Employment Opportunities

CASA of Union County Recruitment & Training Director

CASA of Union County
Albender Building – 2ND Floor
1143 East Jersey Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Phone: 908.293.8129
Email: info@casaofunioncounty.org
Website: www.casaofunioncounty.org

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County, Inc. recruits, trains, supervises and supports community volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned children placed in foster homes or residential facilities. CASA volunteers ensure children’s best interests remain the priority while working toward establishing a safe, stable and permanent home for each child served.

CASA of Union County is seeking to immediately hire a full-time Volunteer Recruitment & Training Director. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position. Salary begins at $40,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid vacation, sick time, holidays; medical insurance; dental/vision options; 403B match; and a monthly cell phone stipend. This position reports directly to the Executive Director in all tasks, while working in close partnership with the Program Director and Communications & Development Director. This is a unique opportunity for a passionate and motivated individual to join us in serving the County’s most vulnerable population.

This newly minted position will be a combination of roles previously dispersed amongst various staff. The Volunteer Recruitment & Training Director will lead and be responsible for planning and overseeing all volunteer recruitment efforts; as well as the design, development, implementation, facilitation, documentation and evaluation of our training program(s) ensuring alignment with organization mission and vision. This individual will be a welcoming, informative, supportive and consistent liaison between prospective volunteers and the organization from initial interest, through the screening and vetting process, up until they complete their pre-service training, get sworn in and officially join the CASA volunteer corps.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume directly to info@casaofunioncounty.org with the subject line “Volunteer Recruitment & Training Director Position.”

SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Recruitment

  • Identify, organize, schedule and attend community coalitions and events to elevate organization brand awareness and scope of influence.
  • Provide excellent customer service to prospective volunteers by answering and making telephone calls and sending follow-up emails and making follow-up calls.
  • Create opportunities for press coverage and social media, and assist with the development and refinement of recruitment, outreach, and marketing materials.
  • Design and implement intentional and targeted outreach efforts to ensure that volunteers are diverse and reflective of Union County and the foster youth we ultimately serve.
  • Organizing, hosting, and leading CASA Information Sessions to provide details and answer questions regarding the program to prospective volunteers.
  • Oversee and facilitate the volunteer application, screening and vetting process, including a thorough interview process and background check.
  • Schedule and coordinate logistics for volunteer swearing-in ceremonies.
  • Responsible for tracking outreach efforts electronically in Optima (program management software).
  • Develop and implement strategic initiatives and activities for volunteer engagement, prosocial support and, ultimately, retention.

Training

  • Create and manage organization training schedule to ensure appropriate frequency,
    relevant content, and monitor/track volunteer attendance.
  • Determine (with the Program Director) staff training assignments.
  • Coordinate logistics for training activities including venues and equipment/materials.
  • Keep current on training pedagogy via best practices, design and methodology.
  • Primary organization trainer.
  • Ongoing assessment of training needs for new and existing volunteers.
  • Ongoing curriculum development and curriculum updates, always looking for and
    applying new ways to help advocates better develop and harness their knowledge and
    skill base. Identify and liaise with subject matter experts regarding instructional design.
  • Identify external training opportunities and partner with external stakeholders to
    address competency gaps.
  • Develop and design all training aids such as manuals and handbooks.
  • Design and implement evaluation processes to measure training and trainer quality and
    efficacy, and track and report training outcomes.
  • Maintain training equipment, supplies and records.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Supports other staff, in their individual job duties as needed.
  • Establishes and maintains collegial and congenial relationships with staff, board, and volunteers,
    as well as with representatives from DCPP, the Judiciary, education service providers and social
    service providers and other external stakeholders.
  • Intern supervision.
  • Any other duties deemed reasonable to help the program run efficiently – CASA of Union
    County is a small non-profit organization requiring flexibility from its staff.

Qualifications, Skills & Requirements:

  • Experience in the fields of social service, juvenile law, advocacy, and/or volunteer
    management preferred.
  • Experience with community outreach, relationship cultivation, and coalition building.
  • Experience with training design, development, implementation, facilitation, documentation
    and evaluation.
  • Strong working knowledge of community resources in Union County.
  • Must pass a comprehensive background check, including clearance from the Child Abuse
    Record Information (CARI). Criminal background does not preclude you from employment.
  • General technical savviness. Competence in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
    Comfortable with learning and utilizing new software, apps and data entry programs.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to independently manage one’s workload and schedule while working a flexible
    workweek as required, possibly assisting with evening and/or weekend trainings,
    community outreach events and/or fundraising initiatives.
  • Must have access reliable transportation.
  • Demonstrated respect of all people regardless of socioeconomic background, culture,
    religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity and experience working with
    culturally diverse populations.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise diplomacy and discretion.
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission, vision and core values.
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County, Inc. promotes equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. In doing so, we comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations to ensure an equal employment opportunity for everyone. We don’t discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin/ancestry, gender identity/expression, disability, citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation. Our policies and personnel practices are intended to ensure that all are treated equally with regard to recruiting, hiring, and advancement, and our decisions on employment are made to further the principle of equal employment opportunities for employees.

 

CASA of Union County Advocate Supervisor

CASA of Union County
Albender Building – 2ND Floor
1143 East Jersey Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Phone: 908.293.8129
Email: info@casaofunioncounty.org
Website: www.casaofunioncounty.org

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County, Inc. recruits, trains, supervises and supports community volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned children placed in foster homes or residential facilities. CASA volunteers ensure children’s best interests remain the priority while working toward establishing a safe, stable and permanent home for each child served.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County is seeking to immediately hire a full-time Advocate Supervisor. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position. Salary begins at $30,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid vacation, sick time, holidays; medical insurance; dental/vision options; 403B match; and a monthly cell phone stipend. This position reports directly to the CASA Program Director in all tasks. This is a unique opportunity for a passionate and motivated individual to join us in serving the County’s most vulnerable population.

Advocate Supervisors work with volunteers to provide crisis intervention and ensure the highest quality advocacy in the courtroom, classroom and community to protect best interests and ensure educational and medical needs are met, information and referral for services, and follow-up with victims and their caregivers to assist in the long-term continuum of care for the children. The Advocate Supervisor works with the advocate(s) to facilitate relationships with New Jersey’s Department of Children’s and Families (DCF) Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) workers, attorneys, service providers and other stakeholders for the best interest of the children. Advocate Supervisors play a pivotal role in working with advocates and children, and become the face of the agency to the community; therefore, they must practice professionalism and excellence in every respect. It is critical to engage wholly with advocates in order to maximize advocate satisfaction and retention.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume directly to info@casaofunioncounty.org with the subject line “Advocate Supervisor Position.”

SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Supervision & Case Management:

  • Responsible for supervision of up to 30 volunteer advocates. Caseload is at Program Di
    discretion.
  • Coordinate and supervise the advocate in casework responsibilities, including:
    – family and child contacts,
    – professional contacts,
    – support services activity,
    – linkage to community resources,
    – court report monitoring,
    – appearances at all case-related court hearings,
    – maintenance of case records, and
    – maintenance of advocate volunteer files
  • Provide notification of all meetings and court hearings to child advocates in a timely man
  • Review, finalize and submit all court reports via e-file in a timely manner, consistent with
    requirements.
  • Maintain regular contact with advocates via email, phone and text to all volunteers, provi
    coaching and guidance tailored to individual case and volunteer needs. Available as needed “on
    to address emergency and crisis situations.
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment to assist advocates in creative problem s
    utilizing agency and community resources and ensuring accuracy and consistency with
    dependency permanency planning law and best practices.
  • Performs volunteer advocates’ duties temporarily when volunteer advocate is unable to
  • Maintain organized, accurate and up-to-date physical and electronic (Optima program
    Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County, Inc. promotes equal opportunity for all emp
    with local, state, and federal laws and regulations to ensure an equal employment opportunity for
    employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national o
    disability, citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, socioeconomic status or sexual orient
    intended to ensure that all are treated equally with regard to recruiting, hiring, and advancement
    to further the principle of equal employment opportunities for employees.
    management software) case files and records including but not limited to progress notes,
    reports, motions, and correspondence, in compliance with agency protocols and ensuring data
    integrity for reporting needs.
  • Maintain knowledge of child placement options, levels of care, DCPP policies and proce
    New Jersey Courts’ Union County Children in Court (CIC) Division policies and procedures, and
    National and New Jersey CASA Standards.
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate advocate performance.
  • Helps with planning and facilitation of volunteer training (pre-service & in-service tra

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Assists in recruiting, screening, interviewing, and training of volunteer advocates.
  • Supports other staff, in their individual job duties as needed.
  • Establishes and maintains collegial and congenial relationships with staff, board, and vol
    as well as with representatives from DCPP, the Judiciary, education service providers and socia
    service providers and other external stakeholders.
  • Intern supervision.
  • Raising community awareness specifically about organization and broadly on abused/ne
    children.
  • Attends special events and fundraising events.
  • Any other duties deemed reasonable to help the program run efficiently – CASA of Unio
    is a small non-profit organization requiring flexibility from its staff.

Qualifications, Skills & Requirements:

  • Experience in the fields of social service, juvenile law, education, advocacy, and volunte
    management and/or case management preferred.
  • Knowledge of direct service experience supporting youth in foster care strongly preferre
  • Advanced degree in public administration, social work, or law preferred.
  • Strong working knowledge of community resources in Union County.
  • Must pass a comprehensive background check, including clearance from the Child Abus
    Information (CARI). Criminal background does not preclude employment.
  • General technical savviness. Competence in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Ou
    Comfortable with learning and utilizing new software, apps and data entry programs.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking, including the ability to calmly evaluate and make m
    strategic decisions in emotionally charged situations and in the absence of complete clarity.
  • Ability to independently manage one’s workload and schedule while working a flexible
    workweek as required, possibly assisting with evening and/or weekend trainings, community
    outreach events and/or fundraising initiatives
  • Must have access reliable transportation.
  • Demonstrated respect of all people regardless of socioeconomic background, culture, re
    sexual orientation, disability or gender identity and experience working with culturally diverse
    populations.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise diplomacy and discretion.
  • Must demonstrate commitment to the organization’s mission, vision and core values.
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County, Inc. promotes equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. In doing so, we comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations to ensure an equal employment opportunity for everyone. We don’t discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin/ancestry, gender identity/expression, disability, citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation. Our policies and personnel practices are intended to ensure that all are treated equally with regard to recruiting, hiring, and advancement, and our decisions on employment are made to further the principle of equal employment opportunities for employees.