• Systems Advocate - Court

    Posted: 09/29/2021

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    Women’s Resource Center of Newport & Bristol Counties

    Job Title: Systems Advocate - Court

    Location: Newport/Bristol Counties

    Salary: $ 35,000-45,000

    Full Time

    Permanent

    ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY:

    Founded in 1977, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has a long history of providing a full range of compassionate, comprehensive direct services to survivors of domestic violence. Over the past fifteen years, the WRC has also been at the forefront of innovative prevention practice nationally. The WRC’s purpose is to work with the community to end violence, combining survivor-centered service delivery with evidence-informed prevention strategies. We engage a myriad of governmental and state agencies, organizational partners, and diverse local residents of all ages, races, ethnicities, languages, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds to ensure that survivors have the support they need, while simultaneously working to create healthy, safe communities.

    The WRC is committed to being at the top of our field with all of our services and practice. We prioritize organizational and staff development, to ensure that all of our practices reflect best practices in the field. In addition, we are participating in Move to End Violence, a national project focused on centering the domestic violence movement on the experiences of marginalized communities. Members of our staff have attended local, regional, and national trainings as well as webinars to continue to grow their professional skills.

    The Women’s Resource Center has many strengths to build on including a strong revenue base from state and federal funds and foundation grants, a diverse, highly committed, engaged, and experienced staff providing unique, highly mission driven programs; competent management; and statewide recognition for excellence in programming in the areas of primary prevention and counseling as well as state leadership in connecting victims to DHS support.

    Mission

    Leading domestic violence prevention through the empowerment of individuals and the community by providing advocacy, education and support services.

    Values

    Social justice

    We believe that our community has the ability to achieve domestic peace.

    Individual empowerment

    We believe in the potential for individual change.

    Community commitment

    We believe in the power of working collaboratively with our community to compassionately and confidentially provide best practices in a safe and accessible environment.

    Agency commitment

    We believe in providing a diverse, respectful, and safe environment to work, learn and grow.

    POSITION SUMMARY:

    The Systems Advocate will report to the Systems Advocacy Program Manager. The Systems Advocate will assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with obtaining temporary restraining orders, navigating civil court proceedings and process, safety planning, and resources. The Systems Advocate will coordinate different community members to ensure the client has the services needed to safely proceed with court proceedings.

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

    Direct Service:

    • Provide trauma-informed direct services to victims of domestic abuse including support, advocacy, crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault involved in court proceedings.
    • Advise victims of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes of their rights, and assist them in securing those rights.
    • Inform victims of the availability of protective orders and assist victims in obtaining orders when appropriate.
    • Monitor the justice system’s response to and treatment of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes.
    • Take appropriate steps to deal with emergency situations with the goal of maintaining the safety of all clients
    • Respond effectively to challenging situations with clients
    • Know and understand all civil court proceedings, documents, language and processes in Newport County and throughout the state as needed to provide appropriate support
    • Provide follow-up case management to clients in need
    • Support on going clients during civil court proceedings
    • Collaborate with and learn to implement the Law Enforcement Advocacy program

    General Responsibilities:

    • Adhere to agency policies and work rules, including strict adherence to WRC confidentiality policies and code of ethics
    • Maintain client files, agency files, statistics, forms, and other record keeping as required
    • Complete all paperwork and enter it into the client records database in a timely manner
    • Attend and actively participate in agency meetings as required, including department meetings, and regularly scheduled supervision meetings
    • Identify and consult with Systems Advocacy Program Manager on any potentially high-risk client situations and/or any areas of concern about services or the agency. Bring forth ideas for service delivery improvement
    • Maintain professional boundaries
    • Attend training and continuing education activities as assigned
    • Maintain current knowledge of changes in policies and procedures, new community resources, and other information
    • Other duties as assigned

    Performance Skills:

    • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of the organization
    • Knowledge of domestic violence issues
    • Ability to work with diverse populations
    • Ability to interact sensitively with traumatized populations and to handle crisis appropriately

    The Women’s Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee or applicant in employment of conditions or opportunities for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status such as disability, age, marital and family status, sexual orientation and gender identity, health status, place of residence, economic and social situation.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Pay: $35,000.00 - $45,000.00 per year

    Benefits:

    • 401(k) matching
    • Dental insurance
    • Employee assistance program
    • Health insurance
    • Paid time off
    • Professional development assistance
    • Retirement plan
    • Vision insurance

    Schedule:

    • 8 hour shift
    • Day shift
    • Monday to Friday

    Work Location:

    • Multiple locations

    Work Remotely:

    • No
    Interested parties may apply here

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