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Crisis Center

LEGAL ADVOCATE

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: The Legal Advocate is responsible for providing legal support, advocacy, information and referrals to victims of domestic violence who present with legal concerns. This is direct service position, where staff will work at Douglas and/or Elbert County. The legal advocate also provides services to individuals residing in the emergency shelter. This position reports to the Program Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Although all areas are addressed, duties may be added or deleted as deemed necessary for the proper functioning of the Crisis Center as decided by the Executive Director. The Legal Advocate Position is a full-time hourly, non-exempt position.

  • Provide legal advocacy services, information and referrals to domestic violence victims concerning custody, restraining orders, divorce, child support and related topics.
  • Assists individuals in understanding the legal process (Criminal and Civil).
  • Assists victims in accessing and filing legal paperwork.
  • Attends court hearings with clients.
  • Assist in training and supervising of direct service volunteers to help provide legal services.
  • Provides outreach within underserved communities with the goal of developing accessible services.
  • Documents all client information and contacts within the web-based case management system, maintains complete client files, including standard forms and contact notes.
  • Assists clients who are referred to the agency through local law enforcement as part of the Lethality Assistance Program (LAP).
  • Works with multi-disciplinary team members as part of the Community Advocacy Program Model.
  • Participates as member of the Child Protection Team in Douglas and/or Elbert County, when needed.
  • Provides on-call coverage for Crisis Line and/or LAP calls, which will include days during the week, evenings, weekends and/or holidays.
  • Ensures that proper safety precautions and security procedures are followed, including client confidentiality.
  • Completes monthly statistics including services received and referrals made to fulfill grant requirements.
  • Recommends any program development that one sees as needed.
  • Networks with other victim service provider (system/non-system) with the goal of creating seamless services for the client.
  • Attends required staff and team meetings allowing for continued client support.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a human service related field (criminal justice) or paralegal degree (civil-plaintiff arena) preferred.
  • Two years of experience working with domestic violence victim.
  • Knowledge of the criminal and civil legal systems.
  • Dependable transportation. Most hold a valid Colorado State Driver’s License and provide proof of insurance. This position may require use of personal vehicle to transport clients. Must be considered an approved driver by Crisis Center, and as directed by agency insurance provider.
  • Must pass background check, including Colorado Bureau of Investigation (fingerprint) and Colorado TRAILS.
  • Crisis intervention skills.
  • Comfortable with public speaking.  Excellent written, verbal and organization skills.
  • Bi-lingual, Spanish Speaking preferred

SALARY/HOURS: Full-time, hourly, non-exempt position. Works schedule is Monday-Friday with on-call responsibilities. Salary range starting at $35,000 plus a competitive benefits package.

TO APPLY:  Please send cover letter and resume to Shelley Reader, Program Manager, at sreader@thecrisiscenter.org.  No phone calls, please.

DEADLINE:  Friday, July 6, 2018

More about the Crisis Center:

Located in Douglas County, the Crisis Center exists to end domestic violence through advocacy, education, and prevention; while helping communities live free of violence.  In addition to community education and outreach, we operate a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, group and individual therapy, community advocacy and legal advocacy.  All services are provided free of charge, on a non-discriminatory basis regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.  To learn more about the Crisis Center, please visit thecrisiscenter.org.

Updated 2/2018

 

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Crisis Center

VOLUNTEER & OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: The Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator is a member of the Development Team and responsible for the successful, effective and consistent functioning of the agency’s volunteer program; including recruitment, retention, training, and data tracking, as well as outreach and education to the broader community to build relationships and grow the Crisis Center’s volunteer program.  This position reports to the Director of Development.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage all aspects of the agency’s volunteer program including: recruitment, training, and retention for direct service volunteers and administrative volunteers. Goal is to increase the number of trained and reliable volunteers across all agency programs.
  • Serve as the main point of contact for outreach and education activities in an effort to highlight the agency and grow the volunteer base; includes organizing corporate group volunteer days, volunteer drives and coordinating with the Director of Development for volunteer assistance in events.
  • Serve as a liaison with other staff who will be working with volunteers in various roles (i.e., Program Manager, Advocates, Administrative Assistant) with quarterly check-ins.
  • Maintain and update volunteer training manual and all volunteer policies as needed.
  • Attend volunteer fairs and coordinate volunteers for various community events (i.e., craft fairs, etc.).
  • Ensure proper screening of all prospective volunteers (i.e., interviews, references, and background checks).
  • Schedule and facilitate general orientations with prospective volunteers.
  • Work with direct service staff in scheduling direct service volunteer trainings.
  • Rotates on-call duties (during the week, weekends and/or holidays) with other direct service staff members and volunteers.
  • Maintain and track volunteers and hours of service through statistical tracking database.
  • Facilitate monthly volunteer meetings.
  • Oversee an annual volunteer appreciation event with minimal budget.
  • Work with the Director of Development in volunteer strategies, outcome measurements, evaluation protocol, and appropriate recognition techniques.
  • Other duties as assigned, including fulfilling staff requests when volunteers are not available.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. Work experience may substitute for education; preferred experience with volunteers working on a crisis line, victim advocacy, etc.
  • Two to three years experience in the coordination of volunteers or victim advocates.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule; ability to work some weekend and evening hours.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, and training skills.
  • Friendly, outgoing, and supportive personality; ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and possess good attention to details.
  • Strong computer skills; knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, and the internet.
  • Experience, ability and willingness to work with a diverse group of staff, volunteers, and clients.
  • Ability to adhere to and uphold all policies and procedures and protocols of the agency.
  • Maintain confidentiality and adhere to good boundaries at all times.
  • Maintain supportive relationships and open communication with all staff/volunteers.
  • Gain and have a working knowledge of all agency programs and domestic violence.
  • Ability to participate in agency staff meetings, retreats, and applicable staff trainings.
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
  • Must have a valid Colorado driver’s license and good driving record.

SALARY/HOURS:  Regular full-time non-exempt position at 30 hours per week.  Starting wage is $14 per hour plus a competitive benefits package. This position is located in Highlands Ranch, CO.

TO APPLY:  Please send cover letter and resume to Amy McCandless, Director of Development, at amccandless@thecrisiscenter.org.  No phone calls, please.

DEADLINE:  Tuesday, July 10, 2018

More about the Crisis Center:

Located in Douglas County, the Crisis Center exists to end domestic violence through advocacy, education, and prevention; while helping communities live free of violence.  In addition to community education and outreach, we operate a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, group and individual therapy, community advocacy and legal advocacy.  All services are provided free of charge, on a non-discriminatory basis regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.  To learn more about the Crisis Center, please visit thecrisiscenter.org.

 

Updated 6/2018

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