Legal Advocate – Full Time LAS
JBWS is a private, nonprofit agency that provides safety, support, and solutions for abuse for anyone who faces the issues of intimate partner abuse regardless of severity of the abuse, marital status, income, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnicity. The vision of JBWS is to create a community-wide culture that refuses to tolerate the presence of any form of intimate partner violence. Empowerment of its victims and advocacy for social reform are at the heart of our mission and we are committed to advocating for the change necessary to achieve justice, equity, and inclusivity within our organization, our community and the systems with which we work on behalf of our clients. More than 75 paid staff and nearly 200 volunteers work together with the help of the community to fulfill the agency mission. JBWS recognized the impact of the work done in our space and we are committed to staff wellness. Our W.I.S.H. (Wellness Initiative Supporting Health) initiative focuses on the 8 dimensions of wellness, including physical, emotional, mental, etc. to support and educate our staff. JBWS is an equal opportunity employer. JBWS values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for a position at JBWS.
JBWS is seeking a dynamic, committed bilingual (Spanish) Legal Advocate for our Legal Advocacy Program. Our ideal candidate has a proven ability to work compassionately and effectively with diverse clients around various needs, including domestic violence. This person will assist individuals who experience DV with obtaining the protection provided under the law as well as support and advocacy services. This individual will have knowledge and understanding of the experiences of marginalized communities, working collaboratively and flexibly to meet the needs of those served.
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide legal information around the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA), and related statutes to individuals.
- Assist survivors to file complaints and/or attend court/legal proceedings.
- Provide advocacy relevant to individual needs and assist clients in making informed decisions.
- Accompany survivors to legal proceedings.
- Plan and assist in the implementation of educational legal information sessions.
- Document statistics related to clients serviced.
- Establish and maintain a professional demeanor in court and with court staff.
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and respond appropriately to crisis and stressful situations.
- Actively contributes to a positive team environment and provides the collaboration needed for high-quality services to survivors.
QUALIFICATIONS include but are not limited to:
- Education: BA in Social Work/related field or equivalent work experience
- Minimum of three years providing case management services.
- Fluent Bilingual English/Spanish ability including verbal, written and reading.
- Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with community partners including court personnel.
- Excellent organizational, documentation and interpersonal skills.
- Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
- Must be culturally aware and sensitive to challenges faced particularly in marginalized populations.
- Candidates with 40-hour domestic violence training preferred, however candidates without training must complete 40-hours of domestic violence training upon hire provided and paid for by agency.
This position is on-site, full-time 35-hour per week Monday through Friday.
JBWS values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, interns and volunteers. We welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for a position at JBWS. Males are strongly encouraged to apply.