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Hiring Bilingual Protective Order Advocacy Program Advocate

The Domestic Violence Resource Center is hiring a Bilingual Protective Order Advocacy Program Advocate!  Join our team and work to empower all individuals and families to have safe and healthy relationships.  We’re looking for the right person to advocate for and assist survivors of domestic violence at the Washington County Courthouse in both English and Spanish.

Position Description:

Part-time 30 hours a week, regular, hourly, at-will employment; some flexibility in schedule; reports to the Protective Order Advocacy Program Coordinator; pay rate DOE; full medical and dental after three months.  Paid vacation, sick time, designated holidays; eligible for agency Simple IRA after one year.

Protective Order Advocacy Program Advocate works for the Domestic Violence Resource Center (a 501(c)(3) non-profit) located in the Crime Victims Service Center in the Washington County Courthouse.  Position requires outreach and professional contact with diverse social, ethnic, religious, and cultural groups.  Must be able to work with representatives from Washington County, judges and clerks, law enforcement agencies, social services, government offices, and community service groups.  Candidate must be well organized and have computer skills.  Required dress is a minimum of business casual.  Bilingual English/Spanish required.

Requirements:  Prefer BA or any equivalent training, skills, and experience.  Knowledge of domestic violence including causes, cultural issues, history, cycle of violence, and best practices in serving survivors of domestic violence.  Demonstrated ability to work respectfully with diverse social, cultural, and ethnic groups.  Computer literate.  Excellent written and oral communication skills.  The ability to provide direct services unencumbered by any personal domestic violence relationship.  A friendly, caring, self-motivated person will excel in this position.

Duties and Responsibilities: Be on time for scheduled shifts, meetings, trainings, and appointments Speak, read, and write English fluently Communicate clearly in person and on the telephone Assist petitioners with advocacy via filing a restraining order (RO) document Mandated reporter to SCF for any child abuse or if a child has witnessed domestic violence Develop a rapport with judges, court clerks and court staff Provide appropriate information and referrals to local community resources Do safety planning with petitioners Provide petitioners with exit surveys & questionnaires Provide shelter and other agency information to petitioners Provide petitioners with court rules and regulations Assess questionnaires for appropriate RO/stalking eligibility Provide information regarding HIPAA Maintain confidentiality of clients’ and agency information Accompany petitioners to court as assigned by supervisor Make follow-up calls on RO phone line Make up RO packets as needed Do background checks on OJIN Pull files for all petitions going to court daily Keep up to date daily records of services provided Update all resource materials in the RO room on a monthly basis Active involvement in staff and volunteer retention Maintain high standards of personal and professional integrity Support the agency through participation in special events, fundraisers, and community awareness activities Represent the agency professionally in the community Help to develop and maintain a positive work environment Work respectfully and cordially with staff, clients, and the community Be mindful of the agency’s budget and conserve agency resources accordingly Other duties as assigned by supervisor

For information on how to apply please visit our website at http://www.dvrc-or.org/domestic/violence/resources/C15/.


Sarah H. Keefe

Community Outreach/Education/Development Coordinator

Domestic Violence Resource Center

Phone: 503.640.5352, ext. 308

Website: www.dvrc-or.org

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