(Position open until filled)
Hourly, Non-Exempt with no Benefits - Flexible; 20 hours per week
Hourly Rate Range: $11.85 - $12.50
General Job Description
Hired by the Assistant Director but is supervised by the Senior Legal Advocate providing comprehensive legal advocacy services for victims who seek help through crisis calls to Ruth’s Cottage. Coordinates with and is a liaison for the courts, law enforcement and medical providers to expedite and improve services to both domestic violence and sexual assault victims. The Legal Advocate will work with the courts and law enforcement personnel to assist victims of family violence and sexual assault while educating the community on domestic violence.
Qualifications for Position
- Completion of a high school or general equivalency diploma (GED) as minimum, four year college degree preferred.
- Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong telephone etiquette skills required.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- Requires ability to follow the law and agency policies and procedures.
- Criminal justice experience preferred.
- Bilingual in English/Spanish is mandatory.
- Conducting business with professional demeanor and ability to maintain client confidentiality at all times.
- Computer skills sufficient to participate in webinars, utilize work email, and enter data into the management software program.
- Demonstrates ability to work on a team.
- Prioritization skills required.
- Ability to dress professionally, courtroom appropriate.
- Passage of physical exam, drug screen and a criminal background check are a required before beginning work.
- Dependable transportation and valid GA Driver’s License
*Primary Job Responsibilities*
- Input data into the management software program in a timely and precise manner.
- Make client intake folders.
- Conduct quality assurance/compliance activities to ensure client folders are following federal grant guidelines.
- Setup appointments for Legal Advocates with clients.
- Make client follow-up calls.
- Outreach intake calls.
Job Responsibilities and Performance Standards
- Provide immediate crisis intervention and make decisions as to admittance to temporary shelters and will assist victims in obtaining whatever services are deemed necessary, including rape crisis advocacy.
- Explain the range of options to victims such as Temporary Protective Orders, warrants, restraining orders, stalking orders, safety plans, etc. and providing assistance as applicable.
- Offer emergency food, clothing, and/or shelter.
- Explain victim rights and help the victim choose the proper proceeding to obtain the relief needed.
- Provide brochures and/or general information about the criminal justice process.
- Assist the victim in completing necessary forms and accompanying them to interviews, walking the victim through the process from the clerk, to the judge, back to the clerk and then to the sheriff.
- Communicating information about case status and scheduled court proceedings.
- Provide options for transportation to hearings.
- Provide information on case progress and disposition.
- Accompaniment to forensic examination when applicable.
- Provide victim compensation information.
- Provide prevention services aimed at re-victimization.
- Providing information about contact persons at jails, District Attorney’s Office, and/or Solicitor’s Offices.
- Assist in follow-up hearings.
- Coordinate services with the appropriate victim-witness offices and explain community options such as support services and shelters.
- Do goal specific follow up with victims to ensure continuum of care.
- Develop and enhance data collection and communications systems to link to police, prosecutors and courts for identifying and tracking arrests, protection orders, violations of protection orders, prosecutions and convictions for domestic violence crimes.
- Provide a means of maintaining accurate statistics of domestic violence cases. Be proficient in management software program and enter data in a timely and precise manner.
- Submit timely and accurate CJCC Time Sheets.
- Participate in any local task force or other community organizations or groups involved in family violence prevention.
- Works with staff on activities and planning for outreach to underserved populations.
- Attend agency staff meetings.
- Participate in RCPCH outreach events/activities.
- Provide presentations/trainings on DV and legal advocacy to community and law enforcement personnel.
- Assist with planning and carrying out all Domestic Violence Prevention Month activities.
- Receive a minimum of 15 hours of training prior to beginning work with a total of 34 hours training in year one of employment. After the first year, receive a minimum of 15 hours of training annually.