Employment and Internships

The Center for Child Protection will post open positions as they become available. If you are a university student with course requirements seeking class credit, please take a look at our internship opportunities. These internships are available in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. All applicants are required to submit to a background check. 

Forensic Interviewer

Forensic Interviewer position available at the Center for Child Protection in Austin, TX.  Responsible for conducting recorded interviews of child victims and witnesses to violent crimes for the purpose of multidisciplinary investigations.
 
Requirements include a bachelor’s degree in social services or related field.  Three years experience in social services plus knowledge of child development, victim services, child protective services, crisis intervention, child abuse, family dynamics and criminal justice.  Bilingual, English/Spanish preferred.  Send resume to Cyndi Cantu at ccantu@centerforchildprotection.org.

Communications Manager

Center for Child Protection, a non-profit children’s advocacy center, seeks an experienced Communications Manager with a thorough knowledge of the Austin market to develop and manage the organization’s communications and public relations activities. 

The Center for Child Protection is the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. The Center is a child-friendly, specially-equipped facility where children go for recorded forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. It is the only nonprofit in Travis County involved in the investigation of crimes against children. All services are provided to children and their protective caregivers at no charge and are available in English and Spanish.

Responsibilities
- Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of the mission and vision of the organization and its children’s advocacy model
- Conceive and implement a comprehensive plan for the Center for Child Protection’s  integrated marketing, public relations and strategic communications program
- Build and maintain relationships with key media including pitching stories,  developing press releases and producing press events
- Oversee brand consistency across staff, board, corporate partners and third-party collaborators
- Represent the organization and speak at community, press and fundraising events
- Respond to deadline driven press inquiries, set up interviews and process information requests
- Create compelling copy for promotional and program materials, direct mail, annual reports, blogs, e-newsletters, editorials and opinion pieces on behalf of the Center for Child Protection
- Write scripts for broadcast media and the Center’s on-hold phone system
- Identify professional relationships and secure pro-bono services to meet communication and marketing objectives
- Create and manage crisis communication plan- Collaborate with and direct community volunteers on various communications projects
- Coordinate production and distribution of special communications projects as needed
- Negotiate advertising and oversee creative production and placement within ad specifications
- Oversee maintenance of website- Monitor and create dynamic content for social media and website including video and graphics
- Manage relationships with vendors – photographers, videographers, printers, interactive agency and graphic designers
- Support/provide project management to marketing and development staff

Required Skills & Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, including public relations, journalism, communications or marketing
- A minimum of five years of high level communications experience, ideally with some experience with nonprofit, media outlets or academic organizations 
- Comprehensive knowledge of media operations and expertise in the field of public relations and release of information
- Public speaking to large and small groups as well as experience speaking to the media- Experience working in committee or team-based setting
- Forward thinking, innovative approach to messaging to drive social change creatively while maintaining the integrity of the organization
- Demonstrate initiative, imagination and collaboration- Detail-oriented with strong analytical and organizational skills 
- Working knowledge of graphics software, basic design principles and print/digital specifications
- Ability to perform multiple tasks and meet critical deadlines while maintaining accuracy and quality
- Knowledge of email marketing tools (HTML a plus)- Knowledge of Expression Engine or other CMS (preferred)

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements by Monday, Nov. 3 to mchasteen@centerforchildprotection.org with “Communications Manager” in subject line. No phone calls please. 

Fundraising and Grants Internship (undergraduate and graduate)

** Now accepting applications for Spring & Summer 2015 **

Sharp, motivated intern needed to assist with the Center for Child Protection's Development Department. This position will have the opportunity to gain skills essential to a career in the nonprofit sector including experience in fundraising, donor cultivation and grant writing.

The Center for Child Protection in a nonprofit children's advocacy center serving Travis County and is the first stop for children who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. Over the past 25 years, the Center for Child Protection has grown from a small nonprofit agency to an established expert in the field of child protection as a direct result of our successful Development Department. If you are looking for an opportunity to translate skills into impact, this is the position for you.

Interested applicants should demonstrate strong writing, proofreading, time management and organizational skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required; knowledge of Raiser's Edge helpful. Primary internship responsibilities will include promoting events and fundraisers, soliciting event sponsors and auction donors, event logistics, mailings, grants writing/research, development data entry, and assisting with other projects as necessary. This position is part time, 10-20 hours a week, and hours are flexible. Currently seeking spring, summer and fall interns. For more information, please contact Anne West, volunteer coordinator, at awest@centerforchildprotection.org.

Marketing/Communications/PR Internship (undergraduate and graduate)

Sharp, motivated intern needed to assist with the Center for Child Protection's Marketing Department for the Spring 2015 semester who can work 12-15 hours, or more per week. Students will gain first-hand experience with non-profit marketing and PR, event promotion and much more.  The position is unpaid, but may be available for course credit. If you are looking for an opportunity to translate skills into impact, this is the position for you.

Interested applicants should demonstrate strong writing, proofreading, time management and organizational skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and  social media (Twitter/Facebook) required. Primary internship responsibilities will include developing day-to-day content such as writing news releases, newsletter copy and drafting web / social media copy; assisting with event promotions; and helping with other projects as necessary. Applicants must be available to work on a committed weekly schedule with a minimum of 12 hours a week for at least one semester during 8:30-5:30 p.m. office hours. Ideally, candidate would be available for minimal evening/weekend work as well for event support. For more information, please contact Melanie Chasteen, Director of Communications, at mchasteen@centerforchildprotection.org. (Note: Background check is required; volunteer training is also required.)

Direct Service Clinical Internship (undergraduate and graduate)

** Spring 2015 Clinical internships full, now accepting applications for Summer 2015 **

Clinical internships involve the provision of a variety of services such as case management services to children and families, counseling support services, crisis intervention and emergency clinical assessments as needed, intake referrals, treatment planning, and involvement in group psychotherapy services. Clinical internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students needing an internship to meet educational requirements. Hours flexible, depending on course requirements. For more information, contact Barbara Jefferson, clinical director, at bjefferson@centerforchildprotection.org.

Direct Service Program Internship (undergraduate)

** Now accepting applications for Spring & Summer 2015 **

Perform direct service tasks related to the prevention of abuse. Job duties may include interacting with child victims of abuse and their protective caregivers while acting in the lead Family Support Specialist and lead Children's Activity Group role by overseeing program/client flow of the children and families on site for forensic services, and assessing the needs of therapy and medical clients while they wait for services. Daily activities may also include resource development and maintenance, curriculum development, case filing, maintenance of facility readiness and assisting with administrative duties. Part-time, 15-20 hours, hours flexible. For more information, please contact Anne West, volunteer coordinator, at awest@centerforchildprotection.org.

If you are interested in an internship at the Center for Child Protection, please fill out our Volunteer Application. This application is the first step in the process.

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