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Legal Advocate

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  • JOB DESCRIPTION 

  • KCSARC's Legal Advocates are there with victims of sexual assault and their family members every step of the way. Legal Advocates provide information and support, as well as accompany victims to interviews and court hearings. Legal Advocates are available to work with clients at any time in during the criminal justice process and are present throughout the entire process. Legal advocates are available to answer any question a client may have, provide them with information, and help them navigate the legal system. Our focus is to help the system work more effectively for the client and their family. Legal advocacy services are confidential.

     

    This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice

     

    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 DUTIES:

    Provide all of the following services as needed:

    • Provide support and information to victims of sexual assault who are involved in the Criminal Justice Process, to include information about civil remedies if appropriate.

    • Assess the needs of the client and provide appropriate referrals and other collateral services, such as assistance with filing protection orders

    • Inform the client of their victim rights, to include Crime Victim Compensation benefits.

    • Assist the client in making informed decisions about police reporting

    • Attend and provide support at interviews/hearings/trials/sentencing that the victim participates in. If not able to attend, ensuring that coverage is provided.

    • 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. Continuous education on culturally relevant trainings regarding barriers clients may experience is required.

    • Provide information and support to victims and parents at Kid’s/Teen Court

    • Complete all required documentation in CTS in timely fashion.

    • 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

    • Provide on-going emotional support to clients

    • Ability to build rapport quickly with a diverse population

    • Ability to prioritize and organize a caseload with competing timelines.

    • Communicate emotionally difficult information

    • Skillfully empathetic

    • Excellent time management skills

    • 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 an annual 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

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    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

    • Bilingual Spanish speakers preferred. Spanish speaking candidates eligible for 5% increase in base salary. 

     

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