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FAMILY VIOLENCE PROGRAM ADVOCATE

VACANCY ANN. #:      STOI-21-139

TITLE:                             FAMILY VIOLENCE PROGRAM ADVOCATE

DEPARTMENT:           HHS/FAMILY VIOLENCE PROGRAM

LOCATION:                   WELLPINIT, WA

SUPERVISOR:             FAMILY VIOLENCE PROGRAM MANAGER

STATUS:                        REGULAR, FULL-TIME, NON-EXEMPT

RATE OF PAY:             $17.00 – $18.00/PER HOUR

OPENING DATE:        APRIL 7, 2021

CLOSING DATE:         APRIL 14, 2021

 

INTRODUCTION:

The mission of this position is to provide a confidential, non-judgmental, supportive environment respecting the client’s needs and to educate the tribal community on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and sex trafficking. Provide client services to battered/abused individuals of all crime. 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 outreach and awareness to local schools and the Spokane Tribal Community.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide direct care and support services to clients who experiences all crimes.
  • 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.
  • Provide crisis intervention after initial contact by the client with 911 or Tribal law enforcement.
  • Provide assistance in making informed choices and decisions about police reporting.
  • Provide support during investigative and legal processes.
  • Promote spiritual and cultural traditions.
  • Develop safety plans for client 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.
  • Advise, assist, and update clients seeking protection and anti-harassment orders, both in person and by phone, and advocates for clients at protection order hearings.
  • When advocating for the client, ensure appropriate and timely delivery of quality services.
  • Debrief with your Team and/or the Family Violence Program Manager of new intakes.
  • 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 dating/domestic violence, internet safety, rape/sexual assault, stalking, bullying, sex trafficking, 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.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently with initiative and judgment.
  • Ability to be flexible.
  • Ability to follow leadership.
  • Knowledge of the dynamics and theories of domestic violence and conflict resolution.
  • Knowledge of client centered 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, (responsive to emails/texts/calls).
  • 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.
  • Oral and written communication, listening, de-escalating, interpersonal, conflict resolution, crisis management, organizational and computer skills.
  • Knowledge of Tribal court process for clients of intimate crime.

SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

  • Complete 40 hours of advocacy training in 60 days upon hire.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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, behavior health, human services, home health care).  Volunteer experience in a related field will be considered.
  • Must NOT have any founded domestic violence, sexual assault, child or elder abuse charges.
  • Must be willing to attend training and willing to travel.
  • Must have a valid Washington State Driver’s License, be tribally insurable, and have reliable transportation.
  • Must be able to pass a background inquiry.
  • Must have current computer experience for maintaining statistics, report writing, correspondence and developing presentations.

Applications Are Available At the Spokane Tribal Human Resources Department or can be downloaded at www.spokanetribe.com

P.O. Box 206, Wellpinit, WA 99040

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett

(509) 458-6583 (509) 458-6527, Fax: (509) 458-6556

e-mail:  hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

Applications Must Be Received In The Human Resources Department

By 4:30 PM On The Closing Date

The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According

To Its Indian Preference Policy

All Applicants Will Be Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test

All Positions With The Tribe Are Subject To A 90 Day Orientation Period