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Legal Aid Society

Victim Advocate- Gallatin

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Job Summary

Legal Aid Society has an immediate opening for a Victim Advocate in its Gallatin office.  The Victim Advocate works with survivors of domestic violence in a five-county territory, providing court accompaniment to clients, information on criminal victim compensation and other necessary services, and community education, and maintains positive working relationships with community agencies and law enforcement.

 This position is funded in part by, and in collaboration with, one or more grants. Personnel must adhere to goals and outcomes detailed in the grant contract. This position is funded for the duration of the grant and subsequent renewal may result in modification of job duties and responsibilities. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Interview applicants and, in consultation with supervising attorney, determine level of service to be provided.
  • Serve as primary case handler and advocate for clients in a variety of substantive legal areas for clients, as assigned.
  • Prepare and present community education workshops and conduct outreach events about LAS’ mission and services.
  • Assess the needs of clients, providing relevant information and making appropriate referrals for additional LAS cases as well as other community resources.
  • Create and maintain positive working relationships with organizations in the service area and state which would benefit the client population.
  • Maintain accurate and orderly client files, adhering to case management database policies and guidelines.
  • Support the casework of attorneys as assigned.
  • Carefully follow directions and promptly respond to requests of attorneys and other LAS staff.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or a minimum of two years of relevant experience. MSW Ideal.
  • background in social work, preferred.
  • fluency in written and spoken Spanish is a plus.
  • experience with orders of protection, domestic violence, and family law issues and/or experience working with low income persons.
  • Previous employment or volunteer work with a law office, court, social service agency, or other related setting. 
  • effective oral and written communication skills, including in interviewing clients and helping persons in crisis. 
  • excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. 

Additional Information

Benefits

Salary: Dependent on experience.  Comprehensive benefits package.

Our Mission: Legal Aid Society’s mission is to advance, defend and enforce the legal rights of low income and vulnerable people in order to secure for them the basic necessities of life. Our staff includes national authorities in the fields of domestic violence, housing, consumer law, federal income taxation, health advocacy, nonprofit group representation, social security and special education. To learn more about LAS, please visit www.las.org

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

How to Apply

How to Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and three references (with contact information) in PDF format to our Hiring Manager at HR@las.org. No phone calls, please.

Details

  • Date Posted: June 9, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Legal
  • Service Area: Children / Youth