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Advocate

Posted: 02/18/2021

Responsible to: Executive Director
Supervises: Advocacy Department including interns/volunteers
 
The Advocacy Services Coordinator is responsible for developing, coordinating and providing quality, culturally competent and trauma-informed advocacy services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, harassment, trafficking, and hate crimes. This position’s primary focuses are to connect survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, bullying and hate crimes to existing resources, and strengthen community response to LGBTQ+ violence. The Advocacy Services Coordinator trains and updates all staff on new victim services procedures, as well as oversees all advocacy staff, interns and volunteer advocates. This position will be responsible for implementing the frameworks within the department. This position will also help transform the Advocacy Services department as KCAVP expands over the next year.
 
This is a full-time (40hr/week), salaried, non-exempt position with paid health benefits, vacation and sick time. This position is primarily responsible to the Kansas City Metropolitan Area and outlying counties.
 
Major Responsibilities: 

  • Provide, develop, enhance and survivor-centered advocacy and support to victims and survivors of violence including, but not limited to:
    • Crisis Line and crisis intervention
    • Assisting survivors to develop and maintain a safety plan.
    • Provide case management including expanding the survivor’s resources and providing linkage to job, housing, education, health, community, and legal organizations.
    • Provide legal advocacy and court accompaniment to survivors of violence seeking orders of protection and other court matters.
    • Work with law enforcement systems as needed.
    • Provide Emergency support for survivors of violence including emergency housing, food, clothing, and transportation. 
  • Assist the Programs Director in providing reports on Victims and Victim Services with administration and recordkeeping through hard copy and electronic methods.
  • With the Programs Director, assist in community and institutional responses to incidents of violence against LGBTQ+ people.
  • Supervise and oversee training for all Advocacy staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Develop and maintain client referral listings and safe contact lists.
  • Participate in culturally and linguistically appropriate community education and outreach efforts particularly prioritizing underserved populations.
  • Represent the agency at meetings with other agencies and organizations so as to enhance survivor services for LGBTQ+ persons and particularly for communities facing multiple forms of oppression.
  • Participate in staff meetings, team meetings and training.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
 

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