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Legal Advocate

SAFE Legal Advocate

 

The SAFE Legal Advocate is responsible for providing short/long term legal and non-legal advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, or other forms of violence. Advocacy and support will be offered through mechanisms such as court accompaniment, offering information and referrals, and addressing crisis and trauma related to the legal process. The Legal Advocate will provide ongoing consultation and training to SAFE staff and other collaborating agencies, related to client services and referrals. The SAFE Legal Advocate will work closely alongside the SAFE manager of Legal Advocacy and the SAFE Legal Services attorneys to provide support including but not limited to: completing legal intakes; responding to client requests for services; referring to other legal aid agencies; court accompaniment; legal research, and drafting of correspondence and motions, with attorney guidance.

About SAFE:

  • SAFE’s mission is our name: Stop Abuse For Everyone. We achieve our mission by acknowledging and responding to the intersection of child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence.
  • The SAFE Alliance grew out of the courageous work of the Center for Battered Women, the Austin Rape Crisis Center, and the Austin Children’s Shelter, all respected, women-led human service agencies created by volunteers and informed by survivors who needed support, safety and justice.
  • With over 20 programs and 400 staff, we have been serving the Austin community and beyond for over 30 years.
  • The SAFE Alliance strongly encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color; LGBTQ+ identified people; gender-nonconforming people; individuals with disabilities; veterans; and people who speak a language in addition to English. 

About this position:

The role of SAFE Legal Advocate is a full time, non-exempt salaried position. The role requires working on site at the SAFE campus and remotely at the downtown office, civil and criminal courthouses and SAFE headquarters. The role maintains regular check-ins with the SAFE manager of legal advocacy, SAFE legal services team and SAFE Legal Services attorneys. We will pay you an annual salary of $30,000-34,000.

 

Key Duties:

 

  • Work alongside a team of legal advocates and attorneys
  • Conduct short/long term legal and non-legal advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, or other forms of violence. Advocacy and support will be offered through mechanisms such as court accompaniment, offering information and referrals, and addressing crisis and trauma related to the legal process.
  • Conduct professional presentations/trainings for SAFE staff and other collaborating agencies.
  • Provide support to SAFE Sr. Director of Legal Services ,SAFE Staff attorney and Manager of legal advocacy as needed, including but not limited to completing legal intakes, responding in a timely manner to client requests for services, referring to other legal aid agencies, and providing court accompaniment, as well as drafting correspondence and motions, and performing legal research, with attorney guidance.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with court staff and the judiciary when advocating on behalf of SAFE clients.
  • Maintain relationships with collaborating agencies to support the work of SAFE Alliance and the SAFE Legal Services Program by utilizing appropriate interpersonal skill; ensures that services are cooperatively planned, implemented and evaluated. 
  • Effectively work to cultivate relationships at all levels of the organization and values differences when working with various community partners.
  • As assigned, participate on task forces and in community groups and Instills trust within and amongst those teams. 

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or other related field required. Master’s degree in Social Work preferred; four years of experience in social services can be substituted for education.
  • Two years’ experience in legal services related to criminal or civil court system preferred.
  • Two years’ experience providing one-on-one advocacy to survivors of violence.
  • One year of training or community education experience preferred.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check).

About our benefits:

  • Full-time employees receive employer paid health insurance, short-term disability, and life insurance. *
  • Optional dental, vision and pet insurance. *
  • 403(b) retirement plan with an employer match, and 15 days of Paid Time Off (PTO), 4 Personal Holidays, 6 Paid holidays, and more*
  • We’ll provide you with an amazing work environment where you’ll get to make a difference every day.

*Benefits are prorated based on date of hire and hours worked. Eligibility is dependent upon FTE, status, etc. 

 

 

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