Our Center has received several donations from local individuals that go a long way in assisting with service provision to children and families. Items received include several blankets, small quilts, and stuffed animals for children. These items are designed to be comfort items for the children after their initial visit. Other items donated that keep the Center in operation are very simple supplies used in everyday operations, such as copy paper, note pads, hand soap, disinfectant wipes, envelopes, puzzle books, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and paper towels. And our personal favorite since they are never included in our budget, post-it notes! Items such as these are always appreciated and go a long way in helping us to keep things going. Thanks to Green Hills Regional Planning Commission, Rhonda Johnson, the Mount Zion Children's Class, Healthy Me and You Team, Amber Shippen, and the Go & Learn Club for the most recent donation of items.
Position Title: Multidisciplinary Team Specialist
The role of the state Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Specialist is to increase the collaboration, coordination and skill level of child abuse professionals throughout Missouri and by assisting Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) and MDTs in providing exceptional services to children and families. The MDT Specialist will facilitate comprehensive and unique services appropriate for CACs and their MDT Members across the state of Missouri by:
- Working with CAC directors to develop an annual plan for training and technical assistance for MDT excellence in each of the 15 CAC regions
- Working with CAC team facilitators to provide technical assistance and coaching for problem solving difficult situations
- As needed, assist CACs in developing teams and protocols
- As needed, assist CACs to maximize case review to the benefit of all team members
- Developing and supporting CAC team facilitators to mediate conflict
- Supporting CAC efforts to assure protocols are being followed and national accreditation standards are being fulfilled
This position is supported by state and federal grants and contracts and requires compliance with state and federal requirements, the compilation of reports and grant writing. The MDT Specialist will work closely with all Missouri KidsFirst staff to meet the goals and objectives of the organization. This position requires extensive overnight in-state travel and may require working in the evening and occasionally on weekends.
Required Education And Experience
- Bachelors degree required in the field of Social Work, Public Health, Management, Communications, Education, or other related fields (Masters preferred)
- Minimum 2 years experience in program coordination and development
- Minimum 2 years experience providing training and/or technical assistance
- Minimum 2 years experience working with multidisciplinary professionals (ie medical, legal, social services, law enforcement, victim services etc)
Required Skills And Abilities
- Extensive computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- General knowledge of program development and evaluation
- Must demonstrate strong organizational skills and work habits
- o ability to prioritize, organize, and manage multiple projects with competing deadlines
- o ability to develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy
- o strong problem-solving and trouble- shooting skills
- o ability to lead meetings and manage large and small projects
- Independent worker and able to function as a team player with initiative and flexibility
- Excellent people, verbal, and written communication skills necessary
- Strong commitment to professional development
- Commitment to strong team environment and direct communication with coworkers
- Clear knowledge and understanding of Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) and Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT) development strategies.
- Ability to use personal vehicle for extensive in-state overnight travel
- Experience working in Children's Advocacy Centers and the system of investigating, recognizing/diagnosing and prosecuting child abuse
- Extensive knowledge in program evaluation design and analysis
- Experience as a child abuse forensic interviewer, child abuse investigator, MDT facilitator or child abuse victim advocate
- Coordinate and collaborate with the Child Abuse Resource Prosecutor and Victim Advocate at the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services to provide MDT training and ongoing support for teams around the state.
- Oversee MDT activities at in-person case reviews as well as through emails, phone conversations and webinars.
- Develop a schedule so that minimally each CAC is visited twice annually during a case review or team building component. If there are immediate needs, the specialist will do follow up visits as needed.
- Attend (as possible) local MDT trainings.
- Establish a good rapport with CAC team facilitators, other CAC staff and MDTs statewide.
- Implement a monitoring tool to assess the team capacity during case review and general case involvement.
- Observe team dynamics and assess problem areas, or dysfunction with team members and determine possible solutions or assistance needed.
- Anticipate, identify, and work to collaboratively reconcile conflict within multidisciplinary teams.
- Provide written or verbal suggestions to the MDT facilitator and/or CAC Executive Director to assist with problem solving
- Track statewide trends in challenges, effective practices, and other relevant issues impacting MDTs and CACs.
- Attend to the concerns and accomplishments of MDTs across the state to maximize effective investigation, prosecution, and follow-up care related to child maltreatment.
- Coordinate with MKF staff and partners to identify and possibly implement trainings for MDT partner agencies.
- Provide leadership and coordination for the MDT Best Practice Workgroup of the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children.
- Establish a deeper level of understanding of team capacity and the importance of the MDT.
- Assist in development and updates to MDT protocols on a minimal annual basis.
- Submit accurate and timely documentation for grant reporting.
The Multidisciplinary Team Specialist is a full-time exempt position funded by grants and contracts. The salary range is $37,000 - $42,000 to commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits include health insurance, paid holidays, retirement and paid personal time off.
Please send resume and cover letter to Donna Neely (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Missouri KidsFirst