Legal Aid Society has an immediate opening for a Bilingual Victim Advocate Position in its Nashville office. The Bilingual Victim Advocate will work with victims of domestic violence in a two-county territory focusing on immigrant populations. The advocate must understand the law and issues pertaining to orders of protection and basic legal immigration options for victims and assist victims in identifying holistic needs and in securing rights, remedies, and appropriate services from other agencies. The Bilingual Victim Advocate will also perform investigations and basic paralegal work as requested by attorneys and maintain and develop positive working relationships with community agencies, civil court personnel and law enforcement.
This position is funded in part by a STOP grant from OCJP and the victim advocate must adhere to goals and outcomes spelled out in the grant contract.
Must be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish or Arabic and English. Must be sensitive to and committed to providing high quality legal and 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. Must be detail oriented and have good organizational skills. Must be able to follow directions and work with a team and independently. Ability to relate to the needs of people of diverse backgrounds. Strong typing and computer skills. Experience with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.). Ability to learn new computer skills. Experience using Legal Files database a plus. Prior experience working in the legal field or with victims of domestic violence is preferred. A minimum of two years’ experience in a social work setting is required. High School diploma or GED required; BA/BS is preferred. Access to transportation.
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: Bilingual 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. 5/20/2019