CRIME VICTIM ADVOCATE

Vacancy Ann. # STOI-17-053
Title CRIME VICTIM ADVOCATE
Supervisor FAMILY VIOLENCE PROGRAM MANAGER
Department HHS/FAMILY VIOLENCE PROGRAM MANAGER
Location WELLPINIT, WA
Status FULL TIME, GRANT DEPENDENT TO SEPT. 2019
Rate of Pay $15.00 - $16.00 PER HOUR
Opening Date MAY 5, 2017
Closing Date MAY 19, 2017

                                                                                      

INTRODUCTION:

The mission of this position is to provide a confidential, non-judgmental, supportive environment respecting Victims needs and to educate the tribal community on issues of elder abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Provide victim services to battered/abused individuals of all crime especially elder abuse. The advocate will coordinate services between the Spokane Tribe and agencies at the local, state and federal level. Speak and act for change or justice on behalf of Spokane Tribe Family Violence Program. Treat the clients with respect and discern what assistance the client needs and qualifies for following the intake process. Recognize that each client is in a different place on their journey in life and may not be ready for all the answers that he/she may have for them. Offer options to clients and sharing the potential outcomes from those options. Offer and provide education. Offer and provide opportunities that help move clients forward in their daily living. Provide support for clients with the goal that client can come into successful self–sufficiency. Provide crime (elder abuse) prevention education to local area schools and the Spokane Tribal community.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide direct care and support services to victims of all crimes especially elder abuse.
  • Coordinate and develop reservation wide services, outreach services, and advocate for the victims in legal proceedings.
  • Under the direct supervision of the Family Violence Program Manager, the advocate will prioritize the safety and integrity of victims.
  • Assist with the coordinated community response to intimate violence and a focus on elder abuse.
  • Provide crisis intervention after initial contact by victim with 911 or Tribal law enforcement.
  • Coordinate with law enforcement and Tribal courts for perpetrator accountability.
  • Promote spiritual and cultural traditions.
  • Develop safety plans for victims and self.
  • Keep strict Family Violence Program confidentiality standards regarding clients.
  • The incumbent will be on-call 24 hours a day and on weekends for crisis response on a regular basis.
  • When advocating for the client, ensure appropriate and timely delivery of quality services.
  • Debrief with your Team and/or the Family Violence Program Manager.
  • Keep timely and accurate records of services provided in the client’s intake file.
  • Responsible for collecting data and completing monthly reports.
  • Responsible for providing trainings and educational programs about issues involving elder abuse, dating/domestic violence, internet safety, rape/sexual assault, stalking, bullying, date rape drugs, healthy relationships, and related topics.
  • Maintain statistics of all activities for Grantor.
  • Requires travel.
  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED FOR POSITION:

  • Ability to effectively conduct public speaking and group facilitation with all age groups.
  • Knowledge of Tribal Customs and Traditions.
  • Knowledge Tribal protocol for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention and easy access to services.
  • Knowledge & awareness of the dynamics of sexual assault and domestic violence and how individuals recover from these traumatic experiences.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School diploma or G.E.D. required.
  • Minimum of 6 months of experience / education in victim advocacy, or closely related field (ex: law enforcement, social services, court, case management, senior services, behavioral health, human services, home health care).  Volunteer experience in a related field will be considered.
  • Knowledge of tribal court process for victims of intimate crime.
  • Must NOT have any founded domestic violence, sexual assault or child or elder abuse charges.
  • Must be willing to attend training and willing to travel.
  • Knowledge of the dynamics and theories of domestic violence and conflict resolution.
  • Knowledge of client centered victim advocacy.
  • Must have the ability to understand, learn about, and appreciate the difference working within Native American culture.
  • Must be willing to be on-call.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, organize well, and handle multiple projects in a timely manner.
  • Proven leadership skills; ability to lead and be part of a team.
  • Ability to work independently with initiative and judgment.
  • Ability to be flexible.
  • Ability to follow leadership.
  • Oral and written communication, listening, de-escalating, interpersonal, conflict resolution, crisis management, organizational and computer skills.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Must have a valid Washington State Drivers License, good driving record and be tribally insurable and have reliable transportation.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Must be computer literate for maintaining statistics, report writing, correspondence and developing presentations.

 

Applications are available at the Tribal Human Resource Department

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Geraldine Abrahamson

P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040

 Phone: (509) 458-6583 or (509) 458-6527 (509) Fax: 509-458-6556

E-mail: sabrina.mccoy@spokanetribe.com or hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com           

Applications must be received in the Human Resource Department no later than

4:30 p.m. on the closing date

The Spokane Tribe reserves the right to hire according to its Indian Preference Policy

All Applicants may be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Test

All Positions with the Spokane tribe of Indians are subject to a

 90-day orientation period