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1) Children's Advocate
2) Contract Attorney
Hope House services form a safety net of prevention, education and support for more than 10,000 victims of domestic violence every year. Residential and outreach services are provided through two secure locations in Independence and Lee’s Summit, Missouri (the Kansas City metro area).
Part-time: 20-23 hours/week, Monday 4 pm to 9 pm (Independence); Tuesday 4 pm to 8 pm (Independence); Wednesday 10 am to 8:30 pm (Independence); Thursday 6:30 to 8 pm (Blue Springs); rotating Saturdays 9:45 to 11:45 am (Independence).
The Children’s Advocate is responsible for providing support, advocacy and case management services to children and their mothers who are utilizing Hope House services. This role may also provide coverage for the crisis hotline and shelter front desk. Based on the role of the advocate, may be assigned specialty areas of advocacy and provide on call responsibilities on a rotating basis.
- Facilitates individual and group activities that promote the physical, cognitive, language, social, and creative development of children, with an emphasis on helping children heal from the effects of domestic violence.
- Supports family relationships by providing opportunities for parents and children to interact with one another in a positive way.
- Builds and maintains positive and trusting relationships with parents by being available and approachable, by listening and responding to parents’ concerns and questions regarding their children, and by sharing knowledge of child growth and development principles with parents.
- Provides case management and support to families through meetings and regular contact to focus on client-identified goals and needs. Ensures that safety planning and education about domestic violence is provided to empower clients to make decisions.
- Assists with school enrollment.
- Supports and advocates for children and families, while being a positive role model, through problem solving and conflict resolution to ensure that a consistent, safe, secure, community living environment is available to everyone.
- Provides guidance and assistance on the hotline to ensure individuals are provided with necessary resources, guidance and safety plans. Ensures relevant community resources and communication techniques are utilized to provide effective crisis intervention with individuals requesting assistance.
- Multi tasks while covering the shelter front desk by monitoring security and safety of the shelter and campus, administering intakes for new clients and providing immediate requests for clients in shelter.
- Communicates detailed and precise information to ensure that all pertinent information and facts are available to all shelter staff.
- Makes certain that Hope House meets quality assurance standards by maintaining QA standards and ensuring accurate and timely reporting.
- Ensures that the facility is maintained in a clean, organized fashion by providing a variety of housekeeping functions on a daily basis.
- Ensures that all personnel are well versed on the program’s operations by providing guidance, training and direction to new employees, interns and volunteers when they begin in the program.
- Follows all Hope House domestic violence policies and requirements, to include serving as a mandated reporter of child abuse, as required by law or grant funding.
Based on the role the advocate holds, the following may apply:
- Develops specialty area and ensures that all clients and advocates are educated on these topics by meeting with members of the community, facilitating group meetings and providing relevant resources.
- Provides on call assistance to shelter operations, on a rotating basis, by assisting and advising advocates regarding shelter matters and working additional shifts, if needed.
REQUIREMENTS (KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES):
- Ability to multi task and work in a fast paced environment
- Strong communication skills to be collaborative in a group setting
- Ability to deal effectively with conflict resolution in stressful situations
- Ability to understand and utilize developmentally appropriate practices with children of all ages.
- Basic computer skills to perform data entry
- Ability to transport children with a valid Class E driver’s license and provide copy of current auto insurance
- Must be able to successfully complete criminal background check and child abuse/neglect screening
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism in role.
- Ability to maintain boundaries working with victims of domestic violence
- Must be able to come to work promptly and regularly.
- Must be able to work under the stress of deadlines.
- Must be able to concentrate and perform accurately.
- Must be able to adapt to change productively and handle other tasks as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE):
- HS Diploma or equivalent
- 2+ years experience working in the social services or related field or two years of relevant college education
- Experience working with a diverse population
- Experience working with children of all ages.
- General knowledge of the dynamics and causes of domestic violence and a commitment to end domestic violence as a social problem
- Bachelors Degree in Social Services or related field
- Previous experience working with children and families who have been exposed to domestic violence
- Bilingual with any second language
- Knowledge of local community resources and agencies
- Prior experience working on a hotline/crisis intervention environment
- Previous experience working with individuals with substance abuse or mental health issues
- Experience presenting information in a group setting
- Experience working in a group residential facility
- Prior customer services experience, preferably in a stressful environment
PHYSICAL/ WORKING CONDITIONS:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to:
- Stand for extended periods of time.
- Move around the facility, stoop, bend, reach, and interact with children at children’s eye level.
- Climb and descend stairs
- Lift 20 lbs
- Drive to transport clients and/or their children to attend activities and meetings at various locations
- Utilize keyboard
- Work flexible and double schedules on an as needed basis and with little notice.
- Meet specific vision abilities required by this job including close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception and ability to focus.
Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Supervisor: Chief Operating Officer
DESCRIPTION: To provide quality legal counsel to shelter and outreach clients in such matters as child support, child custody, divorce, legal separation and other matters deriving from an abusive relationship.
· Establish a screening procedure for legal services applicants.
· Provide legal representation for emergency and non-emergency protective order hearings, legal separation, dissolution of marriage and other civil proceedings directly relating to the domestic violence, and representation or referrals as necessary for administrative matters such as access to public benefits, unemployment compensation and housing.
· Appear in court on behalf of clients.
· Initiate court proceedings, if applicable.
· Prepare and file pleadings.
· If bar certification for domestic violence education is obtained, organize a seminar and provide instruction so that attending lawyers can fulfill certain aspects of their continuing legal education requirements.
· Recruit and train law students in the field of domestic violence.
· Provide training on issues relating to orders of protection and domestic violence to court advocates and police recruits (as requested by local police departments).
· Attend seminars and specialized training as requested.
· Develop curriculum for trainings as requested.
· Collaborate with law professors at University of Missouri-Kansas City to organize panel discussions for law students on the topic of the interaction of children and domestic violence, to provide instructional materials and to lecture on domestic violence.
· Meet with community partners to encourage local implementation of the “Green Book Project” recommendations issued by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
· Recruit other lawyers so that they may be utilized to provide pro bono assistance to clients of Hope House and clients of the other three local shelters in Missouri.
· Coordinate volunteer attorneys’ assignments with respect to Hope House clients.
· Investigate the feasibility of obtaining bar certification for domestic violence education for lawyers as it pertains to providing knowledgeable representation to victims of domestic violence.
· Write monthly Board report.
· Create a survey for clients who have received legal representation in order to measure their satisfaction with the services provided.
· Administer pre- and post-training questionnaires to lawyers who complete the Hope House training on domestic violence to evaluate increases in their knowledge and understanding of the issues.
· Establish and maintain positive communications with law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and other court personnel.
· Participate on the Safe Family Coalition, the Independence and the Lee’s Summit Coordinated Community Council on Domestic Violence, and the local Battered Immigrant Network, as requested.
· Supervise paralegal.
· Attend volunteer training and staff orientation.
· Attend staff meetings as required.
· Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
· Licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri
· Experience in family law matters.
· Excellent communication skills.
· Strong attention to detail and ability to multi task
· Must maintain and provide confirmation of current professional liability insurance
· Police background check and Child Abuse and Neglect screening are required and must be returned clear.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter including salary requirements by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 816-257-9350 or mail to Dayla Fullerton, Hope House, P.O. Box 577, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063.
No phone calls, please. Thank you for your interest in Hope House. Hope House is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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