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Community Overcoming Relationship ABUSE

Child Development Advocate

Commnity Advocacy – San Mateo, California
Department Commnity Advocacy
Employment Type Part Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level


Reports to:  Children’s Program Clinical Coordinator

Schedule of Hours:  15 hours per week

Position Remote Eligible: NO

Mandated Reporter: YES     



Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA), is the only agency in San Mateo County providing crisis intervention and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence and their children, seeks a Child Development Advocate to work as a team member to create and implement trauma-informed curriculum, as well as individualized play care plans for children participating in CORA’s Children Program.


As Child Development Advocate, you will have the opportunity to learn, grow and model resilience to children impacted by domestic violence.  You will work as a team member to create and implement trauma-informed curriculum, as well as individualized play care plans for children participating in CORA’s Children Program. You will work with an energetic and motivated team to support children participating in emergency shelter, supportive housing and nonresidential programs through CORA. This position in more than simple child supervision; this is an opportunity advocate and champion a child’s capacity to overcome violence.


  • Provide Trauma-informed care to all children and youth in support of parent support groups.
  • Work alongside Children’s Program Coordinator, Infant and Child Development Specialist, and CHIRP Child Clinician to assist in establishing playgroups and developmentally appropriate activities for children.
  • Assist Child Clinician with referrals to CHIRP program, callbacks to parents, light data entry, and be CHIRP representative in Children’s Program child advocate staff.
  • Create an environment of learning and cooperative.
  • Communicate with parents upon on arrival and departure.
  • Maintain observations of children and assist in appropriate referrals.
  • Develop and implement trauma-informed& individualized play care plans for children and youth in Children’s Program.
  • Meet, on an as needed basis, with mental health department, and children’s CHIRP clinician for support, trainings, and referral assistance.
  • Respond to behavioral and emergency situations as necessary.
  • Maintain clean and sanitized children’s area.
  • Maintain and enter up to date records and reports into spreadsheet and Apricot database.


  • May assist Infant Child Development Specialist in completing Children Program Assessment at Shelter
  • May assist Infant Child Development Specialist in day care application or school referrals for families
  • May be asked to work CORA related events


  • Bachelor’s degree (or currently in college) in education, psychology, social work or related field, preferred but not required.
  • Minimum two years’ experience working with/providing direct services to children and youth required.
  • Completion of state mandated 40-hour domestic violence training preferred. (Applicants who have not completed will be provided this training.)
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including evenings (until 7:30pm).
  • Ability to provide culturally competent services in an empathetic and non-judgmental manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, including ability to listen, clearly  articulate needs, compose documents, and speak publicly as a representative of CORA.
  • Ability to effectively train, communicates with, motivate, support, and manage individuals from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
  • Commitment to creating and maintaining a work environment reflecting the agency’s mission and philosophy. 


  • Valid CA driver’s license, access to reliable transportation, and insurance preferred.
  • Successful results from a DOJ Live scan fingerprint clearance required.
  • Proof of non-infectious TB test required.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written fluency in English and Spanish ideal but not required.


This position requires you to directly supervise children without the presence of a legal guardian, or is a professionally licensed role that is listed in California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).  As a result, you are a mandated reporter of suspected child abuse under CANRA and must become familiar with your obligations and how to carry them out in compliance with other federal and state funding obligations.  You must advise any client before speaking with them that you are a mandated reporter, and what that entails.  In the event that you determine a report of suspected abuse must be made, you must take all reasonable steps to advise your client before making the report.  You should also discuss with your client the option of making the report themselves, as opposed to your making the report about them or their children.


CORA History and Overview

CORA has provided services to survivors of intimate partner abuse for nearly 40 years. Our programs include Crisis Intervention Services, including a 24-hour hotline, collaboration with law enforcement, emergency shelter options, and supportive counseling. Family Support Services provides mental health therapy, supportive/transitional housing, and a children’s program. CORA has robust legal services for survivors of domestic violence and provides educational workshops about the dynamics of domestic violence and healthy relationship skills.

CORA is strengths-based, collaborative, accessible, and client-centered. CORA believes that everyone deserves to be treated with respect in their intimate relationships.  We provide safety, support and healing to individuals who experience abuse in an intimate relationship and educate the community to break the cycle of domestic violence. Regardless of a survivor’s race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or culture, we save lives and provide an opportunity to begin again.

CORA inspires work of the highest caliber by fostering staff engagement through transparency and inclusion in agency decisions wherever possible. We strive to ensure our policies and communications reflect an appreciation of the impact of social inequities, historical and current, and actively promote healthy relationships amongst staff by demonstrating mutual respect in all our communications.

CORA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We seek diversity with respect to race, color, age, sex, (including breastfeeding and medical conditions related to breastfeeding), religion (including religious dress or grooming practices), national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic characteristics and information, ancestry, marital status, family status, political belief, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and expression), medical condition, military, or veteran status or any other category or status protected by Federal, State or other applicable laws.

All applicants are welcome. Individuals who are bilingual, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and/or survivors of domestic violence are strongly encouraged to apply.  The position will remain open until filled. 


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  • Location
    San Mateo, California
  • Department
    Commnity Advocacy
  • Employment Type
    Part Time
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