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JOB DESCRIPTION - Group Facilitator - Batterers' Intervention

This is a part-time (8-16 hours/week) position in the Violence and Abuse Intervention Program to lead Batterers’ Intervention groups in a jail setting.
$13.94/hour pre 40-hour training; $14.22/hour post 40-hour training.

Minimum Qualifications 
Education: Associate’s Degree preferred, or be in the process of obtaining Associate’s Degree with completion of a minimum of 24 college units. Professional experience may be considered a substitute for minimum educational requirements. 

Experience: Prior work history in social services setting, with experience facilitating psycho-educational groups, and working with court-ordered clients is preferred. Group management skills, knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence, substance abuse, anger management, child abuse, co-custody parenting, and the cycle of violence. Crisis intervention skills and firm knowledge of reporting laws required. 

Transportation: Valid California driver license, availability of automobile for business use, and at least minimal auto liability insurance coverage as required by law. 

Additional Requirement: Must receive clearance from Department of Justice Criminal Record Offender Information database. Must complete 40 hours of training on Domestic Violence, and 104 hours co-facilitating groups with a certified Batterers Intervention Facilitator prior to leading groups independently.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to respond quickly and effectively to many types of situations, including crisis-driven or potentially difficult situations involving clientele living with mental health conditions, engaged in drug/alcohol use, victims of crime, etc.
  • The administrative functions of the position are performed primarily in a shared office setting under minimal temperature variations, in a generally hazard free environment and in a clean atmosphere.
  • The direct service functions of the position are performed primarily at the jail and therefore you may be in contact with individuals who may display disruptive behavior. 
  • Requires extensive and frequent driving in personal vehicle.

Physical Abilities:

  • This position typically spends time sitting, standing, climbing stairs, walking, driving, carrying and lifting (up to 25lbs).
  • Frequent operation of computer keyboard, firm/strong grasping, and repetitive hand control. Able to complete all forms in personal writing.
  • Make and receive telephone calls. Use of general office equipment, copier, scanner, and fax machine. Subjected to outside environmental conditions.
  • Close vision, peripheral vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Remain alert and aware at all times
  • Psychological tolerance for confrontation and/or disruptive behaviors of clients

The conditions described above must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Job Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Lead psycho-educational Anger Management groups for individuals who have been ordered to complete 52 weeks of Batterer’s Intervention.
2. Must be able to work effectively with individuals from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. 
3. Focus group members on personal responsibility for abusive behaviors. Ensures that the group tone, content and methods reflect the principle of holding batterers accountable for their own actions. 
4. Ensure all lesson plans adhere to program curriculum and remain in accordance with the requirements stated in Penal Codes 1203.097 & 1203.098.
5. Use an array of educational, and counseling techniques to help clients confront abuse and its origins.
6. You will also abide by the dress code of both the jail and Family Services.
7. Proper and immediate reporting of any suspected child abuse and/or neglect as well as suspected elder abuse.
8. Report and intervene for any real threats of self-harm.
9. Evaluate group members' progress every 12 weeks for updates to court/probation/CWS
10. Ability to address deficits in progress with group members
11. Communicate any problems or concerns with group members or group dynamics to the Program Coordinator in a timely manner. 
12. Adhere to all program policies, and requirements stated in Penal Codes 1203.097 & 1203.098
13. Maintain current and accurate client records.
14. Demonstrate awareness and competency in providing services to multi-ethnic, multi-cultural groups and individuals.
15. Maintain regular communication with supervisor. Share concerns and ideas for improvement of program.
16. Perform duties in a safe manner to avoid injury to self and others.    
17. Must be able to work evenings as needed. 
18. Miscellaneous duties as assigned

FSLA Status: Non- Exempt Employee
Direct supervision received: Reports directly to the Program Coordinator
Indirect reporting relationship: Director of HR & Administration and Executive Director

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