Nov 13, 2020
Join a diverse and vibrant community of activists working to end gender-based violence by becoming a Domestic Violence Advocate at New Beginnings.
In New Beginnings’ Community Advocacy Program, we offer a variety of supportive services to individuals and families who are building new lives free of abuse. We take pride in offering services that focus on healing and empowerment, recognizing how trauma and its aftermath can affect each individual differently.
New Beginnings strives to build a meaningful, welcoming and equitable workplace, inclusive of diverse voices, experiences and perspectives. New Beginnings is an equal opportunity employer. Survivors, Black, Indigenous, people of color and LGBTQ people strongly encouraged to apply.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervises Legal Advocate(s) and interns and collaborates with program management to ensure high quality support and advocacy for survivors. Provides mobile legal advocacy services and referral information for survivors of domestic violence in New Beginnings’ Home Safe and Community Advocacy Programs. Serves as a resource for staff on legal issues affecting domestic violence survivors and represents the agency in relevant community coalitions and meetings.
REPORTS TO: Community Advocacy Program Director
HOURS: 36 hours per week, Monday through Friday
COMPENSATION: $27.50 per hour with medical, dental and vision benefits; monthly paid trainings; training allowance; paid leave; life insurance; retirement contribution. This is a non-exempt position.
Agency Strategic Plan
• Collaborates with the Program Director to successfully implement the agency Community Advocacy Program strategic plan and ensure smooth program operations.
• Provides management of Legal Advocate(s), providing day to day support and guidance.
• Consults with the Program Director on Legal Advocate(s) performance evaluations and hires.
• Create and manage a Legal Intern Team to support the Legal Advocate(s) with legal participants
• Provide supervision, guidance and mentorship to intern (s)
• Works as part of a Legal Advocate team to provide support, advocacy, information and referrals related to the civil and criminal justice legal systems to survivors. Serves as the primary Legal Advocate for New Beginnings’ Community Advocacy Program, providing support as needed to Home Safe Program participants. Services provided reflect and contribute to agency efforts to promote equity and social justice.
• Maintains strong knowledge of systems and options related to criminal, family and immigration law, and other issues that create obstacles for survivors such as debt and a history of eviction or criminal conviction.
• Oversees a weekly legal clinic. Conducts weekly screening for appointments with pro bono attorneys. Trains, coordinates and supervises volunteers at the DV Family Law Clinic co-sponsored with the King County Bar Association.
• Coordinates interpreter or ASL services for non-English speaking and Deaf/hard of hearing participants.
• Provides Address Confidentiality Program enrollment support at weekly legal clinic. Provides advocacy and referral to those who are eligible for VAWA relief.
• Co-coordinates a monthly legal clinic with the Domestic Violence Impact Project and East Side Legal Assistance Program.
• Provides support and guidance to Legal Advocates(s)when providing case consultation to the Home Safe Program, attending participant review and team meetings as appropriate.
• Establishes linkages with victim advocates at local prosecutor’s offices, police departments, legal aid agencies and legal practices.
• Facilitates legal support groups as assigned.
• Provides support to callers seeking legal services on the Helpline.
• Trains key stakeholders on legal barriers faced by survivors.
• Provides training about survivor legal issues to volunteers and staff.
• Enters consistently complete, accurate and appropriate participant and service data into the agency database.
• Completes monthly reports to meet contract compliance deadlines.
• Responds to meet data needs identified by the Program Director or data staff.
• Maintains extensive knowledge of community and legal resources for the benefit of survivors, sustaining positive working relationships with other agencies.
• Represents the agency at community meetings as assigned, including the Coalition Ending Gender Based Violence Family Law Workgroup and the DVI Regional Task Force.
• Participates in development events and activities as requested by the Program Director.
• Provides program information and stories as needed by the development team to build donor support and pursue funding opportunities.
Team Work and Professional Development
• Actively contributes to a positive team environment to ensure the collaboration needed for provision of high quality services to survivors.
• Participates in all staff meetings, planning days and agency in-service trainings.
• Attends and documents trainings to ensure compliance with Washington Administrative Code training requirements for domestic violence advocates.
• Commitment to the mission of New Beginnings and to the needs of domestic violence survivors.
• Strong racial equity focus and understanding of systemic racism and the impacts on domestic violence survivors
• At least four years of experience with providing survivor-centered advocacy related to family law, the criminal justice system, immigration law, protection orders and no contact orders for victims of domestic violence.
• Experience with legal advocacy regarding survivor barriers such as debt, eviction and criminal conviction.
• Current knowledge of domestic violence laws, law enforcement and criminal justice responses, and other legal systems which impact survivors of domestic violence and their children.
• Working knowledge of immigration law.
• The interest and skill to conduct research on legal issues experienced by domestic violence survivors.
• Strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
• Ability to think creatively and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
• Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple responsibilities and implement a project to completion.
• Ability to relate to of people with a range of backgrounds, identities, perspectives and communication styles.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office applications.
• Ability to work as part of a team and the ability to be a self-starter.
• Ability to use supervision effectively to gain support and enhance performance.
• Spanish language fluency a plus.
• Possession of a valid Washington State driver’s license. Access to reliable personal car a plus.
Email resume and cover letter detailing experience to firstname.lastname@example.org. We value your lived experience. Open until filled. Additional agency information available at www.newbegin.org PO Box 75125 Seattle, WA 98175 P (206) 783-4520 F (206) 706-0291 E email@example.com www.newbegin.org