JOB TITLE: Children’s Advocacy Center Director/ Forensic Interviewer

REPORTS TO: Executive Director


Position Purpose:

This position is both a Director position as well as a forensic interviewer. As the Director this position is responsible for facilitating the development, growth and continuation of the Safe Passage Child Advocacy Center (SPCAC) through education and training, mentoring, collaboration with all agencies and parties associated with SPCAC, advocacy, and development of resources and protocols with direction from the Advisory Committee. As a forensic interviewer this position is responsible for conducting evidentiary and evidence-based forensic interviews of children referred to the program when there is an allegation primarily of child abuse and occasionally of family violence and/or witness of a crime. The position is supervised by and reports to the Safe Passage Executive Director.

Nature and Scope:

This position is subject to Board policies, administrative rules and procedures, department regulations and applicable State and Federal statutes. This position carries some administrative authority or responsibility for supervision of staff and volunteers.

Essential Qualities:

  • Support the mission and vision and values of Safe Passage.

  • Possesses and adheres to the values of Safe Passage: Survivor Centered, Integrity, Empowerment, Collaboration and Leading Boldly.

  • Communicates in an inclusive and collaborative manner.

  • Develops trust among co-workers through honesty and fairness.

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

  • Is respectful, caring and courageous.

  • Possesses personal qualities of integrity, credibility and accountability

  • Involved in, and supportive of continuous overall improvement of the work.

  • Maintain satisfactory job attendance record.


Roles and Responsibilities:

Direct Services:

  • Conduct forensic interviews with children, adolescents, and/or appropriate adults regarding abuse or witnessing of a crime and who present from a variety of cultural backgrounds and developmental levels.

  • Work alongside investigative agencies (Law Enforcement and/or the Department of Health and Welfare).

  • Meet with caretakers, advocates & investigators prior to and after interviews to explain the purpose and process of child’s interview, address caretaker questions and concerns, obtain history and allegation information, and gather information to help in determining child’s emotional and developmental state.

  • Collaborate with child-advocate to formulate an analysis of the victim based on the assessment of the child during the forensic interview.

  • Maintain forensic interview documentation.

  • Attend monthly MDT meetings for case review, and other related staff/team meetings.

  • Attend local, regional, and statewide peer reviews.

  • Attendance at national /statewide / local trainings as available to further interviewing skills and knowledge.

  • Provide expert testimony when subpoenaed for court purposes working closely with prosecution in preparation for court.

  • Provide outreach and education to community partners and youth and family service organizations


  • Assists with a link between the SPCAC and the court systems, police department, prosecutor’s offices, Department of Health and Welfare and any other office related to child abuse needed within the criminal/ civil legal system and other social services that could promote safety and resiliency for survivors. Provides members of such communities with child abuse education when necessary.

  • Provide or arrange in-service training to various victim-related service providers for staff.

  • Provide on-going education to first responders which includes the various law enforcement agencies DHW and prosecutor’s offices in the areas the CAC provides services.

  • Evaluates partnerships looking for opportunities to expand CAC services in the community. When opportunities have been identified working to build an active partnership.

  • Liaise with the Idaho Network for Child Advocacy Centers to identify and implement technical training necessary for the Advisory Committee and the MDT to move forward with accreditation.

In supervision and training:

  • Foster an empowering environment for staff to learn, grow, and succeed in their positions.

  • Identify priorities to build staff capacity, facilitate opportunities for staff to participate in training and monitor integration of new learning into direct services with survivors.

  • Participate along with directors in annual performance planning and conduct annual performance reviews with staff under their supervision.

  • Offer supportive supervision and on-the-job coaching to develop staff.

In quality improvement:

  • Develop and ensure SPCAC program policies and procedures adhere to current grant standards and best practices as well as adhere to the National Children’s Alliance Standards to maintain Accreditation standing.

  • They must ensure the agency is in adherence to forensic interview protocol and research based best practices.

  • Develop systems for evaluating quality of services using input from direct service recipients and establish mechanisms for responding to any needs for improving services.

  • Identify opportunities for engaging survivors and program participants in planning and design of the services and programs they access.

  • Develop and maintain system to receive feedback from MDT partners and enhance SPCAC systems and processes to provide the services needed from partners to investigate child abuse.

In program growth and development:

  •  In consultation with other advocates and directors, continually identify opportunities to provide more comprehensive support to survivors and their children through direct services, development of external partnerships, or system changes and develop strategies for leveraging those opportunities over the short and long-term.

  • Provide detailed input to Safe Passage’s long-term strategic plan and annual planning process.


In communications:

  • Participate in community and/or multi-disciplinary team meetings when appropriate being the voice for survivors and their caretaker/ support systems.

  • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations, prioritizing those who directly partner with Safe Passage with an emphasis on increasing and improving services for the children we serve and their caretaker/ support systems.

Other job functions:

  • Adhere to agency policies and procedures, including but not limited to confidentiality and code of ethics.

  • Work collaboratively with outside agencies including prosecutors, law enforcement, medical teams, and staff to improve and develop overall services to victims.

  • Participate in agency grant and contract reporting as directed by Executive Director.

  • Attend agency staff meetings as required.

  • Attend training and continuing education activities as assigned.

  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Executive Director including attendance at work-related meetings and participating in community related events.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed primarily indoors within an office with infrequent responses outdoors for urgent care or monitoring for environmental safety risks or conducting wellness activities. Involves sitting, walking and occasional lifting up to 40 pounds. Requires the use of computers, office equipment and driving personal vehicle. Visitation to homes and offices of health care or social service providers as well as attendance at evening and weekend activities may be necessary. May work with high stress children, family, or personnel situations.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Must practice with appropriate ethical/professional boundaries.

  • Excellent people skills, with experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team.

  •  Keep focus and work effectively in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.

  • Maintain excellent organizational skills that are essential to manage and access complex technical legal and community resource information.

  • Basic technological knowledge and skills to perform job duties that include the use of Microsoft Word/Excel, and recordings and duplication of forensic interviews.

  • Strong oral and written skills, including public speaking.

  • Bold leadership to advance social change.

  • Ability to obtain yearly Criminal History Background check clearance.


  • BA in Social Justice, Social Work or related field or equivalent work experience. Master’s Degree in similar field preferred.

  • Minimum 3-5 years of experiencing working in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse and crisis intervention fields is required.

  • Required Current Criminal History Background check clearance.

  • Required Completion of 32 hours of Crisis Intervention Training.

  • Required New Advocate Training and completing and obtaining certification in an approved Forensic Interview protocol.


PRIMARY LOCATION: Safe Passage Children’s Advocacy Center, 2190 West Ironwood Center Drive, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.



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