Safe Shores – The D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center is an organization striving for excellence as a service provider and as a workplace. Safe Shores values respect, honesty, trustworthiness, professionalism, growth and learning, taking care to give care, innovation, teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking a highly capable, experienced, personable and resourceful professional with a passion for Safe Shores' mission and the proven ability to support our prevention and outreach efforts.
The Prevention and Outreach Associate will be responsible for successfully managing the logistics of prevention and outreach caregiver support groups and efforts in DC. This individual will be instrumental in implementing, evaluating, and growing our Prevention and Outreach Program while teaming with other internal programs and the broader community. The program takes a public health approach and is rooted in the belief that the prevention of child abuse is an adult responsibility. Holistic and effective prevention strategies must utilize an equity lens and incorporate primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions. Goals of the Prevention and Outreach Program include raising awareness of the prevalence and impact of child abuse; educating the community about the steps to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child abuse; and engaging people to act to protect children. This position is a mandated reporter for child abuse and neglect under District of Columbia Statute § 4-1321.02.
Primary Areas of Responsibility include the following (other duties may be assigned):
- Pro-actively engage in the identification, scheduling, evaluation, and logistics of prevention and outreach initiatives internally and throughout the DC area. This includes maintaining training calendars, effectively bridging communication between community organizations and the Prevention and Outreach team, and preparing materials for training's, groups, and outreach events.
- Prepare and create reports as needed to communicate impact of initiatives, groups and meet Continuing Education requirements.
- Support community-wide prevention and outreach efforts with key stakeholders/ organizations.
- Engage community agencies and youth serving organizations around the issue of child sexual abuse prevention in order to increase their training participation and prevention behaviors.
- Assist with development and implementation of program evaluation tools/procedures and regularly analyze training and groups data to ensure it meets quality performance standards.
- Enter and maintain data for training's, outreach and groups; prepare facilitation materials for all training's and events.
- Attend, table, and/or exhibit at local and regional conferences and events.
- Conduct volunteer recruitment, volunteer training, scheduling, implementation, evaluation, and logistics of Prevention & Outreach groups at Safe Shores. This includes maintaining groups calendars, effectively bridging communication between referral sources and facilitators, and facilitating material prep for training's, groups, childcare and events, and coordinating meetings for the team of facilitators and other groups staff.
- Assist in the development and implementation of a structured childcare curriculum in alignment with the caregiver support team.
- Engage with external partners as needed to plan in-services and panels for group attendees, for recruitment and referral purposes and to coordinate any partnerships related to groups.
- Maintain an environment for groups and training's which is physically and emotionally safe.
- Complete and maintain necessary records/paperwork for group forms and attendance statistics to align with best practices for confidentiality and client record keeping.
- Participate in continuing education related to child abuse prevention and/or treatment, child care and child education, and group program development; stay current on trends and best practices.
- Participate in facilitator training and demonstrate growing mastery of facilitation of prevention training's; facilitate training's as needed to support goals of Prevention & Outreach team.
- Ability to successfully pass Child Protection Registry clearance and criminal background check
- Bachelor's degree in public health, social work or related field, along with at least 2 years full time work experience, or a high school diploma with at least 10 years relevant consecutive work experience in a position requiring responsibility, attention to detail and extensive interaction with the public.
- Previous experience with social services, victim advocacy, community level public health/social work interventions, and/or abuse prevention.
- Demonstrated ability to work calmly and effectively in high pressure and intense situations
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- High comfort and skill level with technology, MS Office applications, and web-based database management systems
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Proven ability to work productively and independently, and to take initiative with minimal supervision
- Interest and ability in facilitating training's or other prevention initiatives and an aptitude for public speaking.
- Ability, interest and willingness in facilitating and supervising activities and providing childcare for children of various ages
- Evening availability, especially on group nights, is required. Occasional weekend availability for training and outreach is also required.
- Ability stand, walk, reach, sit (on floor, small chairs, and/or outdoors), bend and lift up to 40 pounds
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a multicultural environment
- Genuine passion for the mission and values of Safe Shores
Oral and written Spanish fluency preferred
Equal Opportunity Employer
Safe Shores is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.