Lethality Assessment Project Advocate- Shelter


Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: 42,000 maximum

Published:

03/26/2018

Start Date:

05/01/2018

Application Deadline:

04/16/2018

Address

PO Box 7412
Washington
DC
20044
United States

Description

Location: D.C. Superior Court, Domestic Violence Intake Centers , Response Line & Crisis Shelter

Supervision: of DIVCs

Reports to: Crisis Response Team Coordinator

Language Proficiency: Spanish

Schedule: Tuesday-Saturday

 

General Position Description: Coordinate with agency partners to facilitate resources, services and benefits available to clients by right or through the Lethality Assessment Project Continuum. While creating access to services that provide longer-term safety and stability for high lethality clients with a focus on the point of intake. Promoting partner accountability through individual case management, regular case review and statistical analysis.

 

Essential Functions

Advocate Responsibilities:

1. Provide crisis intervention and safety planning for individuals seeking services;

2. Provide information, referrals, letters of recommendation and broad-based advocacy for victims to facilitate their access to social service programs; refer clients to the Office of the Attorney General and legal services agencies for direct legal representation;

3. Support and services throughout the court process

4. Facilitate clients' access to emergency housing, and food and transportation services;

5. Assist clients in applying for Crime Victims Compensation;

6. Diligently maintain client records and SAFE databases;

7. Participate in SAFE outreach and educational programs including the 40-hour volunteer training, ride alongs, roll call trainings;

8. Participate in project development and the implementation of SAFE policies;

9. Perform additional duties as needed and when so directed.

 

Position Specific Responsibilities: provide services in the two DVICs, Court, shelter and on the Response Line for high risk clients.

  • Ensure that the DVIC volume is running smoothly, and that partner agencies are responsive to clients.
  • Accompany high risk clients to court to insure their preparedness, safety, and understanding of the process as well as providing advocacy and collecting court outcomes.
  • Assist clients in drafting petitions, motions and other legal documents related to Civil Protection Orders (CPO's) and Temporary Protection Orders (TPO's).
  • Be responsible for timely sharing of information with Lethality Assessment Team regarding cases and perform follow up as needed to coordinate immediate services for the victim.
  • Provide information and assistance about navigating the Civil Justice System, such as: evidentiary requirements for obtaining an Emergency Civil Protection Order; how to access the DVIC’s; process of service; enforcement of Civil Protection Orders, victim’s rights.
  • Provide information and assistance about navigating the Criminal Justice System, such as: how and when to contact the USAO screener, information on rights and responsibilities concerning victim witnesses, how to provide information about violations to USAO, information about status of case, holds, releases to insure safety of client, filing a police report, second sightings etc.
  • Provide information to and get information from MPD,USAO,CSOSA regarding status of violations, supervision, and the location of both client and defendant.
  • Provide information and referrals to partner agencies to insure their access to social service programs.
  • Attend all case management meetings regarding high lethality cases and communicate results with clients and advocates.

 

Specializations

Shelter/LAP Advocate: Coordinate with agency partners to facilitate resources, services and benefits available to clients by right or through the Lethality Assessment Project Continuum. While creating access to services that provide longer-term safety and stability for LAP clients with a focus on; housing during the transitional period, longer-term mental health, case management, employment, etc. Promoting partner accountability through individual case management, regular case review and statistical analysis.

Essential Skills

  • Attention to Detail: Closely follows protocol and procedures achieves thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved.
  • Problem-solving: Identifies issues, effectively structures problems, analyzes data to produce insights, and generates wise, actionable recommendations.
  • Project management: Oversees and structures complex projects, plans backwards, ensures quality end-products are delivered on or ahead of schedule, without crises.
  • Communications:  Produces strong written documents, edits documents effectively, engages in effective verbal communication.
  • External Relations: Serves as an effective ambassador, builds connections, and maintains relationships with outside constituents.
  • Creating an inspiring team environment with an open communication culture

 

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function (job duty) satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Background and Experience

1-2 years of experience with crisis intervention work.

Applicants with mandatory 40-hour advocacy training completed preferred.

Bilingual applicants preferred.

Experience with domestic violence issues and DC social service resources.

Attention to detail and ability to closely follow protocol and procedures is a must.

Experience working with law enforcement preferred.

Comfortable working with diverse populations.

Experience with the criminal and civil legal system preferred.

 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

This job may be performed in office environments, out of doors and in vehicles in various weather conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include far and close vision and ability to adjust focus.



Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

employment@dcsafe.org

http://www.dcsafe.org

Please send resume, cover letter and references to employment @dcsafe.org C/O Jenny Wesberry, Director of Operations.


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