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POSITION TITLE: Anti-Human Trafficking Outreach Specialist, STOP-IT Program
LOCATION/DEPT: Family & Community Services
REPORTS TO (TITLE): STOP-IT Program Manager
FLSA CATEGORY: Non-Exempt
STATUS TYPE: Full-Time
Provides outreach activities focused on victims of human trafficking within the guidelines of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Ten Guiding Principles. Trainings will result in equipping organizations to 1) establish a trusting relationship with potential trafficking victims, 2) build victim-identity, and 3) assist them to construct a safe, realistic, and culturally-sensitive plan to leave trafficking, and 4) assist them to create a safe, realistic plan for sustaining life after exit by providing comprehensive case management. Carry out functions that result in achieving expected outcomes as identified in the STOP-IT Program Plan. Special functions may be assigned.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Conducts outreach to targeted communities in order to schedule trainings in areas directly impacted by human trafficking.
Identifies locations for and coordinates details of trainings, both community based and organizational.
Provides community specific trainings to community groups as well as targeted organizations, including law enforcement, medical providers, social service provides and other appropriate organizations.
Builds calendar of human trafficking community trainings.
Maintains awareness of current trends, laws, and dynamics of human trafficking and updates training curriculum accordingly.
Develops handout materials, including resources and important information from the curriculum.
Administers required training paperwork, including sign-ins, pre/post tests and evaluations for each training conducted.
Attends community trainings and events in order to ensure all materials are up-to-date.
Educates on skills necessary to maintain independent household.
Attends Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force subcommittee and steering committee meetings.
Identifies community resources and assists in developing linkages to increase STOP-IT program's capacity for community training and awareness events as well as resources trained on the dynamics of human trafficking and how to effectively engage survivors.
Maintains database of resources trained on human trafficking and referral processes for appropriate agencies.
Acts as a liaison between trained organizations and STOP-IT Anti-Trafficking Specialists to ensure available resources are fully engaged and accessed when needed.
Adds member organizations to Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force subcommittees as appropriate.
Direct Outreach Activities
In consultation with the Supervisor, initiates contact with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as a mandated reporter when child abuse or neglect is suspected.
In Consultation with the Supervisor, initiates contact with the Elder Abuse Hotline as a mandated reporter when elder abuse is suspected.
Keeps supervisor informed of participants in crisis who may be at-risk, and any situation or incident that may require immediate attention, to prevent harm to anyone by following the agency emergency plan in the Policy and Procedures Manual. In a timely fashion, records such contacts, situations or incidents in special progress notes.
Maintains STOP-IT hotline as assigned and shared with other STOP-IT staff.
Conducts outreach within law enforcement operations and collaboration.
Coordinates and participates in direct outreach activities to increase identification of trafficked persons.
Completes case and statistical recordings, and other required reports and record keeping for assigned clients per manual on “Office Policies and Procedures”.
Engages in bi-weekly (additional as needed) professional supervision with designated supervisor.
Maintains awareness of applicable liability issues and other applicable legal issues, and their potential to affect agency and/or clients.
Abides by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, including NASW standards for cultural competence in social work practice, and the WHO Ten Guiding Principles.
Studies agency policies, procedures, and programs. May contribute ideas and suggestions for change to Director with the knowledge/participation of the immediate supervisor.
Performs special administrative assignments or duties as may be delegated.
Attends agency's general, professional, training, and consultation meetings. Presents case-related information for learning purposes.
When necessary, may be asked to perform certain record keeping functions such as typing case notes/recording, filing case records, etc. Takes initiative in maintaining smooth functioning of office which may include answering phone calls, taking messages, opening and closing office, etc.
May be assigned to perform services in conjunction with Corps Community Centers, Disaster Services and other Salvation Army programs.
Participates in bi-weekly supervisory conferences with the supervisor to discuss cases. Attends office peer supervision group.
Participates on agency committees as assigned.
May attend schools, other agency meetings or court hearings as appropriate, and with supervisory approval.
As delegated by the supervisor, participates in networking with community groups or activities dealing with the social problems of individuals or families.
Participates in community planning and/or organizing activities related to the problems designated as relevant to the agency's objectives. May assess community needs for the agency's services and collaborate in the development of recommended plans for meeting these needs. This should be done with the knowledge and consent of the supervisor.
With the supervisor's knowledge, participates in professional seminars, conferences and workshops to increase professional knowledge and secure licensure.
Remains abreast of new developments in the social work field and consults with the supervisor on their effectiveness and relevancy to clients' needs.
Participates in quarterly booster training sessions as evidenced by staff sign-in sheets.
This individual will be evaluated on how effectively the outcomes of this position are achieved as well as the timeliness, accuracy and completeness of accomplishing assigned goals.
Connects with trained organizations, any and all participants in need of and interested in services as evidenced by law enforcement or referral records.
Conducts 1 community trafficking training with key community personnel each month as evidenced by attendee sign-in sheets.
Conducts at least 3 trainings targeting organizations engaging with survivors of human trafficking.
Conducts public awareness activities in key locations each month as evidenced by documentation.
Increases number of identified trafficked individuals as evidenced by documentation.
Worker will be trained in CISM treatment and will be available to provide critical incident services on an as-needed basis.
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university. The BSW is preferred, but a major in human services is acceptable.
At least 3 years of experience in the anti-human trafficking field.
Experience in public speaking is required.
Secures and maintains an LSW licensure when eligible.
Current driver's license and a working, appropriately insured automobile preferred
A willingness to support and uphold the mission of The Salvation Army.
An appreciation of faith-based service organizations.
An interpersonal style that is service oriented as well as anticipates and responds to the needs of clients.
A flexible style that also displays a willingness to learn and help teammates.
An excellent attention to detail, procedures, processes and policies.
Ability to maintain and project a problem solving approach in case situations with clients and inter/intra agency personnel.
A communication style that exhibits the principles and values of The Salvation Army, communicates information appropriately, as well as fostering team relationships.
A developing knowledge of the principles of social work, counseling, and case management.
An understanding of data management, procedure development and flow of information.
A developing knowledge of how to effectively work with diversity in the workplace.
Must be sensitive to and work appropriately with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
This position is required to do light physical work. In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the employee is regularly required to use standard office equipment and PC.
The work environment for this position includes a client service environment with a moderate to loud noise level.
Willingness to perform off site activities which could include home visits, work within schools or within community agencies. This position may be required to drive a motor vehicle, read road maps, and understand directions.