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Open Position-Victim Advocate Full Time

JOB TITLE: Victim Advocate SUPERVISOR:  Nonresident Program Dir.

HOURS: Daytime/Evenings with Flexibility    CLASSIFICATION:  Regular, Full-Time, Non-Exempt

FUNDING:  Grant-Dependent

 

Salary Range:  30,000 – $36,000 yearly

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONCollaborate with local law enforcement, faith-based organizations and other social service agencies to provide services to survivors in Williamson County communities.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES:

  • Clients are assisted by a culturally competent, specially-trained, State-certified victim advocate.
  • Clients’ understanding of family and sexual violence dynamics are enhanced.
  • Clients are more aware of their rights as crime victims, and the options and resources available to them.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Maintain communication with others and work to fulfill the agency’s needs, priorities and objectives.
  • Utilize the specialized knowledge and skills acquired through the required certification training and annual continuing education to provide individualized services.
  • Provide crisis management, advocacy and case management services in-person and on the hotline.  Meet with clients in Hope Alliance office, shelter, hospital, police station, and other locations as needed.
  • Actively seek out and liaison with relevant community agencies and resources in order to create a continuum of services that elevates the best interest of agency clients.
  • Informally assess the emotional, physical, social, and educational needs of clients.
  • Autonomously determine appropriate schedule and content for each client meeting, taking into consideration agency policies and procedures, unique client needs and best practices.
  • Formulate individualized service plans and weekly goals, incorporating certification knowledge and skills as well as best practices.
  • Gather, maintain, and distribute information to staff related to the issues of housing and homelessness.
  • Assist with recruitment, training, and supervising of volunteers and interns.
  • Report any incident of child or elder abuse to the Department of Family and Protective Services and appropriate Hope Alliance staff.
  • Cover bi-weekly on-call rotation, responding to family and sexual violence victims at the hospital.
  • Assist with community education efforts, and other duties as assigned by Chief Executive Officer.
  • Facilitate support and other meetings as needed.
  • Attend regularly scheduled staff and team meetings.
  • Understand, accept and respect agency philosophy, mission and values.

 

SPECIAL SKILLS AND EDUCATION:

  1. Ability to independently prioritize and manage multiple and sometimes competing tasks and
    satisfactorily meet deadlines and desired outcomes
  1. Ability to plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Ability to quickly and accurately analyze problems and identify appropriate solutions
  • Ability to respond in an empathetic/supportive manner to adults/children in a crisis situation.
  1. Ability to stoop, bend and lift 25 pounds.
  • Able to judge the relative importance of issues and act independently to address them,
    applying the appropriate level of urgency and drive to achieve results
  • Acceptance of and respect for agency philosophy, mission and values
  • Adequate personal health, social maturity, and emotional stability to fulfill the functions of the position.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Capable of handling complex issues creatively and effectively
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and independent job structuring.
  • Demonstrated skill in managing budgets and supplies.
  • Effective stress management skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience and ability to respond in a supportive way to persons in crisis situations.
  • Experience in independent job structuring and self-directing the work.
  • Highly self-motivated, persistent, dependable, and self-sufficient
  • Must be able to successfully complete the agency-provided State Certification Training within
    90 days of hire.
  • Must maintain State certification by documenting annually: six hours of continuing education,
    the provision of 100 hours of direct services at minimum and the successful completion of a written
    exam and skills assessment designed to evaluate the special knowledge and skills required for
    continued certification.
  • Sensitivity to varying cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds, values, attitudes, and languages.
  • Tact, poise, professionalism, diplomacy, teamwork, humor, and ability to interact with people
    from all walks of life
  • Working knowledge of Texas laws pertaining to domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as the justice systems
  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work or related field. Experience and
    certification may be substituted.

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