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  • Job Announcement

    The PA Chapter of Child Advocacy Centers and Multi-Disciplinary Teams (PACAC) is seeking an Executive Director to lead all aspects of Chapter operations. We are seeking someone with experience in Children’s Advocacy Centers or related disciplines who can take the Chapter to its next level of service to our member Child Advocacy Centers, and who will oversee the strategic direction, operations, and future success of the Chapter and our member Child Advocacy Centers.

    PACAC is a 501(c)(3) that is governed by a Board of Directors which includes Child Advocacy Center Directors as well as representatives from the private sector. We are a statewide membership organization that supports the development, growth, and sustainability of Child Advocacy Centers and Multi-Disciplinary Teams across Pennsylvania.

    PACAC is accredited by our national membership organization, the National Children’s Alliance. We have twenty-two accredited Child Advocacy Centers in PA, as well as eleven associate members, four satellite members, and four affiliate members. We have multiple counties that do not yet have a Child Advocacy Center.

    PACAC is committed to the Child Advocacy Center’s coordinated approach which brings law enforcement, child welfare, prosecution, medical and mental health agencies together for the initial intervention, and for the provision of ongoing services.

    PACAC provides training and technical assistance to existing and developing CACs and MDTs. We advocate for the CAC approach, and bring awareness about the impact of child abuse and the importance of a CAC response across our state. We seek funding to support the Chapter and our CAC programs. We educate policymakers and legislators about the work of CACs, and we monitor laws and regulations impacting children in PA.

    Interested candidates should submit their resume with cover letter to: Mikele Bay, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Chapter, jobs@penncac.org, no later than July 3, 2020.

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    PA CHAPTER OF CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTERS AND MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAMS

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    Pennsylvania Chapter of Child Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams (PACAC) POSITION TITLE: Executive Director

    • JOB SUMMARY: The Executive Director (ED) is chief executive of the Chapter and as such is responsible for all activities of the Chapter and will lead execution of the strategic plan as developed by the Board of Directors. This position is responsible to ensure the PACAC meets all criteria for proper accreditation as dictated by the National Children’s Alliance Standards and all funding entities. ED will be the face of the Chapter and is responsible to execute the Public Relations and Governmental interaction of the PACAC. ED is responsible for delivery of all aspects of the annual plan including all elements of fiscal management. ED is responsible for all aspects of employee relations including but not limited to adherence to all regulatory statutes in place. ED is responsible to report material activities to Board of Directors as prescribed by the Board Chair.

    REPORTING STRUCTURE: This position reports to the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Child Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams. (PACAC).

    POSITION CLASSIFICATION: Exempt / At Will DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Lead the execution of the Strategic Plan and report status at quarterly intervals, at a minimum, at the direction of the Board.
    • Execute financial plan including all aspects of funds sourcing required to meet the objectives and activities of the Chapter.
    • Ensure appropriate fiscal governance is in place, meeting audit standards and the requirements of grants.
    • Oversee grant writing and delivery of grant criteria including reporting relevant activities to the grantors as

      required.

    • Create and oversee a sustainable and scalable public awareness campaign including fundraising activities.
    • Oversee a comprehensive marketing and communications program including but not limited to chapter

      website, social media, chapter communication, and preparation of an Annual Report.

    • Ensure chapter has human resources and personnel standards, policies, and procedures in effect in

      accordance with all statutes.

    • Source, lead, and direct the activities of all Chapter staff in place including regular performance reviews.
    • Make recommendations for staff additions and removals to the Board and execute upon approval.
    • Ensure Chapter meets and maintains all accreditation guidelines put forth by the National Children’s

      Alliance.

    • Encourage and support CACs/MDTs striving to meet the National Standards for Accredited Members.
    • Support growth and development of new CACs/MDTs in interested communities and support existing CACs

      ability to be sustainable.

    • Be the face of the PACAC in public relations activities and maintain active presence in Harrisburg, PA.
    • Oversee and document Chapter activities.
    • Develop and enrich relationships with state officials, relevant government agencies and affiliated child

      welfare agencies.

    • Oversee and maintain a robust educational program that meets the ongoing needs of Chapter members.
    • Prepare and deliver reports to the Board at a minimum of quarterly intervals, or more frequent basis, with

      framework as directed and approved by the Board.

    • Other responsibilities as designated by the Board of Directors of the PACAC.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    The PA CHAPTER provides equal employment opportunities, compensation, and training to all qualified applicants, without regard to gender, sexual preference, religion, mental or physical impairment, age, race, marital status, creed, color, or national origin.

    REQUIREMENTS

    EDUCATION:

    Four Year Degree from an Accredited University. Master’s degree or higher is preferred.
    Major in social science, social work, non-profit management, law, nursing, law enforcement or related discipline is preferred with relevant management experience.

    Comprehensive knowledge of Children’s Advocacy Centers.

    BACKGROUND and other STANDARD REQUIREMENTS:

    Applicant must agree to and pass a comprehensive PA criminal background check, a PA child abuse background check, FBI clearance check, and a Sex Offender Registry check.
    Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and maintain a valid driver’s license throughout employment.
    This position requires use of ED’s personal vehicle (reimbursement will be provided per governmental guidelines in place at the time.)

    Applicant must be able to travel to regional and national trainings and conferences.
    This could be a remote position but strong and frequent presence in Harrisburg is required.

    WORK HISTORY:

    • Executive level experience as demonstrated by documentable, relevant work experience of 10+ years in one of the enumerated areas above.
    • Nonprofit experience is preferred.
    • Child welfare related experience is preferred.
    • Government relations experience (particularly Pennsylvania State Government) is preferred.

      SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

    • Demonstrated Leadership Skills.
    • Demonstrated Fiscal Acumen.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in Public Relations Outreach.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in External Fundraising.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in both written and oral communication.
    • Knowledge of the Child Advocacy Center and related programs.
    • Grant Writing and Successful Grant Management.
    • Knowledge of Pennsylvania government legislative process.
    • Desire to work within the Pennsylvania legislative process and affiliated agencies.
    • Ability and desire to engage in professional networking activities.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and fundraising

      database management.

  • The PA State Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multi-Disciplinary Teams is hiring!

    The PA Chapter of CACs and MDTs provides support and leadership to Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multi-Disciplinary teams across the State of Pennsylvania. Led by its Board of Directors, the Chapter is committed to delivering high-quality services to support all CAC members, while assisting with the development of CACs and MDTs where none exist in the state.

    We are currently seeking a Communications Manager to oversee office operations and to be responsible for promoting the work of the PA Chapter and Children’s Advocacy Centers across the state.

    The person filling this position will work with a team of dedicated colleagues to positively influence the availability and delivery of services to children in Pennsylvania.

    The ideal candidate will have a Bachelors’ Degree in communications, public relations, non-profit management, or a related field, and experience in marketing and public relations, including social media, media relations, and print media.

    Depending on geographic location of this hire, the position may be remote/work from home, or in the Chapter’s office.

    Salary will be up to the mid-forties, and the position includes health insurance for the employee.

    Please submit Cover Letter and Resume to jobs@penncac.org, Attention Chris Kirchner, Interim Executive Director, no later than June 20, 2020.

     

    COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

    The Communications Manager is a multi-faceted position with a focus on supporting Chapter staff and all Chapter activities, while also leading marketing and communications initiatives for the Chapter.  This position will be a key part of a dynamic staff/board team that seeks to improve and expand services for abused children in PA through strengthening and sustaining effective and impactful Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multi-Disciplinary Teams.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES

    Support Chapter Staff and Activities

    • Support day-to day operations of the Chapter in a partially remote office environment, assisting with communication and information sharing among all staff
    • Assist with scheduling of meetings and appointments for Staff and Board
    • Support Chapter training and technical assistance activities. Maintain materials and prepare documents and presentations for Chapter trainings. Work with hotels to schedule meetings. Maintain a calendar of all training events.
    • Support Chapter Peer Review and Mentoring programs
    • Oversee funding awards to members, including Travel Stipends and Scholarships
    • Assist with communication to all Member CACs, maintaining updated Member contact information
    • Maintain contact information for Board of Directors
    • Prepare and mail annual dues invoices to members
    • Maintain inventory of equipment and office supplies
    • Support remote/virtual trainings and meetings held on various platforms including ZOOM.

    Lead Marketing and Communications Initiatives

    • Work with staff and Board to create and implement an annual marketing and communications plan to elevate the Chapter’s mission and vision with member CACs, citizens of PA, and prospective donors
    • Create marketing campaigns to promote the work of the Chapter and CACs in PA. Consider a campaign that can be co-branded with member CACs.
    • Implement a comprehensive social media campaign for the Chapter
    • Support an update/overhaul of the Chapter website, working with web developer
    • Manage the Chapter website, updating weekly and ensuring that all information is accurate
    • Create an Annual Report for the Chapter
    • Create monthly newsletters to be used with Members and the Public
    • Maintain relationships with media outlets across the state. Write media relations materials including press releases and media advisories and organize press conferences.
    • Consider feasibility of recruiting and supervising a Media/Marketing intern

    Oversee and Maintain Chapter Database

    • Update and maintain database to enable Chapter to track, manage and report out on all Chapter activities including training and technical assistance activities.
    • Use database to track and manage pass-through grants to member CACs.
    • Work with IT consultants to create and manage donor database as a new component of the existing database.
    • Assist with surveys to membership, gathering and tracking information received.
    • Create reports as needed from the database.

    Other Duties may be required as needed.

     

    Skills Required

    Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

    Strong ability to collaborate with others and receive feedback.

    Knowledge of public relations writing and AP style.

    Knowledge and experience with social media marketing.

    Proficient at using Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Google Docs.

     

    Equal Employment Opportunities

    The PA State Chapter of CACs and MDTs provides equal employment opportunities, compensation, and training to all qualified applicants, without regard to gender, sexual preference, religion, mental or physical impairment, age, race, marital status, creed, color, or national origin except where such factors are a bona fide position requirement.

  • Abbie Newman, CEO, Mission Kids CAC Attends Human Trafficking Summit at the White House

    Release Date: 01.31.2020

    Abbie Newman was a guest at the Human Trafficking Summit held at the White House on Friday, January 31st. Abbie represented Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and the Pennsylvania Chapter of CACs and MDTs, and advocated for bipartisan support for survivors of child sex trafficking. This year marks 20 years since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was signed into law, making human trafficking a federal crime.

    During the Human Trafficking Summit Abbie heard speeches from Attorney General William Barr, White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump. Abbie also watched the signing of an Executive Order to combat Human Trafficking.

                                                          

    Attorney General William Barr                             Ivanka Trump, White House Senior Adviser             Abbie Newman, CEO, Mission Kids CAC

                     

    Vice President Pence, President Trump, Ivanka Trump                              Signing of the Executive Order to Combat Human Trafficking

  • PA Chapter’s Work to Create Best Practice Protocols for Helping Child Victims of Human Trafficking in Pennsylvania Featured in Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission Newsletter

  • County Child Advocacy Center hosts ribbon-cutting at new location

    Release Date: 12.17.2019

    A ribbon cutting was held Monday afternoon for the new Child Advocacy Center located at 530 Spruce St., Clearfield. The new location is more spacious, allowing additional numbers of Clearfield County’s youngest residents who are victims of a crime to obtain required services within their own county.

    In 2013, Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. recognized the need for a center to assist investigators to identify, investigate and prosecute cases of child abuse. Shaw worked with the Clearfield County Office of Children, Youth and Family Services, law enforcement jurisdictions in Clearfield County, Victim Witness, Passages Inc., Community Action Inc., Crossroads Project, medical providers and CenClear to create multi-disciplinary investigative team to combat child abuse in Clearfield County.

    According to CAC Director Mary Tatum, the Spruce Street location replaces the facility at Hyde that opened in August of 2016. Before the Hyde location was opened, a report of a child who had been abused could mean a child would have to tell the story of the assault up to eight times to law enforcement, children and youth services, medical personnel, the district attorney and in some cases educators.

    “A search for a better way led to the development of child advocacy centers that are able to help everyone be informed about the case’s facts without requiring a child to be repeatedly traumatized by having to repeat the story.

    “Basically we outgrew the space at Hyde. We are seeing more than 200 children a year,” Tatum said.

    The new location provides space for the employment of two full-time staff members, Tatum said. The need for additional room to serve children and the multi-disciplinary investigative team that work with those children meant a larger location was needed, according to information provided.

    The center is a child-friendly, safe and neutral location where law enforcement and child protective services investigators are able to conduct and observe forensic interviews with children who are alleged victims of physical and sexual abuse crimes in a setting that is child-friendly and decorated to help put nervous or frightened children at ease. The team consists of prosecutors, police officers, children and youth officials, victim advocates and mental health providers who are uniquely qualified to assist in the identification, investigation and prosecution of individuals who abuse children.

    The new Spruce Street location has a welcoming waiting room, an interview room, office space and a kitchen. The new space at Spruce Street also has room where pediatric-specific medical exams are conducted by a certified, trained practitioner on sight. Previously, children who need that service had to drive to facilities several hours away in Bradford or Pittsburgh. Tatum said transportation is often a problem for Clearfield County families.

    Over a six-year period from 2011-2017, the number of child abuse cases in Clearfield County has increased from 174 in 2011 to more than 370 in 2017 — a 114 percent increase. During its first full-year of operation, the Child Advocacy Center of Clearfield County served 126 child victims and last year that number grew to 218 victims.

    Tatum said the center follows guidelines developed by the National Children’s Alliance. The center’s staff is required to participate in intensive training, on-going peer reviews and mentorship programs in order to ensure a high-quality, child-sensitive approach is maintained. The center partners with legal entities and other community agencies to help ensure offenders are held accountable. It also offers education and training to promote community awareness and safety.

    For additional information on the Child Advocacy Center of Clearfield County call 768-3155 or email cac@cenclear.org.

    Progress article link:

    http://www.theprogressnews.com/news/county-child-advocacy-center-hosts-ribbon-cutting-at-new-location/article_14807908-0326-50ba-9f2e-c50434f364b4.html

     

    The Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County is hiring. Consider joining our team of professionals and making a change in the lives of children.

     Forensic Interviewer

    McKean County is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Forensic Interviewer within the Children’s Advocacy Center.  The FI is an essential member of the Child Advocacy Center, responsible for direct service delivery within the program, as well as training and awareness throughout the community. The full-time position will conduct high quality forensic interviewing to abused children, communicate the results of the interview and act as an effective member of the multidisciplinary team.

    Requirements include:

    • Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree with 2 years of experience working with children.
    • A minimum of two years of professional experience working with children and families where abuse and violence are identified issues is required.
    • Previous professional experience working with the criminal justice or child welfare system and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team is preferred.  Previous experience or training in the forensic interviewing of child victims of child abuse is also preferred.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellence in team work and multidisciplinary coordination.
    • Position must successfully complete specialized forensic interview training in accordance with the National Children’s Alliance (NCA).
    • Must submit to a criminal history background check and child abuse clearances, and qualify under regulations.
    • Must be able to attend out of town trainings, possess a valid drivers’ license and proof of insurance.
    • May on occasion be called in for emergency cases evenings and weekends.
    • Will function under the confidentiality of the CACMC according to the standards set forth by the National Children’s Alliance and the CACMC Multi-Disciplinary Team/Interagency Protocol.

    Interested applicants are invited to apply by completing an application and resume.  Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

    A more detailed job description is available upon request.  Please forward resume and application to: Kathy Roche, Human Resources Director, McKean County Courthouse, 500 West Main Street, Smethport, PA 16749 or emailing it to: klroche@mckeancountypa.org no later than COB December 13, 2019.  We are an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V.

    UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Child Advocacy Center is recruiting for a Forensic Interviewer Lead.

    Description

    The Forensic Interviewer, Lead is an essential member of the Child Advocacy Center, who is responsible for program operations including direct service delivery, supervision and orientation and continued professional development of forensic interview and referral staff. Coordinates a multi-disciplinary team approach to child abuse investigation, involving medical personnel, child interviewers, county children and youth agencies, district attorney offices, law enforcement personnel, victim advocates, volunteers, and student interns. Provides consultation and training within the agency and in the community and represents the agency at appropriate forums to achieve the mission and goals of the agency. Collaborates with the Executive Director in agency planning, evaluation, training and program development.

    This position will work Monday – Friday, daylight shift with on-call rotation of nights and weekends.

    Responsibilities:

    • Supervises child advocacy center forensic interview staff and referral caseworkers including program monitoring and evaluation, determines corrective action as appropriate and necessary.
    • Assists Director of Operations in completing performance evaluations of staff on a yearly basis. Coordinates orientation/ training of new forensic interviewers and referral caseworkers. Completes weekly supervision with forensic interview staff and referral caseworkers. Maintain weekly forensic interview assignments and monthly on call schedule (as needed).
    • Approves all time off, payroll and other expenses for forensic interview staff. Reviews, tracks and process forensic interview reports for all staff (which includes data tracking and reporting for quality measures). Facilitates regular meetings with forensic interview staff. Participates in all division meetings as assigned.
    • Completes quarterly Peer Review of all forensic interview staff. Ensures all forensic Interview staff are compliant with peer review and training as outlined by the National Childrens Alliance Accreditation Standards.
    • Provides overflow coverage for child forensic interview processes and continue to conduct forensic interviews for highly specialized or complicated cases.
    • May be required to provide court testimony. May be responsible for overseeing graduate level social work interns, which consists of development of training schedules, orientations, and intensive supervision and instruction. Performs other duties as assigned.
    • Demonstrates the highest degree of customer awareness by seeking out opportunities to identify and meet the needs of internal and external customers. Treats each person as an individual with respect and dignity. Receptive to questions and criticism, and willing to offer assistance. Demonstrates genuine concern and empathy. Consistently performs all of the above in a friendly, courteous manner. Maintains accountability for patient and family satisfaction throughout the episode of care. Includes physicians as customers.

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in Social Work, Public Administration or related field.
    • Five (5) years of experience in services for children and families and non-profit management.
    • Five (5) years of Forensic Interviewing Experience, working knowledge, experience, and expertise in Childrens Advocacy Centers and dynamics of all forms of child abuse.
    • Possess personnel management skills.
    • Ability to provide training on the concept, development and management of Childrens Advocacy Centers and a collaborative community response to child abuse.
    • Possess good organizational and writing skills.
    • Successfully completed Forensic Interviewing Training through a NCA approved Organization.
    • Two (2) years of management/supervision experience preferred.

    To apply for the position please visit https://careers.upmc.com/ and use Job Code Forensic Interviewer, Lead (00525160)