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Legal Program Coordinator

The Legal Program Coordinator is responsible for providing advocacy, intervention, support and other services, limited direct representation, and provides legal advice to individuals experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault. This position coordinates services with civil/criminal justice systems, domestic violence shelters, mental health, human services, children’s programs and other area agencies. The Legal Program Coordinator is also the Justice for Victims Project Coordinator. In this capacity, the position is responsible for managing referrals and acting as the central point of contact for clients, attorneys, and advocates participating in the Project.  $40,000 – $65,000 DOQ

Apply by sending a cover letter and resume to Director@SummitAdvocates.Org

Responsibilities:

  • Manage referrals, serve as contact person for clients, attorneys, and;
  • Ensure contract attorneys are in good standing and licensed to practice law and competent in the specific area of law;
  • Provide limited direct representation and sound legal advice to clients if the candidate is a licensed attorney;
  • Review client case materials to determine eligibility, screen for potential issues, and provide pertinent information to contract attorneys;
  • Track and submit necessary data/paperwork for grant reporting and maintain accurate and current client and programmatic records, data, and statistics as required;
  • Attend at least the first hearing when working with newly contracted attorneys;
  • Track and manage payments made to attorneys;
  • Network and maintain positive relationships with other attorneys and judges/magistrates (bar associations, law school functions, ) to build and maintain relationships with local legal service providers;
  • Train advocates regarding the referral program and how to complete necessary;
  • Provide advocacy, accompaniment, intervention, assistance, safety planning and referrals, as appropriate, to domestic violence and sexual assault victims through phone, in-person contacts in office and field settings during normal business hours and/or in an on-call;
  • Network, interface, and advocate with other systems, treatment, and service provider agencies on behalf of AVA and its clients;
  • Cooperate fully with law enforcement and be aware of court proceedings;
  • Participate as a member of the direct services work group and attend AVA events, fundraisers, and community meetings as;
  • Understanding of and commitment to healing centered survivor defined services;
  • Data entry and compliance with data collection policies.

Qualifications:

  • Must embrace the mission and vision of the Advocates for Victims of Assault, Inc. and understand survivor defined and trauma informed;
  • Previous experience with legal advocacy is preferred;
  • Attorney in good standing preferred;
  • Have a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, and good listening;
  • Able to work in a small team-oriented office space in routine and stressful situations;
  • Effective time management skills, organization skills, and interpersonal skills;
  • Previous experience planning and presenting is preferred;
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher), databases, and other tracking systems;
  • Possess an ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, and remain flexible with changing program needs;
  • Must be a “self-starter” and goal oriented;
  • Possess skills to work with others.

Other Responsibilities:

Available for survivor accompaniment in judicial, law enforcement, and medical settings. Participate with all staff members in crisis line coverage in an on-call capacity. Available for shelter-client case management as needed. Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Maintain a close working relationship with other AVA staff. Attend all required AVA meetings and community meetings as appropriate. Able to demonstrate professional conduct at all times. Successfully complete initial training and ongoing professional development.

Distribution of Work: Direct Services = 60%, Administrative 40%.

Total Rewards:

Full-time position, Monday through Friday 8am –5pm, 40 hours a week.. The salary range is dependent upon experience and qualifications. Benefits include paid time off and holidays, an annual wellness benefit of $200.00, 3% retirement savings match, and medical, dental, and vision insurance. Working in a dynamic organization offering varied opportunities and diverse tasks.

Education and Experience

Juris Doctorate preferred, but not necessary.  Previous criminal justice system, victim services, social work, or other human services experience is preferred.

Materials and Equipment Directly Used

Personal computers; calculators; digital and other copy machines; mail machines; and computer printers. Personal computer software includes: Google, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, fundraising platforms, internet and others as required. Occasional use of personal vehicles for business (mileage reimbursed at the Federal rate).

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job function. Requests for reasonable accommodation(s) must be made to the Executive Director. Advocates for Victims of Assault is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

Required Physical Activities

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting, work outdoors, residences, buildings, hotels, and other locations outside of the Office. Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending while maintaining equilibrium; fine finger dexterity and light to moderate finger pressure to manipulate keyboard controls, equipment controls, and other office equipment; pinch grasp to manipulate writing utensils; moderate grasping to manipulate books and manuals. Employees must be able to transport themselves to and from meeting and other business requirements in an efficient manner. Vision: See in the normal vision range, close vision and distance vision with or without correction; color vision, depth perception, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate equipment. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Work Environment

The work environment may be indoors or outdoors depending on assignment. Occasional work outside normal business hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Working from home or “teleworking” is generally discouraged and is at the discretion of the Executive Director. Work environment is professional, both team and autonomy oriented, having variable tasks and variable pace and pressure. Advocates for Victims of Assault is a pet free work environment regardless of work location.

 

Advocates for Victims of Assault is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the policy of AVA to provide equal employment opportunity, wages, promotion and benefits and all other privileges, terms, and conditions of employment to qualified persons. AVA does not consider, sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, handicap, veteran status or marital status in its employment decisions.

This job description is not intended to be an exclusive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job. Nothing in this job description restricts Advocates for Victims of Assault’s ability to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities of the job at any time. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. This job description describes the current assignment of essential functions. Those functions may change at any time as the needs of the Advocates for Victims of Assault change or for other reasons deemed appropriate by the Advocates for Victims of Assault. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement. The Resource Development Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.

Currently, this position also is responsible for on-call crisis support, volunteer recruitment and retention, and administrative assistance.

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To inquire about joining our team, contact us at (970) 668-3906 or info@summitadvocates.org.

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