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Legal Advocate


Reports to: Legal Advocacy Manager or Legal Advocate Supervisor

Function: 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


Essential Functions:

Provide all of the following services in English as needed:

  • Provide support and information to victims of sexual assault who are involved in the Criminal Justice Process

  • 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

  • Inform the client of Crime Victims Compensation benefits

  • Attend and provide support at interviews/hearings/trials/sentencing that the victim participates in

  • 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, SharePoint

  • 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

  • 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

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

Experience Preferred:

  • Experience in providing assistance to victims of sexual assault

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the criminal justice system