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Legal Advocate

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  • Legal Advocates provide advocacy services to victims of sexual assault and/or child physical abuse while involved in the criminal justice system

  • 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.

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

    Status: Non-exempt

    Reports to: Legal Advocacy Manager or Legal Advocate Supervisor

     

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

    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

    • 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 ongoing 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

    • 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 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

    • 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

    SALARY: $50,877 annually

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    KCSARC requires all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 within 60 days of hire as appointments are available.