|Position:||Director of Forensic and Clinical Services|
|Reports To:||Senior Director|
|Description:||Safe Horizon is the nation’s leading nonprofit victim assistance, advocacy and violence prevention program. Safe Horizon’s Child Advocacy Centers play a critical, front-line role in responding to child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse by providing a coordinated and collaborative approach to the investigation of such cases, while ensuring that victims receive immediate, effective support. In each Child Advocacy Center (CAC), Safe Horizon partners with the New York Police Department, the Administration for Children’s Services, the local District Attorney and local medical providers to ensure that an expert response begins as soon as a child victim steps through the door. At the Safe Horizon CACs, a team of child protective caseworkers, police detectives, pediatricians, prosecutors and Safe Horizon staff work together in a child-friendly setting to conduct joint forensic interviews and provide expert evaluation and treatment services, in order to improve the quality of child abuse investigations, prosecutions and outcomes and minimize the trauma to child victims and their families. |
|Responsibilities:||The Director of Forensic & Clinical Services is the expert leader who ensures that each child and non-offending family member who enters the CAC receives immediate and coordinated services. The Director of Forensic & Clinical Services provides leadership, vision and expert consultation to the Multi-Disciplinary Team, as well as hands-on management to implement a seamless service delivery model. The Director of Forensic & Clinical Services manages direct service operations from the point of entry, throughout the investigative process and beyond, as the child victim and family continue through the continuum of services offered by the CAC. The Director of Forensic & Clinical Services works in close collaboration with the CAC’s Team Leaders, the MDT, the Assistant Director of Forensic & Clinical Services, and in particularly close partnership with the CAC’s Senior Director. Duties may include all or some of the following:|
• Provide expert clinical consultation in collaborating with child protection, law enforcement, prosecution and medical professionals, to ensure that the investigation is well coordinated, the family is kept informed, and the child’s needs are being met in a timely manner consistent with the goals and mission of Safe Horizon and the CAC model;
• Provide expert consultation to the CAC, MDT and Safe Horizon Senior Management team with regards to CAC best practices, training needs and outcome measures; including but not limited to forensic interviewing, extended forensic evaluations, client-engagement, and optimal clinical and service delivery methods and operations;
• Provide conflict-resolutions and problem-solving skills to the MDT in order to achieve mission objectives that prioritizes a child-friendly and child-safe environment;
• Develop and maintain long-term relationships with community mental health organizations so as to provide appropriate therapeutic referral services for all families entering the CAC;
• Assume primary responsibility for planning, coordinating and facilitating regularly scheduled Case Review meetings with participation from all partners of the MDT;
• Conduct forensic interviews, extended forensic evaluations of suspected child victims, and sexualized behavior evaluations when indicated;
• Provide expert clinical supervision and review to the Safe Horizon staff performing evaluation services;
• Provide expert court testimony in those cases pursuant to judicial subpoena, as needed;
• Provide assistance in processing/de-briefing cases, to all Safe Horizon Forensic Interviewers, Senior Case Managers, and MDT Partners;
• Provide weekly clinical and administrative supervision, coaching, mentoring and, on occasion, live (closed circuit) supervision, as well as assistance in processing/de-briefing cases, to the Assistant Director and all Safe Horizon Forensic Interviewers and Senior Case Managers;
• Provide leadership and training to staff in the development and implementation of expert interviewing, forensic evaluation and client engagement skills;
• Create, implement, and manage case record review process to ensure that client needs are appropriately addressed and all records are in compliance;
• Manage hiring, training and supervision of Forensic Interviewers and Senior Case Managers;
• Ensure consistent provision of case and group coverage as needed.
|Qualifications:||• An advanced degree (MSW or PhD) or related field required. Licensed or License eligible required. |
• Minimum 5 years clinical experience with abused children and families and at least 4 years of clinical supervisory experience required.
• Experience working with child and families impacted by violence; ability to adapt clinical expertise within a crisis-oriented, multidisciplinary setting;
• Expertise in forensic interviewing and extended forensic evaluations preferred; Strong leadership, organizational, team-building, conflict-resolution skills required.
• Candidate must be able to effectively work within a multidisciplinary team comprised of law enforcement, child protection, prosecution and medical professionals, appreciate different points of view, and problem solve in a constructive and highly efficient manner.
If hired, I agree to abide by all of Safe Horizon’s rules and regulations, and understand that, if employed, my employment may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, at the option of either the company or me. I further understand that no representation, whether oral or written by any representative or agent of the organization, at any time, constitutes a contract of employment
All prospective job candidates must meet screening requirements, which includes a background check.
Safe Horizon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals and endeavors to hire individuals of diverse races, colors, creeds, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, national origins, disabilities, and citizen, marital, veteran and HIV statuses
HOURS: Full Time, some weekend, evening, and on-call hours required.