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Bilingual Legal Advocate

Position Profile: To provide advocacy services to victims of sexual assault and/or child physical abuse while involved in the criminal justice system.

Hours: 40 hours per week - Full time; Monday through Friday

This position typically works a flex schedule. Generally, the position works hours between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Most of the appointments within the Criminal Justice System fall between these hours. There will be occasions where early evening appointments are scheduled. This occurs about 4-6 times per Month. There will also be occasions when there are weekend appointments or activities. These are limited to 2-4 times per year.

Status: Non-exempt

Reports to: Legal Advocacy Manager or Legal Advocate Supervisor

 

Essential Functions:

  • Provide all of the following services in English and either Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, Mandarin, Korean or Ukrainian
  • Provide support and information to victims of sexual assault who are involved in the Criminal Justice Process (to both Spanish and English-speaking clients)
  • Assess the needs of the client and provide appropriate referrals and other collateral services
  • Assist the client in making informed decisions about police reporting
  • Provide on-going emotional support to clients
  • Actively participate in the Dando Voz program as needed
  • Inform the client of Crime Victims Compensation benefits
  • Attend and provide support at interviews/hearings/trials/sentencing that the victim participates
  • Actively monitor the status of the criminal case and keep clients informed of the status of their case
  • Communicate effectively with Detectives, Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys and others in the legal system
  • Establish an effective and supportive working relationship with a diverse population
  • Work with independent initiative and assertiveness
  • Provide information and support to victims and parents at Kid’s/Teen Court
  • Assist clients with protective orders
  • Give information about civil remedies
  • Attend Agency meetings and events
  • Duties as assigned by the Manager or Deputy Executive Director

 

Secondary Functions

  • Attend community meetings as appropriate
  • Assist in training new staff

 

Technical Functions

  • Ability to use Word, Access based database system, Outlook
  • Ability to use a standard telephone as a means of communicating

 

Personal Competencies

  • Work as an effective Team member as KCSARC provides comprehensive services to victims
  • Ability to build rapport quickly with a diverse population
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to prioritize and organize a caseload
  • Communicate emotionally difficult information
  • Skillfully empathetic
  • Ability to work with independence
  • Skillfully assertive
  • Ability to work with flexibility
  • Ability to work with initiative and assertiveness
  • Ability to read, write and speak English and Spanish fluently.
  • Accept and practice the established policies and guiding principles of KCSARC
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check related to crimes against persons

 

Physical-mental-psychological Skills

  • Ability to work with people in high stress situations
  • Ability to interface with the impact of secondary trauma
  • Ability to uphold confidentiality
  • Ability to work in an environment where schedules and appointments vary and change quickly
  • Ability to efficiently travel between Renton and the three different Courthouses in Kent and Seattle
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

 

Minimum Experience Desired

  • 4 year college degree plus 1 year directly related work experience OR
  • 2 years college/vocational training plus 3 years related work experience OR
  • 6 years directly related work experience
  • Bilingual fluency in English and one of the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, Mandarin, Korean or Ukrainian

 

Experience Preferred

  • Experienced in providing assistance to victims of sexual assault.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the criminal justice system.

 

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