Legal Aid Society has an immediate opening for a Bilingual Victim Advocate in its Nashville office. The Victim Advocate will work with victims of domestic violence in a two-county territory focusing on immigrant populations. A qualified applicant will be able to understand the law and issues pertaining to orders of protection and basic legal immigration options for victims. Will assist victims in identifying holistic needs and in securing rights, remedies, and appropriate services from other agencies. Will maintain and develop positive working relationships with community agencies, civil court personnel and law enforcement and provide community education. This position is funded in part by a STOP grant from the Office of Criminal Justice Programs and the Victim Advocate must adhere to goals and outcomes spelled out in the grant contract.
Qualifications: High School diploma or GED required; BA/BS is preferred. A minimum of two years experience in a social work setting is required. Prior experience working in the legal field or with domestic violence victims is preferred. Must be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish and English. Must be sensitive to and committed to providing high quality advocacy services to domestic violence victims, immigrants, and low-income populations. Strong client interviewing, written and verbal skills are a must. Ability to understand the law and issues pertaining to orders of protection. Strong computer skills, the ability to learn complex material quickly, initiative, and strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Must be able to follow directions and work with a team and independently. Experience with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.). Ability to learn new computer skills. Experience using Legal Files database a plus. Access to transportation. Some lifting (under 25 lbs) may be required.
Salary: Dependent on Experience. Excellent benefits.
Legal Aid Society has thirty-two attorneys in eight offices in Middle and East Tennessee. Its attorneys provide low-income people expert legal assistance at all levels of state and federal court. Its staff includes national authorities in the fields of domestic violence, housing, consumer law, federal income taxation, health advocacy, nonprofit group representation, social security and special education. For more information about LAS, visit www.las.org.
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and three references (with phone numbers). No phone calls, please. Send by mail or e-mail (in Word or PDF format) to:
Human Resources Administrator
Re: Nashville Bilingual Victim Advocate
Legal Aid Society
575 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 201
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Apply as soon as possible. Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.