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Victim Advocate

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CARIE | Philadelphia, PA
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CARIE


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Published 12 days ago

Application Deadline

June 14, 2019


Background:

The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) is a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia, dedicated to improving the quality of life of older adults. Founded in 1977, CARIE serves elders and caregivers throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and beyond through its unique “circle of advocacy.” Through our direct services programs, including the CARIE LINE telephone and online helpline, our Providing Advocacy for Victimized Elderly (PAVE) program and our Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, we become aware of new and evolving challenges that individual elders and caregivers face in navigating the complex health care and aging systems. This knowledge informs our advocacy for systemic changes to improve the lives of older persons.  

Position:

Victim Advocates in the PAVE program serve elder victims of crime and abuse by providing court accompaniment in the Philadelphia criminal justice process, assisting in filing applications for victims’ compensation, and making referrals for additional needed services. The role of the PAVE Advocate is to provide direct assistance to older adults who are victims of violence and/or sexual assault. The successful candidate for this multi-faceted position will be able to manage data collection and evaluation; develop educational presentations and literature; coordinate outreach efforts; work collaboratively with partners and other member of the aging services network; and provide representation at conferences, media events, networking opportunities and committees.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Actively and effectively engage in appropriate outreach activities to older adult victims of crime
  • Monitors the progress and assist victims of elder abuse and crime through the criminal justice and/or protective services system
  • Intervene during crisis situations that occur during court proceedings
  • Provide criminal justice support and advocacy, including education and assistance in filing Victim Compensation forms as needed
  •  Advocate for victims so that they receive the resources to which they are entitled
  • Prepare victims, their families, and their friends for all legal proceedings
  •  Assist in administering an emergency fund to aid with replacing locks and other security measures for victims of elder abuse and crime
  • Help victims prepare their victim impact statements
  • Accompany victims to legal proceedings in Family Court and at the Criminal Justice Center
  • Advocate for and work with other agencies in developing specialized supports
  • Follow‐up with victims, their families, and their friends as appropriate
  • Maintain client case notes
  • Enter client information into the database
  • Assist in collecting information needed to complete outcomes measurement
  •  Attend staff meetings, appropriate community meetings and required training
  •  Other VOCA eligible duties as assigned

Educational/Experience/Skills Requirements:

  • BSW or related degree, in social work, criminal justice, human services, or other related field
  • Experience in and/or knowledge of working with victims, the criminal justice system, aging policy, resources for older persons and their caregivers helpful
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Public speaking/training expertise

 

Required Screening:

Criminal Background Check

Professional References

Participation in required VOCA training

 

Physical and Mental Demands:

Must work well under pressure and can be creative and analytical. Must be able to travel locally, visit the Philadelphia court systems and use public transportation; operate office equipment including but not limited to computer, telephone, fax, copier; move freely around the office; sit or stand at a desk and telephone for long periods of time; communicate in person, and over the telephone, with individuals and groups. This position may require occasional work outside of normal office hours. Some lifting of 10-20 pounds may be necessary.

Background:

The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) is a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia, dedicated to improving the quality of life of older adults. Founded in 1977, CARIE serves elders and…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

Benefits

Competitive salary, excellent benefits, and out-of-pocket expense reimbursement for travel related to the job. This position is exempt from overtime compensation. 

Competitive salary, excellent benefits, and out-of-pocket expense reimbursement for travel related to the job. This position is exempt from overtime compensation. 

How To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Lori Walsh, Program Manager. No call please.

Please send cover letter and resume to Lori Walsh, Program Manager. No call please.

Location

Two Penn Center, 1500 JFK Blvd., Suite 1500, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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