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Forensic Interviewer - Family Advocacy Centers (Maricopa & San Tan Valley)

Company: Pinal County
Location: Florence
Posted on: November 21, 2022

Job Description:

Overall Job Objective

Description
If you are reading this ad, you might be like many Americans who are re-thinking their priorities. Are you tired of being under-appreciated or overlooked in your current role? Want to know a secret?? There is an amazing employer right in the heart of historic Florence, Arizona!
It just might be time for a change of scenery where you can make a difference and benefit from an employer who takes care of and values its people.
Pinal County proudly invests every day into the future of our 2000 employees, and we have the best employees! We offer a suite of impressive benefits including retirement plans that are some of the best Arizona has to offer!


  • A team of amazing people who are committed to making Pinal County a great place for its citizens and its employees
  • Variety of Top Tier Affordable Medical Plans - Six Different Medical Plans to Choose From; Some with Zero Employee Premium Cost
  • Dental and Vision Plans
  • Telehealth
  • Retirement Plans with Employer Contributions - Guaranteed Lifetime Benefit!

  • Qualified Employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program through the Dept of Education
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Paid Vacation And Sick Leave
  • Ten Paid Holidays
  • Civil Service Leave
  • Van Pool Options
  • Short-Term Disability - Employer Paid
  • Basic Life Insurance - Employer Paid
  • Paid Sabbaticals After 15 Years of Continuous Service
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Dependent Care and Medical Expenses
  • Employee Assistance Program & Wellness Program
  • Suite of Voluntary Benefit Options including additional Life, Accident, Critical Illness and Cancer Insurance

    Working at Pinal County is an investment in YOU. Apply today and find out why Pinal County is more than just a job.
    Read more about the position and see if it is a good match for you:

    Notice to Applicants:
    The hiring salary for this position is dependent upon experience, qualifications and position
    funding; starting salaries above the first quartile require additional approval.

    This announcement may be closed as soon as a sufficient number of qualified applicants have applied.

    JOB SUMMARY
    Conduct forensic interviews of children in a timely, neutral and developmentally and culturally appropriate manner for the Pinal County Attorney's Office (PCAO) Family Advocacy Centers and assist investigations with other Federal, state, and regional Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) under basic supervision. Employees in this position will be required to work on-call hours when necessary. Example of Duties Work in this classification requires an individual to be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary classification functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this classification may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in this classification description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this description.

    TYPICAL CLASSIFICATION ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

    • Perform objective forensic interviews of children who are alleged to have been victims of abuse and neglect, or witnesses to crimes utilizing the Arizona statewide interview protocols of a semi-structured cognitive interview process.
    • Work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary partners such as law enforcement, medical personnel, victim advocates, Department of Child Safety, prosecutors, and other partners.
    • Develop rapport with caregivers and children when families visit the FAC.
    • Conduct a thorough pre-interview with caregivers to obtain background information and information on the childs communication and developmental functioning.
    • Observe and evaluate the childs emotional and developmental functioning before and during the forensic interview and structure the interview to best meet the needs of the child while obtaining information.
    • Operate audio and visual equipment to record interviews.
    • Provide weekend and after hours forensic interviews on an on-call basis.
    • Participate in forensic interview peer reviews.
    • Participate in Multi-Disciplinary Team case review meetings.
    • Document activities in the PCAO case management system.
    • Provide court testimony as needed regarding interviews conducted.
    • Compile and report monthly activities and statistics.
    • Develop and present training programs on a variety of specialized topics as needed.
    • Maintain the integrity, professionalism, values, and goals of the County Attorneys Office by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
    • Maintain absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, customer records and restricted County information.
    • Perform other related duties as required.
      Minimum Requirements MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO PERFORM WORK:

      • Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related field.
      • Three (3) years of case management work experience with children.
      • Valid Arizona State Drivers License.
      • Or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience may substitute for the minimum requirements.
        Preferred Qualifications:

        • Successful completion of Arizona Advanced Forensic Investigation Training is strongly preferred.
        • Prior experience conducting forensic interviews
          Supplemental Information Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

          • Knowledge of County Attorneys Office policies and procedures.
          • Knowledge of state and Federal laws, regulations and statutes, including rules of evidence, and statutory restrictions on interviewing juvenile victims and witnesses.
          • Knowledge of principles and techniques for conducting forensic interviews of minor children and special victims.
          • Knowledge of Arizona criminal justice and court systems, procedures, and protocols.
          • Knowledge of principles of confidential records, case files, and file management.
          • Knowledge of the unique roles of law enforcement, advocates, medical providers and Department of Child Safety specialists.
          • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
          • Skill in interpreting and applying state and Federal rules and regulations.
          • Skill in compiling and analyzing program data, preparing and maintaining accurate records, and generating reports.
          • Skill in interpreting laws and regulations, maintaining composure, and working effectively under stressful conditions.
          • Ability to use specialized interview techniques for children and victims of abuse and assault.
          • Ability to assess for special needs and utilize a skilled communication approach accordingly.
          • Ability to maintain a neutral position and fact-finding role within a legal framework.
          • Ability to effectively approach children and families who have experienced significant trauma
          • Ability to effectively manage situations requiring diplomacy, understanding, fairness, firmness, and sound judgment.
          • Ability to follow and effectively communicate verbal and written instructions.
          • Ability to work in a collaborative setting.

            PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
            The work is light and requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force to move objects. The work also requires the ability to crawl, crouch, finger, reach, perform repetitive motion, kneel, hear, speak, stoop, walk, and demonstrate mental and visual acuity.

            WORK ENVIRONMENT:
            Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires the ability to be sensitive to change and responsive to changing goals, priorities, and needs.

Keywords: Pinal County, Gilbert , Forensic Interviewer - Family Advocacy Centers (Maricopa & San Tan Valley), Other , Florence, Arizona

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