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- Victim Advocate, Houstan, USA

Under the supervision of the Executive Director provides crisis counseling, follow-up, information and referral, personal advocacy, criminal justice support, emergency legal advocacy, telephone contact, assistance with filing Victim Compensation to domestic violence victims; to residential and community clients in Houston and Pulaski Counties.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the principles and practices of rehabilitative and crisis counseling. Knowledge of the laws and procedures of criminal justice agencies as they effect the responsibilities and rights of victims. Knowledge of community resources to provide information and referrals to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Knowledge of the family dynamics and issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Knowledge of social service resources and agencies in the community. Knowledge of effective communication and motivation practices. Ability to perform crisis intervention by counseling victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse and assist them in taking appropriate actions. Ability to work with the public encompassing all types of behaviors. Ability to converse with participants to obtain pertinent information. Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and complete case notes and participant records. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work in order to accomplish work in compliance with quality standards and timelines. Ability to build and maintain effective and professional working relationships with participants and community agencies. Ability to remain calm and make sound decisions during a state of crisis. Ability to develop program plans and goals based on client’s needs. Ability to read, write and communicate the English language. Ability to effectively and efficiently work on multiple cases at the same time without becoming frustrated or disorganized. Ability to use/operate general office equipment, computer, vehicle and TTY.

Education and Experience
Associates degree in a human service related field, sociology, psychology, counseling, social work, criminology or related field AND two years’ experience working with victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault OR any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge skills and abilities. Bilingual preferred.

Licenses and Certifications
Valid State Driver’s License
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
Ability to meet attendance requirements. Ability to drive a vehicle in order to serve as an advocate for victims and to transport victims to appointments related to service plans. Limited amount of physical effort required associated with walking, standing lifting and carrying light objects (less than 25 lbs.) 5-10% of work time. Duties are usually performed seated. Siting may be relieved by brief or occasional periods of standing or walking. Work is performed in a normal office environment where there are little or no physical discomforts associated with changes in weather or discomforts associated with noise, dirt, dust and the like.

*Application Submittal Period: 2-2-2018 to 2-09-2018
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
 
Job posted on 8 February 2018.
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