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Job Announcement: Lassen Family Services – Legal Advocate

Monday, October 4th, 2021

Lassen Family Services –

Legal Advocate

Job Description:
Under the general supervision of the Direct Services Program Supervisor, the Legal Advocate works with victims of crime in a trauma-informed care and advocacy-based counseling model to provide legal information, assistance in navigating the civil and criminal justice systems, support in court, help in obtaining and completing restraining order paperwork, referrals to legal, community, and other resources, safety planning, domestic violence education, emotional support, and case management services.  The Legal Advocate is not a lawyer and does not give legal advice.

Reports to:
Direct Services Program Supervisor

Job Classification:
Non-exempt, Non-supervisory

Essential Duties and Responsibilities May Include:

  • Delivers comprehensive legal advocacy services (excluding legal advice or representation) including the provision of legal information, court accompaniment, assistance obtaining restraining orders, help in claiming crime victims compensation, and referrals to assorted legal programs and community agencies in the community.
  • Provides direct services to the victims of abuse including the assessment of client needs through individual peer counseling and/or crisis intervention, advocacy, and development of case management plans that address immediate and long term needs, and accompaniment/referrals to community agencies and resources.
  • Assists with the recruitment, training, and retention of volunteers who work as advocates for victims of abuse.
  • Ensures casework records are maintained in compliance with grant goals and objectives and Lassen Family Services policies and procedures.
  • Compiles statistical information according to grant compliance standards.
  • Provides public education on issues related to abuse, legal advocacy, and the services offered at Lassen Family Services.
  • Attends conferences and workshops related to abuse and legal advocacy, networks with other service providers, and maintains positive relationships with community agencies.
  • May have direct contact with and supervise children at the shelter, business office, and other locations.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate written records.
  • Ability to work within the confines of confidentiality and ensures that professional boundaries are maintained.
  • Ability to establish positive, effective, and cooperative working relationships and use good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness when dealing with other employees and the public.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, understand instructions, and follow directions.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment, with changes in priorities and in emergencies.
  • Ability to work independently and productively with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to identify problem areas within the scope of the position and find solutions.
  • Ability to provide peer counseling, crisis intervention, and compassionate support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to issues surrounding abuse.
  • Ability to communicate with persons from a variety of socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to demonstrate commitment to the agencies mission and values.

Knowledge of:

  • Community organizations that provide social services and support.
  • Service assessment methods and techniques.
  • Teamwork and application.
  • Individual and group peer counseling principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Cultural competency and application.
  • Office equipment including faxes, copiers, computers, printers, cell phones, etc.
  • Windows based office technologies including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe

Training/Experience/Education:
Any combination of training, experience, and education which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be completion of Lassen Family Services’, Inc. Crisis Intervention Peer Counseling training.  Preferred one-year experience in working with domestic violence and/or sexual assault survivors.   Preferred possession of an Associates’s Degree in human services, social work, or similar field.

Typical Physical Requirements:
(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements): Sits for extended periods; frequently stands, walks, stoops, kneels and crouches to pick-up and or move objects, may occasionally lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; and corrected hearing and vision to normal range.

Typical Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a variety of environments including the Shelter, Lassen Family Services’ business office, and other community organizations; requires frequent driving to different locations and sites throughout the service area; frequent contact and communication with other staff, the public, shelter participants, and representatives of other agencies; work hours may be variable and outside the normal 8 am to 5pm workday to meet the requirements of the position; incumbents are expected to be available on standby for crisis intervention responses at any time during specifically assigned time periods.

Special Requirements:

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and insurance with acceptable DMV Record.
  • Acceptable State and FBI criminal background check.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, CPR certification.

Applications can be found at https://lassenfamilyservices.org/employment-opportunities/.

Must submit:

  1. cover letter
  2. resume
  3. application

Incomplete applications will not be considered for any position.

To apply for any of the job listings below please follow the directions:
Download and complete the LFS Employment Application above.
Email: Resume and application to lfsadmin@lassenfamilyservices.org

In Person: Drop your application and resume off at:
1306 Riverside Drive,
Susanville, California, 96130
Monday through Friday 9 am – 5 pm.
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