Job Title: Domestic Violence Attorney

Position: The Domestic Violence Attorney will be part of the organization’s Advocacy and Legal Services Department and will report to the Senior Director of that unit. The successful candidate will possess knowledge of and interest in the dynamics of domestic violence and will assist domestic violence victims with civil legal proceedings.

 Responsibilities:

  • Assist victims to effectively access judicial services. This includes obtaining orders of protection, communicating victim rights and responsibilities under the civil and criminal law.
  • Represent victims on orders of protection, child custody and visitation cases.
  • Will be responsible for the training of the domestic violence advocacy staff in any new development in civil procedures.
  • Responsible for client interviews and representation at court hearings and in litigation.
  • Responsible for researching and analyzing law sources such as statutes, judicial decisions, legal articles and codes
  • Responsible for preparing legal documents such as briefs and pleadings.
  • Investigate facts and law of case to determine causes of action and prepare case accordingly.
  • Manage ongoing communication with domestic violence and family court judges in protection related issues.
  • Responsible for lethality and safety plan review in conjunction with advocates.
  • Responsible for review of orders of protection, custody and family related forms and maintenance of the forms for legal compliance.
  • Collaborate with outside agencies that interact with courts in protection related issues.
  • Confer with judicial staff, Judges, attorneys and Advocates regarding various legal, social and safety issues.
  • Recruit, coordinate and mentor pro bono attorneys..
  • Provide accurate and timely preparations of documentation and statistical reports for management use and or to be submitted to federal, state and local agencies.
  • Ability to work with victims of trauma from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds.
  • Must perform other work as required

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the operation of the court system
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must have sound judgment skills and ability to show initiative and work independently
  • Sensitivity towards and understanding of victimization.
  • Knowledge of NY statutes, rules of civil procedure, judicial orders, and criminal justice system

Qualifications:

  • Admitted to the NYS Bar
  • One year experience preferred in family law and litigation, including custody and abuse cases or related issues
  • Background in domestic violence or trauma issues
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
  • Must be willing to have a background check prior to starting position.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, use of car, and be willing to travel within Suffolk County.

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To apply for this position, please email lhulbert@vibs.org


Job Title: Bilingual Domestic Violence Counselor Full-TIme

Position: The Bilingual Domestic Violence counselor must have good communication skills, exercise discretion, be non-judgmental and have the ability to complete paperwork in a timely manner. The candidate must be someone who can engage and set healthy boundaries with clients. The candidate must have knowledge of domestic and sexual violence and the process of helping them heal from abuse. The candidate must be able to work with other agencies, such as the legal system and CPS. The candidate will attend in house and off site meetings and trainings.

The candidate will report to the Director of Counseling. S/he must be able to utilize the supervisory relationship to address and resolve work related concerns to enhance clinical skills. S/he will be a representative of the agency and must be presentable in a professional manner, which includes dress. This person must have familiarity and experience in working with Latino communities.

This is a great opportunity to work with underserved populations and help clients to overcome the abuse or neglect they are enduring alone. The candidate needs to be a great source of support for each client.

Responsibilities for Bilingual Domestic Violence Counselor:

  • Provide crisis intervention and individual counseling to victims of domestic violence
  • Work in conjunction with children’s program counselors to also facilitate family sessions or to get counseling for child witnesses to domestic violence
  • Communicate case management or treatment plan to other involved VIBS staff, such as children’s counseling, advocacy and hotline, where appropriate;
  • Provide assessment and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
  • Keep accurate and appropriate case records
  • Attend staff meetings, trainings and weekly clinical supervision
  • Complete and submit OVS applications
  • Work evenings as required
  • Compile accurate statistics and other paperwork required by the agency or funding source
  • Perform other duties as requested, including but not limited to crisis intervention for walk-in clients, intake interviews, reception and hotline coverage

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Counselor needs excellent clinical skills in order to establish a good working relationship with clients.
  • Ability to discuss and complete safety plans with clients.
  • Ability to use supervision to discuss clients and their issues.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and written.
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner; good organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to interact well with outside agencies, which include APS and other agencies that deal with the elder population.
  • Ability to work and comfort domestic violence clients
  • Experience, knowledge and sensitivity to clients of Latino cultures
  • Make appropriate referral to clients for other agency programs or outside resources
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds
  • Must be able to drive and willing to travel within Suffolk County

Qualifications:

  • LMSW or equivalent degree.
  • One or more years in the counseling field.
  • Prior experience in the domestic or elder abuse field.
  • Must have use of a car and a valid driver’s license.
  • Must have computer skills and know Microsoft programs.
  • Must be willing to have a background check
  • Spanish fluency required

Please submit letter of interest and resumes to: ewaters@vibs.org

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Job Title:   Bilingual Rape/Sexual Assault Counselor  (Full Time)  

Position: The Bilingual Rape/Sexual Assault counselor must have good communication skills, exercise discretion, be non-judgmental and have the ability to complete paperwork in a timely manner. The candidate must be someone who can engage and set healthy boundaries with clients. The candidate must have knowledge of domestic and sexual violence and the process of helping them heal from abuse. The candidate must be able to work with other agencies, such as the legal system and CPS. The candidate will attend in house and off site meetings and trainings.

The candidate will report to the Director of Counseling. S/he must be able to utilize the supervisory relationship to address and resolve work related concerns to enhance clinical skills. S/he will be a representative of the agency and must be presentable in a professional manner, which includes dress. This person must have familiarity and experience in working with Latino communities.

This is a great opportunity to work with underserved populations and help clients to overcome the abuse or neglect they are enduring alone. The candidate needs to be a great source of support for each client.

Responsibilities for Bilingual Rape/Sexual Assault Counselor:

  • Provide crisis intervention and counseling to adult and child victims of rape/sexual assault
  • Work in conjunction with children’s program and SANE program to facilitate effective outreach and counseling
  • Communicate case management or treatment plan to other involved VIBS staff, such as children’s counseling, advocacy and hotline, where appropriate;
  • Provide assessment and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
  • Keep accurate and appropriate case records
  • Attend staff meetings, trainings and weekly clinical supervision
  • Complete and submit OVS applications
  • Work evenings as required
  • Compile accurate statistics and other paperwork required by the agency or funding source
  • Perform other duties as requested, including but not limited to crisis intervention for walk-in clients, intake interviews, reception and hotline coverage

Skills and Abilities:

  • Counselor needs excellent clinical skills in order to establish a good working relationship with clients.
  • Ability to use supervision to discuss clients and their issues.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and written.
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner; good organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to interact well with outside agencies, which include APS, CPS, District Attorney, partner hospitals, police and other agencies.
  • Ability to work and comfort rape/sexual assault clients
  • Experience, knowledge and sensitivity to clients of Latino cultures
  • Make appropriate referral to clients for other agency programs or outside resources
  • Conduct TFCBT interventions
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds
  • Must be able to drive and willing to travel within Suffolk County

Qualifications:

  • LMSW or equivalent degree.
  • One or more years in the counseling field.
  • Prior experience in rape/sexual assault counseling, working with children and adults.
  • Must have use of a car and a valid driver’s license.
  • Must have computer skills and know Microsoft programs.
  • Must be willing to have a background check
  • Spanish fluency required

Please submit letter of interest and resumes to: ewaters@vibs.org

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Job Title:   Court Advocate Manager

Position:

The Court Advocate Manager will work in a leadership role in the VIBS Advocacy Unit and report to the Director of Advocacy. Advocacy services are provided to adult and child victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, incest, trafficking and stalking. Services include safety planning, the provision of information about the criminal justice and law enforcement systems, accompaniments to Family Court, District Court, the Integrated Domestic Violence Court, and the District Attorney’s office, as well as assistance in filing petitions for orders of protection. Assistance with Office of Victims Services crime victim compensation applications are included in advocacy services provided.

The Court Advocate Manager will coordinate and supervise the work of the court advocates. This includes ensuring daily coverage of clients who have requested services, working with clients who may be directed to advocacy while in court for the first time, ensuring that all telephone requests for information by victims are responded to in a timely manner, and ensuring referring sources receive needed information with appropriate releases.  The Court Advocate Manager will also provide crisis intervention and advocacy services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault including providing court accompaniment through the criminal justice system as well as family court and the integrated domestic violence court.

The successful candidate for the position will be someone who understands the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence. She/he must be able to engage clients from diverse populations, assess lethality risk, and stay abreast of the changes in laws that impact victims. She/he will set healthy boundaries with clients to ensure a healthy working relationship. The candidate must be able to form positive working relationships with court advocates and assist them in conducting direct services for clients.

The candidate must be a communicator and able to work with other agencies and professionals that serve victims within the court system, the District Attorney’s Office, Suffolk County Police Department, Child Protective Services, and Adult Protection Services. The candidate will be a representative of VIBS and must be presentable in a professional manner..

The candidate must be able to utilize the supervisory relationship with the Director of Advocacy to address and resolve work related concerns regarding clients and staff.

 Responsibilities:

  • Act in place of the Director of Advocacy in her absence.
  • Compile and complete monthly, quarterly and annual statistics required of the advocacy unit.
  • Oversee advocacy coverage of court clients every day.
  • Supervise advocacy staff
  • Represent VIBS at community meetings as directed by the Advocacy Director.
  • Provide and Coordinate and supervise advocates in the provision of these services:
    • crisis intervention and advocacy services to victims of domestic
    • violence and sexual assault. This advocacy may be provided on the telephone, in the office, in hospitals, at victims’ homes, or at other sites as necessary.
    • Accompaniment of clients through the criminal justice system and advocate on their
    • behalf.
    • Provide clients with information on their legal rights and options, and referrals when appropriate.
    • Advocate for clients with County and private agencies when necessary.
    • Assist clients in completing Crime Victims Board applications.
    • Report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to CPS as mandated by law.
    • Maintain client files, monthly statistics, and related paperwork as required.
  • Arrange for monthly in-service staff trainings, contact and schedule trainers, introduce them at training meetings, and inform staff of meeting schedule by monthly memos.
  • Make occasional presentations on advocacy services to counseling groups, community groups, and other agencies.
  • Keep informed of existing laws and legal rights and options of victims; convey to advocacy and other agency staff
  • Attend individual supervision, advocacy meetings, staff meetings and staff trainings
  • Assist with reception and hotline coverage as requested
  • Perform additional responsibilities as requested

 Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to discuss and complete safety plans with clients.
  • Ability to create safe supervision space to enable advocates to discuss and resolve client-related concerns
  • Great problem-solving and crisis intervention skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred.
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner; good organizational skills
  • Ability to interact well with outside agencies, including criminal justice and law enforcement agencies
  • Ability to be non-judgmental, empathic and assertive.
  • Ability to manage and supervise
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
  • Proficiency in working with numbers.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds
  • Must be able to drive and willing to travel within Suffolk County
  • Must be aligned with the mission of VIBS.
  • Sensitivity towards and understanding of victimization.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in human service field
  • Three years working experience in the judicial system with experience in domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Two years supervisory experience
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Must have use of a car and a valid driver’s license
  • Must be willing to have a background check prior to starting position

Please submit letter of interest and resumes to: lhulbert@vibs.org

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Updated 8/2016