VICTIM ADVOCATE (Okmulgee & Jenks locations)
THE MUSCOGEE NATION
Seeking a VICTIM ADVOCATE (Okmulgee & Jenks locations)
Description: The Advocate shall provide a variety of short and long-term advocacy and supportive services to victims/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and other violent crime. The Advocate will rotate an on-call schedule to ensure availability of emergency advocacy, 24/7 and 365 days a year, including nonbusiness times such as weekends and holidays. All advocacy and supportive services will be provided in a manner to increase/enhance safety, empower victims/survivors and to be respectful of each individual's right to make the decisions they feel best for them. The Advocate will engage with communities and both tribal and non-tribal entities and professionals to provide on-going education and outreach designed to increase awareness and to improve and enhance responses to victims/survivors. The Advocate will become part of a dynamic team of advocacy professionals dedicated to enhancing safety and support to victims of crime on the Muscogee reservation.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct intake/lethality assessments with victims/survivors to obtain information about the victimization and related history of violence and will work with victims/survivors to identify/address safety concerns and related needs.
- Will provide support and advocacy to victims/survivors as they engage with law enforcement, prosecutors and service providers in order to access critical support and services to increase their safety. Will provide accompaniment to court hearings to provide advocacy and support to victims/survivors navigating criminal justice systems.
- Assist in coordinating and accompanying victims/survivors to Sexual Assault Nurse Exams (SANE) and Domestic Violence Nurse Exams (DVNE) to provide support.
- Will work with the victim/survivor to develop safety plans and address on-going safety concerns.
- Will assist the victim/survivor in accessing services/resources to meet emergency, basic needs including shelter, food and clothing and make appropriate referrals as needed.
- The Advocate will maintain strict confidentiality in accordance with tribal code, program policy and procedure and federal grant guidelines.
- Will assist with outreach and awareness activities designed to increase awareness of crime victimization, the traumatic impact on survivors/families/community and to promote program services.
- Actively participate in coordinated community response team/task force activities to identify and address barriers to victim safety and help enhance and increase each community's response to victims/survivors while also increasing offender accountability.
- Actively participate in on-going training/workshops/meetings to continue to enhance and increase advocacy and professional skills.
- Maintain client file with appropriate documentation as well as maintain statistical data to complete monthly and other reports as necessary to demonstrate services provided.
- Will be knowledgeable of tribal, state and federal policies that impact crime victim/survivors.
- Assume additional responsibilities as may be reasonably expected of a person in this position.
- Bachelor degree in social work or related field and one (1) year of experience in professional social work/social services field.
- Combined professional and educational experience can also be considered.
- Must have a Valid Oklahoma Driver’s License.
Preferred Requirements: Bachelor degree in social work or related field with professional experience providing advocacy services to victims of crime.
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Muscogee (Creek) and Indian Preference