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Native American Mental Health Advocate

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This is an entry-level position intended for early career professionals. Successful candidates will be a member of or eligible for membership in a American Indian tribe.

Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and can face incarceration rates up to seven times greater than White people. Many are struggling with mental health or substance use and spend longer in jail due to an inability to access supportive services. Given the many consequences of arrest outside the criminal case and the limits an arrest can place on economic mobility, this can be devastating for a person’s future.

Partners for Justice is partnering with the Tribal Defender's Office of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) to help tribal members stay free, address the issues that brought them to the criminal justice system, and avoid the other negative effects of arrest. Advocates will be employed by the Tribal Defender’s Office in Pablo, Montana and operate as part of the defense team. As a Client Advocate, you will work with clients to prevent the devastating impacts of arrest and improve their underlying life circumstances. Meanwhile, Advocates also receive firsthand exposure to the criminal legal system and a life-changing public service experience.

As an Advocate, your responsibilities include:

  • Learn about the problems your clients face, identify potential non-criminal penalties of arrest, and work with clients to come up with creative solutions
  • Partner closely with attorneys to provide relevant information and documents for clients’ criminal case and other legal issues; ensure seamless coordination across interdisciplinary legal and social service teams
  • Depending on your clients’ needs and attorney direction, assist clients with issues like clearing past criminal convictions, preparing for child services interventions, accessing public benefits, maintaining work licenses, finding and maintaining housing, and obtaining mental health or substance abuse treatment
  • Develop partnerships with local government agencies and community organizations, and maintain deep knowledge of their services so that you can appropriately refer and advocate for clients
  • Maintain detailed knowledge of court processes and requirements so you can help your clients navigate these institutions
  • Advocate for clients with service providers, attorneys, judges, landlords, employers, and others (as appropriate); tell your clients’ stories in a compelling way that gets results
  • Collect and report data about your work and your achievements

Who you are

  • Committed to working side-by-side with people who are marginalized, knowing that everyone in the criminal justice system is resilient and deserving of support
  • creative problem-solver who is able to find innovative and efficient solutions to unusual obstacles
  • Tenacious: The kind of person who will chase down an issue to its conclusion, regardless of the challenges in your way
  • proactive and independent self-starter who is comfortable in ambiguous situations and requires limited direction
  • Emotionally durable: You have developed strategies that allow you to witness traumatic situations and come back to fight again the next day

What you’ll need

  • Membership or eligibility for membership in a federally-recognized American Indian tribe
  • Knowledge of and experience with Native American affairs or culture that will allow you to gain the trust and understanding of your clients and their families. This includes knowledge of the concept of historical trauma
  • Demonstrated interest in public service, criminal justice, civil rights, or social justice
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to commit to staying in this position for two years
  • While Advocates often have a Bachelor’s degree, equivalent experience is equally valued

This is an entry-level position intended for early career professionals. Successful candidates will be a member of or eligible for membership in a American Indian tribe.

Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are overrepresented in the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 4, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 30, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Salary

USD 41,600 - USD 41,600

Benefits

Employment benefits are provided by the Tribal Defender's Office and include medical and mental health coverage, a 401k program with employer matching, and paid time off. Partners for Justice also provides supplemental benefits, including relocation assistance, professional development reimbursement, and an annual self-care stipend.

Employment benefits are provided by the Tribal Defender's Office and include medical and mental health coverage, a 401k program with employer matching, and paid time off. Partners…

Location

On-site
Pablo, MT, USA

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Instructions:

To apply, please submit a resume and a short writing sample in lieu of a cover letter. Your writing sample should briefly address each of the three prompts below.

  1. Why do you want to be a Client Advocate?
  2. Tell us about a time when you personally made an impact.
  3. Tell us about a time when you failed or made a mistake. How did you address it?

Following your application to Partners for Justice, select candidates will be invited to apply directly to the Tribal Defender's Office.

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