Careers at Cherish

Forensic Interviewer

Position Description: This position is charged with providing forensic interviews to children who are suspected of being victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect or who have witnessed violent crimes. The Forensic Interviewer will also coordinate services, provide referrals, and act as an advocate for children and families.
Job Title: Forensic Interviewer
Reports To: Executive Director / Forensic Interview Case Coordinator
Classification/Benefits: Full-time including on call responsibilities
Starting Pay Range: $40,000 annually, negotiable based on experience and training
Primary Responsibilities and Duties

  • Conduct intake of new clients, schedule interviews, and coordinate with participating multidisciplinary team members 

  • Welcome child and family/guardian to the facility and assist with registration paperwork

  • Conduct forensic interviews of children and adolescents alleging sexual abuse, utilizing the Child First/Finding Words protocol 

  • Facilitate pre/post interview multidisciplinary staffing

  • Distribute evidence to multidisciplinary team members while maintaining a clear chain of custody

  • Respond to subpoenas and testify when requested

  • Participate in case reviews and present cases when requested

  • Enter data into case tracking system

  • Administer client surveys

  • Provide client referrals as needed

  • Act as an advocate for the needs of child clients and families as needed

  • Follow up with families to encourage utilization of support resources

  • Participate in peer review and continuing education as needed to stay abreast of protocol and research updates

General Performance Expectations

  • Maintain a productive workload/schedule to accomplish work assignments

  • Adhere to policies and procedures

  • Maintain and appropriately handle all confidential information

  • Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity towards clients and staff

  • Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness

  • Demonstrate the ability to work and contribute to a team concept

  • Demonstrate the ability to problem solve and utilize critical thinking skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form; has good listening skills

  • Demonstrate effective time management skills with the ability to distinguish between low and high priority activities

  • Demonstrate the ability to work in MS Windows operating system environment with MS Office applications and to operate a variety of office equipment

  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt to change; open to new ideas and responsibilities

  • Demonstrate reliable and conscientious behaviors in carrying out job tasks

  • Demonstrate initiative by showing capacity for independent actions and exercising good judgment

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform well under pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • Use resources efficiently

  • Display competencies essential to effective job performance

  • Display a positive work ethic

  • Any other secondary duties, as assigned

Training and Development Expectations

  • Participate in in-services and other continuing education/training

  • Deliver in-services and other continuing education/training as applicable

  • Participate in appropriate team and/or administrative meetings 

  • Seek and obtain supervision as needed

  • Timely and successfully complete all mandatory training requirements

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice, education, or a related field focusing on child development and  at least two (2) years’ experience working with children and families at risk.  Prefer candidates that have had Trauma Informed Care training, Child Forensic Interview Training by a nationally accepted protocol (APSAC, NCAC, Child First, etc.), or law enforcement. 

Other:  The nature of work may generate considerable physical, mental and visual demands.  Must maintain a valid driver’s license, current automobile insurance and a driving record that meets the guidelines and requirements of the organization.  Demonstrated interest and expertise in working effectively with clientele, staff, and the public.  Must be able to develop skills in forensic interviewing.  Must pass criminal background check, DCS background check and drug testing.