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PO Box 2288
Kearney, NE 68848

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Checks or material donations can be dropped off at the CASA office in the Community Action Partnership of     Mid-Nebraska building at
  16 W 11th St in Kearney.  

We are always in need of books and stuffed animals for our volunteers to take to the CASA kiddos, office supplies such as printer paper for the office staff to use in printing and distributing important documents to the CASA volunteers, and stamps to communicate with current and potential volunteers by mail as necessary. 
 
Kearney/Buffalo County CASA

                           

 

Position Title:   CASA Volunteer Supervisor II                           Date: 06/17/19 

Reports To:       Executive Director 

Hours:                Full-Time

                            Position is 40 hours per week and requires some evening                                    and weekend scheduling assignments.

                            Regular Hours: M-F 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm

Benefits:             PTO - .75 days accrued/month based on 40-hour week

                            Holiday- 14 days/year

                            Vacation – 10 days after six-month probation period.

                            Bereavement Leave – Up to 4 days

Kearney/Buffalo County CASA Mission, Vision, and Core Values:  Training, empowering and inspiring volunteer advocates to improve the lives of abused and neglected children in foster care. Our vision is to provide a CASA Volunteer to every child in foster care who needs one. We are committed to the following core values:

·       Diligence: Pursue commitments with dedication, integrity, and perseverance

·       Service: Embrace opportunities to participate generously and give selflessly

·       Inclusivity: Honor the dignity and value of all people, experiences, and perspectives

·       Tenacity: Persist in advocating for what is just in spite of adversity

·       Collaboration: Engage in candid communication that leverages diverse ideas and                            resources

·        Courage: Address challenges by demonstrating hope and resilience

·        Innovation: Challenge conventional approaches by creating forward-thinking                               solutions

Kearney/Buffalo County CASA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Summary: The CASA Volunteer Supervisor II will oversee all marketing and public relations activities for the organization. The CASA Volunteer Supervisor II will supervise and manage CASA Volunteers and provide case management. The CASA Volunteer Supervisor II will be responsible to help train new CASA volunteers. The CASA Volunteer Supervisor II should be a highly motivated and organized individual who can speak to all audiences regarding CASA’s mission.

Essential Job Duties:

 

Volunteer Management

Provide Staff Support for Volunteers to include, but not limited to, the following:

·      Regular and dependable attendance

·      Supervise 23-25 volunteers based upon hours worked

·      Assignment of volunteers

·      Maintain monthly contact with in-active volunteers

·      Provide volunteer support for active volunteers

·      Send notes and documents to volunteers

·   Evaluates volunteer and counsel’s performance as directed by policy.  Directly recognize volunteers

   o   Individual basis as to program standards and assist in recognizing volunteers          annually as a group.

·     Monthly contact with volunteers whose cases you are supervising

Case Management

·     Prepare and distribute assignment documentation

·     Oversee preparation of Court reports of cases responsible for

·   Ensure all case records are up to date and all program partners are notified of specific case information as needed.

·     Maintain Case Files and Volunteers files you are supervising

·     Attending court hearings on CASA cases and track court dates

·     Promptly informs CASA Executive Director of concerns regarding case or volunteer issues

·     Attend visits with the volunteer and child if requested by CASA volunteer

Training

·     Screening/interviewing prospective volunteers, specific to program needs.

·  Assists in coordinating and providing an effective initial training for volunteer applicants.

·     Participate in co-facilitation of CASA Volunteer training.

·     Assists in coordinating and providing continuing education for active volunteers.

·     Attend conferences, seminars, and meetings as requested by the Executive Director

·    Promote and attend ongoing training hours in a variety of topics, actively looking to build partnerships with the presenting agency or individual.

Public Relations and Awareness

·   Be the primary person responsible for recruiting volunteers and increasing public awareness of CASA

·    Lead the process of potential volunteer interest, application process, screening and personal interviews

·     Assist with special programs and projects as assigned

·    Participate as a member of the CASA team in developing strategies, implementing plans and evaluating efforts

·  Participate actively as a staff team member at all times, by supporting and collaborating with co-workers

·  Represent and endorse the program within the community of child welfare professionals and the local community at large

·   Participate in committees and be the primary person in charge of the Volunteer Recruitment Committee

·     Any other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

·     Assist with the monthly Volunteer Newsletter

·     Assist in special event fundraising and PR

·    Assist in the coordination of and carrying out public speaking engagements to raise awareness about Kearney/Buffalo County CASA

·     Participate in volunteer fairs, community events, and host information booths

·     Maintain thorough documentation regarding all activities

Marketing

·     Updating content on CASA website regularly

·     Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram updates/posts weekly

·     Radio: Once a month interviews and/or PSAs

·     Television: NTV interviews for PSA and volunteer recruitment

·   Newspaper: Oversee and create press releases announcing new volunteers and volunteer of the month

·     Newsletter: Quarterly newsletter production

                   Volunteers of the month

                   Event pictures

                   email/mail out to all distribution lists

·     Develop and cultivate additional contacts to distribute Kearney/Buffalo County CASA materials to.

·     Community Calendars:

·   Advertising for annual fund raiser event and other smaller events throughout the year     

·     While working with the Executive Director, arrange local media interviews and make presentations to provide information and/or stimulate interest in CASA.

·     Develop and cultivate additional marketing tools and strategies that would be beneficial to Kearney/Buffalo County CASA

Other:

  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Job Requirements:

·Bachelor’s degree in social services/related filed or equivalent combination of education and experience.

· Dynamic public speaking skills a must

· Dynamic marketing skills a must

· Ability to speak and relate to all audiences

· Exceptional oral and written communication skills.

· Advanced Excel and data entry skills

· Experience in the field of child welfare, juvenile law, non-profit, or volunteer program management preferred

· Knowledge and understanding of issues and dynamics related to child abuse and neglect preferred

· Thorough understanding of the CASA Volunteer role

· Ability to work and make decisions independently and to be highly resourceful.

· Ability to empower and inspire volunteers to be effective in their advocacy

· Ability to manage conflict and work cooperatively with volunteers, staff, and community partners

· High standards of integrity and ethics

· Commitment to innovation and creativity

· Team oriented attitude a must

·  Exceptional organizational skills and personal time management

·  Ability to maintain confidentiality

·  Commitment and passion for CASA’s mission, vision, and core values

· Must be able to pass background checks (child and adult abuse registry and criminal)

· Must possess a valid driver’s license and insurance and have reliable transportation

· Position is 40 hours per week and requires some evening and weekend scheduling of work assignments.

To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter, and list of references to casa@mnca.net. The target start date is as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A background check will be conducted.



                          

KEARNEY — Kearney native Margot Icenogle-Larsen was appointed the new Executive Director of the Kearney/Buffalo County CASA program on May 14th, 2019. 

Icenogle-Larsen has been a Kearney/Buffalo County CASA supervisor since 2014.  CASA is an organization which advocates for the needs and best interests for abused and neglected children involved in the court system. A 2003 University of Nebraska at Kearney Criminal Justice graduate, Icenogle-Larsen has 16 years of experience in the field of social work. She began her career at Girls and Boys Town in Grand Island. In 2005, she joined the Department of Health and Human Services as a Child Protection and Safety Worker, working ongoing abuse and neglect cases, and served on the Health and Human Services Abuse and Neglect Hotline. In 2010, Icenogle-Larsen entered the private sector providing family visitation supervision, family support services, and drug testing. Icenogle-Larsen has a calling to help be a voice for children. “CASA has always had a special place in my heart,” said Icenogle-Larsen upon advancing to Executive Director.  “In every position I’ve held, I’ve seen a great need for children to have a CASA Volunteer provide them with a voice in the court system.”  

Become a CASA Volunteer; there is a new training class starting in August 2019!

To find out more information about the CASA program and becoming a volunteer, please contact the Kearney/Buffalo Co CASA office at 308/865-5675 Ext. 115 or email Margot at casa@mnca.net.


 
Role of a CASA Volunteer
Interested in learning more about what it means to be a CASA Volunteer?  View the below video created by the Nebraska CASA Associate to get a better idea about what it means to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate.  
http://www.nebraskacasa.org/the-tale-of-the-casa-volunteer.html
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Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die.  Kearney/Buffalo County CASA is a local member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children network.  We recruit, train, and support local volunteers to advocate for the best interests of local abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.  Volunteer advocates - empowered directly by the courts - offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child's rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.  Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes.  For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.