As the Children’s Advocacy Center & Sexual Assault Center serving Gwinnett County, Georgia, Mosaic Georgia provides 24/7 response through its confidential Crisis Line (866-900-6019) and provides no-cost forensic medical exams (aka “rape kits”), forensic interviews, and victim & family advocacy in one private location. After-care services are provided at the Mosaic Resilience Center, including counseling support and legal services. Mosaic Georgia is also a professional training organization for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, law enforcement, educators, and others who interact with victims of abuse, trafficking and exploitation.
The Bilingual Forensic Interviewer / Advocate will provide two distinct services for Mosaic Georgia clients.
As a Forensic Interviewer: Conducts recorded specialized, non-leading interviews for information-gathering purpose as requested by law enforcement or DFCS. Most forensic interviews take place at Mosaic Georgia’s Children’s Advocacy Center with law enforcement, Department of Family & Children’s Services, and/or District Attorney present. A forensic interviewer does not engage in advocacy on the case.
As an Advocacy Specialist: Provides delivery of direct victim/ family advocacy services/crisis intervention support and accompaniment to persons who experienced sexual assault/ child sexual abuse.
This position reports to the Forensic Interview Manager. This is a full-time grant funded position with full benefits including employer-paid health, dental, life, long-term disability insurance, vacation, and employer matched retirement benefits. Working hours are mid-afternoon through early evening. Bilingual highly preferred.
- Conducts forensic interviews of children in cases involving allegations of sexual or severe physically or emotional abuse or witnessing of violence.
- Follows protocol set forth in Mosaic Georgia’s CAC Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) manual.
- Works within a rotating “on call” schedule.
- Provides crisis intervention, advocacy services, information and referral, legal advocacy, victim accompaniment services (medical, legal and other) and follow-up assistance for child & adult sexual assault/ abuse victims and families.
- Maintains required documentation in the case tracking system on all client services provided as specified in relevant procedures manuals or guidebooks.
- Provides timely written and/or verbal correspondence with relevant MDT partners regarding a child’s forensic interview.
- Works closely with the multidisciplinary team to ensure concerns arising during the case review meetings are addressed.
- Obtains case outcome information and maintains written documents from multidisciplinary team as needed following case review meetings.
- Participates in staff meetings, forensic peer review meetings and multidisciplinary team case review meetings.
- Provides consultation and/or expert testimony in juvenile and superior court proceeding, collaborating with the DA’s office in the appropriate judicial circuit throughout the judicial process in cases involving Center clients.
- Stays abreast of current trends and research in the forensic interviewing of alleged abuse victims.
- Performs all other related duties as assigned by the Forensic Interview Manager and Director of Advocacy and Forensic Interviewing.
Qualifications & Experience
- Education: Bachelor’s degree in human services field, social and behavioral science, criminal justice or related field. Master’s degree preferred in field of psychology, social work, behavioral sciences, or criminal justice.
- Prefer 3 years direct service experience working with sexually abused children.
- Preferred trained in the NCAC or Child First protocol or other nationally recognized child forensic interview protocol.
- Excellent communication skills and the proven ability to work with clients of varying ages, cultures and developmental abilities.
- Demonstrated writing and organizational skills.
- Language/Communication: Fluency in English and Spanish.
NO phone calls please.