Rural Legal Advocate

Position Status:           Full – time Legal Advocate                  

FLSA:                       non-exempt (hourly)

Supervised by:             Director of Outreach and Legal Services

GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE:

The Rural Legal Advocate serves as a liaison between FAC and the legal system, assisting residential and non-residential clients as they navigate through the criminal justice and civil court process and access various crime victim assistance programs. A significant amount of travel in rural counties will be required. Successful applicants will have experience working in the field of domestic and/or sexual violence or the legal field.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, skill/ability, and licenses/credentials required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, pre-law, or social service, or equivalent combination of skills and experience
  • Master’s degree preferred

Experience

  • 1-3 years experience in the field of domestic and/or sexual violence preferred
  • Knowledge of criminal and civil proceedings
  • Experience working with diverse people and groups
  • Experience working for systemic changes in the community
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working as both a leader and a team member

Skills/Abilities

  • Fluency in both English and Spanish preferred but not required
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrates experience and ease working with a diverse population of clients
  • Demonstrates effectiveness as a member of a team as well as the ability to work independently
  • Ability to resolve conflict, provide and receive supervision
  • Demonstrates crisis intervention skills
  • Maintain personal balance while accomplishing multiple tasks that require a variety of skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Flexibility and ability to prioritize job responsibilities
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Products

Licenses/Credentials

  • N/A

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Providing direct services to victims of family violence including, but not limited to, court accompaniment, assistance with filing for protective orders and crime victim’s compensation, crisis intervention, safety planning, emergency legal advocacy, basic case management, and information and referral regarding other legal resources.

 

  • Provide community education and training to rural communities to help identify victims of family violence and provide or refer them to needed services
  • Develop working relationships with law enforcement personnel, community agencies, faith-based organizations, district attorney, judges, medical professionals, volunteers, and other entities that work with or encounter victims of family violence
  • Assist with crisis line coverage as needed

 

    • Maintain case files of each client session and enter client statistical data in the electronic database
  • Complete other duties as assigned by supervisor

 

  • Believe in and act in accordance with the agency’s mission statement and goals
  • Experience working with diverse population and groups.
  • Write routine reports, correspondence and appropriate case notes.
  • Document all client services as well as community outreach work.

Resumes and Cover letters to Micah Titterington (micah.titterington@familyabusecenter.org).

Ellis & Navarro County Legal Advocate – Part time Position

Position Status:           Full – time Legal Advocate                  

FLSA:                       non-exempt (hourly)

Supervised by:             Director of Outreach and Legal Advocacy

GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE:

The Rural Advocate will provide advocacy services to clients who are domestic violence survivors in Ellis and Navarro counties and assist as they navigate through criminal justice and victim assistance processes and programs. This position will also be responsible for increasing awareness of Family Abuse Center and services available to survivors of domestic violence. A significant amount of travel in Ellis and Navarro counties will be required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, skill/ability, and licenses/credentials required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Pre-law, or Social Service, or equivalent combination of skills and experience
  • Master’s degree preferred

Experience

  • 1-3 years experience in the field of domestic and/or sexual violence preferred
  • Knowledge of criminal and civil proceedings
  • Experience working with diverse people and groups
  • Experience working for systemic changes in the community
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working as both a leader and a team member

Skills/Abilities

  • Fluency in both English and Spanish preferred, but not required
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate data and documentation of client services
  • Demonstrates experience and ease working with a diverse population of clients
  • Demonstrates effectiveness as a member of a team, as well as the ability to work independently
  • Ability to resolve conflict and demonstrate crisis intervention skills
  • Provide and receive supervision
  • Strong sense of self-direction and initiative
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Products and other basic computer programs

Licenses/Credentials

  • N/A

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide direct services to victims of family violence including, but not limited to, court accompaniment, assistance with filing for protective orders and crime victim’s compensation, crisis intervention, safety planning, emergency legal advocacy, basic case management, and information and referral regarding other local resources.      
  • Travel to communities in Ellis and Navarro counties to meet directly with clients and partner agencies
  • Provide community education and training to rural communities and the criminal justice system to help identify victims of family violence and provide or refer them to needed services
  • Develop working relationships with law enforcement personnel, community agencies, faith-based organizations, district attorney, judges, medical professionals, volunteers, and other entities that work with or encounter victims of family violence
  • Believe in and act in accordance with the agency’s mission statement and goal
  • Experience working with diverse population and groups.
  • Document all client services as well as community outreach work
  • Write routine reports, correspondence and appropriate case notes.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by supervisor

 

Cover Letter and Resume to Micah Titterington (micah.titterington@familyabusecenter.org)

 

Resident Advocate

Position Status:           Full – Time                  

FLSA:                       non-exempt (hourly)

Supervised by:             Shelter Manager

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE:

The Family Abuse Center depends on the Resident Advocates to ensure that our shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The primary responsibilities of the Resident Advocates (RA) are to provide crisis intervention and referrals on the 24-hour crisis line and provide resident assistance to those in the 24-hour shelter. R.As approve admission to FAC in accordance with policies and procedures, provide front desk coverage (answering incoming calls, assisting residents at front desk, etc.) in between hotline calls as needed, provides shelter intakes to incoming shelter residents and help clients move and settle into shelter. Other duties include crisis intervention, meal preparation, maintaining client records, and ensuring confidentiality.

Current Need: Must be available overnight shifts, weekends, and over the holidays.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, skill/ability, and licenses/credentials required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Education

  • High School Diploma or GED

Experience

  • 1-2 years experience in the field of Domestic and/or Sexual Violence preferred, or the same amount of residential services experience
  • Experience in social or human service field (domestic violence, sexual violence) preferred.

Skills/Abilities

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to problem solve and diffuse conflict under pressure
  • Demonstrate experience and ease working with a diverse population of clients
  • Ability to handle crisis situations with sensitivity and assertiveness
  • Demonstrates effectiveness as a member of a team as well as the ability to work independently and to take initiative
  • Flexibility and ability to prioritize job responsibilities
  • Ability to maintain personal balance and accomplish multiple tasks that require a variety of skills
  • Demonstrates skills of self-direction
  • Light clerical duties
  • Ability to maintain accurate data and documentation of client services
  • Provide and receive supervision
  • Work in basic computer programs such as MS Word & Excel.
  • Bilingual a plus.

Licenses/Credentials

  • N/A

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide direct services to survivors of domestic violence.
  • Maintain Shelter Programming Statistics and Documentation.
  • Maintain a secure, clean, and respectful shelter location and work environment.
  • Maintain communication with case management team and other shelter staff.
  • Believe in and act in accordance with the agency’s mission statement and goals .
  • Document all client services.
  • Serving some meals, and managing the kitchen in the evening and weekends.
  • Cleaning as required.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Cover letter and resume to Whitney.thomas@familyabusecenter.org

 

Crisis Line Advocate – Fulltime

Position Status:           Full-time                     

FLSA:                       non-exempt (hourly)

Supervised by:             Director of Outreach and Legal Services; Director of Finance

GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE:

The overall responsibility of the Crisis Line Advocate is responsible for handling all hotline calls that come into the shelter during business hours. This person will do shelter screenings, legal department referrals, counseling referrals, and any other referrals that are needed for the client on the call.  The Crisis Line Advocate will also ensure accuracy of all crisis line calls and other client data.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, skill/ability, and licenses/credentials required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) required.

Experience

  • Experience in the field of domestic and/or sexual violence.
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Skills/Abilities

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to maintain accurate data and documentation of client services
  • Ability to resolve conflict
  • Provide and receive supervision
  • Demonstrates effectiveness as a member of a team as well as the ability to work independently
  • Work in basic computer programs such as MS Word & Excel.
  • Bilingual preferred.

Licenses/Credentials

  • N/A

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Facilitate the daily operation of the crisis line.
  • Attend staff meeting as required.
  • Schedule and train any additional staff for the crisis line.
  • Provide coverage of the crisis line during business hours
  • Check Osnium data for accuracy.
  • Maintain communication with case management team and other shelter staff.
  • Maintenance of client and shelter records:
  • Other duties as determined by the Director of Finance or the Director of Outreach and Legal Services
  • Believe in and act in accordance with the agency’s mission statement and goals
  • Experience working with diverse population and groups.
  • Write routine reports, correspondence and appropriate case notes.

Resume and Cover Letter to Micah Titterington (micah.titterington@familyabusecenter.org)

Part-time Donation Driver

Position Status:           Part – Time Donation Driver                

FLSA:                       non-exempt (hourly)

Supervised by:             Director of Finance

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE:

The overall responsibility of the Donation driver is to pick up and manage furniture donations for clients and provide pick up and manage excess donations to the thrift store.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, skill/ability, and licenses/credentials required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education

  • No requirement

Experience

  • Experience in driving a cargo van..
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Skills/Abilities

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate documentation of donations
  • Ability to resolve conflict
  • Provide and receive supervision
  • Demonstrates effectiveness as a member of a team as well as the ability to work independently
  • Maintains a stable, dependable work schedule, arriving on time and fulfilling all responsibilities.

Licenses/Credentials

  • Current driver’s license and clean driving record

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Must be able to lift large and heavy furniture, move large boxes, work on a ladder and other general maintenance work.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist Case Managers with clients move into housing program
  • Weekly evaluation (test drive) all FAC vehicles and fuel all vehicles. Make sure all vehicles are properly tagged and inspected (including FAC trailer).
  • Knowledge of safe work principles and practices.
  • Pick up food bank deliveries, Sam’s orders, WISD food donations and other food related donations
  • Believe in and act in accordance with the agency’s mission statement and goals
  • Experience working with diverse population and groups.
  • Performs preventive maintenance procedures on building mechanical equipment and a variety of custodial tasks, including simple landscape maintenance
  • Daily property inspection including play ground to maintain a high quality of safety standards.
  • Read and interpret documents such as operating manuals.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Whitney.thomas@familyabusecenter.org