Victim Advocate

Job Closing: Dec 22, 2021

Job Code: 21-1021 Status: Full-time, Permanent

Exempt: Yes Location: Family Advocate Office

Department: Community & Family Services Division Reports To: CFS Director

Summary: Under the direction of the Community & Family Services (CFS) Division, the Victim Advocate is responsible for advocating and supporting both adult and child victims of rape, physical abuse, sexual assault, maintaining a large caseload, and working collaboratively with the various agencies comprising the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s multidisciplinary Team (MDT). Provides advocacy on cases which may involve victims of trauma, sexual assault, and/or crises. Also responsible for bringing awareness of victim and sexual assault to community members and networking agencies. Extensive fieldwork including transportation assistance, home visits, court visits, police contacts, school visits and various community contacts. Works collaboratively with other Tribal programs and makes referrals when appropriate to provide full wrap around services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Adhere to all Federal, Tribal, and program policies regarding Victim Advocacy;
  • Initiates contact with victim as soon as possible upon referral;
  • Exhibits a friendly and courteous manner when dealing with our employees, fellow associates and members of the community;
  • Builds rapport and establishes relationship with child victims and when possible, affected family members;
  • Provides intervention and case management services to children and families affected by domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, and/or abuse, maltreatment or neglect including arranging appointments, transportation, interpreters, and other services as needed;
  • Responds to crisis intervention with hospital, law enforcement, transportation to and from rape crisis center, with the ability to intervene in a crisis situation, using sound professional judgement, ethical practice, and common sense;
  • Supports willing child victims with participating in the criminal justice process;
  • Schedule weekly one on one sessions with each client, as well as case review with the CFS Director as appropriate;
  • Provides case status information and follow up relative to involved agencies (i.e. Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services, 3 Sisters Program, Legal, Medical, and Behavioral Health Services);
  • Develop and maintain a database of victims of violence;
  • Provides legal advocacy, such as retrieval of information on orders of protection, information regarding court procedures, counseling, compensation claims, transportation, etc.;
  • Informs victims of court appearance dates and times, as well as postponements and cancellations, transport, if necessary, and accompany to court;
  • Assists victims and affected family members with understanding court procedures and their rights and responsibilities;
  • Promote safety and healing for victims of sexual assault and their families;
  • Identifies available community and regional resources and makes appropriate referrals for needed services when necessary;
  • Assists victims with navigating multiple systems and serves as a liaison between the victim and involved MDT agencies;
  • Assists victims in the preparation and filing of a wide variety of orders, statements and claims;
  • Maintains confidential and timely records, keeps a log of client contacts, and prepares and submits statistical and financial reports relative to service and delivery and program operations;
  • Works within annual budget parameters;
  • Serves as an MDT member and participates in case planning and implementations of such plan, from the briefest intervention to long term supportive services;
  • Researches and attends training opportunities to keep apprised of best practices and the latest trends in sexual assault and victim services;
  • Develops materials and provides program presentation to various public and private agencies to promote available services;
  • Provides community education for sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, child abuse prevention, victim rights advocacy, cultural preservation, and sexual assault prevention through a variety of outlets including, radio broadcasts, commercials, social media, public relations with schools, etc.;
  • Assists CFS Director with researching new grant opportunities and providing monthly and quarterly reports, and other necessary reports related to existing grant requirements;
  • Evaluates client/family satisfaction, as well as strengths/weaknesses of services rendered, by written questionnaire and exit interview, for checks on quality assurance to be shared within the internal SRMT Chain of Command and/or with relevant shared caseload members of the MDT;
  • Provides follow up support to clients impacted to see how they are doing with the services they’ve been provided, with any investigative or treatment processes, as well as for solution-based permanency purposes;
  • Engage each client in developing a strength-based, multiple components service plan where allowable, due to sensitivity/confidentiality, and where relevant, developing goals and objectives with each victim;
  • Upholds legal mandate to execute reports to the New York State Central Register when there is reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or maltreatment by a parent or other person legally responsible;
  • Promotes the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in a positive manner at all times;
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: There are no supervisor requirements for this position.

Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Assignments made to employees in this class will require reasonable access to transportation to meet fieldwork requirements made in the ordinary course of business in a timely and efficient manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Provide crisis intervention with the ability to intervene in a crisis situation, using sound professional judgement, ethical practice, and common sense. 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 within Human Resources, must maintain strict confidentiality at all times.

Education and/or Experience: Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York state registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Education, Administration, Human Services, Humanities, or a closely related field preferred; experience in forensic interviewing, social work, health, community services or public relations preferred; prior work with children families and/or victims preferred; a combination of education and experience may also be considered.

Other Skills and Abilities: Strong oral and written communication skills required. Must have excellent computer skills including word, excel, and experience with varying databases. Computer testing in the applicable skills may be a requirement during the interview process.

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 21 years of age, have and maintain a valid driver’s license with a clean driver abstract in accordance with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Fleet 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.

The successful candidate must pass a test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.

The successful candidate must pass a criminal background check prior to employment.


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, 71 Margaret Terrance Memorial Way, 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.

EMPLOYEE COVID VACCINATION POLICY

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has adopted a “Tribal Employee Vaccination Policy” that requires all employees to be “Fully Vaccinated” against the Coronavirus. Applicants are not required to disclose their vaccination status at the time of application; however, they must do so upon becoming the successful candidate. The successful applicant must submit their proof of vaccination status, apply for a Medical Exemption or begin the vaccination process. If the successful applicant is not vaccinated, they will be required to receive their first vaccine dose prior to starting employment and must receive their second dose, if applicable, within 30 days of employment.