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JOB POSTING, 3/22/2022


REPORTS TO: Program Director, Finding Words/Child First-New Jersey

LOCATION: Morristown, NJ

POSITION OVERVIEW: The New Jersey Children’s Alliance (NJCA) is seeking to fill a PROGRAM
SUPPORT SPECIALIST position with the Finding Words/Child First – New Jersey (FW/CF-NJ)
program, New Jersey’s forensic interviewing academy. FW/CF-NJ trains detectives, prosecutors
and child protective specialists in forensic interviewing techniques for child victims of crime,
especially child abuse victims. FW/CF-NJ has a twenty-year record of training excellence funded by
the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect (NJTFCAN) through the Children’s Justice Act
(CJA) federal legislation. The academy trains investigative interviewers from law enforcement and
child welfare in forensically defensible interviewing techniques.

• Organizes all necessary information, including supporting documentation and reports
pertaining to Finding Words/Child First – New Jersey (FW/CF-NJ) project
• Reporting requirements include but not limited to financial records, billing, quarterly
statistical reports, completing budget narratives, and other documents for grant maintenance.
• Coordinates activities and logistics to provide regional forensic interview trainings, peer
review and other statewide training initiatives as directed
• Recruits trainees as directed by the Finding Words/Child First – New Jersey (FW/CF-NJ)
Program Director
• Maintains and continually facilitates positive relationships with law enforcement, child
protective services and other trainee disciplines
• Prepares all training materials and presentations for dissemination at state or national
training sessions
• Provides support to faculty and trainees throughout training periods
• Coordinates logistics for actor consultants to the project
• Arranges all logistical planning including food, student interviews, transportation and
activities necessary to meet training objectives
• Organizes ongoing evaluation of faculty members and actor consultants of FW/CF-NJ
• Communicates with the national organization Zero Abuse Project (ZAP) and state chapters
about regional forensic interview training as directed by the Program Director
• Submits required evaluation data to the Zero Abuse Project (ZAP)
• Maintain records, documentation and all correspondence pertaining to FW/CF-NJ as
directed by the Program Director
• Organizes ongoing support to graduates of FW/CF-NJ and their respective counties as
directed by the Program Director
• Administratively communicates with each respective county’s Multidisciplinary Team
(MDTs) under the direction of the Program Director for training initiatives.
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• Organizes videotape review of forensic interviews county forensic
interviewers/investigators for feedback by the Finding Words/Child First Program Director
or faculty as requested
• Attends staff meetings as required by the Program Director of FW/CF – NJ and Executive
Director of NJCA
• Attends meetings and national conferences as required by FW/CF-NJ grant requirements
• Travels to required trainings to be held statewide in New Jersey and attendance at the
national conference conducted by the Zero Abuse Project
• Maintains regular contact with project personnel, vendors, NJCA and other state or nonprofit organization as directed by the Program Director
• Performs any additional duties as directed by the Program Director of NJ/CF-NJ that are
reasonable and within the scope of an Administrative Assistant duties as defined above
• Adheres to the Human Resource standards identified by the New Jersey Children’s Alliance

• Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Sociology,
Child Advocacy or a related field.
• Prior experience as an Administrative Assistant or Program Assistant in the applied fields of
Social Work, Psychology, Law, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Child Advocacy or related field.
• Knowledge of laws regarding child abuse and of child development and/or previous work
with multidisciplinary teams preferred, but not required.
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
• Ability to travel statewide and to the annual national conference, 10 percent travel.
• Strong organizational and time management skills.
• Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills

SALARY RANGE: $37,000 – $42,000 commensurate with education and experience.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume in a single PDF document to
This job offers a competitive salary and benefits package including PTO, 401K, and HRA. The New
Jersey Children’s Alliance is committed to providing equal opportunity in its recruitment and hiring
practices without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, handicap, national origin, sexual orientation,
pregnancy status, military status, marital status, genetic information or any other protected status
under applicable local, state, or federal law