Lead Justice Advocate
Job ID 4691 // Posted February 26, 2021

Works in collaboration with the Batterer Accountability Specialist to maintain the Justice Advocate program functions and responsibilities, to provide justice advocacy program participants with quality services to include advocacy, support groups, safety planning, and resources.

Provide advocacy interventions to survivors of domestic violence and their children. Including but not limited to crisis intervention, safety education, information and referrals, and justice advocacy to individuals who seek services from CASA’s Outreach Department, telephone hotline and those who enter the legal system for protection from domestic violence.

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES:

  • Meet regularly with the Batterer Accountability Specialist to discuss program successes, barriers, and areas for opportunities.
  • Performs administrative tasks as assigned.
  • Coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with program managers to ensure quality services are provided to survivors.
  • Responsible for understanding and acting in accordance with all CASA policies.
  • Ensure that all services are documented in the appropriate report and database.
  • Assist with interviewing applicants as needed.
  • Monitor advocacy service delivery for compliance with state, federal, and local grant requirements.
  • Prepares monthly reports and maintains records of the Justice team’s statistics and KPIs
  • Prepares quarterly statistical reports according to grant requirements
  • Ensure team members operate according to CASA’s principles, policies, and program standards.
  • Develop, maintain, and update the Justice Advocate Program Manual.
  • Assist and support survivors of domestic violence and their children through the criminal and civil justice process
  • Provide assistance to survivors with safety planning, victim compensation, accompaniment to court, and referrals to community resources.
  • Explain the eligibility, process and service for an Injunction for Protection (IFP), Return Hearing and General Master Hearing, as well as procedures if the respondent violates the injunction.
  • Provide assistance to petitioners in completing the IFP paper work, especially with writing the short narrative describing physical violence, threats of violence and stalking.
  • Provide justice advocacy by helping petitioners assess and evaluate their danger level of violence, develop a safety plan, provide Crimes Compensation information, paperwork, and referrals for the Address Confidentiality program where appropriate.
  • Work with participants to help them assess their needs and explain CASA’s services: legal assistance referral, shelter, community assistance, support group information; and work with them in developing and implementing a goal plan, and supporting their progress.
  • Attend and provide support and assistance to petitioners at Return Hearings, General Master Hearings, and custody hearings when necessary.
  • Advise those victims who have contacted Law Enforcement about the criminal justice process and refer them to the State Attorney Office.
  • Work collaboratively with the State Attorney Office, the Clerk of the Courts, the St. Petersburg Police Department, the Sheriff’s Department and other pertinent law enforcement organizations, to enhance victim safety and respondent accountability through improved enforcement of injunctions for protection and domestic violence education to representatives of law enforcement and the legal system.
  • Provide justice advocacy, telephone crisis intervention, safety planning and community referrals to callers and/or walk-in participants.
  • Complete all required documents, paper work, and computer entries in an accurately and timely manner.
  • Facilitate support groups.
  • As needed, attend and participate in case conferences, staff meetings, trainings, community meetings and presentations.
  • Assist with training and supervision of staff and volunteers/ interns
  • Provide input for program development.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Batters Accountability Specialist

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related human services or equivalent life experience
  • Have the ability to function independently and work cooperatively as a team member
  • Experience working with survivors of domestic violence or other crisis experience preferred
  • Knowledge of community resources and the ability to maintain working relationships with other agencies
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule
  • Must have direct access to reliable transportation during all working hours.
  • Willingness to drive agency vehicles, as needed.
  • Valid Florida State Driver’s License and proof of auto insurance verified annually.
  • Participate in both CASA and State Attorney criminal background check/urine screening.
  • Regular work attendance
  • Ability to climb stairs
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