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Latah County Legal Advocate

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Position Open: 12/14/21 –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 Legal Advocate 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 Coordinator of Domestic Violence Services. The position is based out of Moscow, ID and serves all of Latah County.

  • 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.
Position:Full Time Latah County Legal Advocate
Reports to:Coordinator of Domestic Violence Services
Terms:Non-exempt. (40hours per week). Some eves and weekends required. Health, vision, and dental benefits included.
Starting Rate:$15. 45-$16.90/hour, DOE
Benefits:Paid holidays, vacation and sick. Employee Assistance Program available.
Location:Pullman Office Location
Start Date:Immediate

Applicant 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.
  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. First applicant review date of Dec 22, 2021.

Send completed applications to Andrea Piper-Wentland, Acting Director ATVP, PO Box 37, Pullman, WA 99163 OR email completed applications as PDF files to asst.director@atvp.org.

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse

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.

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 of
    domestic/sexual violence in the community as well as residing in the shelter.
  4. Co-facilitate domestic violence/sexual assault support group services.
  5. Research, analyze and assess formal curriculum/implement as appropriate.
  6. Develop and present sexual assault educational programming to include youth prevention summer camps, coordinated campus advocacy services, 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

  1. An understanding, and agreement with ATVP’s mission statement.
  2. Familiarity with sexual violence dynamics.
  3. Familiarity with domestic violence dynamics.
  4. Ability to be diplomatic and tactful while maintaining a strong victim advocacy perspective.
  5. Ability to work collaboratively with others.
  6. Strong self-motivated worker.
  7. Ability to embrace a team philosophy.
  8. Confident computer skills.
  9. Ability to pass criminal background check.
  10. Current driver’s license and insured vehicle and willingness and ability to provide outreach services across Latah County, ID.
  11. Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  12. Ability to lift 20lbs and navigate stairs.
  13. Must be a resident of Whitman or Latah County.
  14. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Desired Background

  1. Bilingual/bicultural in Spanish or Asian Languages and English.
  2. Two years prior advocacy experience in the family/sexual violence field.
  3. BA in relevant field – e.g., social work, education, criminal justice.

Job Description

The Legal Advocate will provide a variety of direct and coordinated legal advocacy services, and related administrative and public education services under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of Domestic Violence Services in Latah County.

  1. Provide direct advocacy and legal advocacy services to Latah County domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse clients,(with back up to WA clients) including (but not limited to):
    1. Advocacy-based counseling and referral; assessing individual needs and options; facilitate clients’ awareness of the affective, behavioral, and cognitive effects of their experience and enhance their ability to cope/adjust;
    2. Legal advocacy assistance including accompanying clients to court; explaining legal processes and options; coordinating related transportation of clients 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 and sexual assault cases including, reporting to law enforcement, seeking protection orders, criminal prosecution, victim/witness support, divorce, custody and parenting plans, crime victim compensation claims/appeals, obtaining legal counsel, victim impact statements and related medical advocacy.
    3. Direct assistance also will be provided to clients in residence at the shelter as appropriate; crisis intervention evenings/weekends to clients on the Hotline or in-person as back-up in rotation with all other full time staff;
    4. Coordinate with the Coordinator of Domestic Violence Services, and Shelter Staff to ensure appropriate legal advocacy services to domestic violence clients in shelter; [E]
  2. Train and mentor all 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]
  3. Compile monthly/quarterly statistics related to legal advocacy including entering all information for the DSHS contract including preparation of related progress reports for funding/contracting agencies; provide the Executive Director and Associate Director with at least quarterly and annual statistical summaries of legal advocacy services; [E]
  4. Serve as an active member of Latah County Multi-Disciplinary Task Force and as a designated representative for ATVP on other workgroups and committees; [E]
  5. Document all direct services provided as required by policy; [E]
  6. 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 Coordinator of Domestic Violence Services; [E]
  7. 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]
  8. Participate in staff meetings, management meetings, and case conferences; attend monthly advocate meetings as necessary; inform supervisors of appointments, assignments, and progress/status on a regular basis; [E]
  9. 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 statutes and related agency policies and procedures; [E]
  10. 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 ID; [E]
  11. Participate in the back-up rotation of the office cell phone to ensure staff availability in emergency situations; [E]
  12. Ensure that all clients and staff providing legal advocacy services understand that services provided do not include legal representation or advice; [E]
  13. Maintain agency/client confidentiality as required by ATVP policy; [E] and
  14. Other duties as assigned. [E]

NOTE: Some evening, weekend, and holiday hours may be required. Availability of transportation, a valid driver’s license, and minimum required auto insurance are required to be able to fulfill job responsibilities. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required.