The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice Center is seeking to hire an advocate to predominately work in Staten Island and Brooklyn with and on behalf of victims of intimate partner violence. DVP’s mission is to help victims of intimate partner violence and their children live free of violence and abuse. We consider intimate partner violence in any type of relationship, regardless of gender or sexual identity, to be a human rights violation. Our work focuses on providing legal and social work services to promote justice and vigorously defend and protect victims’ human rights. To accomplish this, our attorneys, social workers and advocates provide legal representation in NYC Family and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, Immigration Courts, mental health services, advocacy, case management, and on-going intimate partner violence education and outreach activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
DVP seeks a full-time advocate to work within a legal-psychosocial framework with survivors of intimate partner violence.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, conduct client intakes and legal screenings; carry caseload; prepare legal documents; conduct background checks; present know your rights trainings and outreach; provide robust advocacy on issues surrounding housing, benefits, safety, employment, etc. The advocate will travel between boroughs and work closely with grassroots community based organizations where they will provide on-site clinics and trainings. Advocate is to update and maintain case files and respond to monthly grant reporting.
- Complete face to face and telephonic intakes within proscribed timelines
- Provide crisis intervention, safety planning and risk assessment analysis
- Assist clients’ understanding of full range available community-based services and make meaning referrals.
- Maintain accurate and timely case files and documentation thereof of all contact and services
- Collect and maintain data collection required for monthly, quarterly and yearly statistics
- Participate in regular team meetings, professional development trainings, and workshops
- Conduct education, outreach and community clinics/events throughout all five boroughs and on platforms such as Zoom, Facebook live or other available and identified mediums
- Once trained, assist in training staff internally as well as within the community
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, conducting client intakes and immigration legal screenings; preparing legal documents; conducting background checks; presenting know your rights trainings and outreach; leading survivor centered empowerment groups; providing robust advocacy on issues surrounding housing, benefits, safety, employment, etc. The advocate will travel between boroughs and work closely with grassroots community-based organizations where they will provide on-site clinics and trainings. Advocate is expected to update and maintain case files and respond to monthly grant reporting.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
- Knowledge and understanding of intimate partner violence and trauma
- Proficiency working with individuals of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles
- Strong organizational and administrative skills
- Aptitude for intense and thorough negotiation and advocacy
- Ability to work evenings if necessary
- Ability to respond sensitively to clients’ urgent needs
- Exceptional interpersonal, speaking, and writing skills and the ability to apply these skills in diverse situations
- Demonstrated ability to be flexible and work as a team member
- Demonstrated ability to work independently
- Must be able to travel between boroughs
- Interest and proclivity in working within a legal framework
- Fluency in Spanish required
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice
- Two years’ experience working with victims of intimate partner violence
- Associate or Bachelor’s Degree
Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience. Generous vacation, medical and dental benefits are provided. The position is for one year with the potential for extension if funding allows. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.
Please submit a cover letter, resume and references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Please write “ADVOCATE” in the subject heading. We regret that due to high volume, we are unable to respond to inquiries and will only contact those candidates selected for consideration. Please do not contact us via telephone or fax. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.