Child Forensic Interview Specialist – Bilingual Preferred

Position Title: Child Forensic Interview Specialist- Bilingual Preferred
Reports To: Manager of Forensic Services
Schedule: Full-Time, Flexibility Required (evenings, weekends, on-call)

General Description: The SafeSpot Child Forensic Interview Specialist functions as part of the Fairfax County multidisciplinary team (MDT). The Child Forensic Interview Specialist abides by national training standards and provides bilingual evidence-based forensic interviews to child victims and witnesses of abuse. This is completed in a manner that preserves and respects the mandates and obligations of each investigating agency, while providing a child-centered, trauma-informed, developmentally, and culturally supportive forensic interview.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Conduct forensic interviews with children who have allegedly experienced or witnessed sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, violence, or other crimes.
  • Participate in pre- and post-conference meetings with MDT investigators to ensure information-sharing and coordination.
  • Participate in initial and on-going forensic interview training in accordance with national standards.
  • Participate in continuing education pertaining to child abuse and neglect, child development, mental health, cultural competency, and other relevant topics, in accordance with national standards.
  • Participate in forensic interview peer review with the local, state, and the national community.
  • Participate in regular supervision with the Manager of Forensic Services.
  • Participate in court proceedings and provide testimony as requested.
  • Maintain orderly and accurate HIPAA-compliant case records and input information into data tracking software.
  • Work effectively under stressful conditions, while demonstrating discretion and good judgement in handling confidential matters and sensitive information.
  • Participate in monthly case review and follow through with any recommendations from the MDT.
  • Maintain close collaboration with the SafeSpot Family Advocates and MDT partners.
  • Attend regular staff meetings, case conferences and trainings as required.
  • Develop and maintain a professional environment of acceptance, respect and understanding of persons from varied socioeconomic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Programs
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Manger of Forensic Services.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Minimum of bachelor’s level degree from an accredited university/college in counseling, social work, psychology, juvenile justice, or related field.
  • Preferred bilingual abilities in Spanish.
  • Training in one or more nationally recognized, evidence-based forensic interview models/protocols preferred.
  • Knowledge and training in child developmental stages, mental health, trauma, child welfare, and the court system.
  • Minimum one (1) year experience providing direct service to children and families who have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, violence.
  • Previous experience in a Children’s Advocacy Center or child abuse multidisciplinary team preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with child victims and their families, as well as with multidisciplinary team members and members of community groups.
  • Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills, bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Must display cultural competency and professional ethics and boundaries.
  • Must be able to work with Facility Dog.
  • Organizational skills to manage workload and related responsibilities.
  • Must have excellent computer skills.
  • Ability to work independently and sustain a flexible schedule.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changes in agency and MDT protocols.
  • Current driver’s license, proof of insurance, and personal vehicle.
  • Must possess tact, good judgement, and flexibility.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and respond quickly to challenges/crisis.
  • Ability to work respectfully as a team member with individuals from various disciplines.

Additional Information

  • Pre-employment background investigation required.
  • Pre-employment drug-testing may be required.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position. Current benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement, annual leave, paid holidays, and family leave. Salary is competitive and dependent on qualifications and experience; the range is $55,000-$65,000/year.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements by July 14, 2023.

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