Tacoma Community House is a nationally respected, community-based service center for immigrants, refugees, and members of the South Sound community seeking enrichment and pathways to self-sufficiency.  Since 1910, we have helped countless individuals gain the skills they need to transition out of poverty, navigate a new culture, and find personal and professional success.

Our Client Advocacy department provides services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child/elder abuse, human trafficking, or any other crime, such as identity theft or fraud.  We provide clients with safety planning, resource access, and assistance navigating multiple court systems as we work to educate, support, and empower survivors.  We also work with partner organizations to provide clients with support, shelter, and/or therapy to guide them towards safety and stability.

 The Bilingual Victim Advocate at Tacoma Community House provides advocacy services to immigrant and limited English speaking survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes to improve their sense of safety and access to resources. The Bilingual Victim Advocate will manage a caseload and meets with clients at TCH as well at offsite locations.


Job Description

  • Position Title: Legal Advocate
  • Employment Type: Contract
  • Organization: Tacoma Community House (Tacoma, WA)
  • Salary Range: $18 – $19 per hour
  • Reports To: Client Advocacy Manager
  • Priority Consideration Deadline:  Open Until Filled

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Screen victims of domestic violence/sexual assault/victims of crime accessing program services
  • Assess client needs (food, medical, housing, benefits, counseling, etc.) and provide the necessary community referrals
  • Complete a safety plan with each client
  • Provide advocacy-based counseling
  • Provide domestic violence/sexual assault/victims of crime education to clients, community organizations, police, and Prosecutor’s offices
  • Provide referrals to legal aid organizations, offer court support and assistance in filing protection orders
  • Gather necessary documents for qualifying VAWA cases
  • Provide interpretation and/or translation of documents as needed
  • Document client services for program reports
  • Attend community meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

 

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES MUST DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING

  • Bilingual or multilingual
  • High level of confidentiality regarding client services
  • Capacity to work with and be sensitive to people of various backgrounds
  • Ability to prioritize and respond quickly in critical situations
  • Strong analytical abilities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Perform in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Adhere to agency and funder guidelines of service delivery and performance
  • Wear appropriate business attire

Preferred   Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and/or Psychology and/or Sociology or related field

 

Experience

  • 2 years of experience working as a victim, legal or community advocate
  • Knowledge of case screening and intakes
  • Understand the dynamics and impact of violence on individuals

Individuals with personal, shared, or lived experience as an immigrant or refugee are strongly encouraged to apply.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Willingness to submit a background check and openly discuss
  • Valid driver’s license, personal vehicle, and proof of insurance

APPLICATION PROCESS

As part of the application process, please provide answers to the following questions:

  • How do you define trauma-informed care and how is this relevant to the work of an advocate?
  • What is your experience working with members of marginalized communities?
  • What are some obstacles a victim of crime may face when trying to navigate the legal justice system?

Please e-mail your resume, answers to the essay questions listed above and five (5) References to Jobs@TacomaCommunityHouse.org.

WHY WORK AT TACOMA COMMUNITY HOUSE?

We Are a Welcoming Workplace

Inclusion and empowerment are an integral part of who we are – our history, our culture, our identity.  These values lead us in our operations as we strive to build and nurture a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and connects to each other in our dedication to equity and social justice.

Tacoma Community House is an Equal Opportunity Employer

In our relationships with staff, our participants, and our community, Tacoma Community House does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, age, national origin, marital or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, the presence or perception of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.  Applicants in need of accommodations are encouraged to call (253) 383-3951.