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FT Victim Service Center Lead

Open 11/21/21 until filled

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 Full-Time Crime Victim Service Center Lead who will provide a variety of direct and coordinated legal advocacy services, and related administrative and public education services under the direct supervision of the Associate Director.

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.

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. Please indicate if your interest.
  2. Essay. (limit 1 page) Please address how your background, experience and personal philosophies are applicable to this position.
  3. 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 complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Position is open until filled

Position: Crime Victim Service Advocate Lead
Reports to: Associate Director
Terms: Temporary Full-Time Non-exempt. (40 hours per week). Some eves and weekends required. Health, vision, and dental benefits included. Temp through 6/30/22.
Starting Rate:$15.45-$16.90/hour, DOE
Benefits: Paid holidays, vacation and sick. Employee Assistance Program available. Health, vision, and dental benefits provided.
Location: Pullman Office Location
Start Date: Immediate
Requirements: COVID 19 Vaccination, Drivers license, Car Insurance, Ability to Pass Federal and State Background Checks.

Job Description

The Whitman County Crime Victim Service Center Advocate will provide a variety of direct and coordinated crime victim advocacy services, and related supportive, as well as strategic outreach services and public education programming under the direct supervision of the Associate Director including the following:

1. Research, develop, modify, and coordinate ATVP’s crime victim advocacy program services, community education, outreach programming and related educational materials under the direct guidance of the Associate Director and in line with agency yearly plans and grantor deliverables/requirements. [E]

2. Serve as the CVSC Region 8 “Champion” Advocate under the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy Grant Program.

a. Collaborate with Region 8 Crime Victim Service Center agencies to ensure comprehensive services as available and accessible to individuals who have been hurt or harmed.

b. Provide guidance to other Region 8 crime victim service center advocates or volunteers as necessary.

c. Ensure compliance with CVSC benchmarks with support from the CVSC supervisor [E];

3. Provide culturally appropriate advocacy services, legal and systems advocacy to clients (primary and secondary) who have been hurt or harmed and their children residing in Washington (Region 8), including (but not limited to):

a) Crisis counseling and intervention; information and referral; emotional support and supportive advocacy; the assessment of individual needs and options; facilitate individuals’ awareness of the affective, behavioral, and cognitive effects of their experience and enhance their ability to cope/adjust; provide follow-up services/case management as appropriate;

b) Emergency legal advocacy and assistance such as accompanying service participants to court; explaining civil legal processes and options; assisting in the completion of required paperwork; and conducting appropriate follow up. Emergency legal advocacy will include, but is not limited to: filing temporary restraining orders, injunctions, and other protective orders, elder abuse petitions, and child abuse petitions as they relate to general crimes;

c) Criminal justice assistance and support; The provision of advocacy services to a service participant during any stage of the criminal justice process; includes post-sentencing services, support, and conducting appropriate follow up;

d) Provision of systems advocacy including medical advocacy, personal advocacy; assist clients securing rights, remedies, and services from other agencies, intervening with employers, creditors, and others on behalf of the victim; providing information and assistance in filing for Crime Victims Compensation (CVC); provision of medical advocacy though hospital response and accompaniment;

e) Document all direct services as required. [E]

4. Oversee and compile statistics related to Crime Victim Services including preparation of related progress reports, data entry into INFONET and other current reports as directed by the AD and other supervisory staff [E]

5. Maintain and foster community an inter-agency relationships and coordinated services related to CVSC program services, including other social service providers, area law enforcement, prosecutors, attorneys; arrange routine and special need meetings/discussions/case conferences and participate in community/agency function as appropriate. All related activities will be fulfilled as directed by the CVSC lead and outlined in the CVSC yearly plan. [E]

6. Participate in staff, and scheduled case conference meetings; attend monthly advocate meetings as necessary; in the absence of the CVSC lead, facilitate the CVSC program updates and pertinent information dissemination during scheduled agency meetings as required; inform the CVSC lead of appointments, assignments, and progress/status on a regular basis. [E]

7. 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; [E]

8. Provide back-up only to the DV and SA programs when no other DV or SA staff are available, in line with agency practices of cross training for all staff;

9. Maintain agency/client confidentiality as required by ATVP policy; ensure security of client records and the office areas; [E]

10. Participate in the back-up rotation of the office cell phone to ensure staff availability in emergency situations. [E]

Full-Time Crime Victim Service Center Lead
Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Perform all work in a culturally responsive manner consistent with ATVP’s mission statement.
  2. Provide direct advocacy services individually or in a group setting to adult and sexual violence victims and survivors.
  3. Provide safety planning, case management, education, referrals and support victims and survivors victims of crime.
  4. Co-facilitate crime victim support group services.
  5. Research, analyze and assess formal curriculum/implement as appropriate.
  6. Develop and present crime victim and community wellness educational programming, community educational presentations and community outreaches.
  7. Represent the agency and its constituents at community meetings/task forces.
  8. Rotate availability for night, weekend and holiday coverage of and response to emergency staff back up.
  9. Communicate effectively with a wide spectrum of people.
  10. Documentation of services and statistical data entry.
  11. Maintain on-going training hours in accordance with agency standards.
  12. Maintain agency and client confidentiality as required by ATVP policy.
  13. Perform all work in a culturally responsive manner consistent with ATVP’s mission statement.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An understanding, and agreement with ATVP’s mission statement.
  • Familiarity with trauma-informed principles and practices.
  • Familiarity with the civil and criminal justice system.
  • Ability to be diplomatic and tactful while maintaining a strong victim advocacy perspective.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Strong self-motivated worker.
  • Ability to embrace a team philosophy.
  • Confident computer skills.
  • Ability to pass criminal background check.
  • Current driver’s license and insured vehicle and willingness and ability to provide outreach services across Whitman County, WA.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to lift 20lbs and navigate stairs.
  • Must be a resident of Whitman or Latah County.
    Desired Background:
  • Bilingual/bicultural in Spanish or Asian Languages and English.
  • Two years prior advocacy experience in the family/crime victim services field.
  • BA in relevant field – e.g., social work, education, criminal justice.