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Public Policy Coordinator – Child Protective Services Sub Team

Job Title: Public Policy Coordinator – Child Protective Services Sub Team
Status: Full Time / Non-exempt
Reports To: Policy Manager
Updated: 12/15/2016

Note: To be considered for this position, a completed employment application is required. The application may be downloaded here. Applicants must also submit a resume and a cover letter. 

I. Purpose & Summary of Position:

The Texas Council on Family Violence is a statewide organization representing a network of domestic violence programs that provide direct services to victims and their families, and serves as the voice of victims at the state level while working with local communities to create strategies to prevent family violence.

The Policy Analyst works on the CPS Training Sub-Team of the Policy Team within TCFV. This Policy Analyst will focus on enhancing the response of Child Protective Services and related child welfare agencies to survivors of family violence who are parents.  S/he will provide support to agencies and professionals that directly advocate for survivors of family violence, as well as those who develop and implement laws, regulations and policies to maximize safety and protective capacities of survivor parents and promote the resiliency of children who may be exposed to domestic violence or victims of child abuse and neglect.

II. Priority functions / Accountabilities:

  • Provide technical assistance to advocates, CPS and related child welfare agency staff and other allied professionals;
  • In coordination with the Team, develop processes to monitor and analyze the effective implementation of family violence laws, rules and policies as they intersect with child welfare and resiliency and promoting protective parenting;
  • Create, develop and update written materials and protocols as appropriate, for use by survivors, family violence programs and child welfare professionals, with particular emphasis on survivors in the CPS system and the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment;
  • Assist with planning, organizing and executing summits, conferences and other training events;
  • In coordination with the Team, research, develop materials and provide support for the TCFV Public Policy Committee and the Policy Director prior to and during legislative session; and
  • Perform other policy-related activities individually or in coordination with the Team as requested by the Policy Manager and Policy Director.

III. Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Sought: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must have a basic understanding of Child Protective Services and / or child welfare services;
  • Thorough knowledge of domestic violence issues and the institutional response to survivors;
  • Demonstrated skill in development and presentation of adult education programs involving social change issues;
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with a wide variety of people and organizations;
  • Self-driven to work independently with minimal supervision and use disciplined time management skills;
  • Ability to work within a team to offer support and collaborate on team projects;
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of employee, donor, funder, survivor and case information;
  • Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information; and
  • Proficiency with Windows 2000 or above, Microsoft Office applications and Microsoft Outlook.

IV. Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, social work, criminal justice or related field; 
  • One or more years of experience working with or within Texas Child Protective Services; and
  • Three years’ experience in public policy, legal or systems advocacy work, including at least one year in the domestic violence movement.
  • Alternatively to the above, a combination of a lower degree of education beyond high school and additional years of experience with a documented record of the ability to perform duties and responsibilities of the position is acceptable.

V. Working Conditions and Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Ability to read, write and converse in English (Spanish in addition to English is a plus);
  • Availability to travel, including some overnight trips
  • Requires occasional bending, stooping, lifting and carrying objects up to 25 pounds, with or without accommodations.

The requirements of the Policy Analyst’s position may exceed 40 hours per week and may require occasional adjustments in work hours, depending on assigned projects and activities. 

TCFV expressly intends the above statements to describe the general nature and minimum level of work being performed.  They do not represent an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for the position.  TCFV will require the employee to perform any other job-related duties as required by the job objectives, the supervisor and mission and philosophy of TCFV. 

Application Instructions: Download the application and return it with your resume and cover letter to Kate McAlister.