DEPENDENCY ADVOCACY CENTER MENTOR PARENT
Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC) is seeking a part-time Mentor Parent (MP). This position is grant funded and administered by DAC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit legal services organization that provides legal services to parents and children involved in Santa Clara County’s dependency court system. The MP will be responsible for providing peer-to-peer support and guidance to fathers participating in one of Santa Clara County’s two dependency drug treatment courts and who have an open dependency case. Specific assistance for fathers will be provided in the areas of navigation of the dependency process/case plan and engagement in drug treatment court. Emphasis will be made on recovery and the use of recovery services and community resources as, as a means of successful reunification for client fathers with their children. The MP works directly with the attorneys who represent the parents involved in the dependency system. The MP is an agent of the parent’s attorney and communications with clients are privileged and protected under attorney/client privilege. The MP will occasionally provide community outreach to partners and agencies about the program and working with birth parents in recovery.
- Parent with previous personal involvement in or extensive knowledge of the Santa Clara County dependency system or similarly structured dependency court system in another jurisdiction
- Possesses a personal commitment to a clean and sober lifestyle
- If previous personal involvement in the Santa Clara County dependency system or a similarly structured dependency court in another jurisdiction, dependency case must have been dismissed at least 1 year prior to the hire date of this position.
- Must have no pending criminal matters
- Understanding of recovery programming
- Ability to work confidentially, compassionately and respectfully with clients in crisis
- Strong interpersonal, leadership and public speaking skills and the ability to interact with court and community stakeholders
- Maintain a high degree of professionalism
- Organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and work with limited supervision
- Computer, recording and data collection skills which require a basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred
Compensation will be $15-17per hour. This position is grant funded and contingent upon the renewal of funding after expiration of the grant.
Please send your resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax to 408-516-3812. The deadline to apply for this position is January 27, 2012.