Position Status: Part – 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 Navarro county 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 Navarro county 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 helpful • 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 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. • Office is located in Navarro County, but travel will be required in Navarro county 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 goals • 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
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