Careers

Careers at The Center for Family Justice

The Center’s staff helps individuals be safe from domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse in the six communities we serve.

We work in a climate of mutual respect and teamwork, supported by the CEO/President and administrative staff. CFJ takes part in national demonstration projects and studies and has established best practices in its client services. It has grown to a $2.8 million agency with more than 50 employees who have earned the respect of their peers.

If this sounds like a place where you would be happy to work, check out our list of current job opportunities.

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Current Employment Opportunities

Title: Domestic Violence Advocate

Date: November 2022

Reports to: Coordinator of Domestic Violence Advocacy & Empowerment Services

Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Summary

Provides intake, crisis intervention, advocacy, short- term counseling, case management and referrals for adult victims of domestic and/or sexual violence.

Responsibilities

Program

· Provides intake, crisis intervention, advocacy, short- term counseling, case management and referrals for victims of sexual and/or domestic violence.

· Co-facilitates support groups for clients that are victims of or have been exposed to domestic violence.

· Provide clients with support from a trauma informed, strength based, and client defined advocacy model of service.

· Information and referrals about criminal justice process, obtaining notifications as well as federal and state victim rights.

· Meets expectations of funding sources in terms of contract requirements.

· Maintains accurate case files and enters data into client database as soon as possible.

· Works collaboratively and cooperatively with staff, volunteers and community groups.

Agency

· Participates in all appropriate Center meetings and trainings.

· Hotline coverage as needed including hospital accompaniments.

· Participates in Agency events throughout the year.

· Special projects as assigned.

Qualifications

Required

· Bachelor’s Degree in human services field and at least one year of experience working with victims of sexual and/or domestic violence.

· Experience providing trauma informed services.

· Strong commitment to The Center’s mission.

· Satisfactory completion of The Center’s certification training.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

· Must have good organizational skills.

· Ability to work with diverse populations.

· Daily access to a car with a valid CT driver’s license.

· Flexible Schedule.

Preferred

· Computer literacy, including data entry experience, utilization of software packages, Microsoft word and internet/e-mail.

· Experience with case management software.

· Bilingual English/Spanish.

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to the classification. They reflect the essential elements and general responsibilities of the position, but are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. The performance of all essential functions listed is subject to reasonable accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Marisa Garwacki, Manager of Advocacy Services, mgarwacki@centerforfamilyjustice.org

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Title: Criminal Court Advocacy Services Manager

Date: November 2022

Reports to: Director of Civil Legal & Court Advocacy Programs

Status: Full-time, Exempt

Summary

Supervises and supports The Center’s court advocacy services, which provide advocacy, support and referrals to victims of family/domestic violence and/or sexual assault through the criminal and civil court systems.

Responsibilities

Program Services

· Provides leadership and direction to a team of criminal advocates who provide crisis intervention, support, advocacy and referrals to victims of family/domestic violence and/or sexual assault identified through the court system.

· Works closely with the Specialized Domestic Violence team members and Advocate team to support a court system response that helps to keep victims safer and hold offenders accountable.

· Serves as an ‘in-house expert’ to The Center’s staff and the community on how the court systems responds to victims of domestic or family violence and/or sexual assault and how to navigate court resources in order to support victims.

· Works collaboratively with Director of Programs to review statistics and client services monthly to ensure accuracy and adherence to funding/contract requirements.

· Works collaboratively with Director of Programs to ensure monthly reports are created and submitted on time; and review and plan for future funding needs.

· Works with unit and management staff to develop annual program plan to meet contract terms and agency strategic goals.

· Participates in the Domestic Violence Court Unit’s weekly team meetings.

· Assists Director of Programs in providing training on domestic violence and/or sexual assault for police officers, court personnel and community providers.

· Develops, maintains and updates operational manuals and protocols for the unit.

Unit Management

· Provides leadership, guidance and support to staff, which includes scheduled supervision, employee performance evaluations and professional development plans.

· Trains and monitors staff, volunteers and interns to ensure quality service delivery and adherence with administrative procedures (e.g., case notes, entry of data, etc.) and contract obligations.

· Serves as a resource to unit staff by providing support with individual cases/calls, information and research.

· Reviews and plans for future funding needs for the Court Advocacy Services programs.

Agency

· Represents The Center at meetings with state, community and social service agencies.

· Attends and/or facilitates assigned Center meetings.

· Participates in agency’s community outreach and awareness activities.

· Special projects as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

· Bachelor’s required in criminal justice, psychology, human services or other related field with a minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience of court advocacy. Master’s degree preferred.

· Previous experience supervising staff.

· Knowledge of criminal and civil justice systems.

· Demonstrated development and performance management skills.

· Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

· Ability to work with diverse populations.

· Ability to solve complex problems and to inspire and motivate staff.

· Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

· Ability to react to change productively.

· Ability to plan ahead, anticipate problems and resolve conflicts.

· Strong commitment to The Center’s mission.

· Satisfactory completion of The Center’s domestic and sexual violence certification training.

· Daily access to a car with a valid CT driver’s license.

Preferred

· Computer literacy, including data entry experience, utilization of software packages, Microsoft word and internet/e-mail.

· Experience with case management software.

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to the classification. They reflect the essential elements and general responsibilities of the position but are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. The performance of all essential functions listed is subject to reasonable accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Angela Schlingheyde, J.D., Director of Civil Legal & Court Advocacy Services, aschlingheyde@centerforfamilyjustice.org

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Title: MDT/CAC Bilingual Family Advocate

Date: September 2022

Reports to: Director of Youth & Adult Services

Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Summary

Provides information, advocacy, referrals and case management services to children and their non-offending care givers referred to the Multidisciplinary Investigative Team (MDT) and Child Advocacy Center (CAC). Referrals to the MDT/CAC are in response to abuse allegations reported to law enforcement and/or the Department of Children and Families.

Responsibilities

Program

· Meets with non-offending guardian(s) at time of forensic interview to address their questions and/or concerns, explain and educate guardian(s) regarding the legal process, supply verbal and written information on victims’ rights, provide education on child abuse, and forensic medical exams and mental health resources.

· Refers children and families to appropriate social services, medical agencies, and metal health providers. Completes all referral paperwork and ensures all information regarding referrals are added to client files and reported in database (s).

· Works collaboratively with the CAC Clinician to facilitate mental health assessments and referrals.

· Attends court to support child and non-offending guardian(s) and/or to monitor cases as needed.

· Provides ongoing follow-up with non-offending guardian(s) including information about civil and criminal legal proceedings.

· Works closely with Office of Victim Services Advocate/CFJ Family Violence Victim Advocates by providing information and assisting families in filing a restraining order/civil protective order through the civil/family court system.

· Assists CAC Director with scheduling MDT forensic interviews with assigned MDT team members and non-offending guardian(s). Follows client’s case from initial assault to conclusion and monitors cases through prosecution.

· Facilitates a support group for non-offending guardian(s) and/or a teen support group; as needed.

· Participates in bi-weekly team meetings for the purpose of case review, planning and coordination. Provides MDT members with accurate and updated verbal reports regarding case management, client advocacy and other information.

· Informs and acts as a consultant to team members regarding MDT/Child Advocacy Center (CAC) best practices, policies and procedures.

· Consistent and timely data entry of cases using Efforts to Outcomes and NCATrak.

· Assists CAC Director with Child Abuse Prevention Month event planning.

· Assists the CAC Director with maintaining documentation in order to provide funders/potential funders with appropriate program outlines (i.e. monthly reports, program descriptions, standards, etc.)

· Provides narratives for the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence quarterly reports and other reports as necessary.

· Implements evaluations to parents through the Outcome Measurement System.

· Provides community education and outreach regarding child abuse and related topics.

Agency

· Attends assigned CFJ meetings.

· Rotates shifts on the Spanish Response Team hotline.

· Special projects as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

· Bachelor’s Degree in social work, criminal justice, psychology or related field and 3-5 years of experience working with victims of sexual abuse/violence and their families.

· Understanding of child development including healthy sexual development as well as knowledge of trauma informed services.

· Knowledge of Department of Children and Families response to child abuse.

· Knowledge of law enforcement response to child sexual abuse victims.

· Ability to work with diverse populations including child victims of severe physical and/or sexual abuse.

· Strong commitment to The Center’s mission.

· Fluent Bilingual Language Skills (Spanish and English).

· Strong written and verbal communication skills.

· Strong organizational skills and an ability to work independently.

· Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.

· Satisfactory completion of The Center’s certification training.

· Daily access to a car with a valid CT driver’s license.

· Flexible Schedule late Afternoon Availability- (3 pm to 5 pm)

Preferred

· Computer literacy, including data entry experience, utilization of software packages, Microsoft word and internet/e-mail.

· Experience with case management software.

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to the classification. They reflect the essential elements and general responsibilities of the position, but are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. The performance of all essential functions listed is subject to reasonable accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Apply Now

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Kayte Cwikla-Masas, M.S., Director of Youth & Adult Services, kcwikla@centerforfamilyjustice.org 

The Justice Legal Center Opportunities

The Center for Family Justice is looking for individuals interested in opening solo law practices to participate in Connecticut’s first and only Legal Incubator Program.    Click HERE to get details about this exciting opportunity, understand the criteria and learn how to apply.

This is not an employment opportunity.