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Purpose: Greet, provide guidance, information and referrals to victims of domestic violence at the
Cook County Domestic Violence Court in Chicago.
Responsibility 1: Provide comprehensive and quality services to families impacted by domestic violence.
1. Provide a brief overview of available court options.
2. Assess which intervention is most useful for individual's objective.
3. Refer to resources inside and outside the courthouse including Legal Advocates through Sarah’s Inn or other qualified organizations.
4. Ensure professional relationships with clients to create an atmosphere of empathy, safety and support.
5. In addition to victims of domestic violence, be able to provide these services to victims of sexual assault and stalking.
In addition to these in-person services the Advocate will:
1. Provide crisis intervention and referrals for battered individuals and their families over the phone on the crisis line.
2. Organize and prioritize daily services and responsibilities to ensure that client needs are met.
3. Maintain accurate and current information regarding issues and policies impacting legal services to victims of domestic violence.
4. Update and enhance knowledge of community resources and materials relevant to the clients we serve.
5. Coordinate responsibilities with team members to ensure client needs are met.
6. Ensure fulfillment of grant objectives and expectations.
7. Collect minimal data from individuals served, manage corresponding paperwork, and enter data into database for successful reporting to funders.
8. Collect minimal data from individuals served and manage corresponding paperwork
9. After interacting with a Sarah’s Inn client update files in a timely and accurate manner.
10. After interacting with a Sarah’s Inn client update client case notes and service codes in a timely and accurate manner.
11. Maintain knowledge internal organizational guidelines and protocols.
Responsibility 2: Educate community members and professionals about domestic violence and Sarah’s Inn services.
1. Participate in community awareness events.
2. Participate in the coordination and completion of short-term projects that enables staff to better educate community members and professionals about the services at Sarah’s Inn.
1. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
2. Excellent organizational skills.
3. Demonstrated computer experience.
4. Knowledge of women's, children and youth issues specifically related to domestic violence.
5. Demonstrated ability to prioritize and handle a variety of tasks, and meet established deadlines.
6. Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with a wide variety of people, including but not limited to board members, staff, volunteers, interns, government officials, community partners, organizational donors and media.
7. Commitment to and experience in working with people from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds.
8. BA degree and/or equivalent experience required.
9. Fluency in oral and written Spanish required.
10. Ability to work some evening and weekend hours.
11. Completion of 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training required (provided by Sarah’s Inn).
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Each fellow is provided with opportunity to be matched with a professional mentor, a spiritual companion, and counseling resources. There are three service days and trainings for all fellows each service year as well as mentoring if wanted.
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check
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