Legal Advocate, Mattie Rhodes Center

The Legal Advocate for the ¡Sí, Se Puede! program will conduct education, intervention, and advocacy activities with immigrant survivors of domestic violence and related crimes; network with community partners in order to expand the survivors’ access to meaningful and culturally-competent services enhancing survivor safety, and just treatment. This position is also responsible for participating in program development/evaluation and will contribute to the implementation of the agency’s strategic initiatives. This position is a non-exempt position and flexibility in work schedule is required. Duties may be performed off agency premises and may require transporting agency participants to services. The Mattie Rhodes Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Department: Family Services and Support Reports to: Clinical Supervisor

TIME ACCOUNTABILITIES
75% ADVOCACY & SUPPORT SERVICES

  • Provides best-practice core victim support services, individual and systems advocacy, and follow-up in a culturally competent fashion
  • Assists with crisis intake calls and provide crisis counseling to help caller identify service priorities and needs, safety planning and identification of service options (through ¡Sí, Se Puede! or other specialized agencies), scheduling follow-up contact or suitable referral, in accordance with caller’s preference
  • Provides information about Protection Orders and safety-related matters and provides assistance and support throughout the process as needed. This includes, but is not limited to help with completion and filing of petition, accompanying the victim to court hearings, helping victim safety plan around Protection Order, and providing the necessary follow-up and advocacy to maximize the effectiveness of the Order in protecting the safety of the victims
  • Networks with community victim service providers, First Responders (shelters, law enforcement officers and victim assistants, civil and criminal court officers,) and other community service providers to reduce barriers that might impede victim’s access to meaningful services
  • Educates victims about the criminal process and accompanies them to municipal and/or District Court. Also, facilitates communication between victim and the prosecutor’s office regarding victim’s questions or concerns in order to maximize the victim’s safety and level of comfort with the criminal prosecution process.
  • Screens for eligibility for immigration visa provisions under VAWA, refers to partnering immigration attorney, and assists with process in a supportive role (i.e., helps secure U Visa Certifications, assists the victim with the collection of evidence, writes letters of support as needed)

20% ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS

  • Completes required documentation in accordance with policies and procedures established by Mattie Rhodes Center
  • Participates in clinical supervision, group supervision and team meetings as required by supervisor
  • Performs other job assignments as required or directed and supports Mattie Rhodes Center’s public relations efforts
  • Responsible for tracking data and other documentation necessary for funders and agency reporting requirements

5% OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED

INTERNAL CONTACTS - PURPOSE

  • Agency staff - day to day operations

EXTERNAL CONTACTS - PURPOSE

  • Participants - advise
  • Other agencies - establish contacts and refer and follow up with families
  • Total number of employees supervised - Directly: 0 Indirectly: 0

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to communicate fluently in Spanish and English (oral and written communications)
  • Undergraduate degree with emphasis in human behavior and/or services
  • Strengths-based, person-centered, and trauma informed approach to services
  • Clear understanding of confidentiality and a strong sense of professionalism
  • Willingness to contribute to the ¡Sí, Se Puede! team approach to services
  • Willingness to participate in trainings required for the position (Basic Domestic Violence Advocacy and Sexual Assault Advocacy Trainings, along with other continued educational requirements) offered through KCSDV as well as other funder-required trainings
  • One year experience in human services
  • Knowledge of community and resources
  • Interest and affinity with population of primary focus
  • Ability to prioritize and think clearly in crisis situations
  • Ability to communicate with Program Coordinator, counselors and other professionals and to observe professional boundaries both with participants and other professionals
  • Have in-depth understanding of Latino culture, including an appreciation of its strengths
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with culturally diverse staff and populations
  • Be self-directive in managing time and work load, while remaining open to seeking guidance from supervisor or requesting technical assistance, as needed

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two years or more of experience within a nonprofit agency completing duties similar to those outlined
  • Experience in organizing and making community presentations and/or facilitating workshops
  • Knowledge of local courts, law enforcement and immigration law as they relate to domestic violence
  • Experience with facilitating groups

To apply for this position or learn more, visit Mattie Rhodes Center's employment opportunities page.