Advocacy Coordinator

Savannah/Chatham County CASA Advocacy Coordinator

About Savannah/Chatham Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
The mission of CASA is to provide training and supervision to volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are under the jurisdiction of the Chatham County Juvenile Court. The CASA program takes a holistic approach of the child’s psychological, physical, and educational needs and well-being to advocate for permanency in the child’s life. While the proceedings of permanency can be anywhere from six months to a year or more, the CASA program engages the child and provides consistent case management to make sure the child’s needs are addressed.

Advocacy Coordinator Job Summary 
Savannah/Chatham CASA is seeking a passionate and self-motivated advocacy coordinator to join our growing organization. In this position, you will provide support to CASA volunteers to ensure that children involved with the CASA program receive sound advocacy and early permanency planning. This position will focus on serving dually-involved youth (children with both dependency and delinquency cases in juvenile court.) Therefore, the ideal candidate must be comfortable working with this population and ideally have experience working with justice-involved youth.

Qualifications
The Advocacy Coordinator should have the following skills and experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in social service-related field and one year of relevant work experience. An MSW is a plus!
• The ability to communicate with, supervise, and empower volunteers to be effective in their roles. Experience with volunteers is preferred.
• The ability to work cooperatively with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
• Knowledge and understanding of issues and dynamics within families in crisis relating to abuse and neglect.
• Must be comfortable and passionate about working with justice-involved youth.
• Commitment to Savannah/Chatham County CASA’s goals and mission.

Accountability
The Advocacy Coordinator will be hired, supervised and evaluated by the Executive Director and Lead Advocacy Coordinator. The Advocacy Coordinator will also assist in the supervision of interns.

Responsibilities
1. Develop a program that supports dually involved (with both dependency and delinquency cases in the juvenile court) youth – including assisting with recruiting, screening, interviewing and training of new volunteers interested in working with this population.
2. Review new cases and assign appropriate volunteers in consultation with the Lead Advocacy Coordinator.
3. Maintain case files in office and on CASA’s case management system.
4. Provide assistance, consultation and supervision to volunteers as needed, including attending court all court hearings.
5. Participate in volunteer evaluation.
6. Develop community relationships to support the work of CASA.
7. Complete all other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director, such as grant reporting.

Benefits: This is a full-time position that includes health, vision, and dental benefits as well as generous paid time off. Salary range: $34,000 to $42,000 contingent upon experience.

To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume to careers@savannahcasa.org with “Advocacy Coordinator” as the subject. Deadline is May 15th. No phone calls, please.

Savannah/Chatham CASA is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Job applicants and staff shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions.