Outreach Advocate

Position Type: Violence Prevention and Intervention

Hours: Full-time; 40 hours per week, may include some nights and weekends

Pay Range: $18.54 per hour

Location: Lakeville Police Department

Closing Date: open until filled; preference given to applications received by April 20, 2018

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About 360 Communities
Founded in 1970 by a group of volunteers, 360 Communities is a nonprofit organization which provides services to about 17,000 people annually in over 40 locations in Dakota County, Minnesota. Holistic services include a network of five food shelves, two family resource centers, two domestic and sexual violence shelters, and three programs that support school success from birth to high school graduation.
In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, 360 Communities provides hope and support to people by engaging communities to prevent violence, ensure school success and promote long-term self-sufficiency.
Position Overview:

This position is a resource for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and a liaison between 360 Communities advocacy services and resources in the community. This position will work primarily out of a police department.

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the agency’s mission statement and core values at all times. The mission statement is “In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, 360 Communities provides hope and support to people by engaging communities to prevent violence, ensure school success and promote long-term self-sufficiency.”
  • Deliver comprehensive legal advocacy services (excluding legal advice or representation) including the provision of: legal information, assistance obtaining protection orders, help to claim crime victims compensation, referrals to assorted legal programs, clinics and pro-bono programs.
  • Manage the court calendar and attend court hearings with clients or coordinate volunteers to attend court hearings with clients as necessary.
  • Review and follow up on reports to law enforcement made by domestic and sexual violence victims.
  • Complete safety plans with clients and provide referrals to other services.
  • Maintain accurate logs and data for statistical purposes including program evaluation data.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with all community partners.
  • Assist in shelter as directed or necessary.

Required Skills:

  • Interpersonal: Work with integrity. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Understand and comply with professional ethics and standards of practice. Contribute to building positive team spirit and put success of team above own interests. Recognize accomplishments of other team members. Seek increased responsibilities. Look for and takes advantage of opportunities. Ask for and offers help when needed.
  • Work: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited direction may exist. Strive to continuously build knowledge and skills. Display original thinking and creativity. Include appropriate people in decision-making process. Adapt to changes, delays, or unexpected events in the work environment. Ability to keep accurate and complete work records. Support cost-saving measures. Set and achieve challenging goals. Ability to provide supervision and coaching to support service volunteers.
  • Time Management: Prioritize and plan work activities. Use time efficiently. Arrive punctually each workday; complete assigned tasks within required time frame.
  • Communication: Speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification. Present and interpret numerical data and written information effectively.
  • Leadership: Exhibits confidence in self and others. Inspires respect, trust and motivates others to perform well and fulfill vision. Effectively influence actions and opinions of others. Accepts feedback from others. Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates. Gives appropriate recognition to others. Displays passion and optimism

Required Qualifications:

Education and/or Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year College or University, or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Self-directed, motivated.
  • Ability to demonstrate nonjudgmental and professional decision-making skills.
  • Experience with socially, economically or culturally diverse populations.
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Word, and use of database systems.
  • Must pass a pre-employment background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completion of a 40-hour sexual assault services advocacy certification training within six months of employment.

A complete job description can be requested by e-mailing HR@360communities.org.

360 Communities values racial, ethnic and cultural diversity. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply.

360 Communities is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or status with regard to public assistance, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.