Legal Advocate Services Coordinator

Title: Legal Advocacy Services Coordinator
Hours: 40 hours per week, including occasional weekend and evening hours
Supervisor: Executive Director
Compensation: $16.00/hour with medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits

Position Summary:  The Legal Advocate provides general advocacy, legal advocacy – civil and criminal, crisis intervention, and support for survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence. The Legal Advocate is based at SASS and works collaboratively with the Oregon Law Center.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Essential Functions

  • Provide advocacy and crisis intervention services to survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence, including emotional support, transportation and accompaniment, information and referral, safety planning, and follow-up services.
  • Accompany clients to meetings with attorneys for legal case preparation, and assist in the facilitation of communication and information sharing between clients and Clinic attorneys.
  • Participate in the development of annual program goals; keeping current the policies and procedures, advocacy training and educational materials, and other program materials and resources.
  • Accurately track all client contacts to assist in the compilation of monthly reports on survivor services per grant reporting purposes.
  • Work with staff and other agencies to improve the system’s response to sexual assault.
  • With the staff and board, develop and maintain positive working relationships with necessary community departments, agencies, organizations, and individuals.
  • Model and demonstrate cultural competence in performance of job duties.
  • Participate in the training and scheduling of Legal Advocacy program volunteers.
  • Support and debrief with other staff and volunteers.
  • Attend networking meetings as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

General Responsibilities – With Other Staff

  • Attend staff meetings, staff days and agency retreats
  • Serve as a visible spokesperson and advocate for SASS’ mission, services and programs in the community.
  • In collaboration with staff, facilitate SASS’ participation in public events such as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Take Back the Night, and Pride.
  • Assist in the training and support of volunteers and staff.
  • Attend agency events and activities.

Qualifications – Required:

  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to eliminating sexual and domestic violence and all forms of oppression.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to provide professional community presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate many people with varying skills, abilities, life experiences and/or from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated skill in handling multiple tasks, tracking details, and setting priorities for accomplishing a variety of projects.
  • Adherence to the laws on confidentiality when supporting survivors and/or their partners, friends and family.
  • Ability to work flexible hours independently and as a team member.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel. Ability to learn new technology systems and implement within scope of duties.
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.
  • Proof of successful completion of Oregon’s Advocacy Training requirements or ability to complete it within first six months of employment.

Qualifications – Preferred:

  • Experience as an advocate (volunteer or paid) for individuals impacted by trauma, particularly as they interact with the criminal and civil legal systems.
  • Experience with public speaking on issues of interpersonal violence including sexual assault, rape culture, anti-oppression or anti-racism issues.
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural.