The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) is an agency within
the judicial branch, charged with safeguarding the welfare of Delaware’s
children. It accomplishes this mission
through advocacy, collaboration, evaluation, and education with a vision of
safe and resilient children with supportive families. It has 30 full-time employees, six
casual/seasonal employees, thirteen contractors and over 400 volunteers. OCA
operates out of all three counties.
OCA’s Legal Services Division represents approximately 550 children that
are experiencing foster care through Child Attorneys and Court Appointed
Special Advocates. OCA’s Office of the
Investigation Coordinator (IC) monitors over 900 serious child abuse cases and
leads the multidisciplinary team case reviews.
OCA’s Policy and Training Division provides intensive reviews of serious
child abuse cases, manages youth in transition programs, coordinates child
welfare trainings, generates child welfare data and staffs the Child Protection
Accountability Commission (CPAC). Administrative support is provided to all
divisions through leadership, managers, and support staff.
OCA’s Office Manager reports to the Child Advocate and
provides administrative support to the leadership team, the management team and
staff. The OCA Office Manager is the lynchpin of OCA operations statewide. This
employee performs general office duties such as supplies, personnel and budget
functions, but is also integrally involved with data input, management and
analysis. This employee assists the
Child Advocate in staffing the Child Protection Accountability Commission,
assists the Chief of Legal Services and the CASA Program Director in
administering OCA’s volunteer programs, assists the Chief Policy Advisor with
training and data management functions, and assists the Office of the
Investigation Coordinator with data and analysis functions. This position works with fiscal and is
responsible to track spending, budget planning, and grant administration. This position works with human resources to
provide personnel support. This employee
assists staff in having their technology needs met statewide.
- Experience working with the State of Delaware processes and
procedures involving fiscal, human resources and technology.
- Experience in programming in Excel.
- Experience with data management and data input, including
- Experience reconciling budgets, managing spending and
adhering to processes to assure quality.
- Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree.
- Provide administrative support to the OCA leadership team,
management team and staff.
- Plan, coordinate, organize and direct office support
activities on a daily basis.
- Perform general office duties such as phone coverage,
supplies maintenance, archiving, and document maintenance.
- Complete fiscal functions such as managing budgets,
submitting invoices, reconciling expenditures and deposits, and requesting
- Complete human resource administrative functions such as
submitting timesheets, tracking leave requests, compiling time analysis,
onboarding new staff, and assuring completion of personnel forms.
- Review and input data into OCA’s data management
system. Perform quality assurance on
- Communicate with the public.
Screen and conduct intakes regarding OCA services.
- Support OCA staff in managing technology needs, including
troubleshooting equipment issues, maintaining equipment assignments, and
requesting new technology.
- Assist in the planning of events for training, recruitment
- Experience in coordinating administrative operations or
functions such as coordinating organizational operations or components of
functional programs, tracking workflow and resolving problems, providing
guidance and consultation to management, customers, and others on
- Experience in data collection which includes collecting,
compiling, and maintaining data from multiple sources such as files, records,
databases, customers, staff, or others.
- Experience in analyzing and evaluating data.
- Experience in managing budgets, reconciling expenditures and
deposits, and submitting invoices for payment.
- Experience in handling administrative human resource
matters, including timesheets, leave submissions, and personnel forms.
- Experience in overseeing administrative office functions
such as supplies, repairs, technology, and administrative support for projects
- Experience in using standard computer software programs for
word processing, spreadsheets, or databases.
- Experience in interacting with internal and external
agencies to facilitate communication.
- Ability to communicate courteously and effectively, both
verbally and in writing.
- Possession of a valid Delaware Class D driver’s license or
Additional Posting Information
Although Sussex County (6 West Market Street, Georgetown, DE 19947) is the PREFERRED location, the location for this position can be in either New Castle County (900 King Street, Suite 350, Wilmington, DE 19801), Kent County (400 Court Street, Dover, DE 19901) OR Sussex County (6 West Market Street, Georgetown, DE 19947).
Conditions of Hire
- A satisfactory criminal background check and child
protection registry check is required as a condition of hire.
- Direct deposit of paychecks is required as a condition of
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.
The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.