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Careers at Sunflower House

Help protect children from abuse, provide support for families, and educate our community.

Sunflower House offers competitive pay, a generous benefits package with paid time off, 401K and employer match, health, vision and dental coverage, and professional development opportunities. We provide a 37.5 hour work week (this adds up to an extra 16+ days off every year!) and a chance to work with a team of people committed to protecting children from abuse.

Current Openings: 

Position Title: Family Advocate
Reports To: child Assessment Program Director

Primary Description:
Work within a multidisciplinary team to create and support high standards for child abuse investigations and to advocate for the needs and well-being of child abuse victims and their families. Provide initial on-site services to non-offending caregivers of children alleging sexual and/or physical abuse. Consult with forensic interviewers, law enforcement, prosecutors, medical professionals, child protection workers, therapists and court victim advocates.  Provide case management services and crisis intervention to non-offending caregivers of children alleging sexual and/or physical abuse after the initial forensic interview/medical evaluation appointment. Coordinate appropriate referrals for services, and collaborate directly with non-offending caregivers to make contact with community services. This is a full-time, non-exempt, onsite position at Sunflower House located in Shawnee, Kansas. Salary range is $40,000 to $45,000 annually, depending on experience and qualifications. Sunflower House offers a generous benefits package, PTO, and a 401(K). 

Specific Responsibilities:

1. Ensures children and their non-offending caregivers receive the most sensitive and humane care during the investigative process by ensuring a timely response from investigative agencies, and seeks to protect children from being subjected to repeated interviews and medical examinations.

2. Delivers orientation services to children and families, including an explanation of the interview and medical evaluation process and taking relevant history about the child.

3. Provides crisis intervention and resource information to families.

4. Locates community resources for children and families and communicates with agencies to reduce barriers to services.  This by calling or visiting service providers along with the non-offending caregivers.

5. Consults with investigative team members before and after child interviews and medical examinations to determine strategies to support the non-offending caregivers’ efforts to protect the child.

6. Prepares timely, thorough and accurate case notes of family advocacy sessions, including data collection, data entry and maintenance of the computerized case tracking system.

7. Advocates for child victims and their families during the case review process.

8. Participates in the coordination of a multidisciplinary Case Review Team with                             assistance from the Program Director.

9. Bridges the gap for non-offending caregivers between the initial family advocacy appointment and direct services such as therapy and  medical care by providing ongoing case management and support to non-offending caregivers of children referred to Sunflower House for forensic interviews and/or medical evaluations through face-to-face, email, and/or telephone contact.

10. Initiates follow-up telephone, face-to-face, and/or email contact with the non-offending caregiver to evaluate the families’ changing needs and requests, links the family with essential community services such as therapy and medical care, and provides ongoing emotional and educational support and crisis intervention.

11. If the child was referred to, a specialized medical evaluation works directly with the non-offending caregiver to identify any barriers to the child coming to the evaluation and then works directly with the caregiver to ensure that the child attends a medical evaluation whenever possible.

12. Calls all non-offending caregivers and offers to meet with them to assess ongoing needs of children and their families to support family safety and therapeutic services for the child victim and family. The frequency of meetings will be determined by each family’s needs and requests.

13. Assists families in completing, submitting, and following up on applications for community and State benefits such as DCF, Crime Victims Compensation, and Protection from Abuse Orders.

14. Serves as the ongoing point of contact for families for crisis intervention, behavioral interventions and strategies, and problem solving.

15. Notifies DCF social workers, detectives, and prosecutors of case developments and child safety issues.

General Responsibilities:

1. Builds relationships with collateral agencies and commonly used services to expedite service delivery and bridge the gaps in services.

2. Attends skills-based training to remain abreast of latest research, trends and best practice standards in victim advocacy and cultural sensitivity.

3. Provides regular updates to the Child Assessment Program Director for modification to service delivery, program content, evaluation, etc.

4. Attends relevant continuing education opportunities, and conferences as approved by the Program Director.

5. Provides ongoing information and referral on child abuse and neglect to the Child Assessment team.

6. Attend annual agency functions, special events and meetings as necessary and appropriate.

7. Remain abreast of issues related to child abuse/neglect and victim advocacy.

8. Other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, psychology, law enforcement or related field.  If a professional license for that field is required within the state of Kansas, the candidate must possess that professional license. 
  • Three years or more of direct work experience intervening with abused children and their families.
  • Knowledge of dynamics of child abuse; knowledge of law enforcement, criminal and civil court systems and how to communicate with and function within these systems; strong skills in public relations and negotiation; strong organizational skills; ability to engage children of all ages; and empower and mediate with parents in crisis; comprehensive understanding of community resources.
  • Must work effectively with individuals from various economic, social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to accomplish and advance program goals, a willingness to remain abreast of current research related to child abuse/neglect and victim advocacy, and an ability to remain sensitive and demonstrate appropriate boundaries with Program clients, agency staff and volunteers.

 

Physical/Environmental/Other Requirements:

  • Lift 25 pounds routinely 
  • Bend, sit, stoop on a regular basis 
  • Work in an often-stressful environment, requiring quick thinking in difficult situations 
  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel in and around the region 
  • Ability to effectively use all tools, devices, equipment, computer systems required to fulfill essential functions of the position 

To Apply: Send your resume and cover letter to Cindy@SunflowerHouse.org by Friday, July 5, 2024. Please use “Family Advocate” in the subject line .

 

Position Title: Mental Health Therapist
Reports To: PACES Clinical Supervisor and Sunflower President/CEO

Primary Description:
Provides intake, assessment and mental health treatment to children and families after a report of child maltreatment. Must complete standard assessments, engage in treatment planning, quarterly treatment reviews and necessary coordination and collaboration of care. Provide individual, family and group mental health treatment for the treatment of trauma for children ages 3-17 years. Must complete 40 hours of EBP trauma treatment prior to serving children. The pay range for the position is $65-75,000 based on years of therapy experience.

Specific Responsibilities:
1. Receives referrals from Sunflower House family advocates for children seen at Sunflower House that may need therapy and counseling.
2. Develops initial assessment and formulate treatment plans.
3. Provides evidence-based, trauma-informed mental health therapy services to children and adolescents, such as Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing (EMDR), Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB) Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, or play therapy.
4. Conducts a variety of treatment approaches, including individual, family and group therapy.
5. Co-facilitates family support groups. Provide education to non-offending caregivers to understand the dynamics of victimization, and provide support and guidance to address their child’s needs.
6. Confers with other staff and agency representatives as appropriate.
7. Prepares timely, thorough and accurate case notes and of individual, family or group sessions. Maintains appropriate records for reporting, evaluation, and clinical purposes. Prepares reports as necessary.

8. Complete annual training to remain abreast of latest in the research, trends and best practice standards in child abuse/neglect, trauma-informed therapy modalities and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion). Attends relevant continuing education opportunities and conferences as approved by the PACES supervisor.
9. Attend annual agency functions and meetings as requested.
10. Other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements:
● Master’s level professional licensed in the state of Kansas, in good standing with the licensing agency
● Clearance through Kansas and Missouri Child Abuse Registries and criminal background check
● Three years or more direct work experience with abused children and their families
● Familiarity with diagnostic and treatment planning approaches, mental health theory and practice, and ethical considerations in the mental health field.
● Knowledgeable of dynamics of child abuse; ability to engage children of all ages; and empower and mediate with parents in crisis
● Must work effectively with individuals from various background to create a culture of inclusivity
● Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to accomplish and advance program goals, a willingness to remain abreast of current research related to child abuse/neglect, and an ability to remain sensitive and demonstrate appropriate boundaries with program clients, agency staff and volunteers
● Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and as needed after hours coverage
● Must provide 3 hours of therapy services per week after 5 pm
● Must be willing to safely perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

To Apply: Send your resume and cover letter to Judi@SunflowerHouse.org. Please put “Mental Health Therapist” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Sunflower House’s policy is to provide equal opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected category.

If interested in an open position at Sunflower House, please contact us today for more information.

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