &
  • One-two years of experience conducting evidence-based forensic interviews with children or adults.

Position is full time, 30-32 hours per week; hours are flexible, and compensation is competitive. If interested in applying, please email a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information for three references to: pshane@orangecountyvt. gov. 

EEO Statement: Employment discrimination based on ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and physical or mental condition is prohibited. All eligible applicants have equal opportunities for employment.

 

Job Details

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Organization

  • Name: Orange County SIU/CAC, Inc.