Victim Advocate

Multnomah County Health Department | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 7/31/2020
Description

Current employees: Please apply through the employee portal to be considered for this opportunity.

Pay Range:

$26.05 - $31.90 Hourly

Department:

Department of Community Justice (DCJ)

Job Type:

Regular Represented

Exemption Status:

United States of America (Non-Exempt)

Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):

August 21, 2020


The Opportunity:

*Only apply once for this opportunity*

Overview

Are you excited about creating effective systems of support for crime victims/survivors in Multnomah County? Are you passionate about strengthening and building our communities and helping our neighbors heal? We are too!

The Department of Community Justice Victim Services Unit seeks to hire two Victim Advocates - a Notification Advocate (immediate hire) and a General Advocate (12/31/20 start date), each with a different start date and duties.

The mission of the Victim Services Unit is to support people who have experienced harm by thoughtfully meeting their individualized needs, upholding victim rights, and enhancing our community’s response to victims/survivors by being a
collaborative and trusted community partner that prioritizes survivor-led practices and policies. Our work is rooted and led by three core values:

  • Equity
  • Survivor led
  • Trauma Informed

These advocacy positions are predominantly remote, with some work taking place in the office or to accompany a victim/survivor as they navigate our systems. This requires the advocate to have a remote work space that allows them to have confidential conversations with victims/survivors.

In the Notification Advocate position (immediate start date) you will make an impact by:

  • Providing trauma informed and survivor-led notifications to victims/survivors of both adult and juvenile crime along with crisis intervention, safety planning system navigation, and community referrals as needed.
  • Analyzing, interpreting and researching daily court dockets and police reports in juvenile justice cases to determine which victims/survivors should receive outreach, notification letters, and court hearing notifications to victims/survivors.
  • Providing bi-weekly coverage of adult court dockets and notification letters by complex processing, research, and analysis of dockets, restitution orders, and other court orders.
  • Providing emotional support to victims/survivors and education around the impacts of trauma.
  • Making referrals to community resources when appropriate.
  • Coordination and communication on case management plans with Parole and Probation Officers and Juvenile Court Counselors on associated cases.
  • Maintaining records, referrals, and statistics etc.
  • Accompanying victims/survivors to court when needed.
  • Regularly attending unit meetings in both the juvenile and adult services division to share information and education around crime victims rights and working with crime victims/survivors.

In the General Advocate position (12/31/20 start date), you will make an impact by:

  • Providing trauma-informed and survivor-led advocacy services to victims/survivors of adult and juvenile crime.
  • Establishing and maintaining contact with victims/survivors to provide information on victims’ rights and assist with navigation of the Department of Community Justice system.
  • Providing crisis intervention and conducting safety-planning as needed. This could include but is not limited to: working with victims/survivors to create personal safety plans, assisting victims/survivors with protective order applications, collaborating with Parole and Probation Offices and Juvenile Court Counselors to support the of victims’/survivors’ safety, and providing referrals around housing and relocation.
  • Providing emotional support to victims/survivors and education around the impacts of trauma.
  • Making referrals to community resources when appropriate.
  • Coordination and communication on case management plans with Parole and Probation Officers and Juvenile Court Counselors on associated cases.
  • Maintaining records, referrals, and statistics etc.
  • Accompanying victims/survivors to court when needed.
  • Regularly attending unit meetings in both the juvenile and adult services division to share information and education around crime victims rights and working with crime victims/survivors.
  • Proactively outreaching and engaging with Adult Services Division and Juvenile Services Division staff to staff cases, provide support and consultation, and share about victim/survivor services available to staff and clients.
  • Assisting in the design and delivery of workshops and training programs for both the Department of Community Justice staff as well as partners such as police, prosecutors, and medical professionals.

The successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • Experience working with and supporting victims/survivors, and understanding of crime victims’ rights under Oregon Law.
  • Ability to promote a culture of respect, inclusiveness, and appreciation of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and values.
  • Knowledge of cultures, dynamics, and customs of traditionally oppressed communities.
  • Knowledge of local resources and agencies that support victims/survivors.
  • Understanding of the effects of abuse, trauma, and vicarious trauma.
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma informed care principles and practice and restorative justice.
  • Comfort with change.
  • Experience navigating the criminal and juvenile justice system.
  • Comfort with proactive engagement with internal system partners on an ongoing basis.

To Qualify:

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • Equivalent to an Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, restorative justice, social work, program evaluation, public administration, or related field (professional work at or near the level of this position can substitute year for year for the educational requirement)
  • 2 or more years working with victims of crime and/or survivors of violence.
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid driver’s license.
  • Successful candidates must pass a thorough background investigation, which includes being fingerprinted.

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.

*Education Equivalent: two years of relevant experience, knowledge, and skills that will enable you to perform the tasks of the job proficiently can substitute for a degree. This can be experience from paid or unpaid employment or volunteer work.

Prefered Qualifications

  • Successful completion of 40 hour victim/survivor advocacy training.
  • Bilingual/bicultural.
  • Experience providing culturally specific services to victims/survivor of color, folks with disabilities, and/or LGBTQIA2S+ communities.
  • Experience using harm reduction, survivor-led, trauma informed approaches to support trauma survivors.

SCREENING AND EVALUATION:

The Application Packet:
Please be sure to provide all the materials below in your application submission:

  • Online Application: Explain all related experience (paid or unpaid) and training in the education and work experience sections of the application.
  • A Resume: Please indicate how you meet the required minimum qualifications. Be sure to explain in detail, including dates, all related work experience, paid or unpaid any relevant experience and education. Please be sure your resume includes the following for each employer: name of employer, location, dates of employment, your title, a brief summary of your responsibilities, the number of employees under your supervision.
  • A Cover Letter: This should expand on your resume, address why you are interested in this position and demonstrate how your experience and skill set align with the minimum and preferred qualifications listed.
  • Answers to the following supplemental questions:

1.Have you completed 40 hours of advocacy training. If so, when and where did you complete your training? If not, is there any relevant training you would like us to know about?
2.When was the last time you did advocacy work or work with trauma survivors? Briefly summarize your experience.

Note: The application, resume, supplemental questions and cover letter should demonstrate your work experience/skills and how it is related to those shown in the Overview and To Qualify sections of the job announcement. Please be thorough, as these materials may be scored and determine your eligibility for an interview.

The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

  • Initial review of minimum qualifications
  • A phone screen, oral exam, or written exam may be used to determine the most qualified candidates
  • Consideration of top candidates/Interviews
  • Background Investigation

Note: Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Type of Position: This hourly union-represented position is eligible overtime.

Questions?
Angie Larson, Recruiter
Department of Community Justice
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 250
Portland, OR 97214
angie.r.larson@multco.us


Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.

Questions?

Recruiter:

Angie Larson

Email:

angie.r.larson@multco.us

Phone:

+1 (503) 9883182 x83182

Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.

Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

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