Legal Advocate-Counselor

Centre County Women’s Resource Center
Job Description: Legal Advocate/Counselor
Primary Locations:  Bellefonte and State College
Draft Revised 8/29/13

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide crisis intervention, short-term, supportive counseling and legal advocacy to victims of domestic and sexual violence. Services include:
  • Providing crisis intervention on the hotline and to walk-in clients;
  • Providing legal advocacy and scheduled counseling to Shelter residents;
  • Assistance with writing and filing of Protection from Abuse Orders, providing information about the legal system, and making referrals as appropriate;
  • Providing accompaniment and advocacy to victims of domestic and sexual violence in civil and criminal court and with other systems as needed;
  • Facilitating domestic and sexual violence support groups as part of the on-going rotation;
  • Serving as a sponsor for clients in the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program;
  • Maintaining case logs for client contact and entering client and service information into the R-Client system.
  1. Work with clients in obtaining financial assistance for relocation. Work with the Director of Transitional Housing to maintain appropriate documentation.
  1. Maintain and track safety phone services (Hopeline and 911 phones).
  1. Assist clients in filing Victim’s Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP) claims, including:
  • Assisting clients in understanding and filing claims;
  • Serving as an ongoing resource to clients who have questions about their claim;
  • Remaining up-to-date on changes to VCAP policies and procedures
  1. Participate in the general responsibilities of CCWRC staff, including:
  • Provision of services through the hotline;
  • Serving as SART responder;
  • Participating in general office coverage

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain open communication with CCWRC staff to coordinate efforts to meet the needs of CCWRC clients;
  2. Maintain current knowledge in the field and attend seminars/workshops to increase professional knowledge and effectiveness.
  3. Participation in Staff and Team meetings (both CAST and Shelter as appropriate), in-services and professional development sessions.
  4. Provide direct services necessary, including participation on emergency rotation schedule for the hotline. Maintain client confidentiality.
  5. Is under supervision of the CAS Director and meets regularly for supervision,
  6. Commit to CCWRC’s mission of working toward social change for women and against the intersections of oppression that affect victims and survivors who seek our services.  These oppressions include ageism, classism, racism, ableism, homophobia and heterosexism.  Staff members must also commit to participate in and contribute to creating an anti-racist ethic within our organization.

Qualifications:

Completion of the Centre County Women’s Resource Center Volunteer Advocate training.  Degree in counseling, social work, or related field and/or experience in the provision of direct services to women and children.  A strong commitment to providing quality services to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence survivors.  Strong daily commitment to:

  • the provision of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault services with a feminist perspective;
  • the struggle against ageism, classism, racism, ableism, homophobia and heterosexism;
  • support and involve people of all racial, social, ethnic, religious, cultural and economic groups;
  • must meet qualifications and receive Act 33 and 34 clearances

Must have personal, reliable means of transportation.

Hours worked per week: 40 hours

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