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Thank you for your interest in The Nord Center! The Nord Center has been at the forefront of behavioral healthcare since 1947. We offer a variety of programs and services catering to children, adolescents and adults, all of which are listed in the Services Section of the website.

Careers at The Nord Center provide opportunities for personal growth and satisfaction, as well as to be part of an organization that touches the lives of thousands of Lorain County residents each year. Employees at The Nord Center work with motivated and supportive teams of co-workers, dedicated to making a positive impact on those we serve.

Our benefits

The Nord Center offers an array of benefits and amenities including:

  • On-campus workout room
  • Outdoor walking trail
  • Continuing education programs
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off (vacation, sick and personal)
  • Long-term disability
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Paid holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Free supervision hours towards independent licensure

Location

The Nord Center is located in Lorain, right off Route 2 at the South Broadway exit. Less than 30 minutes from Lakewood and Strongsville, The Nord Center is easily accessible from I90 and the Ohio Turnpike. This convenient location allows for a relaxed and easy commute. View our location on Google maps.

Career opportunities

Below is a list of our available career opportunities. Click on the drop down listings below to see the full descriptions of each position. For a printable overview of our Psychiatry Opportunities, click here.

If you find a position of interest and would like to apply, click the link below to complete an online application.

The Nord Center is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome those with diverse backgrounds and experience, and encourage bilingual (Spanish / English) individuals to apply.

 

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Available Positions:

ACT Team Coordinator

 

ACT is a service-delivery model that provides comprehensive, locally based treatment to people with serious and persistent mental illnesses.  The program provides service recipients with multidisciplinary, round-the-clock staffing of a psychiatric unit, but within the comfort of their own home and community.  ACT team members are trained in the areas of psychiatry, social work, nursing, substance abuse, and vocational rehabilitation.

Position description: This is a full-time management position that reports to the Director of CPST Services. This position has general responsibility for clinical, administrative and fiscal direction, planning, and supervision of the ACT Team. This team is responsible for delivering services that meet the needs of clients, customers, constituents, and the community in compliance with performance and production standards and with requirements of regulatory bodies and/or contracts.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: •Responsible for overseeing care management, utilization management, risk management, and quality management in accordance with Center policies and procedures •Assess and intervene in crisis situations •Provides training to case managers  and other staff in areas of clinical practice, utilization and risk management, continuous quality improvement, and change management •Responsible for providing a negotiated number of services such as consultation, education, or other clinical tasks as deemed eligible by licensure •Provides direct supervision to case managers •Works closely with the Center for Evidence Based Practices to ensure that Act Fidelity is continuously improving •Additional responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications Required: •Master’s degree with LISW/LPCC licensure required •Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in behavioral healthcare with an additional two years in a supervisory role with clinical and management responsibilities •Effective communication skills

 

 

 

Adult Counseling Coordinator

POSITION SUMMARY: The position has general responsibility for the clinical and administrative supervision, management, and leadership for Adult Counseling Services, in accordance with the organization’s strategic plan, policies, procedures, and standards from accrediting, licensing, and payer organizations.  The primary function of the position is to oversee the delivery of adult counseling services that meet the needs of clients, customers, constituents, and the community in compliance with the agency’s performance and production standards and within requirements of regulatory bodies and/or contracts. This position also provides face to face mental health assessments and treatment sessions, triages requests for services, and provides information and referrals. The position has general responsibility for the development, implementation, operation, monitoring, and general direction of the assigned counseling team.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: • Provides clinical leadership and managerial oversight to the Counseling Team • Conducts face-to-face mental health assessments (diagnostic assessments) and individual and group therapy, develops individual service plans, and provides referral to appropriate levels of care for client based upon need identified in diagnostic assessment. • Assumes responsibility for hiring and scheduling of assigned staff. • Trains, monitors, and evaluates staff performance. • Assumes responsibility for staff discipline as set forth by Nord Center policies and procedures. • Is responsible for providing a negotiated number of services such as consultation, education, or other clinical tasks as deemed eligible by licensure. • Manage the daily operation of the service and recommend new or modified systems and procedures as needed for the service area and/or overall Center organization. • Develop operating plans; recommend service budget, staffing levels and patterns, and specific job descriptions. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: •Independent Licensure LISW or LPCC in good standing to practice in the state of Ohio. •Experience in the mental health field. •Supervisory experience. •Knowledge/experience in counseling, therapy and rehabilitation programs and services for mental health and dual diagnosis (chemical abuse and dependency) is required.

 

 

 

 

Advanced Practice Nurse

Major Duties:

• Meets with consumers to prescribe psychotropic medications.

• Facilitates communication with Primary Care Providers outside of the agency when laboratory

• abnormalities are discovered.

• Assists other nurses with implementing medical treatment and tracking procedures.

• Meets regularly with collaborating psychiatrist to effectively communicate about open cases.

• Collaborates actively with patient’s other therapists or case managers to ensure best care and common treatment goals.

• Completes all documentation as required by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Nord Center.

• Achieves required productivity expectation.

• Reacts to change and stress productively.

• Maintains regular and predictable attendance and punctuality.

• Gets along with others and works as a team.

• Other duties as assigned.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

• A Master’s degree in Nursing and certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse with prescriptive authority.

•  One year of experience working with individuals who have been diagnosed with a chronic mental illness is required.

•  The employee must possess exceptional oral and written communications skills.

•  Basic computer skills required, including familiarity with Windows and Microsoft Office.

•  The employee must be able to conduct business in a professional manner.

•  She or he must understand and advocate for consumer rights, confidentiality, health and safety issues.

• Must be able to move safely in a variety of work situations

• Bilingual abilities (especially, Spanish and English) are not required, but a great advantage for this position.

Counselor/Therapist (Office-Based)

 

 

Major Duties

• Provide screening, assessment, crisis intervention and referral services in response to telephone requests for aid; make assessment of clients’ problems; provide information about community resources, refer clients to most appropriate resource.

• Gather information through intake interviews; evaluate nature and degree of mental/emotional distress, substance use/abuse, health issues, and social/interpersonal problems; develop individual service plans with clients.

• Conduct short and long-term therapy and/or counseling sessions with individuals, couples, families and groups using various psychotherapeutic treatment modalities.

• Coordinate treatment with other agencies, services and other programs within the agency.

• Complete case notes on intake process, treatment plan and client’s progress in accordance with OI/OA guidelines.

• Provide consultation and education service to community groups by assisting in program planning, giving educational talks and lectures, and by consulting on specific cases.

• Maintain required productivity expectation.

• Participate in clinical supervision and administrative meetings as required by the Clinical Services Coordinator and/supervisor.

• React to change and stress productively and handle other tasks as assigned.

• Maintain regular, predictable attendance and be available for evening counseling sessions.

• Get along with others and work as a team.

• Exhibit the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum requirements listed in this Position Announcement.

•A master’s degree in a mental health related field with the following license is preferred: LISW or LPCC.
•Experience in assessment, crisis intervention, conducting long and short-term therapy and counseling or other experience in the
treatment of mental health/chemical abuse are preferred.
•Must have strong oral and written skills. Basic computer skills required, including familiarity with Windows and Microsoft Office.
•Must be highly skilled at behavioral health screening/assessment and counseling in both chemical abuse and mental illness, making appropriate referral, and working effectively under pressure.

CPST Specialist FBHS

POSITION PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES: Provides a wide range of direct and indirect case management services to consumers with severe and persistent mental illness, including assessment of strengths, abilities, needs, desires, preferences, referrals and coordination of services.  Services are provided in the office, home, and various locations in the community.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: A Bachelor’s Degree and experience in mental health are required. An LSW is preferred. Experience in the field of mental health is preferred. Basic computer skills required, including familiarity with Windows and Microsoft Office. The necessity for travel in this job requires that the employee possess a valid Ohio driver’s license with less than 6 points in a 36 month period, have proof of adequate personal automobile insurance, and use of a personal vehicle.  Knowledge of dialectical Behavior Therapy is a plus. Favorable references and/or evaluations are required.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

•Gathers information for comprehensive individual service planning in a way that incorporates the active involvement of the consumer, families/significant others, residential, and employment/vocational staff.  Reviews social and medical backgrounds, evaluates level of functioning and nature and degree of problems.

•Provides support and crisis intervention as needed with individuals, families, and groups.

•Collaborates as appropriate and coordinates linkage with social service providers, team members, adjunct providers in the community, employers, landlords, private citizens, and other Nord Center staff associated with consumers’ participation in additional settings, services, and levels of care.

•Provides a broad range of direct and indirect services as designated in the Individual Service Plan (ISP) to support the clients’ optimal functioning in the least restrictive environment.  .

•Participates actively with consumers in the Quality and Utilization Management functions, including aspects of care, consumer satisfaction, utilization review, standards of care, record review, and outcome indicators.

•Provides education, support to families, individuals, community and consultative services to consumers, groups and other service providers in a context that assures clients’ rights to confidentiality.

•Completes all necessary documentation to service delivery.  Provides written communication for necessary services inside and outside the Center.

•Maintain required productivity expectations.

WORKING CONDITIONS: The work is provided in a variety of venues and locations including in the office, in client homes, out in various community locations and businesses. Because of the variety of environments and physical conditions that will be encountered, this individual must be able to successfully interact and navigate in all types of facilities and weather conditions.  This includes being able to walk, climb stairs, navigate changing surface conditions including wet, slippery, and icy grounds, and function in the proximity of electrical appliances, open flames and in areas with poor air quality including potentially smoke-filled rooms.  This individual may periodically be required to lift and/or carry up to 10 pounds. Must be able to physically interact with client and others in emergency situations to prevent harm to client and others.  The individual in this position must be able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.  Due to the extensive computer work this individual must be able to sit for extended periods of time and operate required equipment.

OTHER: This CPST position will be on the Family Behavioral Health Diagnosis Team. Bilingual (English/Spanish speaking) a plus.  Experience with EMR (Electronic Medical Records) a plus.

 

 

Crisis Intervention Clinician

Full-time, Part-time and PRN shifts available

POSITION PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES The primary responsibility of this position is to provide routine and emergency mental health assessments, diagnostic assessments, stabilization, crisis intervention, and treatment planning of clients in the community, at the CRU Residential Unit, and on the Hotline.  As an appropriately degreed/licensed member of the ESS staff, this clinician serves with others as a Health Officer for the county subject to approval by the Executive Director of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health.  All job functions are performed under the supervision of the ESS team leaders and shift supervisors.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS • Respond to routine and emergency requests for service. Triage telephone calls and walk-ins.  Gather information for telephone intake screening and emergency assessment and provide information and referral to persons requesting information.  Provide telephone support and crisis intervention to clients who call the hotline. • Perform crisis intervention for clients and their significant others. Provide face-to-face counseling to clients and significant others to promote stabilization of a crisis situation.  Provide rape crisis intervention when Rape Crisis volunteers are not available. • Perform mental health assessments. Perform pre-hospital screenings, diagnostic assessments and intake screenings in response to requests for outpatient services.  Determine the needed interventions to ensure safety of clients and others based on the mental status assessments.  Assess clients when placed on the unit for 23-hour monitoring. • Manage the care of clients on the residential stabilization unit. Provide one-on-one crisis intervention to clients, monitor self-medication of clients, monitor behavior and mental status of clients on the unit, develop treatment plans within 24 hours for clients, and document client progress in chart.  Manage the medication room and monitor client self-medication.  Coordinate the stabilization unit treatment plan with Center service providers.  Lead the groups on the CRU unit and Partial Hospitalization groups, and assist clients in obtaining personal care items. Transport clients to community sites as needed. • Carry out duties as a health officer in Lorain County. Assess the mental status of persons to determine the safety of clients and others according to the emergency medical certificate guidelines.  Make outreach as needed to assess and intervene with clients reported to be in crisis. • Work with families, significant others, other community agencies and law enforcement officials as needed to assess and intervene with clients reported to be in crisis. • Oversee and guide the treatment interventions of mental health technicians. Provide clinical consultation to technicians. • Provide group counseling to the Residential Unit clients and clients from the community. • Provide critical incident debriefing, support and education to the community. • Attend meetings at the Center as required and assigned. • Train students and new staff working in ESS. • Complete all necessary paperwork on time and follow Center procedures and clinical standards in performing all job duties. Complete and tabulate report items (e.g. contact sheets, shift reports, crisis alert, pre-hospital screenings). • Consult with MD’s and other providers as needed regarding client assessments and crisis interventions. • Ensure competence and annual certification in the following areas:  CPR, First Aid, Physical Crisis Intervention, and Rape Crisis training. • React to change and stress productively and to handle other tasks as assigned. • Maintain regular and predictable attendance and punctuality. • Get along with others and work as a team. • Exhibit the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum requirements listed in this Position Description.

ADDITIONAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED The employee must have a good working knowledge of DSM V, mental health assessments, crisis intervention techniques, and psychotropic medications.  Must have good oral and written communication skills and the ability to resolve conflicts in working with community agencies, multidisciplinary teams, and in dealing with the public on the hotline calls.  Must exhibit sensitivity to different cultures.

WORKING CONDITIONS In addition to an office setting, a significant part of the work is performed in the community during outreach, i.e., client’s home, school, shelter, emergency rooms, etc.  Because of the variety of environments and physical conditions that will be encountered, this individual must be able to successfully interact and navigate in all types of facilities and weather conditions.  This includes being able to walk, climb stairs, navigate changing surface conditions including wet, slippery, and icy grounds, and function in the proximity of electrical appliances, open flames and in areas with poor air quality including potentially smoke-filled rooms.  This individual may periodically be required to lift and/or carry up to 10 pounds. Must be able to physically interact with client and others in emergency situations to prevent harm to client and others.  The individual in this position must be able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.  Due to the extensive computer work this individual must be able to sit for extended periods of time and operate required equipment.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS Must have a Bachelor’s degree in a behavioral health related field and LPC or LSW.  Two years’ experience in the mental health field is preferred.  Basic computer skills required, including familiarity with Windows and Microsoft Office. The necessity for travel in this job requires that the employee possess a valid Ohio driver’s license with less than 6 points in a 36-month period, have proof of adequate personal automobile insurance, and use of a personal vehicle.

OTHER Bilingual (English/Spanish speaking) a plus.  Experience with EMR (Electronic Medical Records a plus).

Dual Diagnosis Counselor/ Group Therapist

Position Summary: The purpose of this position is to provide counseling and day treatment services to clients with dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse) in both individual and group settings. The emphasis is on time-effective, time-intermittent psychotherapy and counseling with individuals and groups. The position provides face-to-face screening, assessment, crisis intervention and referral services in response to requests for assistance with mental health issues.

Minimum Qualifications: A master’s degree in a mental health related field and independently licensed as a chemical dependency counselor (LICDC) and a LISW or LPCC is required.  Experience in assessment, crisis intervention, conducting long and short-term therapy and counseling or other experience in the treatment of mental health/chemical abuse are preferred. Must have strong oral and written skills. Basic computer skills required, including familiarity with Windows and Microsoft Office. Must be highly skilled at behavioral health screening/assessment and counseling in both chemical abuse and mental illness, making appropriate referral, and working effectively under pressure.  Must have favorable references and/or evaluations.  Bilingual (English/Spanish speaking) major plus.  Experience with EMR (electronic medical records) a plus.

Job Duties/ Skills

•Provide screening, assessment, crisis intervention and referral services in response to telephone requests for aid; make assessment of clients’ problems; provide information about community resources, refer clients to most appropriate resource.

•Gather information through intake interviews; evaluate nature and degree of mental/emotional distress, substance use/abuse, health issues, and social/interpersonal problems; develop individual service plans with clients.

•Conduct short and long-term therapy and/or counseling sessions with individuals, couples, families and groups using various psychotherapeutic treatment modalities.

•Coordinate treatment with other agencies, services and other programs within the agency.

•Plan and facilitate group sessions; provide day treatment services on a daily basis.

•Complete case notes on intake process, treatment plan and client’s progress in accordance with OI/OA guidelines.

•Provide consultation and education service to community groups by assisting in program planning, giving educational talks and lectures, and by consulting on specific cases.

•Maintain required productivity expectation.

•Participate in clinical supervision and administrative meetings as required by the Clinical Services Coordinator and/supervisor. Participate as an active member of the client treatment team.

•React to change and stress productively and handle other tasks as assigned.

•Maintain regular, predictable attendance and be available for evening counseling sessions.

•Get along with others and work as a team.

•Exhibit the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum requirements listed in this Position Announcement.

•If bilingual you are expected to provide translation and interpretive service to client needing these services

•Has / Maintains a good on-time and attendance record.

•And all other tasks as assigned.

Working Conditions: All time is spent in an office environment and involves substantial client contact.  The individual must be able to speak and communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.  Due to the amount of paperwork that is required, the individual must have excellent documentation skills.  The employee may be required to sit for extended periods and will spend a portion of their time on the telephone.  Must be able to bend, stoop, walk, and lift and push minimal loads at various times.  A considerable amount of time may also be spent working on a computer so the employee should have close vision ability.  In addition, the individual must be able to operate basic office equipment.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: In order to perform the essential functions of this job, after an orientation period, the employee must possess the following: a working knowledge of Nord Center Policy and Procedures, including sensitivity and adherence to clients’ rights, confidentiality, and health and safety issues.  Must exhibit sensitivity to different cultures.

 

 

Employment Specialist

 

Position Summary The purpose of this position is to help consumers with mental illness obtain and maintain competitive employment that are integrated in the community.  This position will work as a secondary provider of CPST services, but will coordinate closely with the primary provider of service.  In some cases, to provide services to consumers with physical disabilities or other mental disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications •A Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, counseling or a related degree is required. •A valid Ohio Driver’s license with fewer than 6 points in a 36 month period. •Possession of a vehicle with proof of insurance.

Job Duties •Meets with consumers to provide intake and orientation to vocational services. •Assists consumers developing opportunities for community involvement and meaningful activity. •Advocates for consumer to employers who are able to include or exclude the consumer from involvement in the selected activity. •Coordinate services with family members, significant others or other agencies, as appropriate. •Works closely with primary provider of service to ensure continuity of care. •Provides “follow-along” services to consumers who are involved in meaningful activity (such as a work or education, etc.) but who have symptoms that impact their ability to maintain the activities selected.  Follow along services may include, but are not limited to, the following: contact with supervisors to monitor progress, meetings with consumers to monitor symptoms and to problem solve issues related to the activity, information about how to access community resources (such as Lorain County Transit) so that the consumer may participate in meaningful activities. •Provide on-site consultation, observation, or assistance when the consumer is in danger of losing meaningful activity because of their mental illness. •Assists consumer in either retaining benefits, or making provisions for health benefits, when the meaningful activity involves substantial earnings.

Working Conditions The work is provided in a variety of venues and locations including in the office, in client homes, out in various community locations and businesses.

 

Psychiatrist

 

 

Position Overview: Provide outpatient psychiatric services to diverse populations that include patients that are diagnosed with severe and persistent mental issues as well as patients suffering with non-persistent mental illnesses in a community mental health setting.

Essential Duties:

•Full-time, part-time or PRN available.

•Full time psychiatrists are required to maintain an active, minimum caseload of 600 patients, billing a minimum of 1352 hours a year (65% productivity). Part time psychiatrist’s productivity will be prorated or as agreed.

•Perform psychiatric evaluations on new patients who have received a clinical diagnostic assessment or as clinically appropriate

•Incorporate the new or revised medical treatment plan into the existing Electronic Medical Record (EMR).

•Maintain necessary and required concurrent documentation within the EMR.

•Participate in the rotating on call schedule in support of clinical staff, Crisis Stabilization Unit and/or step down.

•Supervise Advanced Practice Nursing staff as assigned.

•Conduct Peer Review activities as required.

•Attend Psychiatric, Clinical and other Agency meetings as required.

•Must work collaboratively with staff to coordinate care to patients

•Must complete documentation required to assist clients if clinically indicated

Working Conditions: All time is spent in an office environment and involves substantial client contact. The individual must be able to speak and communicate clearly, both orally and in writing. The employee may be required to sit for extended periods and will spend a portion of their time on the telephone. A considerable amount of time will be spent on a computer.

Required:

•Must hold a valid, unrestricted Medical License in the State of Ohio and DEA License.

•Must be Board Certified/Eligible by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

•Must meet all requirements as set forth by licensing and accrediting bodies as well as ODMH, CARF, and the Lorain County Board of Mental Health

•Must have basic computer skills and excellent documentation skills.

•Eligible to be paneled by private insurers, Medicaid, and Medicare.

Desired Attributes:

•Should be able to effectively work in a multidisciplinary team environment.

•Experience in community or emergency psychiatry.

Residential Aide

 

 

Position Summary

Provides independent living skills training, direct care support, and opportunities for community integration.  Services are provided in the client’s residence, the Group Home, or out in the community. Duties include the provision of intensive community support and skills training to ensure clients’ skill enhancement in two major areas, independent living and social skills.

Essential Skills

•Attend and participate in staff meetings that involve case conferences with the community support team and other residential staff.  Attend all required meetings, staffing, seminars, and in-services.

•Provide daily written observation of the client’s progress in the areas described above.

•Documents and monitors clients’ use of medications.

•Complete all required records, reports, and documentation.

•Must be able to react to change and stress productively and to handle other tasks as assigned.

•Provide independent living skills, personal hygiene, housekeeping and laundry skill training, and, if the client is unable to perform any of these tasks, the staff member will be responsible for performing the task.

•Must be able to work as a contributing team member, while interacting with clients and co-workers with respect.

•Work with clients to develop social skills which include interaction with others (e.g. roommates, coworkers, neighbors, and authority figures), appropriate use of leisure time and appropriate behavior skills.  May also assess and intervene in crisis situations by following the flow chart for crisis response.

•Must be able to follow and conform to the treatment plan and work successfully with the assigned client(s).

•The Residential Aide is expected to educate and involve the client in the Insect Inspection and Control process, which will help to ensure an insect-free environment is maintained.  The Residential Aide is responsible for the compliance with this process.

•Has / Maintains a good on-time and attendance record.

•And all other tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications for Position High school graduate or equivalent is required.   Must have effective communication skills and the ability to train others in daily living skills, as well as perform those skills.  Bilingual (Spanish/English) candidates are encouraged to apply. Must exhibit  sensitivity toward the needs of behavioral health clients.  Knowledge of and experience in the mental health field is strongly preferred.  Favorable references and/or evaluations are required.

PRN Residential Aides are required to work at least one shift per month.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required In order to perform the essential functions of this job, after an orientation period, the employee must possess the following:  a working knowledge of  Nord Center Policy and Procedures, including sensitivity and adherence to clients’ rights, confidentiality,  and health and safety issues; effective communication skills in order to interact efficiently with clients and write progress notes and records that are easily understood; working knowledge of client care and the mental health field; the ability to teach and model all aspects of daily living; the ability to perform routine household tasks in the event the client cannot perform those tasks; the ability to respond in crisis situations and utilize the Center’s stated crisis plan; working knowledge of community support systems.

Sexual Assault/ Abuse Advocate

 

 

 

POSITION SUMMARY: This is a full-time position and reports to the CAC/LCRC Coordinator. This position has the general responsibility for providing direct services to survivors and secondary survivors of sexual assault/abuse. This includes during exams, forensic interviews, scheduled appointments, and our 24 hour hotline and on-call schedule. This position is responsible for providing services that meet the needs of survivors (both children and adults), constituents, and the community in compliance with program standards.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION: Bachelors in Social Work or related field required. An Associate’s Degree in Social Work or related field may be considered with previous work experience working with children and/or adults who have experienced sexual assault/abuse. Strong written and oral skills are necessary.  Must be able to work well under pressure and demonstrate good time management and organizational skills. Certification through the Ohio Advocate Network preferred.  Previous crisis intervention and diversity training desired.  The necessity for travel requires that the employee possess a valid Ohio driver’s license, have proof of automobile insurance, and use of a personal vehicle.  Favorable references and/or evaluations are required.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS: Within parameters established by the CAC/ LCRC, the Advocate is responsible for: 1.Direct service to survivors of sexual assault/abuse 2.Case Coordination 3.Other duties as assigned

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

1.Direct Service: will provide crisis intervention, support, psycho-education, referral and linkage to community resources and advocacy to survivors and secondary survivors of sexual assault/abuse of all ages. These services are provided during forensic exams, forensic interviews (both on and off-site), and scheduled appointments. Is also responsible for adhering to strict confidentiality and anonymity when dealing with clients/ survivors. a.Legal Education/Advocacy: will provide support to survivors during interviews, court hearings, and throughout the legal process. Will provide education on the court process/legal proceedings, their rights and responsibilities and linkage to Victims Compensation, VINE, etc. b.Advocacy on the 24 – hour hotline:  will provide advocacy on the hotline and perform on-call duties. Note: this position does require availability for on-call. 2.Case Coordination: will work within a multi-disciplinary team, case tracking and documentation, and referral and linkage to community resources. 3.Other duties as assigned. a.Support Groups:  will facilitate education support groups. b.Community Education: will facilitate prevention curriculums.

OTHER: Must exhibit sensitivity to different cultures and must demonstrate an understanding of the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, or other identity factors in issues of sexual violence.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/ SANE, RN

 

 

Position Summary:

This is a PRN position. Provide comprehensive medico-legal examinations; timely and accurate collection of forensic evidence; collaborate with physicians, local law enforcement, city & county prosecutors and victim advocates to provide complete care for patients, ensure safety, and maintain chain of evidence.

Minimum Qualifications for Position:

•Registered Nurse with current licensure to practice nursing in the State of Ohio.

•Successful completion of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training and certification.

•Two continuing education units in forensics completed annually after the first year of work with the SACU Program

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

•Possess a thorough knowledge of the management of the sexual assault patient, the medico-legal examination and the collection of forensic evidence.

•Able to work collaboratively and effectively with physicians, victim advocates, local law enforcement agencies, city & county prosecutor’s office and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

•Able to work independently.

•Demonstrate organizational skills.

•Attend continuing education specific to forensics a minimum of 2 hours per year.

•Participate in on-call rotation with minimum number of five (5) call shifts per month.

•Possess clear and concise written documentation skills.

•Demonstrate good communication skills.

•Participates in professional organizations including the International Association of Forensic Nurses and the Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).

OTHER Bilingual (English/Spanish speaking) a plus.  Experience with EMR (Electronic Medical Records) a plus.

Essential Duties:

•Perform a complete forensic exam of the sexual assault patient.

•Demonstrate ability to appropriately use equipment, including cameras and colposcope in the documentation of injury and collection of evidence.

•Make appropriate community referrals for the sexual assault patient.

•Identify emergency medical conditions and make appropriate referrals.

•Communicate with the Emergency Department staff when transferring patients for evaluation and treatment.

•Facilitate communication between Emergency Department staff, patient, victim advocates and law enforcement agency when patient is transferred to the Emergency Department.

•Perform Quality Assurance functions to include: maintenance of chain of evidence, appropriateness of documentation, appropriateness of referrals, preparing and interpreting reports as needed.

•Provide court testimony as needed.

 

 

The Nord Center is an equal opportunity employer.