Responsible for directing and providing crisis intervention and advocacy to victims of child abuse, elder abuse (family violence), domestic violence and sexual assault. This position works as part of an overall team to provide services and support through agency programs, partners and outside resources provided by collaborative agencies.
The Legal Assistant Advocate is responsible for civil legal assistance to victims of domestic and sexual abuse, including victims of family violence. Provides direct client services to victims over the phone, in the office and accompanies clients to court proceedings.
The Legal Assistant Advocate is responsible for providing criminal justice advocacy services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse, including victims of family violence. This includes appointment and interviews with law enforcement, district attorney’s, hospitals, criminal court and the CVAC program. Also provides crisis intervention, assessment and advocacy at the organization, court and in the community.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, 24 hours/week
DUTIES for Legal Advocate
- Provide/responsible for assistance to domestic violence/sexual assault victims in obtaining protective orders and child custody orders.
- Provide/responsible for Family Court advocacy, including pre-court orientation, court advocacy and accompaniment, mediation advocacy and accompaniment, recording court decisions, and posting decisions to client files.
- Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with Family Court staff including Superior Court office clerks, judges and mediators.
- Stay current on legislation and county court rules as it relates to legal assistance for domestic violence, sexual assault and family violence victims.
- Participate on the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council Committees as assigned by supervisor.
- Answer crisis phones, providing crisis intervention and referrals.
- Provide domestic violence/sexual assault crisis counseling as needed.
- Attend additional trainings and monthly in-service meetings as scheduled by supervisor.
- Provide client advocacy services as needed.
- Work with supervisor to ensure state certification as domestic violence and sexual assault counselor remains in good standing, including ongoing training hours.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Client intake and needs assessment.
- Case Management.
- Ensure that residents of all ages are provided with a safe, therapeutic environment for healing, recovery, and growth by adhering to department philosophy and procedures at all times.
- Reinforce, affirm, and model positive parenting techniques for adults and their children; this includes direct contact and supervision of children.
- Help victims identify and access appropriate services for themselves and their children if applicable.
- Follow-ups with clients include client callbacks, appointments and drop-ins.
- Referrals to appropriate agencies, including onsite and offsite partners and collaborative agencies.
- Perform advocacy services as required.
- Input collected data from intakes into statistical program.
- Answer crisis phones, providing crisis intervention and referrals and serve as backup for front desk.
- Interview, assess and counsel clients for services as needed.
- Provide short-term domestic violence and /or sexual assault crisis intervention and peer counseling.
- Assist clients with obtaining protective/custody orders through the court.
- Attend Family Court and/or Criminal Court, record court decisions, and post decision to client files.
- Respond to requests for on-site domestic violence/sexual assault advocacy and accompaniment when requested.
- Complete and turn in required forms and documentation of services provided.
- Attend and participate in staff meeting and in-service trainings, as required.
- Maintain the confidentiality of client information.
- Maintain confidentiality of business discussed at the organization.
- Represent the Agency appropriately in both dress and manner.
- Keep accurate records of hours and submit time sheet at the end of each pay period.
- Capacity to balance and provide self-care while meeting the demands of the agency.
- Other related duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS for Legal Advocate
- Ability to comprehend the practical application of basic legal forms.
- Ability to appropriately understand how to fill out basic legal forms.
- Ability to multitasked direct client contact with the demands of the client’s basic legal paperwork.
- Ability to manage multiple client court dates and legal paperwork due dates.
- Ability to manage basic software programs to include JALAN.
- Basic knowledge of Court etiquette, dress, and procedures.
- Excellent organizational and filing skills for legal paperwork.
- Requires abstract thinking skills.
- Ability to sit for long periods of time in public places, such as the Court room.
- Excellent computer skills. Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft word, excel, and donor programs.
- Grant research and writing skills helpful.
- Ability to work with minimum supervision and as a team member.
- Ability to maintain good rapport with staff, board members, volunteers and donors.
- Knowledge and support of issues as described in the organization’s Mission Statement.
- Maintain a working knowledge of community resources.
- Awareness of the various aspects of physical, sexual and emotional violence.
- Valid California driver’s license and certificate of insurance.
- Access to reliable transportation.
- Satisfactory completion of a 66-hour domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention training (post-hiring requirement).
- Free from any personal involvement with domestic violence and/or sexual assault for one year.
- Ability to pass a background investigation (fingerprinting) and pre-employment drug testing.
- Ability to sit and stand for prolonged periods of time, reach, twist, use hands/fingers to handle or feel office machinery, lift, carry, push, or pull materials and objects up to 30 lbs. as necessary to perform job functions. (This includes children)