This position works primarily in Skokie, Illinois.
The Legal Advocate, as part of a larger domestic violence services team, provides court-based legal advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence seeking orders of protection. Based in the Skokie Courthouse YWCA office, the position requires significant versatility, flexibility, patience, and initiative to effectively navigate the complexity and unpredictably of the court system. The Legal Advocate shows a deep commitment to creating a warm, welcoming, and trauma-informed space for all.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Legal Advocacy Services (85%)
- Provides legal advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence at Cook County’s District 2 Courthouse and at YWCA Evanston/North Shore
- Assists survivors of domestic violence with understanding their legal rights under the IDVA, seeking orders of protection, and accompanies them to court. At the request of a client, advocates on their behalf with the opposing party, the court system, and law enforcement
- Maintains relationship with courthouse personnel and community partners
- Provides safety planning and assessment to all clients accessing legal advocacy services
- Facilitates legal information groups for survivors of domestic violence.
- Assists with preparation and timely submission of all client-related court documents; all court documents must be completed with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
- Refers clients to legal service providers and community partners as needed
- Provides follow up services to active clients of the program
- Develops and maintains relationships with courthouse personnel and community partners
- Administers an evaluation process to the clients
- Works as an integral member of the Domestic Violence team and attends weekly case review meetings.
Record Keeping and Documentation (10%)
- Completes and submits in a timely fashion all necessary reporting documentation including written narratives on all interactions with clients
- Oversees completion of intake paperwork for assigned clients
- Submits monthly reports in a timely fashion
- Reports on goals and objectives identified in government grants and foundations as appropriate
- Contributes to day-to-day office tasks by obtaining and creating necessary client and court documentation
ADDITIONAL DUTIES (5%)
- Participates as a trainer in delivering domestic violence training including but not limited to the state required 40-hour domestic violence training program and other community-based training on domestic violence
- Participates in community and agency committees as assigned
- Pursues professional development
- Understands and adheres to all of YWCA Evanston/North Shore procedures and policies as well as YWCA Employee Handbook.
- Performs other duties as assigned by management.
An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position.
Education: High School Degree or equivalent
Experience and/or Training: Experience delivering direct services to survivors of trauma
- Successful completion of Illinois 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training certificate within 60 days of start • Acquisition of the Certified Domestic Violence Professional credential within 12 months of employment • First Aid/CPR within 6 months of employment
- YWCA requires that all employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination to Human Resources unless a request for a medical or religious accommodation is granted
- Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in related field
Experience and/or Training:
- Experience with court systems and the legal advocacy needs of survivors
- Experience providing trainings on issues surrounding domestic violence
- Illinois 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training certificate
- Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional license
- Valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance
Language: Fluency in Spanish
- Intermediate proficiency with virtual services technology
- Intermediate proficiency with online case management systems
- Intermediate proficiency in navigating court system databases.
- Access to reliable, personal auto for business use
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS
Intermittent (less than 15%), Occasional (15-45%), Frequent (50-75%), and Continuous (over 75%).
- Frequent travel between agency sites is expected.
- Intermittent nights and/or weekends required for events or meetings
- Occasional local and intermittent statewide travel required
- Tolerance of prolonged and continuous stationary periods at a desk/computer
- Occasionally required to stand, walk, climb stairs, reach with hands and arms, and reach above shoulders
- Occasionally required to push, pull, lift and/or move up to 10 pounds
- Must be able to move about the facility
- Must be able to operate controls for computers and other equipment
The mental and physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.
This position works primarily at the District #2 Skokie Courthouse in both office and courtroom environments.
- Employee may be required to share office space
- Employee may be required to work from home
- Employee will occasionally have meetings or work in other locations
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this position