Legal Aid Society has an immediate opening for a Victim Advocate in its Columbia office. The Victim Advocate will work with survivors of domestic violence in an eight-county service area. A qualified applicant will be able to understand the law and issues pertaining to orders of protection and assist victims in identifying holistic needs and in securing rights, remedies, and appropriate services from other agencies. The Victim Advocate will also provide court accompaniment to clients, provide information on criminal victim compensation, provide community education, and maintain and develop positive working relationships with community agencies and law enforcement. This position is funded by a VOCA grant from the Office of Criminal Justice Program and the Victim Advocate must adhere to goals and outcomes spelled out in the grant contract.
High School diploma or GED required; BA/BS is preferred. Access to transportation required. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is a plus. Prior experience working in the legal field is preferred. Must be sensitive and committed to providing high quality legal and advocacy services to domestic violence victims and low-income people. Strong client interviewing, written, and verbal skills are a must. Ability to understand the law and issues pertaining to orders of protection. Must be detail-oriented and have good organizational skills. Must be able to follow directions and work both, within a team and independently. Ability to relate to the needs of people from diverse backgrounds. Strong typing and computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) required. Experience with Legal Files database a plus. Ability to learn new computer skills.
Salary: Dependent on experience. Excellent benefits.
Legal Aid Society has thirty-seven 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:
Re: Columbia Victim Advocate Position
Legal Aid Society
1321 Murfreesboro Rd, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37217
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. 7/23/2019