Court Appointed Special Advocates Program - Volunteer Coordinator/Monitor CASA - Grant Position

Vigo County, IN - Terre Haute, IN

Incumbent serves as Volunteer Coordinator/Monitor CASA for the Vigo County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA), responsible for assuming responsibility for supervision, case management, and coordination of assigned volunteers.

Examples of Duties
Serves as Monitor CASA, including supervising, observing, and checking on progress and quality of case, investigating, facilitating, advocating, and monitoring on limited basis, researching case background and current status of case, working with Department of Child Services to assign cases, gathering medial, school and placement information on CHINS, collecting and searching birth parents past and current status, and conducting drug screen and service compliance.

Advocates and presents CASA volunteer regarding cases determined to need further attention and additional intense involvement.

Meets and visits with children involved in case, and makes contact with all persons pertaining to case, such as parents, teachers, counselors, doctors, case managers, therapists, and other social service providers.

Conducts and oversees annual evaluation of volunteers supervised, Department of Child Services (DCS), service providers and placements. Provides updated resource guide for referrals.

Provides CASA volunteers with individualized supervision for child and family on matters relative to family stabilization, permanency planning, treatments and discharge of case, including providing information regarding community resources, monitoring and providing case review, evaluation, and documentation.

Provides CASA volunteers with community based and crisis intervention resource information designed to maintain children in their residents, and court report forms to assists with report writing, and provide resource information for distribution to CASA families.

Provides quality case management and supervision of volunteers' as required by state and national standards, such as maintaining direct supervision and case management of assigned volunteers, including maintaining monthly contact for case update, recording contact log and providing information to Director, and recording in software program.

Collaborates with Court, social services, law enforcement, schools and other agencies as needed.

Distributes court related reports to volunteers, including proofreading and editing reports completed by volunteers.

Conducts criminal history/background check, and child abuse registry checks.

Assists in National CASA training for new volunteers, and coordinates guest speakers for training.

Performs various clerical duties, such as answering and returning telephone calls, and checking electronic mail (e-mail).

Assists and organizes special events, fundraisers, volunteer drive and awareness campaigns.

Attends emergency hearings on rotating basis.

Gives presentations for volunteer recruitment purposes to local civic groups and agencies.

Assists with writing, maintaining, and managing grants and fundraising, including preparing related reports as required.

Assists Volunteer Coordinator/Trainer/Recruiter by meeting with potential volunteers and reviewing applications as needed.

May testify in legal proceeding/court as required.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications
Baccalaureate Degree in criminology, human development, or related field, or experience in social service field.

Must be at least 21 years of age.

Ability to meet all employer and department hiring requirements, including passage of a drug test, and criminal background check.

Working knowledge of standard office practices and ability to apply such knowledge to a variety of interrelated processes, tasks, and operations.

Working knowledge of juvenile court, child welfare, and/or child focused social issues and knowledge and understanding of issues and dynamics within families in crisis relating to child abuse and neglect preferred.

Working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation, and ability to prepare various documents and reports as required.

Ability to properly operate standard office equipment, such as computer, calculator, fax machine, copier, and telephone.

Ability to provide public access to or maintain confidentiality of department information and records according to state requirements.

Ability to comply with all employer and department policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct.

Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, other County departments, Department of Child Services (DCS), and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities.

Ability to understand, memorize, retain, and carry out written and oral instructions, and present findings in oral or written form.

Ability to compare or observe similarities and differences in data, compile, collate, or classify data, and make determinations based on data analysis.

Ability to work alone with minimum supervision and with others in a team environment.

Ability to work on several tasks at the same time and work rapidly for long periods, often under time pressure.

Ability to apply knowledge of people and/or locations, and plan and layout assigned work projects.

Ability to plan and present public speaking presentations, fund raisers, and special events.

Ability to testify in legal proceeding/court as required.

Ability to occasionally work extended, weekend, and/or evening hours, and travel out of town for conferences, sometimes overnight.

Supplemental Information
Incumbent performs a majority of duties in a standard office environment, involving sitting/walking at will, sitting for long periods, lifting/carrying objects weighing less than 25 pounds, keyboarding, close/far vision, color/depth perception, handling/grasping/fingering objects, speaking clearly, and hearing sounds/communication. Incumbent occasionally works extended, weekend, and/or evening hours, and travels out of town for conferences, sometimes overnight.