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Date Added: Sun 13/06/2021

Victim Advocate

Bay City, MI, US
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Company: BAY AREA WOMEN'S CENTER

Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Job Description

Bay Area Women's Center is a family-friendly, non-profit agency offering you the opportunity for personal growth and to be part of our amazing, solution-based team working to affect change and save lives within our community. We provide emergency and crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, and support services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. We offer many valuable benefits such as flexible scheduling and an attractive benefit package including paid holidays, medical coverage, and a matching retirement option. In addition, first year employees accrue more than three weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO) and our generous PTO schedule provides increased accrual rates based on years of service. Bay Area Women's Center values its essential employees and has implemented policies and procedures that follow safety guidelines set forth by the CDC and other health agencies in response to COVID-19.

Bay Area Women's Center is seeking a full-time Victim Advocate to join our team. The Victim Advocate primarily works first shift providing crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, and support services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. This position will assist clients with applying for personal protection orders, understanding their rights as victims of crime, understanding the legal/court process, and will act as a liaison between BAWC and the legal system. The Victim Advocate supports the client throughout the legal process, assisting with reporting their victimization, attending court proceedings, and providing support during interviews with police or prosecuting attorneys. Candidates should have the ability to work a flexible schedule and participate in covering open shifts when necessary. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelors Degree in a human service field, experience with crisis intervention, possess knowledge of the legal issues surrounding domestic and sexual violence, be non-judgmental, and demonstrate excellent decision-making abilities.

Applicants wishing to be considered must submit a cover letter along with a resume.

Specific Duties:

  • Assess client needs and develop a service plan with specific legal objectives.
  • Provide and coordinate legal advocacy, information, referrals, and counseling for clients.
  • Coordinate services between clients and the legal system.
  • Participate in case management meetings as related to legal advocacy services.
  • Participate as a member of the Community Violence Response Team.
  • Participate as a member of the First Response/SANE program.
  • Attend training, to continually increase knowledge and skills.
  • Participate in training volunteers and students who provide legal advocacy services.
  • Maintain on-going, positive communication with all agencies of the legal system.
  • Participate in community awareness activities when required.
  • Ensure confidentiality and accuracy of client files.
  • Compile, maintain, and report statistical data as required.

This is only an outline of responsibilities and should not be considered all encompassing. Employee is expected to complete all other tasks assigned by direct supervisor and/or the Executive Director.

Requirements

  • Cover letter and resume required to apply.
  • Bachelors degree in human services field or equivalent experience.
  • Basic knowledge of the legal system, including domestic violence and sexual assault laws.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Be non-judgmental and work with a diverse population.
  • Work individually as well as in a team environment.
  • Able and willing to work a flexible schedule.
  • Able and willing to travel.
  • Able to lift 20 pounds on occasion.
  • Able to sit for long periods of time.
  • Able to climb stairs.
  • Able to safely operate agency equipment and machines.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass pre-employment background screening and drug testing.

Benefits

A flexible, family-friendly environment with an opportunity for personal, as well as professional, growth and to be part of an amazing team working to affect change and save lives within the community. We offer an attractive benefits package including paid holidays, medical coverage, and a matching retirement option. In addition, first year employees accrue more than three weeks of paid time off (PTO) and our generous PTO schedule provides increased accrual rates based on years of service.

This at-will position is full-time, non-exempt, 40 hours per week, $12.00 - $15.00 per hour.

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