Employment

It’s a great time to become part of a dynamic, caring agency that addresses a major community public health epidemic: child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Kristi House is 27 years old and still growing to meet the needs of children in Miami-Dade County. As Miami-Dade County’s Children’s Advocacy Center, you’d be part of a team that is helping to heal and protect our community’s most vulnerable victims.

Please check back periodically. Send resume and cover letter to jobs@kristihouse.org.

Kristi House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If an accommodation is needed in order to participate in the application process, please contact Angela Mejia, Human Resources Manager, at 786-743-0879 or AMejia@kristihouse.org.

To advise us of your interest in possible employment opportunities at Kristi House, please send a cover letter and resume to: jobs@kristihouse.org.

In the employment, training, promoting, or provision of service to clients, Kristi House will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, country of national origin, language proficiency, or ability to pay. In addition, clients that are diagnosed with co-occurring disorders will not be excluded from service because of the diagnosis. Kristi House will provide reasonable accommodation to all employees and clients as specified by the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Department of Children and Families CFOP 60-10, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. All services including communication assistance and auxiliary aids, are provided free of charge to the client.

1. Clinical Assessment Therapist

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

This is a Master’s level, full-time, 40 hours per week position.  This position is designed to provide biopsychosocial, trauma-focused assessments to child trauma victims.  The assessment therapist is responsible for the initial intake assessment of all cases referred to Kristi House, to identify service needs in a culturally competent/informed manner. Work is performed under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor or the Assistant Clinical Supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s level mental health therapist.
  • A minimum of 1 year Master’s level experience working with emotionally disturbed children and adolescents.
  • Bilingual Spanish or Creole.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide intake assessment and evaluation to all clients referred for KH services.
  • Conduct clinical interviews and a battery of standardized assessment measures to capture a variety of clinical domains specific to trauma to help determine children’s needs.
  • Identify potential external referral sources for specialized services and make referrals as needed.
  • Assist with engaging families into KH services at time of referral or Forensic Interview on an as needed basis.
  • Maintain professional standards regarding client record-keeping and confidentiality
  • Maintain a small therapy case load as needed.

2. Project GOLD Transportation Coordinator

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

This is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week position designed to provide transportation services to youth who are victims or at risk of sexual exploitation, their caregivers, and staff. An employee in this position is responsible for coordinating all aspects of transportation for clients with the assistance of the Youth Advocates and Project GOLD support staff. Work is performed under the supervision of the Project GOLD Director and Associate Director.  Performance is monitored through periodic and annual job evaluation processes.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Safe driving record
  • Completion of CDL/Class B with “P” endorsement drivers license course
  • Trauma-informed training and experience transporting at-risk youth and families or related population preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The person in this position is required to work a 40-hour week using “flex” time when needed to facilitate early and late pickups.  When there are no scheduled pickups, the driver is expected to be on site at Project GOLD from approximately 12 noon to 8 p.m. to perform work-related tasks as required.

  • With a solid understanding of trauma-informed care, provide transportation for program members daily between their neighborhoods and the Drop In Center, coordinating with Project GOLD personnel, girls participating in the program and professionals from other agencies. Utilize the lengthy drive times to provide positive feedback to members, role modeling and encouragement. 
  • Observe and report information regarding clients to the appropriate staff, maintain log of participation.
  • Accompany client to/from vehicle to/from home, school or office as needed ensuring girls feel safe before leaving them.
  • Calculate times/distances and navigate geographical areas of Miami-Dade County as needed to ensure punctual arrival to appointments.
  • Ensure passengers follow safety rules of the vehicle–wearing seat belt, remaining seated during trip, sitting in appropriate location, behaving appropriately.
  • Transport and accompany staff as needed on home visits to meet with their clients.
  • Monitor, schedule, and record maintenance of the vehicle as it requires, including regular cleaning (inside/outside), oil changes, etc. using vehicle maintenance chart.
  • Use vehicle only for agency purposes: to/from Driver’s home point of origin to client’s home, school and/or the office. The van is to be secured at Driver’s home when not in use for agency purposes. Weekend personal use of the vehicle is prohibited.
  • The position must implement and comply with emergency evacuation procedures–attend trainings as required.
  • Participate in agency-wide events, staff meetings, community outreach, public presentations as needed.
  • Perform related work and provide Project GOLD members assistance as required.

3. Youth Advocate - Project GOLD

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Under the supervision of the Lead Youth Advocate and Project GOLD Associate Director, the Youth Advocate position provides comprehensive services to girls 11 to 18 years old who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation or are at risk for CSEC. The Youth Advocate’s role is to gain rapport and establish a supportive relationship with each member in order to effectively engage her in the program and provide needed services.  Services provided by Youth Advocates include assessment, case planning, case facilitation and management, referrals, outreach and facilitation of groups at the Drop In Center.  The Youth Advocate coordinates with community partners to provide short and long-term care necessary to meet the wide range of needs related to commercially sexually exploited or at risk adolescents.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology preferred.  Degree or work experience in related field may be acceptable.
  • One (1) year experience working with emotionally disturbed or high-risk adolescents or related population preferred.
  • Multilingual (English/Spanish or English/Haitian Creole preferred).

RESPONSIBILITIES

Provide services for girls who have been involved in or at risk for CSEC, including:

  • Provide crisis intervention, safety planning and advocacy.
  • Engage girls in Drop In Center programs.
  • Work with girls to develop Project Goals that reflect attention to each girls’ strengths.
  • Link girls with appropriate services to meet their physical, academic, legal, medical, psychological and safety needs.
  • Accompanying members to court, school and other meetings in the community.

Other duties include:

  • Prepare and present cases at multidisciplinary case staffing meetings and Administrative / clinical case reviews to determine needs and goals.
  • Coordinate with professionals from the Department of Children & Families, Guardian ad Litem Program, Law Enforcement, State Attorney’s Office, court personnel, other social service/therapeutic agencies, public/private schools and others as needed, acting as liaison and advocate for the youth with other care/service providers and professionals involved in the child’s care.
  • Participate in quarterly peer review audits to implement and adhere to quality assurance standards.
  • Administer assessment tools to inform service delivery, providing documentation and statistical information of all client services and events.

4. Mental Health Therapist - Part Time

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

This is a part-time position for a licensed mental health professional, designed to provide therapeutic services to child sexual abuse victims, physical abuse victims, children who have experienced sex trafficking, and other traumas along with their parents/caregivers.  The therapist is responsible for carrying a therapeutic caseload of Kristi House clients.  The position reports to the Clinical Supervisor or the Assistant Clinical Supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Licensed and have a master’s degree or higher from an accredited university in Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Psychology, or Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Training in evidence-based trauma therapy preferred
  • A minimum of 1-year master’s level experience working with children who have experienced trauma or serious mental health issues.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish or English/Haitian Creole preferred

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide evidence-based trauma therapy to children and families in a variety of settings, including in-office, in-home, community based, and telehealth.
  • Document all client/collateral and face-to-face contacts via therapy progress notes.
  • On call for critical incidents and ongoing consultation.
  • Maintain professional standards regarding client record keeping and confidentiality.
  • Monitor clients’ clinical progress during the course of treatment via clinical assessment tools.
  • Prepare treatment plans/treatment plan reviews/termination summaries and closing documents.
  • Maintain contact with KH case coordinators and other agencies co-located at the Center to ensure communication among agencies involved with the family.
  • Assess clients/families for co-occurring disorders and make referrals as needed
  • Provide intake and evaluation to clients referred for therapeutic services, as needed
  • Perform related work as required

5. Project GOLD Engagement Specialist

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

This position is the first point of contact for youth identified as high risk for and/or verified victims of human trafficking and their primary caregivers referred to Project GOLD. The Project GOLD Engagement Specialist position is responsible for processing referrals, engagement, and informing the youth and caregivers about the available services and how those are delivered. The Engagement Specialist is supervised by the Project GOLD Lead Therapist.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or criminal justice preferred. Degree or work experience in related fields may be acceptable.
  • Must be very outgoing, enjoy meeting people and being of service.
  • At least one (1) year experience working with youth who have experienced human trafficking/CSEC and/or other abuse and trauma preferred.
  • Ability to work well with staff, youth, and families within all areas of diversity.
  • Ability to interact well with youth and caregivers that are at risk and/or victims of trauma.
  • Ability to manage workload and adjust to changing priorities and opportunities.
  • Valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Bilingual in Spanish.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct initial telephone screenings for new referrals to determine eligibility for Project GOLD.
  • Follow up with referral sources for any missing or additional information needed.
  • For youth involved in DJJ or dependency, request and provide updates regarding receipt of necessary documentation such as court orders, evaluations, etc.
  • Create and complete member profile and contact pages for new referrals, and/or update contacts and information for previously and/or re-referred youth and active members.
  • Contact caregivers and present an overview of the services available in a welcoming and trauma-informed manner, including addressing questions/concerns and exploring needs.
  • Encourage discussion around the barriers which might deter them or make it difficult to participate in Project GOLD services at the drop-in centers or on-site in the community.
  • Explain our multidisciplinary approach to working with the different service areas provided at Project GOLD and, as appropriate, with outside agencies/professionals.
  • Schedule initial intake assessments for the assigned therapist.
  • Complete and obtain consent forms for intake, annually, when members turn 18 years of age, and as otherwise needed.
  • Prepare screening and assessment tools in their respective databases for the Project GOLD therapists and assist with administering and completing tools as needed.
  • Assign members to staff, groups, services, and location in the database following Intake.
  • Conduct follow-up and monitoring of participation in Project GOLD services, provide feedback to assigned staff and their supervisors, and attempt re-engagement as needed.
  • Provide referrals and linkage to services needed that will not be provided by Project GOLD as identified based on screening or intake.
  • Assist in coordinating and maintaining client file organization as pertaining to weekly rounds, GRACE court and MDT staffings and hearings, including agendas and database documentation.
  • Plan and co-facilitate life skills and other group activities as needed.
  • Assist with transportation of members as needed.
  • Assist with other administrative or support staff duties or needs as assigned.
  • Assist with special projects, support for Project GOLD staff, and other related tasks as needed.

6. Project GOLD Survivor Mentor

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Survivor Mentor will provide peer-support to girls in Project GOLD as a positive example of someone who has overcome exploitation and has restored or is in the process of restoring her life. The position will provide personal advocacy and emotional support, identifying victims’ needs and helping them with identification of resources to assist with restoring their lives. The position provides information, referrals, advocacy and follow-up contact for services. The position also provides facilitation of participation in criminal justice and other public proceedings arising from the crime, spending one to two days per week in the human trafficking “G.R.A.C.E. Court” where the position provides advocacy on behalf of victims. She will also lead a survivor group at the Project GOLD Drop-In Center and encourage girls’ participation in programs.  The Survivor Mentor is directly supervised by the Project GOLD Program Manager/Mentor Supervisor.

RELEVANT SKILLS & EXPERIENCES

  • A personal interest in, and commitment to, working with adolescent girls.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team player.
  • Positive attitude and belief in the hope of recovery from commercial sexual exploitation for adolescent girls.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Personal history as a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation as an adolescent or young adult. This may include exploitation through prostitution, stripping, or pornography.
  • A significant length of time in recovery from sexual exploitation (out of the commercial sex industry).
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
  • A current driver’s license, insurance and access to a car.
  • Bilingual – English and Spanish preferred

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Accompany Project GOLD girls to GRACE Court and provide support to GRACE court victims who may not have an advocate, working collaboratively with Kristi House staff on court, law enforcement, and prosecution issues.
  • Provide group and one-on-one support and mentoring to adolescent/teen girls who have been commercially sexually exploited. This support will include weekly, biweekly and or monthly meetings (depending on where a young woman is in her recovery).
  • Within the group/individual setting, engage with members to enhance opportunities for success, helping to expand mentees’ ranges of experiences through open communication and discussions.
  • Be available to encourage and support your mentee’s social, emotional, and cognitive growth, provide guidance to mentee in developing problem-solving skills. If sensitive topics come up, seek advice from program staff.
  • Provide written documentation of each contact with your assigned member (group or individual) using Kristi House-designated reporting format and data collection forms.
  • Work collaboratively with the staff at the Drop-In Center in developing appropriate support services, education outreach, safety, and goal development.
  • Attend case reviews and participate in trainings as needed.
  • When appropriate involve family members in the mentee/mentor relationship.
  • Assist with transportation of program members.

7. Project GOLD Programs Coordinator

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Kristi House Project GOLD Programs Coordinator is responsible for managing the Project GOLD groups, enrichment, and internship program as well as coordination of screening tools and assessments. The position also supervises the Project GOLD Transportation Coordinators. The Programs Coordinator will be supervised by the Project GOLD Programs Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At minimum, a bachelor’s degree in a social work, mental health, criminal justice, or social service-related field.
  • Experience working with teenagers and experience with group programming and curriculum preferred.
  • Management or supervisory experience preferred.
  • Strong organizational, communication and multi-tasking skills are necessary

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide supervision to Transportation Coordinators to ensure adherence to Kristi House and program rules and policies, confidentiality, and appropriate delivery and documentation of direct services and daily operations of the Drop In Center.
  • Create and manage the weekly schedule of group programming and supervise the implementation of prevention, employment, and clinical group curriculums when appropriate based on members’ ages and needs.
  • Network with community organizations to develop partnerships in order to build a sustainable and diverse internship program and group program.
  • Collaborating with the Bridges to the Future Supervisor to coordinate internship opportunities for members.
  • Supervise, manage and schedule all enrichment programs including winter, spring, and summer field trips, holiday and graduation celebrations, and any needed extra-curricular activities.
  • Assist Programs Manager with oversight of screening tools and assessments for members at Project GOLD are being completed in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Collaborate with Project GOLD research team regarding data collection pertaining to assessments, screening tools, and surveys, as otherwise needed.
  • Promote a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive atmosphere of dignity and respect in line within the philosophy of Kristi House and Project GOLD to all members and staff.
  • Facilitate group at the Drop In Center as needed.
  • Coordinate ongoing member surveys as needed.
  • Assist with transportation of members when needed.
  • Monitor member group and internship program engagement and provide follow up and feedback as needed.
  • Create weekly flyers/bulletins for program scheduling and updates
  • Network and serve as a representative of Kristi House in the community to raise awareness of Project GOLD services at the Drop-In Center and strengthen client referral networks and alliances with other providers who can best serve our clients as needed.
  • Attend trainings as needed.
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