Archuleta County employees continually strive for excellence and take pride in serving our community in Southern Colorado. Pagosa Springs is the county seat for Archuleta County and is located in the Colorado Sunbelt, just 35 miles north of the New Mexico border and along the western slope of the Continental Divide. The combination of a high desert plateau and the Rocky Mountains to the north and east of town creates an unusually mild mountain climate. As a portal to the nearly 3 million acres of the San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness Area, Archuleta County is a doorway to the four seasons of outdoor adventure which landed us in Outdoors Magazine's top 10 best Towns in American (2015) and Men's Journal's "20 Best Mountain Towns in America (2017).
We strive to assemble and retain team members who share our core values of honesty, integrity, customer service, professionalism and accountability. We work hard to be an employer of choice. We offer competitive pay, generous benefits, and a positive work culture.
Archuleta County is accepting applications for a Family Advocate to join our Human Services team. This Family Advocate position earns a competitive starting wage of $19.79 per hour. We also offer excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans, a 401(a) retirement plan with matching contribution, paid vacation and holidays, and $50,000 of life and AD&D insurance. If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, apply today!
A Family Advocate provides various services in order to stabilize children and family systems. Advocates, organizes and plays an important role in accessing community resources or support on behalf of children and families in need of human services and who can benefit from support or crisis prevention/intervention.
The Family Advocate acts as the liaison between a family and other systems such as child welfare, school or other community and family service organizations.
Additional essential functions of a Family Advocate:
- Identifies the proper channels, locates resources of support and helps to navigate various systems to ensure client's needs are met.
- Provides education in areas including: budgeting, child care, child development, parenting skills, employment readiness, individual/group/family support, mentoring, healthy relationships, employment assistance, GED training, health and nutrition, concrete needs (rent, utilities, food/clothing assistance), and domestic violence.
- Supports child welfare workers in providing case services including: supervising visits, completing home visits, providing transportation and monitoring cases.
- Supports child support technicians in achieving support goals (e.g., working with custodial and non-custodial parties to increase the likelihood of payments being made).
- Responds to child welfare hotline calls and collects information from reporting parties.
- Completes presentations within the community regarding prevention/intervention activities, Provides outreach to families/clients.
- Provides assistance with childcare assistance program applications, EBT issuance, and non-emergency medical transportation.
- Maintains ethical and supportive relationship with clients.
- Develops family plans to achieve goals and build on existing family strengths for families, children, and adolescents.
- Coordinates Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) and other grant activities as assigned.
Minimum qualifications for this opportunity:
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Social Work, Psychology or a related human behavioral science.
- A newly hired Child Welfare Caseworker is required to successfully complete the Colorado Department of Human Services training requirements for caseworkers within the mandated timeframes to be eligible for continued employment.
- In order to meet the minimum educational requirements of a human behavioral science degree, the applicant must have a degree with major course work (equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) in either development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and child development.
- Two years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
- Established theories, principles and concepts of social casework practice.
- Human physical, emotional, psychological and social stages of development.
- Addiction, domestic/family violence, developmental disabilities and mental health issues, signs/symptoms.
- Child and/or adult protection issues and investigative procedure, laws and time lines, including Native American Child Welfare laws.
- Multi-cultural issues and differences.
- Policies, procedures, philosophies, rules, ethics and regulations governing the services to clients.
- Applicable state, federal, Native American Tribal and local ordinances, laws, rules and regulations and how they apply to child/adult protection.
- Community resources available to assist clients.
- All computer applications and hardware related to performance of the essential functions of the job.
- Recordkeeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques.
- Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary.
Please view the full job description for additional information and requirements.
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