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Forensic Interviewer/Outreach Specialist

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #67
Friday, April 19, 2019
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:                          May 20, 2019 11:59 pm PST

Hours:                     40 hours/wk - full time                    


Department:               Children of the river child



Reports To:                CRCAC Program Manager     


Minimum Salary:       $35.73/hour + benefits       

Position Summary:

The Forensic Interviewer/Outreach Specialist (FI/OS) is responsible for conducting forensic interviews with child victims of sexual assault and physical abuse, or other abuse.  The interviewer conducts child focused, forensically sound, legally defensible, culturally competent, forensic interviews of child or other victims with special needs referred to the CRCAC.  Interviews will be conducted at the request of law enforcement or child welfare workers.  All forensic interviews of victims referred to the CRCAC will be conducted according to National Child Advocacy Center standards. Interviewer will work as part of the Puyallup Tribal Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) to ensure a trauma informed coordinated response to sexual and physical abuse.   Outreach will increase the Puyallup Tribal community awareness of the CRCAC as a resource. FI/OS is responsible for working with inter-tribal agencies, schools, and community in an effort to reduce the prevalence of physical abuse and sexual assault.  FI/OS will assess gaps in unmet victim services and facilitate culturally competent best practice responses.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Conduct forensically sound interviews focused on obtaining accurate information which can be utilized to support any subsequent system or court actions necessary to secure the child’s safety and well-being.

  2. Ability to communicate effectively and create rapport with victims, witnesses, family of victims, and other professionals regardless of age, sex, gender identity, economic, cultural or ethnic background.

  3. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all information and records with no history of breaches of confidentiality. 

  4. Conduct in-depth interviews with both primary and secondary child victims of abuse using NCA standards and approved protocols.

  5. Meet with investigators prior to and following the investigation to discuss the case.

  6. Attend and participate in all MDT staffing.

  7. Maintain all records of interviews, including written case records and the proper storage and/or chain of custody of video and audio tapes of interviews.

  8. Prepare interview and observation rooms, ensuring that equipment is operational and all necessary paperwork accessible.

  9. Remain current on best practice forensic interviewing and guidelines, maintain expert awareness of current trends, research, and developments in the field of forensic interviewing, trauma, sexual abuse, offender pathology and other related topics.

  10. Testify as a fact and expert witness in Court as requested by subpoena.

  11. Work collaboratively and respectfully with CRCAC and community partners.

  12. Provide training to public, law enforcement, tribal first responders on child sexual abuse issues.

  13. Work collaboratively with schools, tribal programs, and non-tribal entities as needed to address gaps in victim services and develop best practice culturally rooted responses.  Develops curriculum that addresses issues related to sexual and physical abuse.

  14. As required, participate in grant activities; assist in grant reporting and data tracking.

  15. Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not supervise staff.


Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

Master’s Degree in Social Work, Human Development, Psychology, or a related field from an accredited college or university is preferred;

Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Social Work or related field from an accredited college/University is required;

Child Abuse Interviewing and Assessment with the Criminal Justice Training Commission and the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence, or equivalent training in a nationally-accepted protocol related to interviewing child victims of sexual or physical abuse is required (Masters candidates may obtain certification within 90 days of hire);

And two or more years of significant related experience working with child victims of trauma and related outreach experience.   Must have two years of experience of forensic interviewing of children and youth, with at least 40 completed interviews.

Must have knowledge of info-net database tracking. Must demonstrate intermediate computer skills for word processing, database management and excel spreadsheets.


Additional Requirements:

  • Must demonstrate a good understanding of child abuse issues, sexual abuse issues, child development and community resources.

  • Must demonstrate a good understanding of evidence based cultural healing curriculums that have been used in the Puyallup Tribal Community. 

  • Must demonstrate a good understanding of trauma informed care that will be practiced in all aspects of service to the Puyallup Tribal Community.

  • Must demonstrate knowledge of Court systems;

  • Must demonstrate knowledge of how to work cooperatively and positively with non-offending parents.

  • Must be confident, articulate, and possess professional speaking abilities and experience

  • Must demonstrate excellent written communication skills to prepare accurate witness statements, transcripts, and follow up reports.



Language Skills

Employee must demonstrate the ability to interact tactfully and positively with Tribal members, all levels of staff and management. Ability to engage people of all ages and mediate with families in crisis. Must demonstrate an ability to communicate with pre-language and developmentally delayed individuals.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as percentages, ratios, and proportions and apply them to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to develop logical and creative solutions to problems and be counted on to make sound decisions. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Licenses or Certificates

Must pass an extensive DSHS criminal background check prior to and periodically after employment; must not have any felony convictions or founded child abuse actions.

Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted Washington State driver’s license. Driver’s license must not contain any restrictions that would prevent the employee from driving a GSA vehicle.


  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with Pierce County Children’s Advocacy Center staff, Social Services staff, Law Enforcement staff, APS staff and other support staff.

  • Employee must not engage in any activities that conflict with the interests of the program.

  • Ability to respond after normal working hours to emergency situations. Must be willing to work flexible hours.

  • Must be willing to attend training, state and federal, following grant requirements.

  • Knowledge of child protection and law enforcement child abuse investigation procedures, and the ability to communicate and function within these systems.

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.

  • Strong knowledge of Native American culture and issues facing Native Americans.

  • Ability to maintain empathetic listening skills even when dealing with people who are upset or emotional.

  • Must ensure strict confidentiality of agency and client information.

  • Ability to work in a stressful job environment with difficult subject matter and to keep own emotions in check.

  • Ability to work independently, plan and execute projects, flexibility, and willingness to expand skills is a must.



Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Requires the ability to operate a personal computer, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and photocopier.

  2. Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.

  3. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.

  4. The employee occasionally is required to stand and walk.

  5. The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  6. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

  7. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. The noise level is low to moderate.

  2. The physical exertion is low to moderate.

  3. Work may be performed outside of typical business hours.

  4. Position has a high level of stress due to the sensitive and confidential issues being addressed.

  5. Requires occasional travel using employee’s own transportation.

  6. Some out-of-state travel may be required.


    The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.


Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law

Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $35.73
  • 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA