Child Forensic Interviewer

Position:         Forensic Interviewer (Full Time / Exempt) Reports to:     CAC Program Coordinator and Executive Director

  • Education Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in social work, criminal justice, education or a related field or a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  A minimum of two (2) years of professional experience working with children and families where abuse and violence are identified issues is required. Requires professional experience in working with the criminal justice or child welfare system and the completion of an extensive and nationally recognized forensic interviewer training program and receive continuing education as available to maintain and enhance interviewing skills.
  • Position must successfully complete La Piñon’s 40-hour Sexual Assault Advocate training program and 40-hour forensic interviewer training

Specific Duties:

  • Conduct forensic interviews of children and adolescents of alleged abuse using a Multi-Disciplinary approach, usually during regular office hours but occasionally after-hours.
  • Maintains all records of interviews, including written case records and ensuring proper storage and/or chain of custody of video and audio tapes of interviews.
  • Facilitate pre/post interview multidisciplinary case staffing
  • Respond to subpoenas and testify when requested
  • Adheres to the CAC Guidelines, Dona Ana County Child Abuse Response Protocol and NCA Standards
  • Participate in case reviews and present cases when requested
  • Participate in peer review, professional development and on-going training activities related to Forensic interviewing technique
  • Act as a community liaison and representative of the agency.
  • Assist with coordinating interview schedule
  • Assist with Family Advocacy services as needed
  • Perform other tasks and responsibilities as requested by CAC Program Coordinator and/or Executive Director

Specific Requirements:

  • Must be able to work well with children.
  • Must be able to work in stressful situations and utilize self-care methods
  • Must be able to meet on-call requirements to respond to crisis intervention.
  • Must be able to work with a variety of people, including clients and their families, professionals in the areas of law enforcement, medicine, education and agency employees.
  • Must possess strong organizational skills
  • Must be able to adapt well to the structure and environment