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4 Apr 2022

Full-Time Victim Advocate – Latinx Culture, Bilingual Spanish

Multnomah County Dept of Community Justice – Posted by DannyF Portland, Oregon, United States

Job Description

Are you excited about creating effective systems of support for crime victims/survivors in Multnomah County?  Are you passionate about strengthening and building our communities and helping our neighbors heal?  We are too!

The Department of Community Justice, Victim and Survivor Services Unit seeks to hire a Victim Advocate who will provide culturally specific services to the Latino/a/x community.

The mission of the Victim and Survivor Services Unit is to support people who have experienced harm by thoughtfully meeting their individualized needs, upholding victim rights, and enhancing our community’s response to victims/survivors by being a collaborative and trusted community partner that prioritizes survivor-led practices and policies.  Our work is rooted and led by three core values:

  • Equity
  • Survivor led
  • Trauma Informed

These advocacy positions are predominantly remote, with some work taking place in the office or to accompany a victim/survivor as they navigate our systems.  This requires the advocate to have a remote work space that allows them to have confidential conversations with victims/survivors.

As the Victim Advocate, you will make an impact by:

  • Providing culturally specific, trauma-informed and survivor-led advocacy services to latino/a/x victims/survivors of adult and juvenile crime.
  • Establishing and maintaining contact with victims/survivors to provide information on victims’ rights and assist with navigation of the Department of Community Justice system.
  • Providing crisis intervention and conducting safety-planning as needed. This could include but is not limited to: working with victims/survivors to create personal safety plans, assisting victims/survivors with protective order applications, collaborating with Parole and Probation Offices and Juvenile Court Counselors to support the of victims’/survivors’ safety, and providing referrals around housing and relocation.
  • Providing emotional support to victims/survivors and education around the impacts of trauma.
  • Making referrals to community resources when appropriate.
  • Coordination and communication on case management plans with Parole and Probation Officers and Juvenile Court Counselors on associated cases.
  • Maintaining records, referrals, and statistics etc.
  • Accompanying victims/survivors to court when needed.
  • Regularly attending unit meetings in both the juvenile and adult services division to share information and education around crime victims’ rights and working with crime victims/survivors.
  • Proactively outreaching and engaging with Adult Services Division and Juvenile Services Division staff to staff cases, provide support and consultation, and share about victim/survivor services available to staff and clients.
  • Assisting in the design and delivery of workshops and training programs for both the Department of Community Justice staff as well as partners such as police, prosecutors, and medical professionals.

The successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge, understanding and experience with the Latino/a/x culture, traditions, attitudes, beliefs and history.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the origins and results of the disparities experienced by Latino/a/x families related to racism and socio-economic injustices and how those experiences impact victim/survivor engagement and outcomes within the criminal justice system.
  • Ability to speak, write and read fluently in both English and Spanish.
  • Experience working with and supporting victims/survivors, and understanding of crime victims’ rights under Oregon Law.
  • Ability to promote a culture of respect, inclusiveness, and appreciation of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and values.
  • Knowledge of cultures, dynamics, and customs of traditionally oppressed communities.
  • Knowledge of local resources and agencies that support victims/survivors.
  • Understanding of the effects of abuse, trauma, and vicarious trauma.
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma informed care principles and practice and restorative justice.
  • Comfort with change.
  • Experience navigating the criminal and juvenile justice system.
  • Comfort with proactive engagement with internal system partners on an ongoing basis.

 

To see the full job posting and how to apply, visit our website:  

https://multco.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Multco_Jobs/job/Portland-OR/Victim-Advocate—Latino-a-x-Culture—Bilingual-Spanish_R-7575

 

Workforce Equity:  At Multnomah County we are committed to maintaining an effective, respectful and inclusive workplace. We value collaborative problem solving and strive for continuous improvement. We strongly believe in workforce equity, diversity and inclusion. Visit our Workforce Equity Strategies Plan (WESP) to see where Multnomah County is headed with these values.

 

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY JUSTICE:

Vision ~ Community Safety through Positive Change

The Department of Community Justice (DCJ) is recognized as a national leader in both adult and juvenile community justice. DCJ routinely consults and makes use of evidence-based practices in our program and policy development. The Department’s commitment to data-informed decision-making has led DCJ to make smart investments of taxpayer dollars in supervision, sanctions, and services for the county’s highest risk and highest need justice-involved individuals. DCJ makes long-term investments in its employees through the provision of education and training. The Department believes that in order to enhance public safety we must work collaboratively with the judiciary, law enforcement, schools, treatment agencies, and the community.

 

The Department shares information with community members, partners, and staff to keep communities safe by preventing and reducing crime and routinely evaluating which local policies support best practices. DCJ operates 24 hours a day, with nearly 650 permanent, on-call, and temporary employees. The Department supervises approximately 7,600 adult probationers and parolees and those defendants requiring pretrial services. DCJ’s Juvenile Services Division operates the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility and is responsible for approximately 360 youth on formal and informal community supervision.

More general information about the Department of Community Justice including our mission, vision, and strategies can be found at: www.multco.us/dcj.

The Department of Community Justice’s Strategic Plan (Executive Summary and Full report) can be found at: https://multco.us/file/68223/download.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: To protect the health of the community and employees, Multnomah County requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exception as a qualification of employment.

The rule applies to all employees, as allowable by law. Candidates who receive an offer of County employment must provide proof of vaccination upon hire or submit an exception request prior to their start date.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Type of Position: This hourly union-represented position is eligible overtime.

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don’t just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.

 

 

How to Apply

To see the full job posting and how to apply, visit our website:   https://multco.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Multco_Jobs/job/Portland-OR/Victim-Advocate---Latino-a-x-Culture---Bilingual-Spanish_R-7575

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: civil service, corrections, Criminal Justice, Government, and trauma informed. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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