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Legal Intake Advocate

Legal Intake Advocate

SAFE Legal Services seeks a full-time legal intake advocate. The SAFE Legal Intake Advocate is responsible for providing short/long-term advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence felonies prosecuted by the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

 

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.

About this position:

  • The role of SAFE Legal Intake Advocate is a FULL TIME, SALARY NON-EXEMPT position that works remotely at our District Attorney site with regular check-ins with the SAFE manager of legal advocacy. We will pay you an annual salary of $33,000-36,000

Key Duties:

  • Serves as an on-site resource at the Travis County District Attorney’s Office providing client-focused advocacy, counseling and referrals for victims in felony domestic violence assault cases prosecuted by the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Manages client crisis effectively, professionally, and with a high level of resiliency.
  • Conducts victim contacts within 24-48 business-hours from receiving case information.
  • Assesses victims’ short and long-term safety concerns and offers on-the-spot safety planning.
  • Determines if case qualifies as “high-risk” safety concern and refers case to Travis County Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT).
  • Participates in the DVHRT and is the primary liaison to the DVHRT Coordinator.
  • Communicates daily with Travis County District Attorney’s Office Family Violence Unit team members regarding client contacts.
  • Is available to walk-in crisis clients when Family Violence Unit team members are out-of-office or in court.
  • Is available to refer requests to SAFE Alliance for expert witness testimony.
  • Employs resourcefulness when developing new training or modifying and improving existing trainings/presentations, and consistently aims these efforts toward improving collaborations, court and client engagement.
  • Is consistently above board, beyond reproach and trustworthy when handling confidential victim information.
  • Communicates effectively and professionally with attorneys, court staff and the judiciary when advocating on behalf of SAFE clients.
  • Ensures accountability in maintaining documentation and program statistics/evaluations to meet requirements of both SAFE Alliance and grant reporting requirements. Compiles monthly statistical reports for SAFE Alliance.
  • Multi-tasks with strong situational adaptability and a keen eye for optimizing work processes.
  • Uses high-decision quality when reporting any incident of child abuse immediately to the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services and informs Legal Services Manager and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office Family Violence Chief and the Director of Special Victims Unit.
  • Participates on task forces and in community groups, as requested by the SAFE Legal Services Manager. 
  • Attends SAFE All-Staff meetings, legal services team scheduled meetings, legal advocates support meetings and supervision with SAFE Manager of Legal Advocacy.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or other related field or equivalent experience and training. Master’s degree in Social Work preferred.
  • Three years’ social work or counseling experience in a human services agency or a criminal justice system agency. Experience providing one-on-one advocacy to survivors of violence highly preferred.
  • One year of training or community education experience preferred.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English required

 

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.
  • All SAFE employees are eligible to enroll their children in our Trauma-Informed Early Childhood Program (ages 3 months to 5 years, space permitting). 

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

 

About us:

  • 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 people of color, LGBTQ+ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English. 

 

 

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