VISITATION PROGRAM MONITOR (TWO GRANT-FUNDED, PART-TIME POSITIONS)
Arlington County's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court is seeking two part-time Visitation Program Monitors to implement the Safe Havens Program in the Adult Probation Unit.
The Safe Havens Program coordinates and monitors supervised court-ordered visitations and exchanges between children and their non-custodial parent due to child protective services matters, custody disputes, domestic violence and protective orders. This program enhances the safety of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse by providing a safe location and support for parental visits and custody exchanges.
Specific duties include:
- Monitoring and supervising pre-arranged, court-ordered visits between non-custodial parents and children;
- Assisting with exchanges between children and custodial and non-custodial parents;
- Ensuring the safety and security of all involved parties from arrival to the visitation site to the end of the visitation;
- Re-directing and/or de-escalating tense visitations by maintaining a positive and secure environment;
- Ensuring compliance with court-orders regarding visitation;
- Observing, assessing, correcting and re-directing the interaction between parents and children and reporting critical observations to the Program Coordinator;
- Suspending or terminating visits that threaten the safety of participants or staff;
- Reporting child abuse and non-compliant parties to the Program Coordinator for follow up;
- Referring to outside agencies for necessary supplemental social services such as food, shelter, behavioral health, medical assistance, etc.;
- Testifying in court hearings when required by subpoena.
The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a culturally diverse population, many of who have limited English proficiency.
Minimum: High School Diploma, GED certificate, or the equivalent, plus two years' experience providing direct human services in a child welfare setting (foster care, adoption, child protective services, family preservation, permanency planning, or domestic violence).
Substitution: College coursework in a human services related field may be substituted for up to one year of experience on a year for year basis.
Desirables: Preference will be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
- Working with individuals who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and/or child abuse;
- Providing supervised visitation and safe exchange services;
- Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, or related field;
- Working with families involved with the juvenile or adult justice system or providing crisis counseling; and/or
- Bilingual in English and Spanish or other language at an intermediate or conversational level (able to read and speak).
Work hours: Subject to changes based on client needs, the Safe Havens program will operate on Wednesdays (12:00 – 5:00 p.m.), Fridays (11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.), Saturdays from (9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.), and Sundays (12:00 - 4:00 p.m.). This is a 20 hour per week position. Employees and the coordinator will work out a coverage schedule to maximize client opportunities for safe visitations and exchanges, with an emphasis on weekend scheduling.
A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.
These are grant-funded positions and are contingent upon funding availability.
Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.