Family Advocacy Center Forensic Interviewer

We anticipate conducting interviews the week of February 1st. Candidates receiving an interview will be asked to bring sample forensic interview summary reports as well as a DVD of the candidate’s best interview and one of their most challenging interviews.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Conduct forensic interviews with victims and/or witnesses from different cultural backgrounds, including: pre-school and school-aged children, children and adults with physical and mental disabilities, and adults of all ages. Participate in case staffings, pre and post-interview meetings, and case reviews.
  • Train and mentor staff as appropriate in forensic interviewing. Provide expert court testimony related to forensic interview strategies and general characteristics of abused children and adults.  Respond to subpoenas and  testify as requested.
  • Complete all statistical and case-tracking using the Center’s database.  Prepare written documents including: case reports, court documents, program goals, training curriculum, and articles. Prepare timely and professional reports within two weeks of each forensic interview.
  • Coordinate, facilitate and participate  in monthly Peer Review sessions.
  • Conduct literature and research reviews of forensic interviewing and child abuse on an ongoing basis.
  • Comprehend  and  make  inferences from written materials including professional literature, statues, police reports, and operating procedures.
  • Maintain confidentiality of client information and records.
  • Attend ongoing training to maintain and further develop interviewing skills.
  • Interact with the Center’s multi-disciplinary team and maintain good interpersonal relations with peers, other professionals and staff in the completion of assigned responsibilities.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Adhere to schedule of work hours, which may vary according to the needs of the Center.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in social work, counseling, criminal justice or related field.  A Master’s Degree is highly desirable.  Training in one or more of the following: Arizona Forensic Interviewing Model, the NICHD Protocol, Finding Words, NCAC Forensic Interviewing Model or other state or national forensic interviewing model recognized by the National Children’s Alliance.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in the field of child and adult forensic interviewing.  Bilingual (Spanish) is desirable.
  • Valid Arizona Operator’s Driver License.  Individuals must successfully complete a criminal background check, fingerprint check, polygraph examination and psychological evaluation.


  • Knowledge of child development, child and adult abuse dynamics,  child and adult sexual abuse; human behavior and needs at times of crime and crisis; forensic linguistics; the criminal justice system; the Maricopa County Multi-disciplinary Protocol for the Investigation of Child Abuse; and the Arizona Forensic Interview Model.
  • Forensic child and adult interviewing techniques; ability to interact well with children who have been abused or witnessed abuse.
  • Strong communication skills both in written documentation and verbal presentations. Strong organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information; obtain pertinent information during interviews with victims and witnesses; sense and interpret nonverbal behavior; and provide expert testimony in a court of law.
  • Write in a clear, concise, and meaningful style and demonstrate the ability to report and present findings in an articulate manner.  Ability to summarize and document a set of facts or ideas about an event or situation so that they make sense on paper and can be understood by the reader. When writing reports and memos, uses appropriate grammar, phraseology, and sentence structure.
  • Patience and proven ability to manage stressful situations, team player and self-starter.
  • Maintain good interpersonal relations with peers, other professionals and staff in the completion of assigned responsibilities.
  • Promote stable and cooperative working relationships between the Center and other multi-disciplinary agencies.
  • Must maintain regular attendance
  • Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT: HR WITH QUESTIONS AT:11465 W. Civic Center AvenueHuman Resources DepartmentAvondale, AZ 85323623-333-2200623-333-2214humanresources@avondale.orgAn Equal Opportunity EmployerJob #2015-00088FAMILY ADVOCACY CENTER FORENSIC INTERVIEWERCM