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Legal Advocate

Company: Religious Community Svc
Location: clearwater
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

General Position Information:

This specific job description covers the basics functions, qualifications, requirements, working conditions and skills necessary, but not limited to for successful fulfillment of this position in accordance with the standards of the company.

DOL Overtime Status: Non-Exempt

Employment: Full-Time

Workers Comp Code: 8864

EEOC Class:

Pay Type: Hourly

Base Pay $ 14.14

Level: 5

Benefit Class: Eligible

Location: Courthouse/Justice Center/ Outreach Center

Division: Abuse Services

Reports to: Outreach Manager

Supervises: N/A

Position Summary:

The Legal Advocate will provide assessment, safety planning, supportive counseling, and legal advocacy for survivors of domestic violence at the Clearwater Courthouse, Justice Center, and Outreach Center. The Legal Advocate will assist survivors in completing injunctions for protection and attend return hearings. The Legal Advocate will act as the liaison with Safe House and Outreach Center Advocates and provide referrals for community resources, as needed.

Job Specifications/Qualifications: (Min. knowledge, skills, and abilities required) .

Education/Training (or equivalent):

H.S. Degree

College Degree* Certification/License*

- Bachelors Degree in Social Work or related field preferred

- CORE certification preferred

Experience: (Type of work experience, min. number of years):

- 2+ years of experience in domestic violence or legal field preferred

Technical or Administrative Knowledge:

- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Productivity Tools (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Special Skills and Abilities and/or:

- Fluency in Spanish (in both written and verbal form) preferred

- Ability to work independently

- Ability to work with people in crisis and deescalate situations using verbal and nonverbal communication skills

- Excellent public speaking skills and ability to provide training in formal and informal settings

- Must possess a valid Florida Drivers License and have reliable transportation

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

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 that do not cause an undue hardship on the company may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, as long as that would not hinder or prevent performance of duties, or be of a safety concern.

Key to denote % of time requirements necessary to perform essential functions of this job.

0% = Zero (O) 1-35% = Little (L) 36-70% = Moderate (M) 71-100% = Great (G)

- Physical Requirements: Light: Lifting 0-10 lbs. Moderate: Lifting 11-25 lbs. Heavy: Lifting 25+ lbs.

L Lifting

L Typing

L Operate motor vehicle

M Standing

M Kneeling

M Sitting

M Walking

M Bending/stooping

M Pushing/pulling movements

M Climbing stairs/ladders

M Color / Depth perception

M Fine hand & finger movements

M Operate various equipment

M Reaching above/below the waist

- Necessary traits for this position: Seeing Hearing Talking* Reading* Writing*

Basic comprehension of English language using the traits* marked above for purposes of safety, management direction and job responsibility, and minimal third party interaction.

Proficiency of the traits* marked above in the following languages for business letters, memos, customer interaction, presentations, demonstrations, employee direction, audits, etc: English Spanish French Other _________________

Job Functions, Unique Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

General

Follow the administrative guidelines and policies

Maintain a community image consistent with the mission

Engage in a relationship with the team which is mutually beneficial, fosters teamwork, and advances the mission

Exercise due care and stewardship of resources, including equipment, food, money, volunteers, and staff time

Oversee the general physical environment for health, safety, and property maintenance of facilities

Legal Advocacy

Assess the needs of survivors of domestic violence and explain the legal process and the options and services available

Assist survivors in filing injunctions for protection at the Clearwater Courthouse or virtually

Communicate with survivors between filing for the injunction for protection and the hearing

Accompany survivors to return hearings

Make referrals for legal services and other community resources

Act as liaison with Safe House and Outreach Center Advocates for additional services

Safety plan with survivors

Program Support

Answer the phone and assist walk in participants, as needed

Regularly update team members regarding resource listings and the status of participants receiving or soon to be receiving services

Update and maintain participant files

Collect, organize, and enter data into appropriate formats for the WS database and other funders databases regularly

Develop self-knowledge of issues of domestic violence, laws, policies, and case histories

Participate in training opportunities, including, but not limited to, Core Certification training and maintaining 17 hours of domestic violence training per year

Attend staff meetings

Other

Assist with other duties as assigned

Keywords: Religious Community Svc, Clearwater , Legal Advocate, Other , clearwater, Florida

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