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Legal Advocate

 

Job Description
Position Classification: full-time, hourly, non-exempt

 

Reports to: Associate Director of Advocacy South and Family Based Services

 

The Legal Advocate supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in planning for their emotional, physical and financial safety. The Legal Advocate is Umbrella’s representative on local multidisciplinary teams and supports the development of survivor-centered policies and practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability. The Legal Advocate works in close connection with Advocacy South team in St. Johnsbury and our Social Change department to provide survivor led services and to engage the community in educational opportunities related to working with survivors.

 

Specific Responsibilities:


1) Legal Advocacy
a) Attend weekly relief from abuse hearings to provide victim with any additional information and support they request. Attend other court events as requested.
b) Act as a liaison, when requested, between victim/survivors and agencies within the justice system
c) Attend the statewide Court Advocacy Task Force (CATF) organized by the Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
d) Collect and maintain weekly statistics on the number of victims served and the types of services offered and assist with grant reporting.

 

2) Multidisciplinary Teams
a) Attend all STOP Response Team meetings, and the Multidisciplinary Team convened by the Child Advocacy Center.
b) Coordinate multi-disciplinary team trainings related to survivor-centered victim services.
c) Promote positive working relationships with law enforcement, prosecutors, legal assistance programs and the courts.
d) Ensure appropriate, effective and timely communication with partners.

 

3) Direct Service
a) Provide crisis support in office
b) Offer follow-up assistance to clients
c) Safety plan with clients
d) Provide hotline coverage during work hours

 

4) General
a) Perform any appropriate activities as requested by supervisor
b) Attend program, advocate and staff meetings
c) Attend board meetings and committee meetings as requested
d) Attend meetings with grant partners and state network as requested or required by funders

 

Qualifications

  • A strong and demonstrable knowledge of the root causes of gender based violence.

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in the field of domestic/sexual violence, social work, criminal justice, or closely related work.

 

Required Skills

  • Nonjudgmental

  • Compassionate

  • Respectful

  • Skilled reflective listener

  • Knowledge of community resources

 

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to amanda@umbrellanek.org by May 10, 2019. No phone calls please.
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