CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Cherokee Family Violence Center seeks Legal Advocate
Posted on: 11.12.12
Cherokee Family Violence Center has an employment opportunity
Title: Legal Advocate
Job Summary: The Legal Advocate helps clients move smoothly through the legal process. The Legal Advocate also interfaces directly with the client and provides information, court monitoring, and moral support for abuse victims during the judicial proceedings.
Reports to: Legal Services Coordinator
Level/Grade: Full Time/Exempt
Positions Directly Supervised: None
Essential Job Functions:
The following is a summary of the essential functions of the job. The employee may perform other duties, both essential and non-essential, that are not mentioned below; and specific responsibilities may change from time to time.
Administer the Legal Advocacy Program by assisting clients in obtaining Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs) and at the final hearing.
- Assist victims of domestic violence in gathering necessary information for TPO hearings when necessary.
- Escort victims on an as needed basis to court procedures involving domestic violence issues to include but not limited to: ex-parte hearings for TPOs, final TPO hearings, and at the request of the victim to criminal proceedings, grand jury appearances, bond hearings, and magistrate court.
- Coordinate with Superior Court Clerk’s Office, Judges and Sheriff’s Office in developing ongoing procedures and training programs that work to protect domestic violence victim’s rights and access to the judicial system inCherokeeCounty.
- Develop materials and brochures that inform victims of domestic violence of their rights under the Family Violence Act.
- Coordinate with local bar associations in developing a program whereby local attorneys will assist domestic violence victims in issues such as divorce, custody hearings, paternity, property issues and other issues arising from the victimization of domestic violence.
- Assist the Office of District Attorney and Solicitor General in gathering victim information on specified domestic violence cases.
- Conduct in-service training for local law enforcement, social service agencies, task force members and volunteers on legal changes and information concerning victims of domestic violence.
- Support activities of the Domestic Violence Task Force.
- Assist victims in filing for victim compensation, where eligible.
- Assist in the training of volunteers.
- Participate in staff meetings, trainings and workshops
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed:
- Organizational, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Ability to handle crisis situations in a calm, deliberate manner
- Familiarity with the judicial process
- Knowledge of the legal issues regarding domestic violence
- Ability to handle multiple tasks
Education and Formal Training:
Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Social Services, or other related field
Two years experience in the legal or domestic violence profession.
Previous court experience in the domestic violence field.
If interested please email you resume to Tommie@cfvc.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to apply: November 14, 2012
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