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Community Legal Advocate, Gender Based Violence
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Salary/Payrate:23-25
Working Options:In-Office Only
Home Site:SKC Regional Center
Location:South King County
  

Benefits
HOURS, RATE, & BENEFITS:
• Hourly rate: $23 - $25 per hour DOE
• Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
• At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically, after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund with a 14% employer contribution

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Summary

Due to growth, YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish, one of the largest nonprofits in the region, focused on the needs of women, girls, and families in the community, is searching for a Legal Advocate to join their team in the South King County, WA area.

The Legal Advocate works within Gender-Based Violence Services at YWCA and provides culturally relevant services that are designed to meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). 

As a Legal Advocate you will provide legal advocacy to adult survivors which may include support with protections orders, family law, CPS, housing navigation, safety planning and life skills, employment, etc.  You will use a model of best practice trauma-informed advocacy with a strength-based approach.


Responsibilities
  • Support clients in navigating the civil and legal systems including assistance with filing protection orders, breaking leases, relocations, CPS, and interactions with law enforcement
  • Personally accompany clients to court and/or clerk’s office as needed
  • Responds to referrals and calls within required time frame
  • Conducts intakes with new client, including screening for eligibility and to determine legal needs
  • Provide legal and crisis intervention advocacy
  • Collects and completed reporting and quarterly narratives using data and statistical information
  • Develops and maintains relations with community partners and attend community meetings.
  • Facilitate and create presentations that are relevant to associated partners and offers services
  • Engage in community networking activities to both increase access to services for survivors furthest away from opportunity specifically Black and African American survivors.
  • Maintain 20 hours of continued education hours about advocacy-based Domestic Violence
  • Actively engages in agency-wide Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) and strives for racially equitable outcomes; takes responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming community by making room for populations who routinely encounter system oppressions


Qualifications & Core Competencies:
  • Strong orientation and familiarity toward legal advocacy, with experience navigating multiple systems (i.e., municipal, superior courts, legal systems, and law enforcement)
  • One year of direct social service experience or translatable lived experience
  • Knowledge of working with survivors that have experience gender-based violence, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate partner violence and human trafficking
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty, specifically for African American and other women of color
  • Valid Drivers License and ability to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day
  • Willingness to complete a minimum of 20 hours of initial basic training that covers: advocacy-base counseling, history of domestic violence, safety planning and crisis intervention
  •  COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: All new hires must be fully vaccinated in accordance with CDC guidelines prior to their first day of employment

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
In accordance with COVID-19 safety practices, YWCA has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, and all new hires need to be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of employment. YWCA considers a new hire “fully vaccinated” when at least two weeks have passed after the date the employee received:

A second dose in a two-dose vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or

A single-dose vaccine, such as the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine

Physical Demands
  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with clients, agency staff, employers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals in the community
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits and climbs in performing duties in the workspace and in the community
  • Continuous use telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
  • Occasionally must access personal living spaces within multi-level apartment complexes
  • Frequent travel up to 50% of the time by personal vehicle

*Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20%