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Washington Domestic Violence Legal Advocate: Full-Time

Position Open: 8/25/2023

ATVP is a not for profit organization that serves both Whitman County, Washington and Latah County, Idaho, offering direct services to victims and survivors of domestic, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking, along with community education programming. We are seeking a Domestic Violence Legal Advocate that will provide a variety of direct and coordinated legal advocacy services, and related administrative and public education services under the direct supervision of the Washington Domestic Violence Program Lead Advocate both in the Pullman Office and Courthouse Outreach Office in Colfax.

  • All applicants must be familiar and agree with ATVP’s mission statement and philosophy regarding support to survivors.
  • ATVP is an equal opportunity employer, and our agency is committed to a culturally and ethnically diverse work place.
  • All applicants, if hired, will receive 45 hours of pre-service advocacy training as well as a minimum of 30 hours of yearly ongoing training. Ongoing training includes yearly attendance at a state-wide conference and access to national live webinars.

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Mission: ATVP empowers individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse and stalking. We work to create a safe and equitable community through education and prevention.

Vision: We envision our community being safe, equitable and free from oppression.

Inclusion Statement: ATVP affirms the right of each person to live without fear of the threat of violence. We recognize that all forms of oppression create a climate which enables gender based violence. We honor and advocate for individual autonomy and self-determination for members of our community. We believe that education is the foundation of creating a safe and equitable community, and the inclusion of youth is imperative for sustainable social change.

Tag Line: Educate. Empower. Prevent.

Position: Washington Domestic Violence Legal Advocate/ (40hrs/week)
Reports to: Washington Domestic Violence Program Lead Advocate.
Terms: Full-Time. Non-exempt. (40 hours per week). Some eves and weekends required.
Starting Rate: $18.00 per hour.
Benefits: Paid holidays, vacation and sick.
Location: Pullman Office Location and Courthouse Outreach in Colfax.
Start Date: Immediate
Requirements: COVID 19 Vaccination, Drivers license, Car Insurance, Ability to Pass Federal and State Background Checks.

Application Information:

The job description is provided below, please read it carefully. The following materials are required for application and will be considered an example of your communication skills and evaluated as part of the screening process.

The application consists of:

  1. Cover Letter.
    1. Essay. (limit 1 page) Please address how your background, experience and personal philosophies are applicable to this position.
    2. Chronological work/education experience Resume.
      1. Whether paid or volunteer
      2. Hours worked
      3. Reason for leaving each position.

All items must be submitted for applications to be considered completeIncomplete applications will not be considered. Position is open until filled.

Send completed applications to Kateisha Moreno, Program Manager at program.manager@atvp.org or mail to ATVP, PO Box 37, Pullman, WA 99163.

Job Description:

  1. Provide direct legal advocacy services to WA domestic violence/intimate partner
    victims/survivors, including (but not limited to):
    • a.) Legal advocacy assistance including accompanying victims/survivors
      to court; explaining legal processes and options; coordinating related
      transportation of victims/survivors by volunteer advocates/interns as
      necessary; assisting with the completion of necessary paperwork; and
      conducting follow-up when appropriate. Legal advocacy also will
      include assistance with domestic violence/intimate partner violence
      (with back up for ID or WA SA cases/staff) including, reporting to law
      enforcement, seeking protection orders, crime victim compensation
      applications/assistance/claims & appeals criminal prosecution,
      victim/witness support, divorce, custody and parenting plans, crime,
      obtaining legal counsel, address confidentiality assistance, victim
      impact statements and related medical advocacy.
    • b.) Advocacy to include crisis intervention, information and referral;
      assessing individual needs and options; facilitate victims/survivors’
      awareness of the affective, behavioral, and cognitive effects of their
      experience and enhance their ability to cope/adjust;
    • c.) Direct assistance also will be provided to victims/survivors in
      residence at the shelter;
    • d.) crisis intervention evenings/weekends to victims/survivors on the
      Hotline or in-person as back-up under unusual circumstances;
    • e.) Coordinate with the WA DV Program Lead Advocate, and Shelter
      Staff to ensure appropriate legal advocacy services to domestic
      violence/intimate partner violence victims/survivors both in shelter
      and community; [E]
  2. Serve as the lead liaison between subcontracted legal services and agency
    victims/survivors for Whitman County.
    • Intake process
    • Schedule appointments
    • Provide support to attorney/paralegal personnel
  3. Assist in training of staff, advocates, and interns who provide legal advocacy
    services; provide pre- and in-service training to staff, advocates, and interns
    regarding legal advocacy procedures and expectations; develop and present
    related training for other agencies; prepare and update training materials as
    appropriate; [E]
  4. Assist with the compilation of monthly/quarterly statistics related to legal
    advocacy including entering all information for the OCVA DVLA contract into
    InfoNet ensuring all DVLA work completed by you is linked to your name in the
    InfoNet system including the preparation of related progress reports for
    funding/contracting agencies; provide the Executive Director and Program
    Manager with at least quarterly and annual statistical summaries of legal
    advocacy services; [E]
  5. Serve as an active member of the Whitman County CCR team collaborating and
    meeting with/training the designated representatives of other area law
    enforcement officers and reserves, rural law enforcement and prosecutorial
    staff; [E]
  6. Document all direct services provided as required by policy; [E]
  7. Serve as the agency’s liaison with the area Washington State Certified Batterers’
    Treatment Program; [E]
  8. Maintain and foster community and inter-agency relationships and coordinated
    services related to legal advocacy and related agency operations, including:
    liaison with area law enforcement agency leadership and officers, prosecutors’
    offices, court staff, judges, and legal services providers in ID; arrange routine and
    special need meetings/discussions/case conferences and participate in legal
    advocacy community/agency liaison functions as appropriate; all related
    activities will be fulfilled as directed by the Executive Director and Program
    Manager; [E]
  9. Work to increase access to and the extent of legal advocacy services, provided by
    ATVP, including efforts to enhance official reporting and willingness to
    prosecute; participate in the development and coordination of other legal
    advocacy and related services as appropriate; [E]
  10. Participate in staff meetings, management meetings, and case conferences;
    attend monthly advocate meetings as necessary; facilitate the occurrence of
    regular legal advocacy staff coordination meetings; inform the WA DV Program
    Lead Advocate of appointments, assignments, and progress/status on a regular
    basis; [E]
  11. Participate in educational sessions (including self-directed study) for purposes of
    professional development to ensure current knowledge and skills and
    compliance with statutory/accreditation/ program standards mandates,
    including changes in Washington and Idaho statutes and related agency policies
    and procedures; [E]
  12. Prepare new and update existing legal advocacy and related ATVP brochures,
    public education materials, and legal advocacy reference materials; ensure
    availability and knowledge of current domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking,
    and harassment statutes in WA; [E]
  13. Participate in the back-up rotation of the office cell phone to ensure staff
    availability in emergency situations; [E]
  14. Ensure that all victims/survivors and staff providing legal advocacy services
    understand that services provided do not include legal representation or advice;
  15. Maintain agency/client confidentiality as required by ATVP policy; [E]
  16. Other duties as assigned. [E]

*NOTE: Some evening, weekend, and holiday hours will be required. Availability of
transportation, a valid driver’s license, and minimum required auto insurance are required to
be able to fulfill job responsibilities. This position includes service hours in the public offices.
This position will be part of the after-hours response team and as such, residency in either
Whitman County, WA or Latah County, ID is required.