Child and Adolescent Forensic Interviewer

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



429 O Street, NW
United States



Safe Shores – The D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center is an organization striving for excellence as a service provider and as a workplace. Safe Shores values respect, honesty, trustworthiness, professionalism, growth and learning, taking care to give care, innovation, teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking a highly capable, experienced, personable professional who is passionate about serving child victims and their families and helping children make their voices heard.

The Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewer is responsible for conducting forensic interviews with children and adolescents, toddlers to 17- years-old, alleged to be victims of physical and/or sexual abuse or witnesses to violence and abuse, using research based interview protocols and techniques in a developmentally appropriate manner to elicit truthful information. Candidates for this position may be asked to provide a tape recording of a forensic interview they have conducted. This position is required to participate in an on-call rotation for after hours and weekend forensic interviewing. This position is a mandated reporter for child abuse and neglect under District of Columbia Statute § 4-1321.02

Essential Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in psychology, social work or related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of 1-year experience working as a direct service provider within a social service agency or CAC setting
  • Academic training or practical experience in and knowledge of developmental stages of children and the dynamics and effects of child abuse
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally to a variety people
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with children and adolescents, ranging in age from toddlers to 17 years of age
  • Familiarity with and a disposition toward the multi-disciplinary team approach to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases
  • Superb interpersonal skills; high level of cultural competence
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work independently
  • High level of comfort with technology, incl. proficiency with MS Office and internal tracking systems
  • Ability to pass Child Protection Registry clearance and criminal background check


Preferred Qualifications                                                    

  • Formal training in forensic interviewing techniques of children and adolescents (NICHD protocol) by recognized training organization
  •  Previous experience and training conducting forensic interviews of child victims of abuse in an urban environment
  • Spanish fluency and ability to conduct forensic interviews in Spanish
  •  Prior experience working with a Children’s Advocacy Center and multidisciplinary team
  •  Knowledge of DC investigative, social services and legal systems

Areas of Primary Duty

  • Conduct forensic interviews of alleged child/adolescent victims of abuse, as requested, on behalf of multi-disciplinary team members
  •  Provide written documentation regarding interviews conducted for Case Review purposes
  •  Participate in monthly Forensic Interview Program Peer Review sessions; provide training regarding interview protocols and child developmental levels
  • Participate in individual supervision and peer review, program peer review, and in- service trainings
  • Share on-call responsibilities with other forensic interviewers
  • Respond to crisis situations with clients
  • Testify in civil and criminal court proceedings as appropriate or requested regarding the interview process, as well as interviews in specific cases
  • Consult with members of the multi-disciplinary team as requested or as deemed necessary
  • Participate in MDT and organization-wide planning efforts
  • Participate in on-going training and professional development activities

Other Areas of Responsibility

  • Organize, coordinate and conduct bi-weekly Case Reviews; coordinate Case Review information with multi-disciplinary team members
  • Schedule and coordinate joint forensic interviews of alleged child/adolescent abuse victims with multi-disciplinary team members
  •  Maintain and assure the quality of electronic and paper case files, case lists, video logbook and statistical tracking; track program supplies and other inventory


Compensation and Benefits: The The Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewer will be paid an annual salary commensurate with experience and education. Benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, a retirement plan (a 403(b) plan for non-profit organizations), a generous leave policy, supplemental insurance plans and flexible spending accounts.

Level of Language Proficiency


Spanish fluency preferred

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Candidates must submit the following information by October 31, 2018 to be considered for the position:

  1. Cover letter with salary requirement
  2. Resume
  3. List of three professional references (for each include: name, current title, address phone number and email)
  4. Recording of recent forensic interview conducted

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