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FULL TIME ADVOCATE
Started in 2012, the mission of the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) empowers victims of crime to achieve survivor defined justice through a collaborative continuum of advocacy, case management and legal services. Additionally, NVRDC believes in fostering strong relationships with other DC providers in the hopes that the victim recovery process will be seamless and complete.The Victims’ Rights Enforcement Project–also known as Rights In Systems Enforced Project (“RISE Project”) is a project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI). Funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), award number 2018-V3-GX-K018, the RISE Project is funding six legal Clinics to provide crime victims with access to legal representation to assert and seek enforcement of their rights throughout criminal justice processes, increase awareness of victims’ rights and increase victim access to no cost legal services through an expanded body of attorneys knowledgeable about rights assertion and enforcement in criminal trial and appellate courts.
THE ADVOCATE POSITION SUMMARY:
NVRDC seeks an advocate to work collaboratively to provide case management support to survivors of crime within the new Rights in Systems Enforced (RISE) project. This advocate will work collaboratively with NVRDC's leadership, legal team, and advocates to provide support and advocacy to victims of crime with a strong focus on advocacy for victims of hate crimes and surviving family members of homicide victims. This individual will be resourceful, highly organized, a team player, flexible, a critical and analytical thinker, self-reflective and self-aware, and open to growth and learning. The advocate will be committed to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational and vocational backgrounds to demonstrate NVRDC’s dedication to social justice and access to justice for all victims of crime in DC. This is a full-time, (40 hours per week) FLSA non-exempt, at-will employment position. NVRDC offers a competitive benefits package with paid-time off, contribution for the cost of the health care coverage, paid federal holidays, retirement plan options with a 3% match and vesting after one year, and professional development. Compensation is commensurate with experience.
POSITION PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
The advocate provides individualized support, assistance, advocacy, and referrals to victims of all crime in Washington, DC. This position will have a special emphasis on victims of hate crimes and surviving family members of homicide. Specific responsibilities include:
Refers primary and secondary victims to appropriate internal and external services to include: medical treatment, compensation assistance, legal support,therapeutic needs, shelter, social and educational needs
Works closely with law enforcement agencies, attorneys, schools, health and social service agencies
Commitment to developing innovative responses to community-based violence through representation of and/or advocacy for survivors.
Maintains accurate case records and is responsible for project specific grant reporting
Understanding and sensitivity to issues client populations face
Commitment to an anti-racist, client-centered approach to advocacy and ability to work on delicate issues in a compassionate and sensitive manner
Assists other victims of crime with case management, as needed
Engage in issue spotting potential legal issues in order to provide seamless
access to legal services and referrals to pro bono partners
Organizes education and training opportunities with partner agencies and members of the DC community
Support the planning and execution of community outreach and training
Continues to grow and seek professional development opportunities for individual position(s) and organization
Passion for helping victims and a demonstrated strong commitment to social justice
Experience, ability, and willingness to communicate and work well with staff and clients from a variety of racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds, and with various religious beliefs, lifestyles, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and differing abilities.
Form positive working relationships with RISE partners and community
Participate in violence prevention efforts with other providers as assigned
Performs other duties as needed
The successful candidate for this position must possess a combination of education and direct services experience that supports working with victims of crime and a demonstrated commitment to both public interest work and assistance to underserved populations. This position requires a self-starter who works well independently and as a team player. Specific skills and background include:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred
1-3 years direct victim services experience
Experience coordinating outreach and training events
Experience in the delivery of crisis intervention, counseling, legal advocacy and/or accompaniment services to survivors of violence
Experience with community advocacy, outreach, and grassroots organizing/ mobilizing
Extensive knowledge of victim services available within the District of Columbia
Demonstrated commitment to social justice, anti-oppression, and/or ending violence
Demonstrated desire to work with crime victims and ensure they receive the services they need
Experience working for marginalized communities and crime victims
Experience working in the nonprofit arena
Top-notch oral and written communication skills
Bilingual in Spanish, ASL, Amharic preferred
A reputation for integrity, dependability, and professionalism.
Please send a letter of interest and resume to Jennifer, Operations and Human Resources Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Advocacy Application” as the subject line by October 31, 2019. Only emailed submissions will be accepted.
Please note that NVRDC will not consider applicants who have current LCSW, LGSW, LPC, or LMHC licenses.