YWCA Oklahoma City is currently seeking a Safe Watch Advocate. Safe Watch Advocates are responsible for providing high quality safe watch to shelter residents' children with age-appropriate services that are safe, nurturing and child-centered for individual children, sibling cohorts and/or groups as needed to meet the client’s needs.
Job Description Specific:
- Coordinate and oversee safe watch services for children by maintaining contact with other advocates or counselors.
- Attend case staffing weekly and provide pertinent information.
- Develop individualized safe watch services based on child’s needs and interests.
- Facilitate children’s education and support groups as needed.
- Maintain effective and positive communication with parents of children in the safe watch program.
- Provide parenting support that promotes parent-child relationship building and includes non-violent approaches to discipline, child development, children’s behavioral and mental health, transitions into and out of shelter, etc.
- Plan and coordinate weekly recreational activities with children, as well as activities that include interaction with both parent and child.
- Update children’s case files as required by state statute and YWCA policies/procedures and record all client transactions in the client file.
- Assist in facilitating a group that supports families.
- Assist in answering 24-hour crisis hotlines (Domestic Violence Hotlines, Sexual Assault Hotlines, Oklahoma State Safeline, and shelter business lines) and make consistent, appropriate decisions regarding referral, safety planning and linking to emergency shelters utilizing professional discretion and judgment.
- Maintain collaborative communication with the shelter team, utilizing internal communication systems.
- Demonstrate ability to give and receive feedback to & from clients, co-workers, and supervisors.
- Utilize a trauma-informed approach in interactions with clients and hotline callers.
- Inform new families entering shelter about safe watch services and activities available to them.
Associates degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education or related field with one year experience required. This requirement may be substituted with a Certificate of Mastery in Child Development, with two years’ experience in the early childhood education; or with CDA credentials in Child Development and 3 years’ experience working with children in crisis situations or related field. Strong listening, verbal and written communication skills are required. Ability to work well with other staff and volunteers is required