Junior Advocate

Job Closing: Jan 25, 2019

Division: Community and Family Services

Job Code: 21-1021

Salary Range: $30,014.40 to 52,915.20 ($13.43 to 25.44)

Status: Full-time, permanent, non-exempt

SUMMARY: The Junior Advocate helps families that have experienced trauma, from incidences of domestic and family violence, sexual assault, medical, or any other significant events/crises that may be affecting their lives at the time. The junior advocate acts as an independent resource available to work with and assist families in specific situations that do not otherwise meet criteria for services offered within Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal programs. They will assist families in navigating through agencies, such as Division of Social Services (DSS), Health Services and Criminal Justice System, among others, in hopes of creating cooperative relationships that result in the best possible outcomes for the families.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Exhibit a friendly and courteous manner when dealing with our employees, fellow associates and members of the community
  • Assists the Family and Victim Advocates with existing caseloads
  • Respond to crisis intervention with the ability to intervene in a crisis situation, using sound professional judgement, ethical practice, and common sense
  • Initiates contact with victims and families during crisis situations or soon after, when requested
  • Provides support, education, and advocacy to clients/families and coordinates services from other agencies
  • Provides ongoing support to victims and families providing them education and information in order to support/promote informed decision making and prioritize their needs
  • Establishes the necessary collaborations, with local agencies and stakeholder contacts, in order to engage families, within the community, on cultural preservation and domestic violence prevention
  • Identifies community resources and makes appropriate referrals for needed services;
  • Accompanies the victim and family to meetings with service agencies including, but not limited to, legal, DSS and medical systems
  • Coordinates and participates in all team review meetings
  • Works collaboratively with Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence advocates, including training and public education
  • Follows up to see how family is dealing with the investigative and treatment process
  • Responsible for designing and implementing a tribal plan to combat family violence, with an emphasis on intervention and prevention through the development of tribally-driven and culturally relevant service models
  • Keeps a log of client contacts on weekly basis, to be utilized as part of a monthly report
  • Keeps families informed about the status of criminal proceedings and provide support as needed, will attend court hearings when possible and track court dates;
  • Assists in coordinating with families and the District Attorney’s office about cases pending grand jury and trial
  • Maintains file of relevant documents for each case
  • Develops policies and procedures for program operation and prepares reports and statistics for tribal use
  • Observes strict confidentiality for families and victims
  • Serves as a liaison in and around the Tribe, at the local, regional, inter-tribal, state, and federal levels, helping to facilitate necessary collaborations and interagency coordination efforts on an as needed, case by case basis
  • Participates with Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Multidisciplinary Team and meets regularly with local, regional, state, federal stakeholder contacts within the tribal service area, or on an as needed basis, to discuss issues relating to programming, eligibility, service delivery, special needs, unmet needs, resource identification/availability, etc., for children, elderly, and families
  • Works with the Family and Victim Advocates to design and develop a tribal plan that seeks to engage the community and identifies strategies and preventative outreach efforts aimed at reducing incidences of family violence within the community
  • Evaluate client/family satisfaction, as well as strengths/weaknesses of services rendered, by written questionnaire and exit interview, for checks on quality assurance and to be shared with the Onkwahwa’tsire Team and CFS Director
  • Other related duties as assigned
  • Provides Intervention and Case Management services to children and families affected by domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, as demand for such services occurs

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: There are no supervisory requirements for this position.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Due to the sensitive nature of information and personnel files maintained, must maintain strict confidentiality at all times. Respond to crisis intervention with the ability to intervene in a crisis situation, using sound professional judgement, ethical practice, and common sense. Formulates best practices and performance measurement outcomes in relation to program evaluations and assessment models necessary to be able to conduct training, workshops, technical assistance and other meetings with family violence, victim-witness, cultural preservation subject matter specialists, tribal, state, local officials and/or any other stakeholder that may identify with, collect, analyze, or work off of data/information collected on victims of violence, their families, and the community. Works to obtain extensive training/education in Advocacy. Serves as a liaison in and around the Tribe, at the local, regional, inter-tribal, state, and federal levels, helping to facilitate necessary collaborations and interagency coordination efforts on an as needed, case by case basis.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Minimum requirement is a high school diploma, however, an Associates degree (A. A.) from two-year college or university in related field and three to five years related experience and/or training preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Due to the unique nature of this position, the following additional requirements must be met:

  • Experience with traumatized people or populations required
  • Experience with Akwesasne community, its diversity and jurisdictional issues required
  • Experience with principles of Trauma Informed Care and Victim-centered approaches is preferred

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Strong oral and written communication skills required. Knowledge on techniques in individual and group facilitation, building workgroups, coalitions, and partnerships. Ability to perform in a self-directed manner while multi-tasking, working well independently and in teams.

Must have excellent computer skills including Word, Excel, and experience with varying databases.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Must be at least 18 years of age, have and maintain a valid driver’s license with a clean drivers abstract in accordance with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Fleet Policy.

Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Tribal Identification Card or Status Card or letter) by email to human.resources@srmt-nsn.gov or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 412 State Route 37, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Due to our network security, we are unable to open hyperlinks.  Applicants will need to attach their documents as PDF or WORD files if emailing. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.

NATIVE PREFERENCE POLICY

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.

DRUG TESTING POLICY

The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.

BACKGROUND CHECK

Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.

ELIGIBILITY LIST

A list of qualified candidates is created from interviews that may be used to appoint individuals to similar positions within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for a period of six months.

INTERVIEW

Testing in the applicable skills may be required as part of the interview process.