Current Career Opportunities
Position Title: Child/Youth Advocate
Windsor Essex Child/ Youth Advocacy Centre (WECYAC) is looking for two caring and compassionate individuals with strong collaborative, trauma-informed skills to join the centre. WECYAC is a registered charity that provides a range of services to children, youth and families, who have experienced abuse, within the Windsor Essex Region.
- Reports To: Executive Director of Windsor Essex Child/Youth Advocacy Centre (WECYAC)
- Job Openings: Two
Contract Term: Part-Time and Full-Time
- One part-time contract of 22.5 hours per week, expiring March 31, 2023.
- One full-time contract of 37.5 hours per week, expiring March 31, 2023.
The Advocate will walk with the children, youth, and their families from the initial point of a forensic investigation, assisting with providing information and education, crisis intervention and support, and making referrals for children, youth and their families to appropriate community services.
The Advocate will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team with an emphasis on connecting, linking and supporting children, youth and their caregivers with appropriate resources and services in the community. The Advocate will deliver culturally inclusive, trauma-informed and well-coordinated services. The Advocate will monitor and maintain the case logistics and tracking of all cases and will be the ‘link’ for families when needing information about their cases.
Duties, Responsibilities, and Related Tasks:
Duties and responsibilities include, but may not be limited to the following:
- Maintain strict standards of confidentiality.
- Make contact with the family once an investigation has commenced and answer any preliminary. questions they may have regarding the interview and/or medical exam scheduled.
- Answer questions from the child/youth and non-offending caregiver(s) and provide professional support. and guidance during the investigation.
- Collect information from the non-offending caregiver(s) and others, as needed and assist families with completing required forms.
- Serve as families’ liaison and representative to the multidisciplinary investigating team.
- Assess families for needs and make referrals for families to appropriate social service organizations located in the Windsor Essex community.
- Provide ongoing case management during child abuse investigations.
- Remain in regular and consistent contact with families during child abuse investigations.
- Consult regularly with a mental health clinician in crisis and complex trauma cases.
- Monitor and maintain the case logistics and tracking of all cases and will be the ‘link’ for families when needing information about their case.
- Re-stock client inventory.
- Attend and participate in staff development training.
- Actively participate in ongoing Advocacy Centre Development.
- Participate in and deliver psychoeducation training to the public.
- Promote and support WECYAC Fundraising initiatives, this includes participation on the Fundraising Committee.
- Promote and support WECYAC outreach initiatives.
- Perform duties and attend meetings as assigned by the Executive Director.
- A post-secondary degree/diploma in Social Work, Psychology or a related discipline.
- 2-3 years of experience working in the area of social services, child development, trauma, community outreach or a related field preferred.
- Strong and current knowledge of child development, the impact of trauma, dynamics of sexual and physical abuse and Intimate Partner Violence.
- Extensive knowledge of multiple cultures and the cultural impact on the delivery or service.
- Knowledge of support programs and community resources.
- Ability to analyze and evaluate child/youth/family’s desire for support/ healing services in comparison to community resources and barriers that prevent families from receiving prompt and/or immediate service.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.
- Exceptional organization and communication skills.
- Ability to balance professional ethics and personal boundaries.
- Proficiency in working with Microsoft Office software.
- Current knowledge of working within a Trauma-Informed Care approach is preferred.
- Knowledge of the Superior, Provincial, and Family court systems preferred.
Provision of service is based on typically a Monday to Friday work week within a rotating schedule which includes regularly scheduled days that include some evening hours. Willingness to work on an alternate schedule and to occasionally respond to investigations that come in on weekends is required.
WECYAC requires all new hires to submit a current Vulnerable Persons Check.
We thank all applicants for applying, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All inquiries will be kept in strict confidence. Please mention in your cover letter the position that you are interested in applying for. Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to
- Attention: Nila Das, email@example.com.
Please note that the deadline for submitting a resume and cover letter is July 4th, 2022.
More information about the Child Witness Centre and the Child and Youth Advocacy Centre initiative can be found at www.wecyac.ca